Pergo floors

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Old 01-18-00, 03:10 PM
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We have a lake house which we are remodeling and my husband is interested in putting in Pergo type flooring in the kitchen and the dining room. When we have guests over, I don't mind that they walk through the house with wet feet. Will pergo type flooring hold up to wet feet? Is it durable? Or would regular flooring be best? Thanks for the help.
 
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Old 01-19-00, 09:44 PM
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I think a local supplier for the Pergo flooring would be the best source for answers to your questions. I don't know for sure, but I would imagine they have a website, and if they do, Check out there FAQ section since the questions you have should be common concerns.
 
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Old 01-21-00, 05:05 PM
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A laminate floor sounds like just what you're looking for. I'm all for this type of flooring. There are several reasons. First, the manufacturer guarantees the product for something like 10 years. This varies from manufacturer to manufacturer. Second, it's much easier to install than hardwood flooring. All you need is a table saw with a carbide tipped blade, a stapler and a hammer to tap the pieces into place. Third, in a high traffic area like kitchens and dining rooms, the product is so smooth that soil doesn't stick and so dense that it doesn't scratch. Simply sweep and damp mop. How much easier can it get.

Laminate flooring costs about the same as hardwood and if properly installed, you can't tell it's not hardwood. It also comes in a variety of great colours.

How can you tell I love this type of floor.

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Old 02-09-00, 09:17 PM
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I would be careful. Some of the core materials used by some of the laminate manufacturers will swell from water penetrating between the planks. Check with the manufacturer.

Depending on your environment and subfloor a vinyl floor may be your best choice. Vinyl floors don't mind wet feet and some of the new "natural" looking patterns are awesome looking.

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Old 02-10-00, 05:42 PM
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I agree with John in his recommendation for vinyl floor. However, I would definately stay away from cushion floor. This is the shiny kind and can be very slippery with wet feet.

If you currently have wooden floors in your "cottage", I'd stay with this type of floor.

Ted
 
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Old 02-11-00, 09:33 PM
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Wood floors of any kind don't do well with a lot of moisture. It will work between the seams and the edges will warp. Especially so with laminated floors.

I would sure go with a linoleum floor like suggested. Ordinarily I don't talk about my products here at DoItYourself, but I manufacture mops and sell them thru home shows and fairs. I've used several different brands of linoleum floors and there are 3 or 4 out there I wouldn't give a hoot in a basket for. They last about 2 home shows and the sealant and shine is gone.

There is one brand I can use for years and it keeps as good as the day I bought it. If you will email me at mmoppins@GoClean.com I'll be happy to tell you which brand it is. I just can't do that here.

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Old 02-12-00, 06:31 PM
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What about tile? I have a pool - all summer people run in and out of the house. I have wood floors, the "shiny" vinyl in the kitchen that you DO slip on when wet, berber carpet in the family room and a cruddy indoor/outdoor carpet that leads to the guest bathroom. I am replacing everything. I was going to go with a wood laminate or vinyl laminate. Now, I think I may install some heavy duty ceramic tile - at least in the kitchen/family room? Would appreciate any suggestions - I really can't stand the thought of putting vinyl in - especially in my family room that opens up to the pool. Thanks!
 
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Old 02-12-00, 08:18 PM
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Pergo has a toll free number. If you call it they will send you a rather thick pamphlet on the product. You can check with the store that sells this product they should have the number. Pergo has many requirements when it comes to the type of floor you can put it on (drainage away from the structure, condition of the subfloor etc.)that you must meet for them to honor the warantee. Laminates sort of have a tin can type of sound when you walk on them. I would definately go with the whisper walk or whatever their best underlayment is to diminish this sound. Also your floor joist placement with reguard to windows is important. I saw a house where the "boards" where placed with their long sides perpendicular to a window and you could see every seam. The long sides of the "boards" must be perpendicular to the floor joists.
 
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Old 02-13-00, 06:00 PM
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Mary,

I spent 12 years professionally cleaning homes. Your thoughts on the ceramic tiles are correct for your case. Pergo floors won't hold up with that much moisture and linoleum will be slick.

Ceramic tile will solve your problem. Remember to have a good sealant put on both the tile and the grout and make sure to reapply it. Then if anything spills, clean up the spill right away. The grout does stain, so I'd stay away from white or light colored grout with the kind of useage the floor will receive.

Mary Moppins www.GoClean.com
 
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