09:24AM | 02/23/03
Member Since: 10/17/02
11 lifetime posts
How strong are the seams on laminate flooring? We are building a modular home and want a hard surface floor for the living, family and dining room. We would like to use laminate wood floors instead of real wood floors because of the cost, but my husband is concerned the tongue and grooves on the laminate floors might snap when he rolls across the seams in his wheelchair. Also, will laminate wood floors scratch easily (the wheels pick up small rocks etc in the treads). One last question, can the finish be damaged from wheels turning (stretching the top)? We have vinyl sheet flooring in our kitchen now, and the top surface has come loose from the backing. If you have any suggestions on flooring, please respond.


07:03PM | 02/23/03
Member Since: 01/26/03
542 lifetime posts
there are two products called laminates, (1) is the "pergo" type product,not real wood but a "photo"type copy of wood. if the floor is flat you won't break the T & G and they are very hard to scratch,i dont think the wheel chair can hurt the floor.but the "little rocks" will cut up any floor.
the other laminate,is a real hard wood ,made in layers(like a plywood) now most people in the flooring business call them "engineered
flooring" and they can scratch pretty easily so i dont think that would be a good choice.
in your situation i would try "pergo type"flooring or a good quality sheet vinyl .be sure to look at a congolum sheet vinyl called ULTIMA ...GOOD LUCK
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