Glad to have found this forum! We have been looking at laminate to put over the existing vinyl floor in our kitchen/entryway/hall. A display of Armstrong Quicklock at Lowe's started it all (we started out looking at vinyl), but now after doing some research, we're leaning towards the Uniclic Quick-Step Sound which has a preattached underfloor. The idea would be to do it ourselves, since the budget is tight-- if we need to hire an installer we're probably back to looking at vinyl.
There are a few things I can't seem to find answers about-- maybe someone has ideas?
Is the preattached underfloor on this product all we need? That is what the installation instructions seem to suggest, even for a kitchen. I did see in the warranty that when installing in kitchens, the edge gaps need to be filled with Uniclic sealant.
How big a project is installation? I figure the area is less than 300 sq. feet, but it is FULL of corners, doors, and angles. I don't think there's a continuous straight wall more than 3 or 4 feet long anywhere in the area that's not interrupted by something. I'm fairly handy and careful to follow instructions but have seen no installation guidance on how to deal with angles and corners when there's no continuous straight wall. Does this still sound doable?
For making all those cuts, is a jigsaw enough, or do we need more?
There are also a bunch of squeaks in our existing floor which I imagine we should try to fix somehow before doing this.
Appreciate greatly any advice! Thanks!