Some of the most frequently asked questions here at The Yellow Cape Cod have to do with my Sams Club floors. Three years ago, we installed Select Surfaces Canyon Oak laminate flooring from Sams Club in the lower level of our home (you can read about it here).
Just a few months ago, we went back to Sams for more Select Surfaces laminate (this time in Cocoa Walnut) and had it installed throughout the upstairs (you can read about that here).
Since posting about these transformations, I've received hundreds of questions from readers. Instead of continuing to respond individually, I thought it would be more helpful to do a blog post to answer the most frequently asked questions. Please keep in mind, the following answers are 100% honest, based my own humble opinion and experiences.
How do I clean them?
For daily cleaning, I use a broom or a dry Swiffer. For deeper cleanings, we use a damp cloth with a hot water/vinegar solution. We've also used laminate flooring cleaner which works nicely as well.
Do they have a hollow sound?
In comparison to real, solid, hardwood, floors they do have a different sound. However, when compared to other laminate products I've experienced, they have much less of a hollow or clicking sound. We have not had an issue with them being noticeably noisy, even after having them installed upstairs.
How have they held up, am I still happy with them?
They have held up wonderfully. After three years of use, I'm very happy with the quality. I feel they've been a durable option for our active family. They also have a timeless, authentic hard wood look that compliments the design style of our home.
Which color do I like better, Canyon Oak or Cocoa Walnut?
This is a tough one to answer. I like them both equally, though there are differences. Canyon Oak is not as dark as Cocoa Walnut, so it shows less dirt/dust. However, the dark rich color of Cocoa Walnut is absolutely gorgeous. Canyon Oak has a red undertone while Cocoa Walnut is more of a true dark brown with a slight ash undertone. In regard to the style, the Canyon Oak planks lay flush against each other while the Cocoa Walnut planks have a beveled edge that creates a slight groove between the planks. Canyon Oak is slightly shinier has more wood grain embossing than the Cocoa Walnut which has a smoother, more matte finish.
Did I have laminate installed on our stairs?
I did not use laminate on the stairs, however I did install it on the landing. Here is a blog post all about the stairs, please click here.
Was the product difficult to install?
I had our floors professionally installed by our local flooring installation expert, Gordie Cook from Design Floor Covering. Gordie followed the manufacturers instructions provided in the box. It went quickly and Gordie and his team had no issues during the process.
Was this project a sponsored advertising opportunity or an organic experience?
When I originally installed the Canyon Oak flooring, it was NOT a sponsored project. After sharing my experience with you here on The Yellow Cape Cod I was amazed by the response from readers telling me they had them installed based on my review. It didn't take long for the folks at Select Surfaces to notice either, which is how I was given the opportunity to do a sponsored review of the Cocoa Walnut product. Although I received free product for the Cocoa Walnut post, my positive review and satisfaction with the product is the same as my original, completely organic Canyon Oak post.
All things considered; looks, durability and price; these floors are wonderful for our lifestyle. We love how they have transformed our home and I would install them all over again in a heartbeat.
I hope this additional information is helpful! Thanks for stopping by.
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