Laminate Flooring

Laminate flooring is a viable solution for using in new construction or in renovations. Floating floors with real wood surfaces, or wood, stone or tile patterns, have benefits not found in other flooring products.

As a verb it means to bond together in layers, while as a noun, it refers to a material that is produced by bonding together layers of material. For flooring, “laminate” is a family of products in which a finish material is fused to a substrate. Laminates can resemble many things, including wood, stone (like marble, slate, or flagstone), tile, or a solid surface of color (though that’s usually saved for countertops).


You may be wondering why you would choose a laminate over a wood, tile or stone floor. There are lots of reasons!

  • Cost.
  • Environmental concerns.
  • Health issues.
  • Speed of installation.

There are some reasons to not choose a laminate floor too.

  • Durability.
  • Maintenance.
  • Noise.

Before we delve into the pros and cons, let’s understand better what laminate flooring is and a quick review of its history.
Laminate flooring is typically made with an interlocking tongue-and-groove system that sometimes clicks together and sometimes glues together. It can be pre-finished at the factory or finished after installation. It can be installed on any surface and in any room of your house, including wet rooms like the kitchen and bath. Laminate flooring consists of four main laminated components. First, the decorative surface — wood grain or stone look — made of resin is based melamine or a thin slice of wood. In the middle is a moisture-, heat- and dent-resistant core. On the underside is a balanced backing that adds support. The top is a clear, wear-resistant finish, often of aluminum oxide, which provides the protection and stain resistance.
Laminate flooring has a hardness factor, assigned by independent testing labs, reported on an AC scale. The AC rating considers resistance to staining and cigarette burns, impact, abrasion, and thickness swelling along plank edges. You want either AC-3 or AC-4; AC-3 is made for heavy residential and light commercial use. AC-4, which is 60% heavier than AC-3, is rated for heavier commercial use but is also fine in homes.
Pergo, a Swedish flooring company, developed the idea of a laminate floor out of their laminate countertop business, in 1977, introduced it to Europe in 1984 where it has grown in popularity ever since. It was introduced in 1994 to the U.S. where it spread quickly. Now there are numerous companies manufacturing laminate flooring, though Pergo has become the household word for the product.
Durability is one reason to not choose a laminate floor. Laminate flooring is tough, but by its nature of being made of thin layers it’s not as durable as wood, tile or stone flooring. It can’t be refinished when it gets scratched and the scratches can’t be easily camouflaged. When a laminate plank is damaged it’s challenging to repair it, though with the repair kits you can get from the manufacturer it can be patched. In some cases, you can take the floor up and replace the damaged plank.
The cost of installed laminate flooring can be cheaper than wood floors, making it one good reason to consider. Speed of installation from start to finish is faster than wood floors. It’s because it comes pre-finished, removing the additional step of coating the surface with a protective seal, and because it isn’t nailed down. It can be noisy to walk on, sounding a bit hollow.
Environmental concerns are worth evaluating as well. Trees, though a renewable resource, are very slow growing, and using them for floors consumes quite a bit of natural resource. Laminate floors, on the other hand, use manufactured materials (often from scraps of wood, cardboard, or paper) which are more abundant, being gentler on the environment.
Health issues are still another consideration in purchasing laminate flooring. Some laminate floors are off-gassed at the factory, saving your home or office from the health-challenging fumes. The quality of laminate flooring varies, along with the contents. Some products are made with more urea-formaldehyde and high volatile organic compounds (VOC) ingredients while others are made with low VOC ingredients. If the off-gassing is handled at the factory, you are in better shape.
Is laminate for you? I enjoyed my laminate flooring, laid in the entry, kitchen, and bathroom. The present owner of that house says the floor looks great more than 11 years later, even after being subjected to men wearing hiking boots, to dogs racing through the house, and all kinds of weather conditions, showing that it can definitely be a durable surface despite its reputation as being fragile.

