A couple laminate questions from a newbie

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Old 09-12-10, 09:31 AM
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A couple laminate questions from a newbie

We are considering laminate (Pergo or Armstrong) for our bedroom. Never installed it before but it appears pretty straightforward.

1) What does one cut it with? Can you use a table or miter saw or do you need a special tool/knife?

2) Also, other than convenience, any advantage to a pre-attached underlayment? Any disadvantage?
 
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Old 09-12-10, 11:09 AM
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1) You will probably use both a cut off (miter) saw as well as a table saw and jig saw. Buy good blades....kiss them before you install them....they will be worthless when you are through. Laminate flooring is rough on blades.
2) Pre-attached underlayment speeds installation by 100%. Disadvantage....it is more expensive.
 
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Forgot to ask one more question: what is the effect of laminate thickness? I see 8mm and 12mm, the thicker obviously more expensive. I assume the wear layer is probably the same so the extra thickness is just the underlayer. The bedroom is obviously low traffic but we have pretty heavy oak furniture. No kids, no pets, FWIW.
 
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Old 09-12-10, 03:44 PM
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The thicker the laminate, the firmer it will feel on your feet. One thing you don't want is a mushy floor, nor do you want your furniture creating divots in the wood.
 
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