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Costco laminate flooring?

rachelg196 17 February 9, 2008 at 12:13 AM in Request
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I believe the brand is called Harmonics? Does anyone have it in their home?
We have carpet in our room, and it always gets so dirty. We have laminate in our kitchen and family room so I really like that it's easy to clean and mantain.
Next month there is a $5 off coupon from Costco so I was thinking about doing it then?
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I believe the brand is called Harmonics? Does anyone have it in their home?
We have carpet in our room, and it always gets so dirty. We have laminate in our kitchen and family room so I really like that it's easy to clean and mantain.
Next month there is a $5 off coupon from Costco so I was thinking about doing it then?

I have it -- installed it myself in my daughter's room. I would say it's OK. Looks pretty good (for the most part), and I MUCH prefer it over carpet.

I have installed another brand that I bought at Home Depot in another bedroom, and it's a far superior product. It also cost a lot more.

I installed yet another brand in our basement -- bought it at Sam's Club. Once again, I prefer this brand over the Costco (Harmonics) brand.

The Costco floor will ripple if it gets enough water on it. Our puppy had a couple of accidents on the floor which I didn't catch in time. The floor has now buckled a little bit where the seams meet. (Well, I guess it's not actually a buckling of the entire board, but the top laminate has lifted a bit.) I have read about similar experiences from other people who have installed this floor, so it wasn't totally unexpected.

I was also disappointed by how quickly the gloss disappeared. If you use anything other than water to mop it with, you might take away the shine permanently. I think I used vinegar and water -- apparently this is a big no-no, as the acid in the vinegar etches the surface and removes the shine. We have hardwood floors in the rest of the house, and vinegar and water works great for them, but not for laminate flooring. Live and learn.

Compared to the other two brands I have installed, the Costco (Harmonics) floor has proven to be the least durable. The flooring in the other bedroom and the basement have taken a lot of abuse (kids, dogs, spills, etc.), yet they still look as good as the day they were installed. The Costco flooring has been in for about 3 years now, and I'm ready to tear it out and start over. I think if you aren't worried about spills, though, the Costco laminate would work out fine. HTH
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I have it -- installed it myself in my daughter's room. I would say it's OK. Looks pretty good (for the most part), and I MUCH prefer it over carpet.

I have installed another brand that I bought at Home Depot in another bedroom, and it's a far superior product. It also cost a lot more.

I installed yet another brand in our basement -- bought it at Sam's Club. Once again, I prefer this brand over the Costco (Harmonics) brand.

The Costco floor will ripple if it gets enough water on it. Our puppy had a couple of accidents on the floor which I didn't catch in time. The floor has now buckled a little bit where the seams meet. (Well, I guess it's not actually a buckling of the entire board, but the top laminate has lifted a bit.) I have read about similar experiences from other people who have installed this floor, so it wasn't totally unexpected.

I was also disappointed by how quickly the gloss disappeared. If you use anything other than water to mop it with, you might take away the shine permanently. I think I used vinegar and water -- apparently this is a big no-no, as the acid in the vinegar etches the surface and removes the shine. We have hardwood floors in the rest of the house, and vinegar and water works great for them, but not for laminate flooring. Live and learn.

Compared to the other two brands I have installed, the Costco (Harmonics) floor has proven to be the least durable. The flooring in the other bedroom and the basement have taken a lot of abuse (kids, dogs, spills, etc.), yet they still look as good as the day they were installed. The Costco flooring has been in for about 3 years now, and I'm ready to tear it out and start over. I think if you aren't worried about spills, though, the Costco laminate would work out fine. HTH
Wow. I will totally rethink my plan. I like the gloss of new floors and it would really bother me to have wiped away so fast. It's not a big room at all so the more expensive flooring I could deal with. For the price of some of those, I might as well put real hardwood floors in.shake head Thank you so much!
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I've been doing research on Pergo and other laminates and have just about decided to start saving for hardwood. The expense will be worth the ability to refinish it - especially with 2 boys, a husband and dogs in our future. (I refuse to allow any puppies into the house until all of the people are potty trained. laugh out loud)
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slick-as-snot, thanks for taking time to post your experience in detail.

i've always wondered about buying this laminate from costco, but i am less likely to do so because of your experience.

as for real hardwood...lumberliquidators.com is a great place to get real hardwood flooring at a lower-than-you-expect price.
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slick-as-snot, thanks for taking time to post your experience in detail.

i've always wondered about buying this laminate from costco, but i am less likely to do so because of your experience.

as for real hardwood...lumberliquidators.com is a great place to get real hardwood flooring at a lower-than-you-expect price.
Along the lines there, I was at lumber liquidators and there are some very good deals on laminate and hardwood floors. They "purchased" a large stock of some flooring and was selling it rather cheap. We are getting a 58 cent per square foot cherry laminate floor for a bedroom. The whole room will cost $120.00 for the flooring and another $30 or so for the underlayment. A pergo floor would run closer to $700 (3.00 a square foot). So for me the cost savings make it worth it.