81 thoughts on “Laminate Flooring

  1. How do you know which laminate floors are made with low voc materials, off gassed at the factory and not made with urea formaldehyde?
    Very concerned as I am pregnant.
    Thank you!

  2. You have to go by reputation and advertising. And with advertising it’s a crap-shoot.
    I know by reputation and advertising Pergo has taken care the off-gassing at the factory. And it makes a great flooring product.
    I don’t know of the other laminate companies for sure. Read Pergo’s information about their off-gassing and then look at other companies that claim to off-gas their laminate products to compare descriptions of what and how they do that. Maybe you’ll be able to decide for yourself which products to buy.
    Let us know what you buy.

  3. same question, I am also concerned w offgassing and urea formaldahyde, same reason , one website says one thing, one says another, a guy that had pergo cottage something in his house took it back to lowes after talking to pergo customer service, as he was having respiratory and other health issues . who to believe?

  4. Your question/comment have gotten me to thinking. It was years ago Pergo had a good reputation for having off-gassed their products. Maybe they have changed their approach and don’t off-gas their flooring products, or at least as much. But maybe your friend has such sensitivities that even a careful approach isn’t good enough for him. It’s really hard to say.
    I don’t know who you can believe. There may be a site that has scientific evaluation of different products that can guide us all, but I don’t know about it. It’s really hard to wade through the fact, fiction and hype that’s out there. I try to, but I can miss the boat too.

  5. You can call most of the companies, they will tell you the VOC content. I found a pergo floor I liked and then found out that the VOC content of Pergo floors in the U.S. are higher than I am willing to bring into my home. Armstrong, Wilsonart, and a few others have better stuff.

  6. The prices are all over the board. I’ve seen it as low as $1.17 and as much as $3.23; it could go even higher. But the price can vary depending on what style you buy, what underlayment you choose, and who installs it. Check with your flooring store to see what they are charging.

  7. You may not find an AC (Abrasion Class) on all laminate flooring, but most will be rated. My understanding is it’s printed on the packaging, not on the flooring itself. Most of the laminate flooring you find in stores has an AC3 rating, but you know you can’t count on that. It is important to pay attention to it to make sure you get the right durability where you need it.
    The rooms that have the most traffic and action should have an AC3 rating while little used rooms, like maybe a bedroom, can get by with an AC1 rating. Ratings over 3 should be reserved for commercial usage where people aren’t walking shoe-free or spending time on the floor.

  8. Laminate durability?. I see the indentations in the finish created by the high heel marks of womens shoes. In a condo what sort of flooring will resist this?
    Thanks

  9. I cannot tell for sure in your post if you mean you can imagine this problem happening or if you are already literally seeing this problem on your flooring.
    So long as it has an AC3 rating you shouldn’t find the high heels factor to be a problem; if you already have laminate flooring and you see these problems already….. really hard to say since I would have no idea what the AC (Abrasion Class) rating is. AC3 is very strong and durable, a rating higher than this is considered industrial.
    Hardwood flooring is another good option depending upon your preferences and budget.

  10. I had laminate flooring installed in my kitchen and eating “nook” in 2006. The ends of some of the planks are separating, and I don’t know what to do about it. Has anyone seen anything like this?
    The contractor who installed it as part of the kitchen remodel has gone out of business (big surprise with this kind of shoddy work!). The planks run under my counter cabinets, which are not open to the floor. I can slide the planks back together, but they will separate again. I have a box of the laminite left, to replace planks with, but would need help on how to do that.
    My home improvement store suggested using some laminate glue to see if I can jury rig a solution, but I am thinking I may just need to bite the bullet and put another type of floor in, like tile.
    Any thoughts or suggestions would be appreciated.

