Got A Bunch Of Generic Pergo At BJ's Wholesale Club
About 10 years ago we had some of that old original glue-together laminate flooring installed in our kitchen & family room. We got it from Ikea. The slats are glued together, but the laminate floor is not fastened to the subfloor. It just sits there, with a thin layer of springy plastic foam between the subfloor & the underside of the laminate floor. The floor is very nice, great looking, durable, easy to keep clean. We've been completely satisfied with it.
So a couple of years ago when we were faced with the need to redo the kitchen floor in a rental property we have in the western part of the county, we bought a bunch of generic laminate flooring from BJ's Warehouse Club that's just as nice as the Ikea laminate flooring, but lots easier to install. I don't remember the brand name; the stuff is made in France.
The French laminate flooring has foam cushioning already attached to the underside of each plank -- no need to cut & fit a separate layer of foam cusioning off a huge roll. Not only that, the French flooring from BJ's is glueless -- the tonge-in-groove joints are ingeniously made so that the plank edges snap together, fit together so well that the fine line between planks is virtually invisible, & are made so that the motion of walking on the floor pulls the planks tighter together rather than loosening them. It took The Chief Of Staff & me about 2 days to do the whole rental townhouse kitchen & dining area. The new floor looked great when we got done & still looked great the last time we were inside that property a year or so later.
So when we needed new flooring in another rental property that we have down in Upper East Tennessee, we bought a bunch more of that French-made laminate flooring from BJ's Wholesale Club, hauled it in the minivan down I-81 to Tennessee, & got about 1/3 of the living room done before turning the rest of the job over to an all-round skilled maintenance professional, who completed the living room & the large adjoining kitchen with large dining area. We haven't seen the completed job down there, but when we check it out next time we're in Upper East Tennessee I expect it will look as good as the kitchen floor The Chief Of Staff & I installed up here.
-- Alan Cole, McLean (Fairfax County), Virginia, USA.