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"aquarius waterproof vinyl plank flooring," in the Vinyl Flooring Q&A forum, begins: "Hi all, new to this forum and wanted to ask couple of questions regard vinyl plank flooring. 1st, I cannot ..."

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Old August 18, 2013, 05:07 PM   #1
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aquarius waterproof vinyl plank flooring


Hi all, new to this forum and wanted to ask couple of questions regard vinyl plank flooring.

1st, I cannot seem to find any information regard this flooring I picked up at Menards yesterday. Does anyone here know much about this product? I intend to use this in my basement which currently has, or at least what I think is vinyl flooring - that came from a large roll.

2nd, it says on the packet/box that it should not be installed over any underlayment. My question is would it be possible to install over this current vinyl regardless? What would be the downside of this if any? Just wanted your thoughts regarding this product.

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Old August 18, 2013, 06:29 PM   #2
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We need more info. Is it glued down? Floating? Does it click together? Have glue tabs that stick together?

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Old August 18, 2013, 06:59 PM   #3
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The current vinyl is glued down to my basement, concrete floor. The new vinyl planks I intend to put over this is not glued down, but just clicks together using tongue and grooved joints. It says it requires no underlayment but I foresee removing the current vinyl a problem so thought I could install over this.

Aquarius Waterproof Vinyl Plank Flooring 6" x 36" at Menards

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Old August 19, 2013, 07:50 AM   #4
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I know a bit about this product. It has a different kind of of method of adjoining one plank to the next one. It is easy and is like a drop down sort of idea, but the edges that hold the plank together are very thin and I am not certain about how strong the connection strength is. Also the backing layer is felt so it is more like a covering rather than a sturdy, solid vinyl layer. The inside of these planks are composed of a sort of honeycomb make up, so I am not certain of how they perform with heavy foot traffic e.g. high heels.

I would recommend the same underfloor conditions and prep work as other click vinyl, and make sure the floor is flat, and if the existing vinyl has any embossing, fill it with an appropriate patch leveler. Anything that is underneath this product or any click product should have absolutely no give to it or else the mechanism can be easily dislodged.

I have never used this product in any installation manner aside from curiosity, so I am not sure about how it holds up so cannot really comment on that aspect of it.

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Old August 19, 2013, 07:54 AM   #5
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We need more info. Is it glued down? Floating? Does it click together? Have glue tabs that stick together?
I do not believe I have seen this product anywhere else besides menards, but it is floating, and a type of drop down mechanism that is not Unilin or Vilange...

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Old August 19, 2013, 08:13 AM   #6
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Hi J248, thanks for the reply.

Should I remove the current Vinyl, install some underlayment and then put down this waterproof Vinyl? Do you think its OK to install over the current?

I guess my big questions are, do I remove the current Vinyl or install over? What are the ramifications of putting vinyl on vinyl and if I did install over current vinyl, do I use underlayment between both?

You say the same underfloor conditions as normal click vinyl, do those apply here in this case? I'm still confused.

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Old August 19, 2013, 09:14 AM   #7
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sorry to confuse you, I meant to say subfloor. Is the existing vinyl, (sheet vinyl I gather from how you described it) solid or does it have a cushion like quality to it? Also what is the foot traffic like in the room where it is to be installed? And is the room temperature controlled?

I do not remember if the box of this product said what it can be installed over, and the bottom layer makes me hesitant to give you a concrete suggestion about what surfaces are okay for this product. The no need for underlayment I believe is meant to further distinguish this from laminated plank which has underlayment needed for various reasons.

Have you tried to call them at all?

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Old August 19, 2013, 09:36 AM   #8
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sorry to confuse you, I meant to say subfloor. Is the existing vinyl, (sheet vinyl I gather from how you described it) solid or does it have a cushion like quality to it? Also what is the foot traffic like in the room where it is to be installed? And is the room temperature controlled?

I do not remember if the box of this product said what it can be installed over, and the bottom layer makes me hesitant to give you a concrete suggestion about what surfaces are okay for this product. The no need for underlayment I believe is meant to further distinguish this from laminated plank which has underlayment needed for various reasons.
I took your advice and called the company. They said "as long as its not soft you can install over the current vinyl".

Foot traffic in minimal, basically a man-cave for myself and the laundry room is nearby.

And we have central air/heat which includes the basement where I am installing this, I should say I did have water damage at one point for a crack in the wall and water flowing over top of windows. I have had new drainage put in and sealed the crack since then.

Going to install next so thank you very much for the advice.

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Old August 19, 2013, 09:54 AM   #9
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so the room will be between the warrantied temperature limits year round?...I think 65-85 degrees Fahrenheit? Be sure to be cautious of how much weight you put on top of this floor, I believe that can be an issue. I am not an installer so someone else may have a different take upon this product as well.

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Old August 19, 2013, 10:09 AM   #10
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so the room will be between the warrantied temperature limits year round?...I think 65-85 degrees Fahrenheit? Be sure to be cautious of how much weight you put on top of this floor, I believe that can be an issue. I am not an installer so someone else may have a different take upon this product as well.
Yes. the room will be between 65 and 85 degrees year round. Nothing too heavy except a couch and other furniture.
Oh, and a dehumidifier running constantly also.

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Old September 22, 2013, 09:12 AM   #11
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Well, 20%v through the install and I realized this stuff is garbage. Utter garbage. I had put down about 40 something planks (going slow) when I noticed that all the corners of each plank are peeling up. Not some, "ALL" of the corners on each one. Ripped it up and drove it back to Menards. Very nice lady manager (Becky I think) agreed to refund the entire amount. Once she heard the brand name she knew instantly what I was referring to. Said " oh yeah, that flooring, nothing but issues and returns with this stuff".
Enough said for me...

Avoid this flooring at all costs. Big thank you to all that tried to help me here... Need to fond something better for my basement so will keep looking.

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Old September 22, 2013, 10:29 PM   #12
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Very nice lady manager (Becky I think) agreed to refund the entire amount. Once she heard the brand name she knew instantly what I was referring to. Said " oh yeah, that flooring, nothing but issues and returns with this stuff".
Makes me sad/mad that they know it's dodgy but still sell it...

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Old September 23, 2013, 06:28 AM   #13
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they have good normal click lock vinyl there under their own flooring product name. Even at a big box store, good quality can be found, but going for the lowest price points at these stores is not where you will find it.

sounds like a irritating experience, I am happy you got your money back

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Old September 23, 2013, 06:56 AM   #14
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What made this particular product attractive is its 100% waterproof (or claims to be). This is great for bathrooms, basements etc. I have a few planks left over and I investigated a little more. They have a built in moisture barrier - felt glued on underneath. This, when i left it in the rain for an hour fell right off (well, a slight pull). So not sure if that up to par.

But I will say, the way these lock together is very good. Very very easy to install. But, hard to cut, I used a 200 tooth blade for my saw which helped (from another post on here). Maybe they can improve this product in the future. Kind of worrying when their site is always down/broken. I also left many voice-mails with no reply, so I think the company is fishy to say the least.

Which brings me to the beginning issue.... What is a good flooring for a basement? I have Linoleum currently but find it cold/boring at best. Maybe this is better for another thread..

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Old October 1, 2013, 08:06 AM   #15
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I think you will always run a risk when you go and buy a product like flooring from somewhere like a Menards.

Likely, they paid $.40/SF for it, if that tells you anything.

Good luck.

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