  11. Hi Tia,
    Do you know what kind of flooring was installed – does it show the brand, style or some kind of a product number on the box? Do you know if it’s the kind that just snaps together or is it the kind that glues together?
    Actually, even if it’s the snap together kind, using some laminate flooring glue to make them stay together sounds like a pretty good idea. If the laminate is the snap together kind, and it’s obviously not staying interlocked, I would think that using some glue is a very good option and I wouldn’t consider it ‘jury rigging’ at all.

  12. Looking to purchase laminate flooring for the first time for cabin and will use in living area and bathroom and kitchen. We have a standard poodle and kids. I’m worried about scratches and water in the bathroom area… any suggestions on one manufacturer over another? We are looking at mannington and shaw.

  13. Hi Lisa,
    I’d recommend using your favorite search engine (mine is Google!) to see what others have to say about the two flooring choices you’re considering. I don’t have experience with either particular one myself, so I can’t really guide you in your choice.
    As always, make sure to read up on what the manufacturer recommends for rooms such as the bathroom. I think you’ll be pleased with how versitale the flooing is. Just be sure to follow the manufacturer’s recommendations so that you don’t void your warrany when you lay your new floor. Good luck!

  14. I recently installed Shaw Key West Laminate flooring. I love the way it looks, but have been waking up at night with headaches. Do you think there could be a connection? I’ve tried to find the VOC rating, but have been unsuccessful.

  15. Hi Doug,
    I doubt that the laminate flooring a high VOC. Key West is a laminate that does not require glue, so I would assume that none was used.
    Shaw does a very good job of being eco-friendly and now most their products (and glues!) have NO VOC or at least fall into the recommended guidelines as safe. You can contact them at 800-257-7429 to find more info about your particular flooring’s VOC rating. Their website is http://www.shawfloors.com
    Just to be fair, it should also be noted that most of the laminate flooring manufactures have gone ‘green’, it’s going to be tough to find products with a high VOC.
    If nothing else, at least until you find out the VOC rating for your particular laminate, you could leave the windows open as much as possible to help with off-gassing. It is also said that cut an onion and place it cut-side up in a bowl of water in each room will help remove odors.

  16. FYI: I did check the Shaw website, clicked on the link at the very bottom of page entitled “Shaw Environmental”, from there I clicked on Laminate and chose “Hickory”, since I knew that was a choice in the Key West line. Yep, Key West showed up, so it must be one of their environmentally friendly laminates…..but then again, I suspect they all are. :~)

  17. I trying to decide what type of flooring to put into a dining/living room area (great room type). I’ve been told that you can’t but heavy things like piano’s on laminate. Is this true? Do I just need to look at a high AC rating? Is wood better for this? I also have two small dogs. Which type of flooring holds up better for wear, dog toe nails, etc?

  18. Hi Bonnie!
    I put heavy-ish furniture on my Pergo laminate flooring, and I put furniture coasters under the feet of the furniture. I have a friend who did that for cork, carpet and now bamboo too.
    I highly recommend Pergo. A friend of mine still has the same floor that was put down 15 years ago,
    and he’s had roommates with dogs, his hiking boots get gravel in the treads and he wears them into the house — and it seems to hold up well. I can’t speak for other laminates, but that is one
    experience that has really been good. He even bought more recently for another room, so that speaks well for it too.
    I have laminate in two rooms, we installed it a little over a year ago. I haven’t noticed any problems at all with furniture marks, and I have this ‘thing’ about rearranging the furniture fairly often. While I don’t have a piano in either of the rooms, there are some heavy wood pieces. Granted, nothing as heavy as a piano, but a very heavy antique wardrobe and a large heavy bookcase that’s filled with books. I would think that the only problem with a piano on the laminate would be from the smallish rollers that pianos sometimes have leaving a dent in the laminate. This could most likely be avoided by placing a little square of carpeting under them or an area rug beneath the piano.
    Hope that helps some!

  19. We are looking into the laminated wood look flooring for our bathroom. Is there a special kind just for the bath or will any kind do?

