I had such high hopes on the new flooring I picked out for our
entry way, front room, and the dining room. Sometimes our best laid
plans don't work out as planned, do they?
My original plans were to tear out our existing carpet and hard wood floor,
and install laminate. Easy right, take the old out and install the new. I had
It's durable and with all of the reviews I've read it's one of the best products
out there as far as laminate goes and it looks like real wood. Don't get me
wrong, I love hard wood but I thought this would be a good alternative.
Pergo XP sample: color Highland Hickory
Here's the Pergo installed in the dining room and notice the after.
The installers came out to install the laminate and after they ripped
up the carpeting they noticed the difference in the floor heights. The
height of the existing wood floor was 3/4" compared to .039" laminate
height, this isn't going to work. Sorry to inform you that you are going
to have 1/2" gap under all of your door jams. What?? Why did the
measure guy or the sales associate at Home Depot not tell me this could
be a PROBLEM? Especially with knowing most wood heights are 3/4" thick.
UGH, this is not how this was suppose to work...
So after much discussion with the installers and Home Depot they ended up
putting down a brand new sub-floor to get the heights of the floors the same.
Now after this"unforeseen cost" as Home Depot put it of $1135 (we told them
no way so they brought it down 50% per my request) so $568 later we are
ready to go. The sub-floor went down and then they installed the laminate in the
dining room, and it looked great. However when you walked on the laminate,
the floor moved so much you could even see it move. Now I do realize laminate
floors are floating floors and they do "give or move" a little bit, but not this much.
Fast forward a day and the installers showed up to what they thought was to
continue installing the laminate floor. No, this project suddenly came to a complete
halt. I let them know how unhappy I was with all of the movement in the floor and
we had to find another solution. Again, with several more conversations with Home
Depot we now had 21 boxes of Bruce hard wood acclimating in our front room.
There was NO installation date, but we had the wood.
calling Home Depot again. They know me by name now.
Maybe the carpet wasn't so bad after all...
it on Facebook to share a little frustration. He's not a happy camper. What do you do
though; these things happen all the time.
Leaving you with a sample of the new wood waiting to be installed.
I will keep you posted. Sorry this post was so long, but it's a big ordeal
and I couldn't explain it in one paragraph. I'm not even telling you all the
details, I'll spare you those. Fingers crossed the installers return
this week to install the hardwood.