Laminate - 7mm, 8mm, 10mm or 12mm ?

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Old 04-07-12, 06:12 AM
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Laminate - 7mm, 8mm, 10mm or 12mm ?

Is 7mm enough for a residental home?
I read different opinions about that. Some say not less then 10-12 mm.
I am confused.

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Others may have differing views, but I am not a fan of laminate flooring. Of course, the thicker the better. I prefer, at a minimum 1/2" engineered click lock flooring, with nail/staple down 3/4" optimum. IMO, laminate is a sponge, and will react badly with even surface water. Thinner laminate will "clack" underfoot, and sound cheap. Proper underlayment is a must.
 
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I read that laminate is better with water than wood. Gets me more and more confused.

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The author has obviously never "been there, done that", as many of us have. To make a statement like "but it is only laminate flooring that can really hold up to being put in a kitchen or bathroom." makes laminate superior to wood in a wet area. I have torn too many laminate floors out that had minor water damage. They swell dramatically once water ekes its way into the joint, which is NOT high pressure surface material, but raw MDF.
Like I said, this is my personal experience and preference, so keep researching and listening to first hand accounts.
 
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OK. So you would recommend paying a few cents more and get engineered wood, right?
 
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I just installed about 700 sf for a client who insisted on 68 cent HD laminate. Job looks good. We'll see how it lasts since there is a bar sink, sitting adjacent to it as well as a full bathroom (tiled) next to it.

We finished 1300 sf of 3/4" handscraped maple nail/staple down flooring yesterday. I walked away fully confident in the longevity of the flooring. $6.84 per sf. Big difference.
It's just a feel.
 
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the handscraped looks awesome.
 
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