  20. Hi Jan,
    The answer to your question will depend on which product you buy. Some are not recommended for high moisture areas such as a bath room. Some claim that it’s ok to use in such an area. Just be sure to ask somebody knowledgeable where you plan to buy it at. You might also want to think about unfinished engineered hardwood so that you can put a waterproof sealer and polish on it yourself. You can also stain it whatever shade you’d like first.
    Make sure that you carefully caulk around all
    exposed edges of the flooring — under baseboards, around the toilet, etc. You don’t want any water to be able to get under the flooring.

  21. We are renting a house with what I presume to be laminate flooring. A damp towel was left on the floor and now there is a whitish spot left where the towel was. Can this be removed?
    Thanks,
    Lisa

  22. Lisa, white spots on “wood” surfaces can be challenging. You might try putting mayonnaise on the spot, letting it sit for awhile, and then gently wiping/washing it off to see how it changed the spot. It may just be a matter of letting the area dry out so the natural color can return.
    Good luck. Let me know what worked for you.

  23. Hi, my wife and I have recently put down laminate flooring in our basement. The only thing we are disappointed in is that when we alk on it, it seems to flex slightly in places. Is this common with laminate flooring or is there a design flaw during installation. Thanks for your input.

  24. Hi Tony,
    I would think that Varathane would make a good product for your needs, however I would recommend giving the manufacturer a call to see what they would recommend so that your choice of products doesn’t void Mowhawk’s warranty. Their phone number is 1-800-2MOHAWK.

  25. I want to put a small rug on my new Mannington Laminate flooring in our bedroom. What kind of backing can I use so the rug doesn’t slide?
    Gena

  26. Hi Gena,
    You might want to wander over to the website of Natural Area Rugs and look at the padding they carry for area rugs – they hav emany good choices. Even if you dont’ buy from there, it will give you an idea of what kind of a selection to make. I would suggest their Premium Lock for hard floors.

  27. Hi Flooring Lady,
    I’m in a bind. I have about 600 sf to cover in a open design living room/dining room and I am on a tight budget. I was considering laminate flooring but I only have about $500 to spend. Am I being unreasonable? Are there other options? Carpet is out of the question with my cats and kids.
    Thanks

  28. Hi Melissa,
    It’s going to be difficult to cover a floor as large as yours for $500 or under, but might not be impossible.
    What kind of flooring do you have now?
    If you’re planning on taking out the old flooring, then what kind of subfloor will you be dealing with?
    Keep in mind, you’re thinking less than $1 per square foot. Depending on what you want to cover your floor with there may be other materials to consider – adhesive if you’re tiling, grouts, sealers, etc.
    You can actually get self-stick vinyl tiles in this price range – look for clearance items. Shoot, I’ve even seen these at dollar stores!

  29. Thanks for the response. I have seen some laminate planks for around $1/sf. How do I know if they are a good quality for a living room and dining room with kids and cats? What types of quality measures are used to tell one laminate plank from another?

  30. Hi Melissa,
    In general, you need to look at how many years the product is warrantied for – the more the better (usually) of course.
    Cat’s aren’t generally much of a problem, dogs are more of a problem if their toenails aren’t kept clipped short. Cat’s don’t usually sharpen their claws on a floor – they prefer something more upright or rougher textured (think tree bark).
    As far as types of quality measures used to tell one laminate plank from another – I’m not really sure what you’re getting at – I don’t understand what you meant by ‘tell one laminate plank from another’. Best thing to do is when you’re shopping, write down the products you’re interested in — manufacturers, line, color, etc. and look up the detailed specs at the manufacturer’s websites.

  31. Hello Flooring Lady,
    We recently installed laminate flooring and cannot get an answer to a question, even from the laminate manufacturer. Can rubber backed rugs be used or will they, over time, hurt the flooring? Also, it it necessary to have a rug pad under an area rug? Thanks so much for your help.

