31 Days of Building Character: More on The Floor


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Since my first post in my 31 Day Series, Building Character, I have received a few requests for more information on my new floors.  


Ask and ye shall receive...




Our builder grade spec home had wall to wall builder beige carpet.  We have lived here 7 years and have replaced the flooring 3 times.  Yes, 3 times in seven years.  



With three kids and a dog, we decided it was time to do something once and for all.  I started looking into hardwood not only for aesthetic character building reasons but, for practicality.  I soon realized that real hardwood floors really aren't all that practical.  

That's when I decided to explore the option of laminate.  I was shocked when I came across this flooring at Sam's Club (Select Surfaces in Oak).  The price was phenomenal, $1.50/sq foot.  Seriously!  I loved the look, I loved the maintenance-free finish, I love the easy installation and I loved the price. 


The best thing about this floor, other than the way it looks, is the commercial grade quality.  Exactly what is needed in my home.  The hand-scraping detail definitely makes it appear more like real hardwood. 

(Before)

(After)

 The wide planks click together in any pattern that you desire.  I chose the stair-step pattern.
I had the floor professionally installed.  The "click together" feature of this flooring makes it a great DIY project.  Since we had several adjoining rooms and not a lot of time on our hands, we decided to have a professional handle it.  



 It has completely transformed our home.  Even though it is not the real thing.  The only down side is the gasp we get from people when we tell them it's laminate.  Funny how we have to tell them, though...

To see the newest laminate flooring product from Select Surfaces, Click Here.  I just installed "Cocoa Walnut" laminate throughout my entire second level. 





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139 comments:

  1. Gosh! I wish this product had been around when we ripped out the 20 year old carpet in the house we bought. We chose laminate, too, but it's nothing like the one you have. Great choice. I do like the laminate in that it's been easy to CLEAN.

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  2. I have the same floor and we have everybody fooled too:)

    Blessings,
    Linda

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    1. Have you blogged about your floors? You do not have a search label on your blog and was just wanting to read about your experience with this flooring. I just can not decide on flooring for my living room. I have six grandchildren that visit often and the light carpet in my living room has got to go. Thanks!

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  3. Beautiful floors..amazing difference and what a steal at that price!! Beautiful blog too..I follow!

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  4. I don't think the *gasp* is a bad thing - I think you're probably changing people's feelings on laminate with that gorgeous floor!

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  5. OMG those floors are lovely!!! Your home was already absolutely gorgeous and the floors have taken you to a new level of gorgeousness!! Phenomenal character!!!

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  6. LOVE them! BTW, WHAT are the gorgeous wall colors in your dining room and living room? MUST know! love it!

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  7. Thanks for the extra info on the floors! After we got our puppy (and spilled an entire can of paint on our carpet) it became clear our carpet was going to have to go sooner rather than later. I always hated it anyway. :-)

    This flooring sounds like a wonderful option to consider! Our hardwoods are right through the MIDDLE of our house so I don't know exactly how to connect it all together with new flooring, but it seems so affordable it might be worth redoing the entire house!

    Your floors are lovely!! :-)

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  8. The floors set off your furnishings just beautifully! I can't believe the price and that they are laminate.

    I will be looking into this as I HATE my tile floors that came with the house, even though they are 18", the grout is just the worst! I just don't like them throughout all the living areas. I want a warmer look.

    Thanks for sharing this great product.

    xoxo Bunny Jean
    Wednesday's bunny Hop Party!

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  9. Wow! You could never tell by the photos! I love the way the floors add so much warmth to your home...so pretty!
    -Shelley

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  10. This is just awesome. I showed it to my husband tonight. He is ready to tear out the carpet and hardwood on our first floor to replace with what you have! He can do it himself so we should be able to afford it. Thanks so much for sharing!

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  11. definitely going to check this out at our Sams

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  12. I have seen this flooring at Sam's club, but was really skeptical of it's quality. Wow does it look nice! Might reconsider, as laminate is so much more practical with kids and a dog!

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  13. Beautiful - BUT I hate the hollow sound laminate floors make when you walk on them. I'll pay more for wood...

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    1. We have the exact same floor in our new house almost 2000 sq ft of it and it does not have the hollow sound like the cheaper laminates. It has the padding built onto the back of each piece of wood. Love this floor would definitely buy it again. Our builder suggested it over hardwood. He put real hardwood in his house two years ago and his wife begs him to remove it from the den and put this in like they have in their living room. He said the upkeep of the real wood is horrible.