I will say this, I took a regualr house key, and GOUGED a pre finished pice of Bruce Cherry hardwood floor, where as the home depot traffic master laminate would not really scratch, other then a hairline mark if held at the right angle. I have basic #2 oak on the first floor and while i like it, its needing a re-finish after 10 years and there is a ding and scratch here and there

Also there is the Engineered floor...which has a quater inch real wood layer, lumber liquidators has a brand that can float like laminates, so there is no nailing needed. Thats like $5.00 per square. I did not give that the "key" test. shake head

So both hardwaood and laminates have pro's and con's. though I cannot speak for the Costco brand....

good luck
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Summer of 2005 I installed 3000 sqft of Costco Harmonics Laminate. I loaded my SUV to the max in each of three trips at the start of one of the $5 per bundle discount sales. I put it in my home I was renovating before moving in. I used it in the bedrooms, halls, living room, dining room, and sunroom. It turned out so well I also put it in the kitchen, laundry, and hall of my prior home I was still trying to sell.

I researched it extensivingly before buying. From detailed evidence I found it is actually a relabel of a brand name product. Uniclic Quick Step Classic 800 which is sold at a much higher price. I've attached installation instructions I got fro the Quick Step product. When I compared them to Haromonics they were identical except for a change and replace of the product names.

My experience is different than slick-as-snot. I am very happy with how it has held up with normal kid abuse and daily traffic from a heavy electric wheelchair. One reason for the difference in experience is likely that we avoid any wet cleaning. We regularly sweep to prevent dirt erosion of the sheen. Otherwise we only use a damp mop (not wet) and immediately dry behind by dragging a dry towel with our feet. I use acetone to spot clean. If you read the instructions I attached you will see that they strictly forbidden wet cleaning.

People assume that for the great price you will only get the quality you pay for. I suggest looking for reviews of the Quick Step Classic 800 and you will be more confident with the decision.

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I just came back from Costco and noticed that the Harmonics product I was reviewing and comparing to Quick Step Classic 800 has been replaced. The current Harmonics laminate on display is totally different. Different wood grains, different color, longer-narrower planks. It may still be a rebrand of a Uniclic - Quick Step product but it is definitely not the Classic 800 product any longer.
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I've installed the costco flooring in one of my bathrooms (no shower/tub), and it has held up pretty well. I've read that they generally don't recommend installing it in any area that may get a lot of moisture, but I may just give it a shot in my bathroom with a shower...it seems to hold up pretty well as far as I'm concerned.
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A friend of mine has them and had them for a number of years and they look good. I think I'll try it out. Can I do it myself? My brother in law says I need a special saw for it?
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Today at Costco I saw a bunch of different types of flooring. No more of the $1.xx/sq ft laminate flooring same style in various colors. They had 1 bamboo flooring model for $2.0x/SF and a couple real hardwood varieties that I hadn't seen before. Basically it looked like they are carrying higher-end flooring products at a higher price.
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I've been doing research on Pergo and other laminates and have just about decided to start saving for hardwood. The expense will be worth the ability to refinish it - especially with 2 boys, a husband and dogs in our future. (I refuse to allow any puppies into the house until all of the people are potty trained. laugh out loud)
You might want to look into bamboo. Since it's a weed it takes less time to grow, making in cheaper. I was at Home Depot today and saw two different colors for $2.99 sq/ft.
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I bought $1 sq/foot flooring from Ikea, very similar to the Costco laminate.

First off, for $1 sq/foot, you get the thinnest laminate there is. Pergo is twice as thick, so you do get what you pay for. You can easily see this for yourself if you examine Pergo at a Home Depot and then look at the flooring at Costco or Ikea.

I installed it in a 2nd floor bedroom 3 years ago, and it's held up very well. I wouldn't put this in a kitchen or one of the high-traffic areas. For that, I'd use the better stuff, like Pergo.
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You might want to look into bamboo. Since it's a weed it takes less time to grow, making in cheaper. I was at Home Depot today and saw two different colors for $2.99 sq/ft.
Interesting. I'll look into it. Thanks. Smilie
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Costco and Sam's Club in my area each carry one model of bamboo flooring. The Costco model was $2.05/sf if I recall.
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The cheap bamboo at costco can not be installed floating. You have to nail/glue down the pieces.

Ikea have a bamboo pieces called KVIST which is not too bad, around $2.80/sf I think
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