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Re: laminate floors in a fish room

Hi Scott

Any laminate flooring is a major no no in any fish room, unless you can 
guarantee that you will NEVER get it wet!!!  The problem with this type of 
floor, even though it looks great is that long term exposure to moisture 
will make it expand and the individual pieces will curl.  It is waterproof 
only when properly laid, and only for a short period.  Once you start 
walking on it or when the temp in the room changes, the pieces expand or 
contract and the joints separate.   You don't see the separation, because 
it's just a hair line, but enough for moisture to get in.

I did my whole house with it.  Would I do it again?  No.

Oh yes, it is also a noisy floor.  Go to the showroom and drop a quarter on 
it and you will know what I mean.

Fish room floor?  Homogenous tiles.  Non slip easy to clean and dry, but 
cold to touch!



At 03:48 PM 9/6/99 -0400, you wrote:
>Date: Mon, 6 Sep 1999 09:53:24 -0500 (CDT)
>From: Scott Slezak <saslezak at theory_uchicago.edu>
>Subject: Substrate for fish room
>Hi all,
>I'm going to moving into a new house in about a month, and I finally get
>my own fish room in the basement.  It is finished and carpeted right now,
>but I plan on removing the carpet.  What should it be replaced with?  I
>don't like vinyl all that much, so I was considering laminate flooring,
>like Pergo.  This is the very hard, supposedly waterproof stuff that is
>intended to look like hardwood.  Anyone have any experience with this?
>Any other suggestions?
>What would you have done differently in your fishroom if you could do it
>over again?
>Scott Slezak