The bamboo flooring is very nice, but we heard it was also one of the softer varieties out there, so we stayed away from it. <br><br>We are very happy with the Bruce Baltic Plank Honey (oak species distressed) engineered hardwood floor we had installed in our new house. About $14/sq foot installed as I recall, maybe a bit more or less. <br><br><br><br>
Marg, if you have an IKEA store nearby, check out their Tundra flooring. It is a laminate, looks pretty good. Only about $2 a sq ft as I recall. I don't know how the workmanship is compared to Pergo, but might be worth checking it out. Actually, I did a bit of research on it and came to the conclusion that the same company that makes the Pergo makes the Tundra. So it may well be the same stuff, just under different brand names. It sure looks just about identical to Pergo. <br><br>
Loc: Syracuse, NY
Just recently refinished the hardwoods in the kitchen, dining area. When we had the floor installed we chose solid clear, red oak in a three inch width, with a natural finish. Looked at the prefinished floors from pergo amongst others but ultimately decided on "biting the bullet" and went for the real stuff. The only thing I would do differently is use an oil based poly rather than the water base. <br><br><br><br><br>
Looks really great! Gotta be careful though not to have any water related accidents with it in the kitchen, wood and water...well you know.<br><br>We were looking at laminates at first as well, but also decided to bite the bullet and go for the real thing. <br><br>Anyway, yours looks really great! <br><br>
Lori<br><br>Go with Armstrong inter-locking Laminate flooring.<br>Much Much better then the over rated Pergo.<br><br>I would NOT recommend Pergo to anyone - I wish I could have helped Hagen before his purchase of Pergo.<br><br>Pergo like Corian solid surfaces ARE name brand products - They cost more simply because they invented the products and marketed them first - Has nothing to do with quality.<br><br>Example<br>Pergo is made with Medium Density Partical Board with a paper backing. <--- A tiny bit of moister will buckle that flooring system<br><br>Armstrong is made with High Density fiber "MDF" with a Phonolic Laminate backing <---- Much better protection from moister<br><br>Inter-Locking means that you and hubbie can easily install the flooring - No hassel with gluing every joint and the glue causes swelling at the joints that gives the wave ripple effect.<br><br>I suggest<br>Buy the thicker "Blue" dubble sided foam moister barrier underlayment. Lay that down first - Then lay another Blue "single" side foam underlayment ontop of that. This will help to trap water between the 2 layers of foam plus the Armstrong laminate backing adds more protection then the Pergos Paper back.<br><br>Start the flooring at the center of a Hallway - Use a Chaulk Line !!!!<br><br><br>
The contractor said it was a pretty difficult job,<br><br>No Shiit<br>A contractor nearly went bankrupt installing a 1,600 square home.<br>The problem was the Home Owner bought Chinese Bamboo at which the manufactoring was well very crappy. All the bamboo thickness varied greatly.<br><br>The contractor had to barrel sand the entire floor and refinish it - Remember that Bamboo is very soft which made it very tricky. That poor slob came close to eating the whole job. I felt sorry for the guy, what a nightmare<br><br>
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