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Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by DaveinPennsylvania The Beauty of Slate with the Benefits of Laminate
I recently purchased and installed about 300 square feet of the DuPont RealTouch Black and White Chess Slate Flooring at Home Depot Online. I wanted to replace the cheap looking self-stick vinyl tile that was in the second kitchen adjacent to my office in my residence. The self-stick vinyl tiles were only 10 years old but had begun to crack in the corners and the seams between tiles had slowly grown wide enough to appear ugly. Theses tiles were on a wood subfloor so I could dreaded the task of having to remove them. If you ever have tried removing self-stick tiles from wood subfloors you know that the tiles break apart into several parts during removal and take wood chips along with them. It is backbreaking,messy and frustrating work.
I realized after carefully looking at the DuPont RealTouch Laminate flooring that they would be able to be installed on TOP of the self-stick tiles and still function well. Better yet, DuPont would honor their 30 year warranty for the floor installed this way because their was a wood subfloor underneath and a vapor barrier. I would not have to remove those dreaded self-stick tiles that I regretted installing a decade before.
Away I went and in one day I had installed 300 square feet of the DuPont RealTouch Black and White Chess Slate Flooring. The second day took me only 3 hours to install the Black Slate Quarter Round on the perimeter of the floor and attach the transitions from the office carpeting. The Black Slate Quarter Round functions as essentially shoemolding for both the Black Slate and the Black and White Chess Slate Flooring from DuPont. I definitely think a buyer of this flooring should purchase this shoemolding (Quarteround)as it gives the floor an extra finished look and it covers the 1/4 inch gaps that you must leave around the floor perimeter.(Always remember to fill those gaps with silicone to protect the floor from wetness/moisture and keep your warranty)
The results were fantastic. This Flooring looks great and you really can not see the seams between the planks at all. The tongue and groove attachment method DuPont uses on thier large rectangular planks makes the floor when installed properly look like a real slate floor. No matter how close I look with the brightest lightbulbs I can NOT see the seams between the planks. That is truly incredible for a laminate floor.Simply stated, the DuPont RealTouch Laminate looks like real slate flooring. It is very classy and feels great to walk on with the built-in padding. DuPont really must have spent years designing this flooring as it has a quality feel and look and just does not look at all like typical laminate flooring. This is easily the best laminate flooring I have ever had and I recommend it without reservation.
July 13, 2007
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by JPaigeW So far, so good
We installed this flooring last month. No, we didn't do it ourselves -- we had our contractor do it. He was pretty impressed with the attached padding and said he's never seen a laminate that had that before. Installation went very quickly. Upkeep has been very easy; I use only water and a well-wrung out mop to clean.
One downside is that the flooring seems to scratch fairly easily, so you need to be VERY careful when moving furniture, etc. For the money it cost, and the ease of installation and future removal (no glue, no problem!), this flooring was truly a good deal. I probably wouldn't install it in a room off an outside entrance because of the scratching tendency. Overall, we are happy with our purchase. I'd like to see a larger variety of laminate planks by DuPont, as selection is pretty limited.
January 10, 2009
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by fred The floor is beautiful. Product is good quality and easy to work with.
I installed the laminate myself,and I am 67 years old. The dupont laminate is of excellent quality,and easy to put together. I insalled it at a 45% angle to get a diamond patteren. It turned out beautiful. For a great look and the ease to install,I would recommend this product to anyone. Home depot is great on getting your order to you in a timely matter. You folks are great to work with. All our friends are envious of our new kitchen floor.
February 28, 2012
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by goteam Easy to install
We installed about 300 square feet of this product in our entryway and guest bathroom. It was very easy to install and looks great! We installed it over a year ago and it still looks great and holds up to a lot of traffic.
February 6, 2010
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by btvoss Beautiful flooring and very easy to install!
March 1, 2007
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by Catherine13 not for reno!
I wouldn't recommend this product if you are cutting around existing cabinets and other fixtures. Saw blade was dull in an hour and it made a lot of waste then never really locked seamlessly. It got dinged twice during the installation, it's a bit delicate. Use single tiles instead!
October 30, 2012
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by apples AMAZED
After living in a home with old vinyl tile for 9years, after having the dupont chess laminate slate tile installed it was amazing the difference in how clean how great it felt walking on it, I love the product and I am also putting it in more rooms in my home
April 12, 2007
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Russonj This is the best laminate flooring I have ever installed
I am a home owner and I have installed many laninate floors but i have never installed a floor that when I was completed I could not locate the seams... I highly recommend the floor
April 13, 2012