Laminate Flooring Part 1

I got several questions about my kitchen remodel.  To read more about it…

Click here to read Part I of the Distressed Cabinet Tutorial
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here to read Part II of the Distressed Cabinet Tutorial

Click here to read Part III of the Kitchen Makeover Extras

We always knew we wanted laminate flooring in our house.  While tile is beautiful, it is very cold and there is some amount of upkeep to it.  Hardwood flooring wasn’t even an option with two very small kiddos and a small budget. Tim and I have refinished wood flooring before and we think it is absolutely beautiful but for the season in life we are in we chose laminate flooring for several reasons.

After reading the November 2009 issue of The Family Handyman I was totally ready to get started on our flooring issue.  Yes, I get a men’s handyman magazine, no it is not my husband’s subscription, thankyouverymuch!  In the article on laminate flooring they used wording like…

“High-end laminates are nearly bullet-proof…”

“It’s a good choice for high-traffic areas…”

“Choose laminate flooring if you are on a budget…”

“Choose laminate flooring if you have high-traffic areas with pets or kids…”

“Choose laminate flooring if surface moisture is an issue”

Kids, high-traffic area and leaky sippy cups = laminate flooring!  Since I have had laminate flooring before I also know it is REALLY easy to clean.  So we decided to take the plunge when Menards was having their flooring sale.

Our linoleum had taken a beating for sure.  It was definitely the lowest grade flooring option available I am sure.

Burn holes in it…read story here

IMG_1170 Vacuum cleaner skid marks…

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Gouges of linoleum missing from who knows what…IMG_1167Tim and I have installed laminate flooring three times so we knew what we were getting into.  It is a lot of work but it is fairly easy.  It is kind of like building a puzzle.  It is a floating floor so it is literally floating on top of the linoleum.  Plus it is a tongue and groove click, so the pieces click together very easily.

This project is not for a beginner.  You need to have a decent working knowledge of saws.  But as far as remodeling and flooring goes it is pretty straightforward.

We chose the laminate that had the underlayment glued on the back for ease and because we liked the coloring better.  The brand we got was Tarkett because it has an AC4 rating which is a better durability rating.  The color we got was called Exotic Tigerwood.  We chose it because of the variations of color in it.  It was $1.69 sq. foot on sale.

We have ALOT of flooring, 450 square feet to be exact.  We had to buy 22 boxes of flooring and 13 transition pieces.  The total cost of the flooring was $896.47. It was a huge chunk of change but we believe it added value to our home and every time I look at it I am happy.

One of the areas that bothered me daily was this…

IMG_1175Why would there be a patch of carpet from the front door and garage door before you hit the kitchen?  This carpet got so worn and dirty because it was a main thoroughfare.  The minute I got the chance to rip it up I did.IMG_1328Now there is a hard surface from all the doors into the kitchen and all is right in my world.

I will post about the Laminate Part 2 tomorrow which will include a brief tutorial, time breakdown, etc.