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    2. I have that same concern too...that the hollow sound will be there. Nice to hear that this type doesn't do that. Anyone else to 2nd that? I will post here if we end using this type from Sam's.

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    3. My parents real wood floors were appraised at $60k (they installed themselves so they didn't have that much in them) The floors were junk and all scratched up by their dogs toe nails and looked horrible anywhere a rug was if the rugs were removed because it had rectagled wear marks in the floors. Even the floor protectors for under computer chairs caused a huge patch of damage. The floors didn't even last 6mo without looking horrible. They reciently built a new home and purchased laminate from Sam's and nothing scratches it and it looks new. Go with laminate and have someone experienced install it. We too have laminate in part of our house and it holds up to 90lb dogs and kids just fine.

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    4. We did 1600 sq feet in this flooring Upon the advice of our installer we added premium quality padding even though it already has a thin pad attached. No hollow sound. Easy to clean and we surprise all of our visitors when we tell them it is laminate. Love them!

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    5. I have the same floor I bought at Sam's and was concerned about the clicking or hollow sound also. I put a sound insulation under it just to be sure and I haven't had one person who looks at it or walks on it know that it was not hardwood flooring. I am a purchasing manager for a national home builder and had the choice of hardwood and could have gotten if for free. But because I have a dog and have seen through the years how bad hardwood looks after just a year or 2, I went with the Canyon Oak Laminate. I installed it myself in my living room and after living with it for six months I am about to install it in the rest of my house. I am going to skip the sound insulation this time as I think the pad that come with it should be enough. Just a vapor barrier under should be fine.

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  14. Can you please tell me the style and manufacturer. I called SAMs and they rudely said we have 5 types and don't know what I'm asking about :(

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  15. Hey Yolonda, It is Select Surfaces in Canyon Oak. I hope that helps. Sorry they were rude.

    Best regards,
    Sarah

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    1. How is this floor as far as upkeep? What do you do to clean/mop it? Does it show footprints and smudges at all? We have a shiny laminate floor that we can't keep clean at all, looking for options to substitute ours with.

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    2. I have this floor (actually got it because of this blog!) and it really is as good as everyone is saying it is! :) fingerprints do not show at all (I have three kids). I clean it with the wet swiffer which works great. Hope this helps! :)

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  16. I love your flooring! I also love your wall color in the dining room! Do you know the name of the color? Thanks!

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  17. WOW. That floor is beautiful. I'm curious to know whether you can lay it on top of cement or do you have to put a layer? Also, does it sound hollow to walk on? It's time to do my hallway, living room and kitchen/dining room. Thanks for your help.
    azspider13@yahoo.com

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  18. Wow! I didn't even know you could get laminate that looks like that! I love the look, and the price, eve better! And the next time people ask if it's real - turn it back on them. "Do you think it's real?" ;-)

    Jenny
    www.EvolutionofStyleblog.blogspot.com

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  19. Would you mind sharing the color you painted your dining room? Thanks so much! Love the flooring:)

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  20. We have very similar laminate floors and LOVE them!! We always get compliments on them and gasps when we tell people that they are laminate.

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  21. Truly beautiful and I have convinced my husband to put them in our home. We start this weekend :) One question though, what do you use to clean them? I have heard conflicting things regarding cleaning laminate flooring and have heard that it is difficult to get it clean without leaving a film. We have 2 dogs and will be cleaning them a lot :) Thanks in advance!!

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  22. Can you share the new color in the dining room - exquisite!

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  23. Thanks for the wonderful comments on the dining room paint color. It is "Crevecour" by Martha Stewart.

    The floor does have a slight hollow sound but, it's not as bad as other laminates I have seen. So far, I have found a Swiffer Mop works the best for cleaning.

    Regards,
    Sarah

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    1. i love the paint color, it goes with the one I already have in my living room, and I think I might be able to pull your paint color off in my main bathroom. Thank you for telling the paint name.

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    2. Saw this blog on Sunday- the wall color was on my dining room walls by Tuesday! Love it!!!

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  24. Where did you find your lanterns on your coffee table? I'm obsessed with them but don't want to spend a fortune! Awesome style!

