Congoleum vs. Laminate


Old 05-11-02, 04:43 AM
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Congoleum vs. Laminate

We're going to have our kitchen floor redone, and the choice has come down to congoleum or laminate (we're aiming at the higher quality stuff for either -- about $36/sq. yard for each, for materials alone). Any recommendations as to which way to go? Currently, there are two layers of 1/16" vinyl 1' squares on the floor. We're told that if we go with congoleum, that the old floors will have to be removed, and that if we go with laminate, that it can be laid directly over the old floors. Any advice would be appreciated.
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Old 05-18-02, 03:43 PM
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Vinyl or laminate

Vinyl and laminate are two different types of flooring products that are going to give you two different looks in your home. If this is going to be a DIY project, then perhaps one of the click-together, glueless laminate products would better meet your needs because it can be installed over the existing floor covering. Go to to learn just about everything you need to know about laminate. Each laminate manufacturer tends to have its own specific installation requirements that must be carefully followed in order to maintain product warranties.

Go to to learn what is involved in a vinyl installation. Old vinyl, if it does not contain asbestos, can be removed or it can be covered over with a new plywood underlayment to provide a new, super smooth surface for your new vinyl. Installing vinyl over vinyl tends to void manufacturer's warranties.
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