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12mm prebacked AC3 laminate less than $1.60 a sqft.

slomer 593 May 10, 2012 at 03:52 PM in Home & Home Improvement (2) More Sam's Club Deals
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Last Edited by slomer May 29, 2012 at 07:16 PM
---update: I went back to grab 14 more boxes and it It looks like the price went up a little as it is now about $1.70 a sqft instead of $1.59. Pitfalls of hasty sqft estimates I guess---

This post is to let anyone else looking for laminate flooring know what I found after a ton of looking. The stuff is called Select Surface and my local Sam's club sells it for less than $1.60 a square foot not including taxes.

To be clear, this is not a super duper lower than normal for this item sales price but it is by far the best price I could find on laminate I would consider as worthwhile. It is even cheaper than the thin non backed crap they had at the Habitat for humanity renovation centers on the south side. Something similar from lumber liquidators would be twice the price or more and even during their recent huge April sale they couldn't touch this price. The cheapest Pergo 10mm at lowes is $2.74 a square foot and although I think it may have a nicer lock system it seems lower quality overall than the Select Surface which is thicker and $1.14 a foot cheaper.

This stuff is:
  • microbevel edged
    (the boards have a slight indent where they go together like real wood and it prevents things sliding across the floor from chipping edges easily)
  • single plank
    (single plank was important to me as the ones with multiple planks per board look bad)
  • 12mm thick boards
    (Thick boards lock stronger, sound better, and have less bend so cover floor imperfections better without extra annoying noises.)
  • Prebacked with foam underlayment
    (Boards total 14.3mm with the backing. With prebacked boards you don't have to buy or lay foam underlayment which saves another .20 to .60 per foot and also makes the job easier for us DIY types)
  • AC3 rating
    (AC is the hardness of the surface and it goes 1 to 5. AC3 is the highest residential surface toughness. AC4 and AC5 are for high traffic commercial areas)
  • has a lifetime warranty
    (This normally speaks well of the quality of the board as most offer between 15 and 25 years even for the good stuff. I wouldn't bet on this warranty too much though since I have no idea if the company will be around to honor it!)
  • hand scraped finish.
    (The boards are not flat mirrorlike surfaces. They have texture and look more like wood. This is also important to prevent dogs, children, and adults in socks from falling all over the place!)
  • Nice wood texture and color.
    (This is obviously subjective but I like this color a lot. Canyon Oak was the name. It is pretty dark brown with some red in it and not yellow like some products. It also has some texture along with the printed wood grain to make it look more like wood and less like a picture of wood.)
  • Wide planks
    (the wider planks mean less cutting to do, less planks to lay down, and personally I like the visual more than thinner planks. It also means fewer joints so a stronger floating floor overall.)

Different clubs seem to carry different colors (or none) but the one I got is called Canyon Oak and can be seen here [samsclub.com]. The obviously photoshopped pictures on the sams site don't give it justice and it is actually a very attractive color. They had one other color but it was not very attractive to me.

Anyways.. I have no ties to Sam's, the product, or the company but after a heck of a lot of looking and research I thought this stuff was a crazy good deal that was worth sharing. The icing on the cake is that the item is covered by Sam's 100% satisfaction return policy. So unlike most flooring stores I can return any boxes with defective or damaged boards in them and I can return any leftovers I may have (minus a box or two kept for possible repairs in the future maybe). They will give me a full refund with no restocking fee. Heck, even if I lose the receipt they will give me full store credit.

---updates---

I now have a full room, 2 closets, and a hallway done. This stuff is a bit of a pain for the first few rows but it comes together pretty fast after you get going. I bought a laminate cutter but it was obviously designed for thin stuff and not this 14.3mm flooring. It is really hard to get through the thicker boards with it so I am using a table saw for almost all of the cuts. I am trying to go through 3 small rooms, a hall, and 4 closets in the area without any transition strips at the doors so it is taking a bit longer to get right. There are a couple of places I have to cut thinner strips which the manufacturer normally wouldn't like. I just use some wood glue to ensure the thin pieces are secured well to the last thick boards and figure they will mostly be under the baseboard when I put it back on anyway. Overall it is working and looking really good. I took some quick pics with my phone but the lens was dirty from the sawdust or something so the pics are not great. I have attached them anyway but I will get better ones up eventually.


I found a blog post of someone else who used the same exact stuff, took decent pictures, and doesn't have ugly yellow lightbulbs in the room right now Smilie Someone's blog post with decent pics [theyellowcapecod.com]. To be clear, I am not associated with the blog and it says she had it professionally sintalled which is kind of sad since they used quarter round instead of trimming or removing her baseboards. It also looks like they used caulking or something to transition to tile which is a bad idea. Even so, that is the flooring.

