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Looking for a recommendation… vinyl vs. laminate?



"Looking for a recommendation… vinyl vs. laminate?," in the Vinyl Flooring Q&A forum, begins: "We all seem to be looking for the impossible on here- something pretty good for cheap. Sorry to be asking ..."

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Old May 15, 2011, 11:46 PM   #1
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Looking for a recommendation… vinyl vs. laminate?


We all seem to be looking for the impossible on here- something pretty good for cheap. Sorry to be asking for the same.

We just bought a mobile (1680 sq ft) with a large addition (1392 sq ft). Great square footage under roof, but a complete remodel. Right now the mobile is mostly carpet with some laminate. The sub-floor that I’ve seen is plywood. The addition is concrete, some of which is painted.

So, here is the problem- we need 3000 sq ft of floor covering. But we need to keep resale in mind- it is a mobile in a mobile home park- no matter how big or how nice, it‘ll be worth about 100k. We have dogs and small children. And we have a tight remodel budget. We plan on staying here 5-10 years and possibly renting it out afterwards…

We were thinking about laminate, but my husband doesn’t want laminate in the addition with the laundry room and the garage entrance. We also weren’t sure about the bathrooms. But I would like to have the same flooring throughout to help unify an already choppy layout. So, we were thinking about vinyl plank. But the glue-down seems like a lot of expense in prepping the surface. And the floating systems are more money than we want to spend.

We’ve seen the TrafficMaster Allure product at a big box store for $1.99/ft2 and it looks okay. I’ve also seen Karndean Van Gogh Plank on sale for $2.59/ft2. We might be able to get a decent price on Armstrong products, as well. Can you tell me what prep expenses to budget for on top of this for glue-down vinyl plank?

What would you do in this situation? I need the thing that sucks the least for under $3/ft2.

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Old May 16, 2011, 06:51 PM   #2
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DON'T DO LAMINATE! Its water RESISTENT NOT WATER PROOF! After 5-10 years its going to be in bad shape. vinyl (plank or tile) is going to be there for you down the road(if you'll pardon the pun) I usualy advise people to factor in time to the flooring cost. If you are going to need 10 years you might consider using the cheapest tile out there. You can always replace it with new and equaly cheap tile at the time of the resale. In the meen time individual square replacements can be done with a hair dryer. If you go with a peel and stick, spread tile adhesive under it, and follow instructions on the glue bucket. The peel-and-stick glue will only get you part way to your 10 year mark.

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Old May 16, 2011, 07:14 PM   #3
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That's a tremendous price on the Kardean Van Gogh

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Old May 16, 2011, 07:47 PM   #4
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If you can get the Van Goh at that price the I would go for it. You are going to run into quite a bit of floor prep (getting the floor smooth) before installation, but that is a great product that performs well (in my opinion). We've put it in hospitals and it holds up well, so you should be fine under normal every day use.

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Old May 16, 2011, 07:47 PM   #5
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Good...............Cheap!

Well.................pick one cause you don't usually get both in one package.

Free lunches went by the wayside after the Great Depression. We need to be realistic about the things we buy.

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Old May 17, 2011, 04:09 AM   #6
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Good...............Cheap!

Well.................pick one cause you don't usually get both in one package.

Free lunches went by the wayside after the Great Depression. We need to be realistic about the things we buy.
I agree Rog, it's just some costumers way of saying they don't want to buy the "best", but wording it incorrectly or being misunderstood. I see it all the time. I'm sure him/her will be able to find something sufficient in their budget.

I'm telling the original poster though... RUN don't walk, to buy the Van Gogh at that price. 2.59 is a great buy, that Home Depot stuff is "meh" IMO
I'd rather spend the extra and save the headaches and be happy.

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Old May 17, 2011, 07:52 AM   #7
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My 2 cents go with the Van Gogh. Great product. Make sure your plywood is fastened down correctly. Prep out with a good portland cement type patch. Maybe rent a floor sander/buffer if plywood is bad, and also it will sand your prep for a nice smooth surface. Clean well!

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Old May 17, 2011, 07:58 AM   #8
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I would go with a floating floor in this case if the concrete addition meets the wood of the original structure. My experience is that nearly always when a vinyl is glued over a transition of this type there is a problem with moisture at the wood line. A floating floor would be somewhat more breathable and forgiving. Although I do think that the Karndean is a better product.

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Old May 17, 2011, 09:07 AM   #9
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Karndean would be my choice also.

Not a big fan of laminate flooring.

Not sure of the price but you may want to look into Manningtons Loc-solid. Its a click together floating floor that is will withstand moisture.

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Old May 17, 2011, 09:18 AM   #10
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There's also Konecto. And I was told that the 2 generation Allure had minimal problems.

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Is 2nd generation still manufactured by Metro Barry?
Or is it now Mannington Lock LVP?

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Is 2nd generation still manufactured by Metro Barry?
Or is it now Mannington Lock LVP?
My understanding is that it is still Metro

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I just put in Mannington Loc-solid, and I had some questions around putting it on a 45 degree angle. So I called a friend of mine (who does a lot more hard surface than I do) and he had a lot of expansion issues from floor vents and sunny windows. I had over-head heat ducts, and north-facing windows, so I was O.K. but I would not be too careless about where I put Loc-Solid.

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Konecto could be a good choice as well, sort of a middle ground in this case.

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Old May 17, 2011, 06:06 PM   #15
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I would go with a floating floor in this case if the concrete addition meets the wood of the original structure. My experience is that nearly always when a vinyl is glued over a transition of this type there is a problem with moisture at the wood line. A floating floor would be somewhat more breathable and forgiving. Although I do think that the Karndean is a better product.
I'd take this advice BTW

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