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  25. I have already been down to Sam's and YES, they do have the flooring, but NOT the door mouldings... Where did you get yours? Please help!

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  26. I love, love, love your new floors! My husband and I have been wanting to install laminate in our dining room and kitchen, but haven't found the "right" one. After stumbling upon your blog and seeing what you have done, I think we are going to have to use the same flooring you did. I read on the Sam's website it comes with a foam backer attached. Did you install additional foam, or was the pre-attached sufficient? Thank you so much!

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  27. I am encouraged by your floors because I just put some engineered wood in almost the same color as yours. I am looking to see what kinds of rugs you put down. I would welcome any suggestions you have for me re: colors and styles of rugs for my space.

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  28. So I am VERY new to home decor and I have no idea what you did to your walls to give it the two toned look. Are those white panels on your walls? Do u mind sharing where you got them and how much it cost to do?

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  29. NEVER MIND! lol i just discovered all your posts about wainscotting and picture molding :)

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  30. Where did you purchase your buffet table? I LOVE it!

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  31. Sam's Club should be paying you. I've been debating this floor because my past experience with laminate (years ago) wasn't great. But I saw this and scratched at it with my keys on the display and couldn't hurt the stuff. I have a dog who cannot always be trusted and so I've been concerned about how this would hold up. Yours looks fabulous. Thank you so much for sharing.

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  32. I bought this exact same floor just because I saw it here on your blog and I loved it! We put it in almost 1000 square feet of our main living area and it is perfect and I absolutely love it! I'm so glad I found your blog and that you gave the information so I could get this! You can check it out here: http://danandhaleyhill.blogspot.com/2011/11/flooring-extravaganza.html. Thanks!

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  33. I bought a box of this, laid it out at home and wanted to love it. Love the color, love the rustic quality, the NOT-plastic sound, and the wide planks. BUT I just can't get around the uniform lines/ridges that are used to simulate handcraping. If they were random, this flooring would be incredible. Anyone else that has installed this floor notice it? I'm afraid my eye will be drawn to it constantly and ruin it for me - it's the ONLY thing that makes this floor look fake!

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  34. Anonymous, I have not noticed that. I had the planks laid in a stair step pattern which I think helped to create a random-ness to the scraping detail. I am very happy with the look and after having it for a few months, I would make the same decision. I always say that nothing is as beautiful as real hard wood floors but I think this product is second best. Thanks for chiming in :) Best, Sarah

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  35. Thank you.....maybe I'll buy another box, mix them up and see what happens. I sooooooo want this floor!

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  36. I am really considering using this flooring when I replace our carpet. I just want someone who has used this product to tell me if this laminate really sounds funny when you walk on it like I keep reading about. Does it make a difference? I am going to be putting it in the dining room, foyer, great room, master bedroom, stairs, second floor hallway, and at least one bedroom used as my sewing room. This is a huge area and I am scared of making a costly mistake. It looks so good in the pictures. Help?

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  37. I bought a box to test out.....with the thick padding, it sounds much less hollow than most laminates. The only thing I didn't like was the too-unfirorm lines that simulate the handscraping - buy a box and spread it out at home, walk on it and see what you think. What I ended up selecting is the Golden Arowana stranded bamboo flooring at Costco. It's real, it's uniclic for a floating installation and is stunning...$1.00 more per square foot. Won't be installing for a couple of months yet (when remodel is done), but I can't wait. Did the same thing - bought a box and spread it out and I can't take my eyes off it!

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  38. what color, manufacturer is the dining room paint color?

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  39. Love this look! We are planning to lay about 2000sq ft of this product instead of our current mismatched and dated laminate and hardwood. I was on the Sam's website and only saw Canyon Oak and Vintage Oak. Did you use one of those colors. Didn't see a plain Oak.

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  40. Love it! I'm so sick of my forest green carpet. This is happening this year.

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  41. Everything looks beautiful! Can you tell me where you got your circle mirror and striped curtains? Thank you!!

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  42. I love this floor and I need need need ti!!

    Is it this?
    http://www.samsclub.com/sams/shop/product.jsp?productId=prod2990117

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  43. I love this floor and need need need it!!

