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Old 03-10-2008, 09:29 AM
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cheap laminate flooring at Lowe's

Just thought I'd pass it along - but there's a screaming deal at Lowe's right now, if the stuff is still on the shelves. African Padauk is the name.

I was in the process of finding a bamboo floor for my living room...but on Friday, I was meandering thru Lowe's flooring department and found one of Pergo's Global Passage lines on clearance for 75 cents/sq. ft.

It's normally 2.97 square foot and it's got the underlayment already attached and available in 5" widths. I was able to find 1/4 round and the other transition pieces too. It's quality stuff and that price is ridiculous.

I had to go to two different stores to get the 19 boxes I needed.....but if you're considering a floor replacement (and please don't flame me for not going with real wood - I have 3 kids and a limited budget) and flexible on color options - this is a ridiculously good deal (in my opinion).

You might find that it's advertised for $1.50 a square foot instead of 75 cents (the second store I went to said that)....but Lowe's does a price match and I got it all for the cheaper price. If they give you a hard time, tell them the York, PA store has it at 75 cents and I can photocopy my reciept for Mshopper's.

Here's a linky to the pergo site with a sample...
http://www.pergo.com/shop/ProductInfo.aspx?productid=PW%2080518

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Old 03-10-2008, 09:47 AM
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That's an amazing price.

I guess the trend must be lighter wood floors now. I personally love darker wood. I wish I could find a deal as good on cork for my kitchen floor.
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Old 03-10-2008, 09:57 AM
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That's an amazing price.

I guess the trend must be lighter wood floors now. I personally love darker wood. I wish I could find a deal as good on cork for my kitchen floor.
It's all related to my mercedes too - I went to Lowe's on Friday to find gorilla tape to tape up my torn CVJ boot. Hopefully my axle will last longer than my cheap floor. Or maybe the other way around? I'm not sure which job is more tedious/expensive.

Our furniture doesn't match the new floor - so I'm pouring a couple test pieces tonight for a concrete end table/coffee table.

I'm going to try and use some of Quickcrete's red liquid pigment - and I have no idea how it will turn out....never tried red before.
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Old 03-10-2008, 10:05 AM
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Cool. Are you looking for a uniform solid color? I'm partial to patinas that age the appearance.
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Curious as to how it holds up. In the past I've always used solid oak floors but since I was working over a concrete basement floor, I used laminate in a rental apt back in December for the first time. (Sam's Club) I've soaked some scraps for days on end in water with no apparent damage. I've kept a couple of scraps and have been using them as cutting boards and running them through the dishwasher. They are holding up very well.
That's a really good price.
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Curious as to how it holds up. In the past I've always used solid oak floors but since I was working over a concrete basement floor, I used laminate in a rental apt back in December for the first time. (Sam's Club) I've soaked some scraps for days on end in water with no apparent damage. I've kept a couple of scraps and have been using them as cutting boards and running them through the dishwasher. They are holding up very well.
That's a really good price.
Haha...that's great, that's the first thing I did when I got home....I took the sample piece and soaked it in the sink.

I was really impressed with the quality of the Pergo stuff too. It's still a laminate - but compared to some of the other brands, and at that price....I couldn't refuse. I like that the underlayment is already attached also.

I'm dying to install it....but I'm waiting out the 48 hour acclimation process.


Oh and Chad - not sure yet on the concrete. I'm going to try two pieces......one with the concrete mixed first and the pigment sloshed in....and then a totally mixed up batch. I've seen some cool results with varied colors - we'll see which one my wife likes best.
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Old 03-10-2008, 11:17 AM
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tell me more about this concrete furniture
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Old 03-10-2008, 11:23 AM
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We have Pergo Laminate floors in kitchen of my house.



It has withstood the test of time quite well... 10 years of pans, water, children, mopping, chairs in and out, a Great Dane, lots of just stuff going on has not phased it.
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Old 03-10-2008, 11:43 AM
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awesome

glad to hear it hold up well.....the global passage line is their best stuff too.

TheDon - have you ever seen a concrete countertop? I have a pretty cool book that inspired me (http://www.amazon.com/Concrete-Countertops-Design-Finishes-Kitchen/dp/1561584843)

I've made some test pieces but never really had the time to tackle a countertop yet....so I've decided to try an endtable first. It's pretty simple - buy some MDF board, build a form - and cast it face down. You can color the concrete, inlay cool stuff, come up with crazy shapes.....the possiblities are endless. You can also inlay stained-glass that maybe your fellow dieselhead produces?

Right now - I'm just thinking of a 20" square, 2" slab with a flat stone cast into the top - and I haven't resolved the legs yet. Not sure if I want concrete - as I'll have a freaking end table that weighs 200#.

Here's a pic of something I had in mind...

I REALLY want to try and cast a concrete fireplace/hearth/surround too...but that's further down on the project list.
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Old 03-10-2008, 11:56 AM
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My glass is your glass. I've seen some furniture made where they buttered wood with mortar and waxed it to look like a heavier stone piece. They attached a mesh first so it was all block forms.

I saw some stone molds on eBay that I was considering using to make a stone face for my fireplace and hearth. It's painted brick now. I thought about casting enough to cobblestone my driveway, but I'm sure that's a bit ambitious.
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Old 03-10-2008, 01:26 PM
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The only thing to remember with the discontinued Laminate is that you better get enough for your job, and once it's gone, it is gone. A lot of the flooring at Lowe's is exclusive too, so you won't find it anywhere else.

A side note, Lowe's has some cheap CFL lightbulbs right now, they are going for $.99 each, they are the good 6500K daylight ones. I am not sure if all the stores will have them though. I know we sold at least 10 cases of them yesterday at my store
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Jordan -We would never flame you for being "fiscally responsible" and saving money on your flooring.
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Old 03-10-2008, 01:34 PM
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Jordan -We would never flame you for being "fiscally responsible" and saving money on your flooring.
Thanks Mistress - IIRC, Brian C. or somebody else posted a "laminate intall" thread and people we're being snarky about laminate.

Good point 123....that's why I went to 3 stores that day - I bought more than the 10% waste factor made during estimation. I have about 54 addtl. square feet - just in case.
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Jordan- You do know this requires after photos....this is a very visual crowd.
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At .75 SF it's in everybody's price range. Laminate flooring isn't known for long term usage quality, but it's definitely worth a try.

Good Luck!

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