  32. Hi Georgie,
    I wouldn’t hurt the flooring per se, but you do have to be careful – not all rubber backing is the same! Some of them can get stuck to floor and then you have the nightmare of trying to remove what is stuck on without damaging your laminate’s finish!

  33. Hello Flooring Lady,
    I just installed a low priced laminate floor
    in my apartment. I have not moved in yet, because last Sunday I spent about 6 hours there arranging furniture etc and became very ill. Lung pain, low grade fever…could this be an allergic reaction to the flooring? I have been airing out the apt every chance I get…will the fumes eventually go away?
    Thanks Cindy

  34. Hi Cindy,
    I doubt it’s an allergic reaction to the flooring, but you never know. Most flooring products are trying to be as ‘friendly’ as possible now and manufactures are making more and more products with low or no VOCs. I don’t know what flooring product you bought or what kind of adhesive, so I can’t tell you if both are low/no VOC. The odor should dissipate before too long.

  35. Hi Cydney,
    Not being familiar with what would be offered in your area, no………. You could always go to your favorite search engine (mine’s google) and search for vinyl or laminate brick flooring – you should get lots of hits. Laminate would be a much better choice.

  36. I am currently looking at putting laminate flooring over top of my vinyl flooring in my kitchen. I went to Lowes and they told me it was not good to put it in the kitchen due to it not being able to withstand water. I have read up, and there seems to be no real answer on this. Do you know if this is true?

  37. It can be done, you just have to be digilent about cleaning up water messes quickly. There are vinyl or linoleum flooring choices that are designed to look like wood that have a very realistic wood ‘look’. A friend of mine has flooring like this and it really does look like a wood floor – even has grain.

  38. I am buying a house that has pergo flooring in the living room. I would prefer carpet there, but I am wondering if I can carefully remove the pergo and reuse it in the dining room? Do you know if this is possible? Thanks, Andrea

  39. I have medium yellow oak cabinets in my kitchen and similar color hardwood flooring in my hallway and dinning room, that have openings into my kitchen. I am considering wood hand scraped laminate flooring in my kitchen. I’m not trying to match the hardwood flooring because that is next to impossible. My kitchen flooring will also go into my sunken living room that opens into my hallway. What color wood laminate should I choose for my kitchen floor? Should it be lighter or darker than the hardwood flooring? I want a color that hides the dirt in the kitchen and I want a color in my living room floor that is not to dark. These two floors have to flow together. I just haven’t found anything that would work. When the laminate has too much yellow in it, it makes my hardwood look greenish. I have a sample of amber oak right now but it is reddish and darker than my hardwoods. Lighter or darker,I’m just not sure. Any help is appreciated.
    Thank you, Valerie

  40. Hi Valerie,
    It really doesn’t matter if you go lighter or darker as it’s a personal preference. It’s just going to boil down to which ever choice you like the best. Luckily, there are no ‘rules’ to follow. ;~)

  41. Hi Flooring Lady, Thank you for your thoughts about going lighter or darker on my kitchen and living room floor, with lighter hardwoods nearby. I decided not to go with a wood look laminate in my kitchen but have chosen Congoleums Duraceramic flooring with a dark to light wood burl look that is hard wearing. The reviews about it are outstanding! I’m glad that their are no rules about darker or lighter adjacent room flooring too! Thanks again!
    Valerie

  42. This comment is for Jerry: We have been installing laminate flooring in our house.In the first room, we put down a moisture barrier and used the laminate with the attached underlay. Room had an echo, and sounded like plastic when walking across it.We recently put the same laminate in the kitchen over the existing square vinyl tiles. We love it! The tiles act as added cushion, thereby cutting out the “echo” and adding a firmness to the sound of the floor! You can definitely tell the difference in the two rooms. As far as the water thing, we are just being more careful to clean up spills! Hope this has helped you.

  43. I love the laminate floors we have installed, but they really aren’t as shiny as I would have liked. I was wondering if it was possible to seal a laminate floor? If so, what product to I use?