    Is this it?
    http://www.samsclub.com/sams/shop/product.jsp?productId=prod2990117

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  44. We are considering these floors, they look beautiful in your home. I just wanted to know if you still love them even after these months. We have six kids so we need extra durability. Love your blog you amazingly talented, thanks for sharing your talent!

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  45. I want those curtains! Where did you get them?

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  46. I have been looking at new flooring for years and cannot seem to pull the trigger on it. I have a pier and beam house and the current wood floors crackle. It makes my husband crazy. My living room, kitchen, and dining room are all one big room basically. Would you recommend them in a kitchen or bathroom? I want to be able to mop often as I also have an inside fur baby and three boys. Also, I had a friend that had glossy finish floors and you could see every footprint. They wore socks all over the house to keep from leaving bare feet footprints. Do you constantly have to sweep and shine your floor?

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  47. Oh wow...I just found your site. We too have the builder's grade home with cheap, beige carpet. We've been here 8 years and it has GOT TO GO! We are looking for budget friendly. I have always despised laminate flooring...until I went to my vet of all places. (I think they use the same flooring you have.) Between you and them, I am sold! Plus...your dining room looks exactly like the area I am flooring. Makes it easy to visualize.

    Can't wait to check out the rest of your blog!
    -Kristen

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  48. We just installed the same thing in our master bedroom, it actually looks just like your floors. We LOVE them and so does everyone else when they see it. We are also going to put it in another bedroom, the hallway and dining room.

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  49. Beautiful! Just saw it at sams today! Curious what are your paint colors?

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  50. I have been looking for a buffet for my dining room. I love the one in the picture. Where is is from?

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    1. Hi there, the buffet was a thrift store find. It was a dresser that I painted black. Thanks!

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  51. I love the curtains.. Where did you find?

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  52. I love the curtains, where did you find?

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  53. I really like your dinning room wall color! Is the picture with the wood floor and the floor with carpet the same wall color ? I like the wall color in the picture with the wood floor but I'm not sure if it's a different color or just the lighting in the room.

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  54. I put laminate in my house and people constantly comment on the beautiful wood flooring. Why bother correcting them?

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  55. I have had 2 houses with wood and our new home is going to be laminate. I am tired of scratches, dents, water stains and fading from the sun. Getting laminate and happy about it!

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  56. I have really enjoyed looking at your site and getting inspiration. I went to the Martha Stewart paint section, but there were no paint samples for "Crevecour" or "Coir". Have these colors been discontinued?

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  57. Not quite sure why you don't believe real hardwoods are practical I have had them in every room including laundry, kitchen, baths, etc., they hold up beautifully with little care. I can always tell when someone has used laminate as opposed to hardwoods they sound differently when walked upon. I'm sorry but I would not trade my beautiful hand-scraped Brazilian cherry hardwoods for laminate flooring regardless of the grade.

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  58. I can't believe this is laminate flooring! I'm contemplating doing my floors and was debating over hard wood or laminate.

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  59. We have the same brand from SAMs in their walnut finish in about 800 sq ft of our basement and also love it! The price is absolutely unbeatable! And the quality is phenomenal. Hubby and I installed outselves pretty easily. I have seen the canyon oak in store and wondered what it would look like in a home and it is absolutely gorgeous! Thank you for sharing!

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  60. I was wondering where you purchased your dinning room rug? I have been looking for something just like that.
    Thanks

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  61. We just put this exact flooring in our main living room, kitchen and dining room. It looks amazing! Thanks for sharing the info, it is exactly what we have been looking for and couldn't be happier. I have not noticed any "hollow" sound (agree with another comment about the padding underneath helps) and as far as the detailing on the planks, as long as the planks are in a random pattern you would never know.

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  62. I was wondering how they sound? BEAUTIFUL!!

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  63. Just ordered a box from Sam's to see how it looks in our dining room. Wonderful post!

    What kind of dog do you have - so cute!

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  64. I also have hardwood floor throughout my house, except bathrooms, and have no problems with it. I think istandbys up to everything, is easy to clean, and looks wonderful.

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  65. We are ready to change our flooring and I am wondering how it has held up for you since you have had it now for awhile.

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  66. I looooove those black and white curtains! Where did you get them?

