I posted in the forum about looking for an expert. If you are a flooring installer in the Northern Virginia area experienced in vinyl plank flooring (we have not chosen a brand) please read that message and respond.
While I am waiting with crossed fingers for someone to respond to that. I have a few questions for the experts here. Its a long winded message.
I have not been satisfied with the "experts" I have spoken with so far at the local independent flooring or big box stores.
I currently have installed a 12 year old engineered 12" tile system called Madera. The company went out of business soon after we purchased the product. It has performed well - other than around the kitchen island where the stools have taken off the wear layer. In any case - we want a new floor. Total to replace is about 800-900 sq feet.
We have a badly crowned joist right in the middle of the main traffic area. This joist causes a 1" bubble over 4 feet. It is noticeable to the eye but the existing tiles can work around that discrepancy without causing tile failure. The floor in general is uneven but this is the only spot that is terrible. The plank flooring would need to run parallel to the joist in question.
House is on a crawl space (averages 24" height to joist bottom) that has been "encapsulated" or sealed with 12" of sprayed foam on the inside of the foundation walls walls with a 22mil moisture barrier on the ground.
We want to remove the Madera tiles, scrape off the glue residue, floor level compound what we can and then add 1/4" plywood (the existing subfloor is 1 1/2" thick, 2 layers of plywood). Our goal is to use a laminate plank product either with the snap lock or the adhesive system. This is our choice because of the durability, moisture resistance (kitchen) and he availability of styles and colors.
1. Is it possible to get our floor level enough with compound to make it acceptable for vinyl plank flooring installation?
2. In one spot, down a connecting hallway, can we run vinyl plank perpendicular to the main room, if so how do you secure on section to the other without an ugly transition?
3. I am pretty sure the answer to this question is no, but can you make a pattern in the center of the room with these products. Think an area underneath a kitchen table where the pieces are mitered at 45*, possibly a contrasting color?
4. If the answer to the above is no, can you make a pattern in the center of the floor with a vinyl tile product of the same thickness. Its a large area and we want something cool looking.
I appreciate you reading and responding to this long message.