I laid the Allen & Roth 10mm light maple laminate in my Kitchen in early December. The assembly was fairly easy. I let the planks set idle in the room for 5 days prior to install and put down a 6 mil vapor barrier prior to install. Now there are several planks chipping on the ends and sides, really bad on the corners. there is a 3/8"gap on all 4 sides to accommodate expanse and shrinkage.
I was going to continue into the living room but have since returned the product.I laid the floor then installed cabinets over the flooring w/ Quartz counter tops. It will be a real pain to get the flooring out without tearing up the cabinets and ruining the very expensive counter tops.
A very expensive bad decision.
Feed Back- I keep hearing good and bad reports about Allen Roth laminate flooring. I got a call recently about the end joints would not stay together. Luckily he just started the install and was able to take it back to Lowes.
It sounds like hit or miss at Lowes. But then again, it can be like that anywhere.
They do make a saw for cutting under the toe kick which will cut the laminate flooring flush around your cabinets. This saw has a small spinning blade.
Maybe one of those new oscillating tools might work for this also. I have one made by Bosch that I use to under cut door jambs. It works really good and isn't very dangerous compared to a spinning blade.
Anthony Garrison, Good Luck