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    1. Thanks, Sandy, here is the link:
      http://www.theyellowcapecod.com/2011/12/diy-striped-drapes.html

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  67. Things to remember about laminates! We are on our second set of expensive, professionally installed laminates in our kitchen, breakfast room and sunroom. They absolutely, positively CANNOT take water! If an errant ice cube finds it's way onto your floor and melts before you see it, it will cause the seams to buckle (think old laminate countertops that swell up!), if your fur baby happens to have an accident and you don't see it right away, it will "swell up"! Every water drop shows and the manufacturer's suggested cleansers leave messy looking films on the floor. We also have in dining room that we don't use very much and in the downstairs bedroom-those we installed ourselves and they seem to be tighter fitting and of course, not as many water "accidents" in those two rooms. I would love to replace with hardwoods, but not in budget.

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    1. Thanks for the info, something to consider. However, I have not had the same experience. I have these floors in the kitchen and have not had issues with water damage, swelling or buckling, even after a fridge leak. Murphie has had a few accidents that have cleaned up great. Thanks for sharing your experience. Best of luck with the new floor:) Sarah

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    2. I've had laminate flooring in my kitchen, dining room, and family room (which also serves as the entry area from the garage for our family of 4) for 10+ years and haven't had any buckling or any other type of damage issues either...and I am a very messy cook. I've dropped things, had cubes melt, major cooking spills, etc.
      It does creak some with weather changes as it is a floating laminate, but it does have the foam backing so I don't hear the hollow sound that's been mentioned.
      As far as cleaning, we vacuum it regularly and then use WilsonArt Flooring Cleaner on a swiffer type mop for heaver cleaning.
      LOVE, LOVE, LOVE my laminate floor!

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  68. I had laminate wood-look flooring from Sam's Club installed throughout my home 2 years ago, and it has been wonderful! Guests comment on my "wood" floors. I have a young child who has friends over often - they have spilled juices, and have even hidden the accident for days before telling me, and still, my floors look great. They are easy to clean and look beautiful!

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  69. Hi...where did you find the black buffet in the dining room? thanks!

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    1. Hello...here is a link on the buffet :)
      http://www.theyellowcapecod.com/2011/10/31-days-of-character-building-thrifted.html

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    2. thanks so much :)

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  70. For all of you with laminate and claim it is easy to clean, how are you doing it? I have very similar laminate to what is shown here, which we love, but it shows everything. I have been told repeatedly not to use water and definitely not a steamer. We clean it on our hands and knees currently and would love a better way. Suggestions please?

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    1. What a bummer. Sorry to hear that about your floor. I don't have the same issue. Mine are pretty forgiving. I use a dry swiffer for dust bunnies and chunky stuff (eww...). I have a cleaning service that cleans them with a light mist of vinegar/water and a microfiber cloth. They clean up very well. I have heard if you use fabric softener on your cloths that it will leave a streaky film on your floors. If I were you, I would contact the manufacturer of your product directly and ask for suggestions.

      Thanks for stopping by!
      Sarah

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    2. I vacuum regularly then use a microfiber mop and Wilsonart Floor Cleaner for more in depth cleaning once a week or every other week.

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  71. Were you able to find matching transition strips? I read that was a problem people were having because SAMs didn't have any.

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    1. The transition strips have to be ordered directly from Select Surfaces. Sams does not carry them. Their contact information is included in the box of flooring. However, I did not order transition strips from them, I was able to find some that matched at Home Depot. Hope that helps, Sarah

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    2. Do you happen to know what color/brand you used?

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  72. Did you have any trouble finding the matching transition strips? I read some reviews that they couldn't find any that matched. Looks very nice, I have seen it on display at sam's before.

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    1. The transition strips have to be ordered directly from Select Surfaces. Sams does not carry them. Their contact information is included in the box of flooring. However, I did not order transition strips from them, I was able to find some that matched at Home Depot. Hope that helps, Sarah

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  73. I am leaning towards installing this floor, but had a question. Does it stay looking clean or show all the dust? I don't want to be swiffering four times a day to keep it looking nice.

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    1. suppose that depends on you and your house - I have laminate installed in the main area of our house - where we come in off the garage, the kitchen, family room, dining room and swiffer my floor maybe 2x a week. Like any totally flat flooring, you will see any little piece of stuff that gets walked in (small rocks from shoes etc) but it's no different than having tile, hardwood or linoleum flooring in that respect.

