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Old 05-08-2014, 11:39 AM  
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I don’t know if all vinyl has this problem but my nephew put down a very good quality product and has a very major issue with temp changes. When the sun hits it in one area and not another it pops apart and has cracks between the pieces. He saw my laminate and how it locks in our new house and said he would do that having to do it over. At my old house I did over 500 square foot of laminate back in the day before snap together it was just T&G and required glue. That was a tougher install getting all the joints tight and gluing it 100% but the end result is so good I think it was the way to go. Those glue joints are so strong and waterproof it’s like the floor is one large piece of material.



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Ah good point, thanks for the heads up. This area gets a lot of sunlight, so that is definitely a factor.

Does anyone have an experience with those laminates that are made of plastic rather than particleboard?



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I would think the plastic would be better in the kichen as the mdf will get moldy if they get wet. I have not seen them used.

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I thought all "laminates" were wood products. If it has plastic in it - or if it's all plastic - isn't it considered a vinyl product? And might that have the same problem in the sunlight?

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Flooring like pergo and Formica have a base material that's a wood based product that's very dense. The top layer of laminate is the same stuff counter tops is made from. I guess the reason Formica first got in to flooring. The surface is waterproof the seams depend on the product and how it's installed. In the old days it was glued as it was installed and that made it quite water proof. I don't know if anyone glues it any more the flooring guys should check in.


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Yeah, that would explain some. I have been shopping for a basement floor, and so I automatically rejected the laminates without really spending any time researching them. Thanks for the info.....

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Laminates are plastic with a picture of wood on them, and usually has a particle board core. Engineered is a thin layer of real wood on a plywood core and can usually be refinished. Laminate cannot be refinished.

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+1 for the vinyl planking. Especially being for a rental, vinyl planking is very durable. There is a wide variety of different styles to match any taste or decor. Be sure to buy a quality product, like Armstrong. We've installed it in many high-traffic commercial applications and it's held up well after several years in service.

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One thing I'm concerned about, which is leading me to look into ceramic tile, is the potential for waviness in the vinyl plank. Any thoughts on that?

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One thing I'm concerned about, which is leading me to look into ceramic tile, is the potential for waviness in the vinyl plank. Any thoughts on that?
What is the subfloor, wood, concrete, gypcrete?


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