  44. Hi Pat,
    It depends on what kind of flooring you have. Much of it these days have an aluminimum oxide finish (factory done of course). Your regular ol’ polyurethanes aren’t going to work with the factory finish. Best thing to do is to call the manufacturer to see what can be used.

  45. I would like to install laminate floors in my entry hall, great room, dining room, and kitchen. I currently have a small section of laminate by the front door and the echo is terrible. Is there any way to pick a laminate floor that will not have an echo?

  46. How to find out which of the laminates are manufactured with high VOC ingredients and which are safer ones? Could you please recommend a brand that is safe to use in bedrooms?
    Thanks.

  47. What is your opinion about installing laminate floor in the kitchen. I spend a lot of time in my kitchen and is concern about water spills.
    Thank you for your response.

  48. i installed a new aluminun oxide real hardwood floor 1 and a half years ago.now i have several pieces of finish coming up is there a way to replace in the middle of floor,or do i have to peplace the whole floor. floor still under warranty. they said they would put in a claim but u know how that is . help

  49. Hi Santosh,
    I don’t make it a practice to recommend one manufacturer over another simply because flooring products change so quickly. Most are low VOC now though – it’s very easy to find manufacturer’s websites too and look at the products they offer. I have noticed that most flooring manufacturers (whether it be laminates or even carpeting) have something on their homepage about being more environmentally friendly and go into detail as to why their products are so much better now! ;~)

  50. Hello B. Brown,
    Yes, this can work in a kitchen, though you do have to be diligent about cleaning up spills – but then again, you should be doing that with any type of flooring. Keep in mind too, that some manufacturers do not consider laminate a good choice for the kitchen.

  51. Dear help,
    It’s difficult to say – it depends on how big of an area it is, how many areas, etc. You can find detailed instructions on the internet by doing a search thru google.com. There are different methods for different situations. Hmmm….. sounds like a good subject for a series of articles at this site, doesn’t it?
    So long as you haven’t done anything to void the flooring’s warranty, I believe that you’ll be pleasantly suprised by the inspector’s verdict.

  52. I have a hair salon that has Laminate flooring now its a light color and hides all the scratches and stuff but i’m wanting a darker flooring now. Do you think that dark laminate won’t hide that stuff? Also what do you think about vinyl plank flooring?
    Thanks so much

  53. Hi Lisa,
    I don’t think that having a dark laminate will help hide scratches and related problems. I have a brother-in-law who has vinyl plank flooring throughout his home and he loves it – but of course, he doesn’t have the high level of traffic that your floors have. I do know that his flooring is the same vinyl plank flooring that WalMart has in their ‘remodeled’ stores and you know it has to take a beating!

  54. exactly how loud is laminated floors
    i can not make up my mind laminated or hardwood floors. please help me to make the right choice

  55. HI
    i forgot to mention this is new construction.
    and is there different quality of laminated floors. if there is can i use the highend of laminated floors and it still be cheaper than hardwood flooring
    help
    evelyn

  56. Hi Evelyn,
    How “loud” laminate flooring is would be rather subjective. There are different qualities of laminate flooring. Keep in mind the old adage “you get what you pay for” and that should serve you well when picking out your flooring. Laminate flooring is 25% cheaper than hardwood so you could afford the higher end laminate and still be paying less than if you purchased hardwood.

  57. Durability is one reason to not choose a laminate floor. Laminate flooring is tough, but by its nature of being made of thin layers it’s not as durable as wood, tile or stone flooring.
    What is the durability factor mentioned here? In terms of dent resistance and longevity, this seems to contradictory to info. from other sources including wikipedia (that states that “Laminate….is durable (about 20 times stronger than a kitchen countertop[1]) and is water-resistant, offering use in bathrooms and kitchens in addition to high traffic areas. Unlike most hardwoods, laminates are quite dent-resistant.”)
    Please clarify which is true?