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  74. I have hardwood floors and I can't stand them! They are buckled and scratched. If you have pets and/or kids, laminate is the way to go! If installed properly water will not be a problem. I believe they seal the seems in areas such as bathrooms or kitchens. We have been searching for a good laminate and found your blog in the process. Just bought a box to see how it would look in our space. It is absolutely gorgeous! The price for the quality simply can't be beat. It saved us so much on our project that I have enough left to upgrade my countertops to quartz! Thank you, thank you, thank you for sharing this!

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  75. We just installed this same flooring from Sams...Canyon Oak. I love love love it! The only downside has been that the long transition pieces in this color are no longer available on the Select Surfaces web site so we will have to match it from lowes in another brand. We love it so much we decided to do our stairs in it as well.

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    1. Just curious, do you know what color/brand you used to match it? We are installing and haven't found a match yet.

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  76. i just purchased about 1200 square feet of this flooring from sams club this past weekend. I close on my home in about a week. Any suggestions on installation??

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  77. They have stacks of them at Sams club!! go there...What is the brand and color at Lowes that is close to this? Thanks

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  78. OMGeeeee, been trying to figure out flooring for my two rambunctious four legged babies. They do laps around my dining room table, that no one can stop them from doing, they just have to get it out of their system, then it's down time! so I know hardwood is not the way to go. Been looking at the ceramic (wood-look) tile, but dang there's not too many color choice I really love, and the price, si not to budget friendly. This stuff looks beautiful! and the price is nice. I had looked at Lowe's the guy showed me some really good looking stuff, but still $4 sf. This is a price I can be serious about! Thanks for posting!

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  79. We installed wood floors in our whole house 20 years ago and they still look great. Oh sure, the kitchen is a bit worn, but no buckling or anything of that sort---in spite of water accidents. For me, it was a great investment over 20 years.

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  80. So I'm excited about this flooring! I have a 60 year old home with REAL hardwoods that it would take a fortune to repair and maintain. Is it possible to install laminate floors like these OVER hardwoods? Is that a crazy idea?? I will never put carpet down anywhere in common areas again!

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  81. Love the floors. They look fantastic. Hoping to make a decision soon on floors and your photos and comments have really helped. I do have one question though...not about floors, but about the laterns.

    Where did you find them? I have been looking for 3 just that size and I love their shape and style. Hoping you can lead me in the right direction so I can have those in my home soon!

    Thank you so very much.

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  82. Love it! It really warmed your house up. Love the look of wood floors!

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  83. Those floors are gorgeous and I never would of guessed... laminate!! We have real wood floors downstairs (that we recently refinished ourselves). But have laminate in all 4 bedrooms upstairs (got rid of all the carpet in the house!). Its been about 5 years since we put it in and it doesn't look anything like this! They've come a long way since we've done ours. Might have a re-do in my near future...;)

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  84. Beautiful floor! It just says warm and cozy all over! Thanks for sharing!

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  85. I love looking at your home...I always come back to your blog for inspiration. Can you please share where you purchased your dining room rug? Black and white? THanks

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  86. We are considering laying about 2000 sq ft of these floors in the home we just purchased. We have 2 crazy kids and 3 crazy dogs so at this time, real wood is NOT an option because my hubby and I are too anal about the scratches (we have wood in our current home now). We figure we would put these in (they are beautiful) and let them destroy them for the next 10 years and then lay something really nice once they are older. To all that installed them, please tell me how they have held up. Thank you!!!

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  87. I know this has nothing to do with your floors (which look AMAZING BTW) but I absolutly LOVEEEEE your black and beige curtains!!!!!....mind sharing where you bought them? Thanks in advance!

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  88. Here's another comment that has nothing to do with your floors, but did you buy those lanterns with the things inside it already or did you do that yourself? And if so how?

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  89. I LOVE, LOVE the round mirror, where did you get it from? Thanks!

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  90. We have this same floor at my work place ~ I work for a general contractor. We especially needed flooring to stand-up to workers coming in with dirty boots, but attractive floors to show to our customers. Customers are always amazed to find out it is laminate! This flooring is so great and easy to keep clean; it is now going to be installed in our home later this year to replace all the carpeting. Always wanted hardwood, but with 3 big dogs and contant stream of guests in our home, we need a sturdy floor - this is it!

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  91. My comment is about your dark doors. I love them! Question is did you paint both sides or just the one side?

