FLOOR CREW: Shaw laminate?

So, I did some searches on here and google and found that QuickStep is considered a pretty good laminate floor. I was looking to order some for our project, but I can’t find a store around here that actually carries it so that I can get a look first hand.

We’re sort of pressed for time (need to get this room done before the 24th), so I don’t have much time to mess around with ordering online samples and such, so I’m wondering what opinions (if any) you guys might have on Shaw laminate floors. I was looking at them at Menards and they "looked nice." I know this means jack shit, though, as it tells me nothing about their quality.

Also, what other brands that are carried at the major hardware stores might you guys recommend? 3M at Home Depot, for instance. I know Pergo is considered mainstream but not so great.

I don’t necessarily want to buy in person, but I’d like to get a look at them in person in the next day or two so that I can order online and have them here on time.

Thanks in advance.
The Shaw floors are real nice. I work at Menards. The Shaw floors look better because they have what is called a registered embossed texture. This means that the texture actually relates to the picture of the wood on the board. Its probably one of our most popular floors because of the warranty and when it goes on sale its usually 2 bucks a square foot.

Otherwise, I know all the stores have it, but its discontinued. Its by Diamondplate. The boards are narrower, and are 3 different lengths. This floor has a lifetime warranty and I know it will hold up because it was installed in one of the display kitches for years and always looked good.
Sweet, thanks! I know the Shaws look nice, but how are they in terms of quality/durability? Any idea how bad they are about moisture?
The quality and stuff seems very nice, I have put a couple displays together and they went together real smooth, no real issues. As far as durability goes, we have only sold it for a little over a year, so I haven’t heard alot of feedback. But i haven’t heard anything bad about it, most stores should have just gotten some of it installed in the display kitches in the back of the store. So that will be a good test. Actually, now that I think of it a couple of them have had the tile look floors down for a while and they still look great.

As far as moisture and laminate goes. Most of them lock together pretty tightly and moisture is not going to want to soak thru it. however, yes if you let it sit there for a while it might. The worst spot for moisture on a laminate is on the cut edges where there is nothing to protect it. The relative humidity in the room will ‘stick’ to the walls and get into the edges of the floor. this generally isn’t a big deal because the floors are designed to take some of this and expand and contract anyways, hence being a floating floor. This is the same reason alot of them aren’t recomended for bathrooms. But, if you take the correct steps, you can install laminate anywhere you want.

Make sure you get a good pad also. Are you installing this over wood or concrete?
Installing over concrete. Thanks for all the info, BTW…

Like I said, its what I do, so its not a big deal.

Make sure you use a 6 mil or better vapor barrier under your pad. If you end up getting your stuff from menards, they have 3 pads. The highest one is called sound solution and you do not need the vapor barrier, but you can still use it. that is the best pad because its a memory foam and water proof and mold and mildew resistant. Otherwise, go with at least the middle grade which is the quiet walk.
btw, the Shaw laminate is going on sale sunday. depending on your area, might already be on sale.

Like I said, its what I do, so its not a big deal.

Make sure you use a 6 mil or better vapor barrier under your pad. If you end up getting your stuff from menards, they have 3 pads. The highest one is called sound solution and you do not need the vapor barrier, but you can still use it. that is the best pad because its a memory foam and water proof and mold and mildew resistant. Otherwise, go with at least the middle grade which is the quiet walk.

Just picked up 21 cartons of the stuff. Bought the QuietWalk pad. Do I need an additional vapor barrier with that one or am I good with just the QW?

I was considering the Sound Solution, but I couldn’t figure out if I needed anything else with it in terms of a vapor barrier (had forgotten about this post ). I might still exchange. Would it be worth it? The Sound Solution definitely "felt" like a nicer product.

Thanks again for all the help..

the floor has an actual "texture" feel to it You mean it is not just smooth?
I installed shaw laminate among other flooring products for a little over 3 years. It’s pretty good. Shaw and Manington are the biggest and when I installed, the best. Try to get the ones with a thin piece of hardwood over the click lock system though as it will last a lot longer.

As it stands now laminate will make a lot of floor layers a lot of money in the next 10 years. It’s not very durable and if you leave any small pool of water(Baby spilled a bit of the sippy cup juice, you overwatered the plants, etc…) for more than a few hours and the laminate will curl and/or expand and start to get damaged at a more rapid rate.

Just picked up 21 cartons of the stuff. Bought the QuietWalk pad. Do I need an additional vapor barrier with that one or am I good with just the QW?

I was considering the Sound Solution, but I couldn’t figure out if I needed anything else with it in terms of a vapor barrier (had forgotten about this post ). I might still exchange. Would it be worth it? The Sound Solution definitely "felt" like a nicer product.

Thanks again for all the help..

With the Quiet walk, and your going over concrete, yes you need a 6 mil or better vapor barrier. If you go with the Sound Solution you dont need it, but you can still use it. The sound solution is a memory foam which is resistant to water anyways.

I’m not quite sure what you’re asking here. the boards are not smooth, which would mean it has a texture. with the Shaw floors, the texture isn’t just a random checking or texture, it actually relates to the graining on the boards.