  58. Hi Sasha, I still stand by what I say in this article: “It can’t be refinished when it gets scratched and the scratches can’t be easily camouflaged. When a laminate plank is damaged it’s challenging to repair it, though with the repair kits you can get from the manufacturer it can be patched. In some cases, you can take the floor up and replace the damaged plank.” In addition, it does not have the hardness factor of some of your hardwood flooring choices.

  59. When laminate flooring has buckled soon after installation do I need to remedy this? Or can I ignore w/o negative consequences?

  60. Elfie,
    There are a variety of issues that would cause buckling. One is moisture, if that is the reason for the buckling you would want to deal with the excess moisture.
    Another cause could be the expansion gap is incorrect which would also cause the floor to buckle.
    I would contact your installer as it might fall under your warranty.

  61. Not worried about staining with cat barf, worried about the moisture sitting on the laminate for 8 hours. Also, If we buy laminate one room at a time, will the next boxes “match” the first boxes? In other words, is there a “dye run” like carpet? Also (sorry) what will a 6 foot grand do to laminate? Thanks so much!
    Dona

  62. Dona,
    Well the acid could eat away at the veneer are you noticing a difference on the floor? I have animals and have missed an accident over night and had not had a problem with stains or deterioration of the floor.
    I also have had heavy furniture on my laminate flooring which I used pads to displace the weight. I did not however have a beautiful 6 foot baby grand. I would think the wheels might be an issue although if you place a small piece of carpet or even cork the weight would be dispersed enough to forgo a dent.

  63. We bought laminate with an underlay and we have been told by family members that we need to glue the laminate if using it in the kitchen. Is this true? And if so, do we use the underlay or what do we do???

  64. Hi, we purchased laminate flooring and it has been stored in our garage through winter and summer on the concrete floor in the original packaging. We are planning to use this flooring in the next week or so. Should I be concerned about warping due to temperature changes? I’m not sure how durable this stuff is with regard to temperature change. Wouldn’t you know; we had 3 feet of snow during winter and temps over 100 this summer! Today I brought the flooring into the house per advise from an expert to acclimate before installation. Please advise.

  65. Erika,
    With underlay you don’t need to glue to the floor but glue each piece of wood to the next. When I had my laminate flooring installed in my kitchen the installer chose to add a layer of wood glue between planks. The glue helped keep the moisture from getting down into the planks. I would also recommend a rug in water prone areas.

  66. Must you always use underlayment? We’ll install on smooth tile and subfloor. Also, as you progress from room ro room, we are doing the entire house, must you use thresholds at each doorway?
    thanks
    Dona

  67. Erika and Dona,
    I’m not sure if you “must” use underlay with laminate flooring, but I did when I installed Pergo back in ’93. My understanding is that it helped muffle sounds for rooms below and maybe acted as cushioning and “grease to help the floor move as a unit”.

    I was a novice back then and used the recommended styrofoam underlay Pergo suggested. Today I’d use a cork underlayment because I find it to be more environmentally friendly, and better for indoor air quality. Another reason I’d go that route is because I could hear the foam squeaking each time I stepped on the floor. I got used to it after awhile, but it wasn’t comfortable for me for several months. (your mileage may vary)

  68. Ihave a friend who installed Pergo flooring in her kitchen and dining room around 2 yrs. ago. She has a large dog, and now has floors that have been ruined, are buckled, etc. from where the dog had accidents. What about pets and this type of problem. I am considering Pergo, and I have a maltese and one cat. Help!

  69. Hi Pat,
    When I had my laminate flooring installed in my kitchen the installer chose to add a layer of wood glue between planks. The glue helped keep the moisture from getting down into the planks. So, I would suggest to have the floors glued to prevent the moisture damage if you feel accidents are probable. I would also recommend a rug in water prone areas.

  70. Dear Sir or Madam, if a laminate floor has a high VOC what are some effects, and how will you know if the product you brought has a high VOC? Thank you.
    Greg March

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