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  92. We are in the process of installing these very same floors in our living room. Our couch has made two huge scratches. We just got some felt to go under the furniture. Does any one else have any issues with scratches? How do you handle the scratches? I really want to keep the flooring it does look beautiful! My husband is ready to tear them out!

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    1. Hi Anonymous, I am suprised to hear that. We have not had any issues with scratching. We are pretty tough on them too. I would put felt under the sofa. Best, Sarah

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    2. Anonymous,
      We have had these same floors for over 2 years, and have never had an issue with scratches or anything at all. We have 4 grandchildren, 2 dogs, and lots of people in and out and they still look brand new.

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  93. Love your ideas. Where is the dining table from?

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  94. I love the shelf in your TV room! Where did you get it from?

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  95. Just wondering if you are still happy with the flooring. I am in the process of picking out flooring now.

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  96. HI Sarah,

    I love the rug in your dining room...is it black and white? DO you mind telling me where you found it? :) Thanks!

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  97. I am thinking about installing this same flooring material in my house. how is it holding up ? I am planning to do the living room and family room and the study..

    Thanks and it looks great!

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  98. We built our home 15 years ago and had Pergo flooring installed downstairs and hardwood upstairs. Our laminate was never a problem until our main water shutoff valve began to leak and leaked for more than 4 months before it buckled the laminate. (No lectures on letting it go that long, please.) My point is: good quality laminate like this and others don't buckle just because the dog goes on them. Before we installed this to replace the 15 yod floors, I bought a box, laid it out and poured water on it and waited for the floors to buckle and it didn't happen after waiting 2 days, so we installed it. BTW I mop it with a steamer using a mix of vinegar and water. Two years later and still no problem.

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  99. We have this same hardwood flooring from Sams Club as well. We installed it 2 years ago and it looks as good now as it did when we first installed it. We also did a scattered pattern in our entry way which is quite large and our study off the entry and it looks amazing!! No one has yet to guess it is a laminate, because there is no hollow sound what so ever!! Don't hesitate to buy this flooring from Sams Club as it is a great product and you won't be sorry.

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  100. I am trying to order the flooring through Sam's Club and it doesn't same how many square feet are in a box. How can I figure out how many boxes to order?

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  101. How many square feet are in a box? I can't find that information anywhere and I don't know how many boxes to order.

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  102. Does Sam's Club do the install or did you contract privately? We were looking at a similar floor from Lowes at $1.70/sq ft, but when the estimate came back it was about $10/sq ft with install. Is that typical? I have no clue! Thanks!

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  103. I love the look of your floor and am installing the same one this week. I've heard a lot of comments about cleaning them properly. Can you tell me what you use to clean these laminate floors?? Thanks!

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  104. I am installing the same floor this week and cannot wait to see it! I have heard a lot of comments about cleaning it properly. Can you tell me what you use to clean your laminate floor? Thank you!!

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  105. 16.91 square feet are in one box. (I just purchased this myself!)

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  106. Installing this everywhere but our kitchen. Love what we have finished so far, but I can't figure out this part: how do you abut this flooring with the kitchen tile? We have a span of about 30 ft where the tile runs into where the laminate will go. The thresholds they sell at Sam's won't hold up for that long a stretch. What did you do?

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  107. Where are the curtains from?

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  108. I realize this blog is about your gorgeous floors, but where did you get your lanterns and do you know their size/price? Thanks!

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  109. I was just wondering, does your dog she'd much? My dog has lighter colored hair and I'm wanting darker flooring, just wondering if that's a bad idea with my dog who sheds half it's weight weekly!

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  110. I was just wondering, does your dog she'd much? My dog has lighter colored hair and I'm wanting darker flooring, just wondering if that's a bad idea with my dog who sheds half it's weight weekly!

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    1. I have to sweep my house every single day, and sometimes twice because my white terrier sheds everywhere! She's not even a very long haired dog! But when I think about it, all that hair use to just hide in the carpet.

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  111. We installed this flooring in our bedroom over a year ago and love it. Yesterday, we began installing it in the rest of our home (bedrooms, dining, living, and foyer). After 15 years, two kids, and spills galore; the berber is going!

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  112. Any issues with installing this in a kitchen? Is it durable in a kitchen? LOVE the floors!

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  113. Love the drapes with the blackstripes ! here did you get them?

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