Pergo planks or vinyl sheet?

Old 10-22-02, 05:29 PM
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Pergo planks or vinyl sheet?

I am preparing to lay vinyl flooring in my kitchen and saw the Pergo, not sure of the spelling, planks (4 or 6 inch by 24 inch). I know I can lay the Pergo myself (if I mess one up, just cut another), versus the vinyl rolls ( mess it up and you live with it or buy another roll. I would hire the vinyil done.

Are there any preferences and do you have any input on the plank type floors?


I tried the word vynil both ways and it never did look right!
Old 10-24-02, 08:56 AM
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Vinyl versus laminate

In addition to the advantages of laminate that you have pointed out, here are some more.

Advantages of Laminate Flooring
A. Laminate's dent resistance is 1.5 times higher than vinyl.
B. Laminate's impact resistance is better.
C. Laminate's abrasion resistance is better.
D. Laminate's heat resistance exceeds all vinyls.
E. Laminate's resistance to chemicals and stains is the same as that of vinyls with urethane wear layers. It is better than that of vinyls and vinyl composition tile without urethane wear layers.
F. It requires twice the force t o scratch laminate, as it does to scratch vinyl.

Laminate Flooring. Retrieved 24 October 2002.

There can be several advantages to having your floors done with laminate flooring. Available in several different designs and colors, laminate flooring can be a good choice for all the rooms of the home, including the kitchen, halls, family and play rooms, dining and living rooms, and bedrooms. Laminate floors can be up to twenty times stronger than a typical kitchen counter-top, strong enough to resist moisture, stains, burns, impacts and indentations from such items as high heels, furniture and appliances.

In addition to its ruggedness laminate flooring resists fading in sunlight, which means consumers can rearrange furniture as often as they like without worrying about faded patches on the floor. The result is that laminate floors installed at different times, perhaps even years apart, could match more closely than traditional flooring. Laminate flooring could even repel dust, feel comfortable underfoot, and could have a low emission of VOC's (volatile organic compounds), making it a choice for consumers who are concerned about allergies and a healthy home environment.

Laminate flooring could also be available in a comprehensive range of coordinated laminate wallbases and moldings, which could create a graceful transition between the floor and walls. These wallbases and moldings can be just as durable as the floor itself.

Some flooring companies that offer laminate flooring also offer a minimum 10-year residential warranty that guarantees that the floor against wear-through, fade or stain. Some manufacturers also have aluminum oxide embedded into the laminate, and they might warrant for a five-year period against wear-through for moderate commercial use. Ask your flooring company for the specific warranties they offer.

Laminate flooring can also be installed by a "do-it-yourselfer." Because each plank is just one-third of an inch thick, the floating floor could be laid directly over almost any floor or subfloor as long as it dry, level, and smooth. To install a laminate floor, a homeowner needs specially prepared glue, a floor installation kit, and foam underlayment, as well as a few common tools.

Vacuuming and an occasional wipe with a damp mop should be all the floor needs in the course of normal maintenance, and tough stains such as nail polish, ink, fruit juice and even tar can be removed with acetone (nail polish remover) or household solvent. Laminate floors can also be comparable in cost to vinyl. Ask a flooring company for prices.

If you happen to need new flooring in your home here can be several advantages to having laminate flooring installed. Consider the options, think about the advantages, and then decide for yourself.

Laminate Flooring Can Be An Option For Your Home
by Kimberly Davis of Southwest Floors
July 20, 1997 ~ San Antonio Express News
The Greater San Antonio Builders Assoc.
Retrieved 24 October 2002.

Shop around and compare the different laminate products that are available today. Do not go by brand name alone. Each manufacturer tends to manufacture good, better, best levels of quality and warranty. And, there are some products available that are junk.

There are glue and glueless products available. The floating, click together floors are taking the laminate market by storm.
Old 11-03-02, 12:32 AM
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"Shop around and compare the different laminate products that are available today. Do not go by brand name alone. Each manufacturer tends to manufacture good, better, best levels of quality and warranty. And, there are some products available that are junk."

And in my opinion, Pergo is junk. Personally I like Wilsonart or Mannington.

If you do decide to put a laminate floor in your kitchen, research the installation of the brand of product you buy. Each floor could have very different requirements to maintain your warranty. Also, if on a concrete slab make sure to do a moisture test and use a moisture barrier (2in1 pad or recommended mil. of plastic).

Good Luck!!!

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