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Updated OP. Looks like the price went up a little. Still a great deal but not quite as slick.
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Updated OP. Looks like the price went up a little. Still a great deal but not quite as slick.
Just had the floor installed yesterday. I got all sorts of complements. Cool Awesome deal! woot
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Just had the floor installed yesterday. I got all sorts of complements. Cool Awesome deal! woot
Nice! I am glad it worked out for you. The part of the house I have installed so far looks great but I have a long way to go still since I am doing it myself a couple of hours a day. I am laying close to 1500 sqft it turns out Smilie
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Nice! I am glad it worked out for you. The part of the house I have installed so far looks great but I have a long way to go still since I am doing it myself a couple of hours a day. I am laying close to 1500 sqft it turns out Smilie
Holy cow. 1,500 sq ft??? I'm just doing the first floor only I'm only using 900 sqft and I thought that it was a lot. Lol.
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Holy cow. 1,500 sq ft??? I'm just doing the first floor only I'm only using 900 sqft and I thought that it was a lot. Lol.
I also complicated it by going with no transitions between rooms which slows things down but looks a lot better to me. So even though you aren't really supposed to I sometimes wind up with thin strips at the end of rooms or closets. I just cut the strip and put a little wood glue on the lip before locking it into the larger board. Works great.

My next complications are the fireplace (deciding if I want to undercut it or use trim) and an electric plug built into the floor in the middle of the livingroom. Not sure yet how I will handle making a small 5 or 6 inch circle in the middle of the boards look okay since they are taller than the plug housing. So far my best idea is finding something about the same size for plumbing and fitting it as flush as possible with the floor. I am also considering shaving down the bottom of the laminate boards and pretending there isn't a plug there at all Smilie
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when i see the spec, it is really good deal, i almost got this floor
but when i checked this laminate review, some people didn't like it, some people loved.
bad review is it is made in china and it is week to water. the review said the floor were ruined so easy after the floor got some water.
is it true?
after i see the review, i am looking for something else
but i am still thinking this laminate.
Do you think this floor is the same quality with other laminate floor made in US or Canada?
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I have a question for the knowledge guys out there...Does Sams sell the stair nose to do the stairs nicely? or can I get the matching stair nose to make it look professional?
Thanks in advance guys!
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when i see the spec, it is really good deal, i almost got this floor
but when i checked this laminate review, some people didn't like it, some people loved.
bad review is it is made in china and it is week to water. the review said the floor were ruined so easy after the floor got some water.
is it true?
after i see the review, i am looking for something else
but i am still thinking this laminate.
Do you think this floor is the same quality with other laminate floor made in US or Canada?
I assume it is Chinese made because of the price but to be honest I don't know. I can't compare it to others for water durability but Laminate really shouldn't be put anywhere that is heavy water usage such as bathrooms or kitchens regardless of the brand. You can caulk the crack in the boards if you want extra protection for areas such as closets you a likely to walk into after taking a bath but generally if there is likely to be water very often or for very long you should be using tile or some sort of vinyl. Google for "laminate floor sealant" or "seal a laminate floor"

I looked at a LOT of laminates before picking this one and while I don't think the core is as nice as some of the really expensive stuff it seems about as good as most and better than some of what I saw for under $4 a sqft. So far I love my new floors but obviously I can't attest to the lasting power since they are new. The biggest drawback to this particular flooring is that there are 8 patterns total so it can be a bit annoying to avoid any obvious patterning if you put it in a very large room. It blends well if you do it right, especially once furniture is in place, but you have to look and make sure boards aren't lined up or next to their twin.
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I have a question for the knowledge guys out there...Does Sams sell the stair nose to do the stairs nicely? or can I get the matching stair nose to make it look professional?
Thanks in advance guys!
Sam's sells a kit that has multiple trim types for $15 that are the same color. I believe the end cap would work as stair nose but there is no specific stair nosing. Lowe's does sell some colors of trim that are close and look okay but they are more expensive (also longer which is nice). You can also buy the cheaper MDF trim and stain it. Depending on the look of the rest of your floors, room, and stairs you may also want to consider metal stair nose.

Also, just realized you may be looking for flush stair nosing like Armstrong sells for hardwood. That I have not seen but I have no stairs in my home so I wasn't on the look out for it.
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Hi Slomer,

I just saw this stuff today at Sam's and was curious about it because my wife and I are about to replace some carpet in the kitchen, dinning, and maybe living room.

I immidiantly found this thread and am now seriously thinking about going back to buy some.

I know it still hasn't been a real long time that you've had it installed, but I was wondering if you have noticed any issues in terms of durability? Any thing to note at all?

I am pretty much ready to pull the trigger. Just wondered if you had any kind of update?

Thanks so much,
Jason
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how does this hold up against real hardwood or engineered wood ? is the feel different when you step/touch it ? would people know the difference easily ?
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Any updated reviews on this flooring? Notice it's still selling at Sam's Club but for a lot more now.
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Any updated reviews on this flooring? Notice it's still selling at Sam's Club but for a lot more now.
I've had the floor for almost a year now and it's still looking great. One thing to note, I had a contractor flood the living room and after it dried other than a few bubbles it still looked pretty good. I had them replace the floor anyway.
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