Lowes Swiftlock Laminate Flooring Review

Swiftlock laminate flooring is manufactured by Armstrong and sold at Lowes.

In addition to Swiftlock, Lowes carriers several other laminate flooring brands. And other Swiftlock choices.

I installed this product in two rooms. This review is based on my own experience. This flooring looked really nice after I completed the rooms. The Heritage pine color has a kind of rustic look. I don't like having to bring up negative aspects of the different brands that I install, but I want to be realistic so my readers will know what to expect if they are going to take on the task of installing their own laminate flooring.

This particular product is 8mm thick, the color heritage pine. As of March 2010 I observed this product at Lowes for 1.67 per square foot. This product also included three additional colors.

  • Chelsea oak
  • Antique oak
  • Fireside oak
  • All of these carry a 25 year warranty.

    (click photo to enlarge)
     Armstrongs Swiftlock laminate flooring from Lowes

    Something I need to mention here is how the manufacturers tell you that the product is glueless or no glue required. Well this isn't necessarily true. Installing this flooring in an open room is relativity easy as long as you don't encounter any doorways.

    The Swiftlock laminate locking system is designed to lock together on the long side by tilting the board up at an angel to engage the boards and then push the two flat.

    If you start your floor on one side of the room and work up to a door on the opposite side of the room, getting the flooring under the door jamb and trying to connect it to the floor can be a little challenging. This is where your going to need glue.

    Quick step slate tile

    According to their directions you need to shave a little off one side and then a little off the other side in order to get the boards together. Before you tap these two sides together you need to apply glue there since most of the locking system is gone now. As you can see in the photo to the left this creates empty spaces where it was shaved.(click photo to enlarge)

    When I installed this at the door jamb according to the directions, the two top edges did not line up flush.

    The end of the boards (the short side) can be tapped together laying flat on the floor.

    Armstrongs Swiftlock from Lowes end joint close up photo

    Armstrongs Swiftlock from Lowes side joint close up photo

    The Swiftlock laminate locking system is not the same on the side as on the end of the board. The photo to the far left is the end joint. The photo to the left is the side joint. The side joint will not come apart when locked together but the end joint isn't as sturdy of a joint. You could possibly have separation of the end joint in the future because of this.

    I have had call backs because of this. To fix this I would have to put some glue in the joint and either try to kick it back together with my foot or take some base board off the wall and use a pull bar to pull the boards together.

    Overall Rating

    • The core is not that strong. I had to be gentle while handling so the edges wouldn't break. I found a lot of the edges were damaged. I had to be careful there was no loose debris before laying a board.
    • The flooring was not that hard to install until I got to the door jamb. If you have door jambs your installing to get some glue before you start.
    • The side joints were tight together. The end joints did not always fit tight. The end joints would have proud edges from time to time. (one side higher then the other)
    • Overall the floor looked nice when finished. The color looked good and the variation was pleasing to look at.

    Buying Local or Online Which is Better?

    I feel compelled here to mention that ordering laminate flooring online can be more beneficial as far as getting a better flooring at lower prices.

    I have looked around on the net and after talking to some of my clients I compared pricing between the internet and local retailers. Even after I factor in the freight, the cost is much less.

    I'm not exactly sure what my clients paid for the Swiftlock laminate I installed.

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