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Old November 28, 2009, 06:16 AM   #1
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Hey All, first time posting after obsesive lurking.

I have been researching flooring options for a split-level, lower floor. About 800 square feet. The LV Planks appear to be the best option for me for a number of reasons...

I am "up" on most of the available products, read the numerous problem threads and resultant installation notes (temp, acclimate, roll, roll, roll) for this type of flooring.

I found out that Armstrong is about ready to release a new line for residential market, in three quality levels. Very similar to Konecto, etc.

They appear to have made a snazzy new website complete with a pretty high end video for release. I expect there will be a large marketing campaign coming soon.


Anybody seen this product in person yet?

Any ideas on how/where they will sell it?

Price points for the three ("Good, Better, Best") trim levels?


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Old November 28, 2009, 09:08 AM   #2
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Don't know nothin about it yet, but it's good to have ya come in outta the shadows finally..............we seen ya lurkin around in there.........

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Old November 28, 2009, 10:36 AM   #3
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Don't know nothin about it yet, but it's good to have ya come in outta the shadows finally..............we seen ya lurkin around in there.........
Thanks for the response. I know most pro forums want the amateurs to RTFM before asking the same questions over and over. Complete flooring newb here, but I can read!!!

As to Luxel, Armstrong claims to have the leverage of their (large) RnD labs behind this new offering. Unsaid in this is the implication that the Chinese-based products are inferior in some way... Believable, but does it live up to the hype???

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Old November 28, 2009, 10:43 AM   #4
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Hope they are better than Konecto, it has had a long list of complaints.

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Old November 28, 2009, 10:45 AM   #5
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Unsaid in this is the implication that the Chinese-based products are inferior in some way... Believable, but does it live up to the hype???
........I'm findin that to be a true statement more these days. Can't tell ya how many times I have slammed an American product down because the Chinese equivalent is superior. Aint nothin I want to dwell on either. If Armstrong wants to put their heads on straight and give us the quality we expect from them, then I'm all for givin them every chance they need. But when they ask me fer input, and then completely go in the other direction, it just makes me irrate............anyhoo sorry fer that little rant.........

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........oops, guess I should read the statements I'm rantin about alittle closer..............

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Old November 28, 2009, 11:41 AM   #7
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........oops, guess I should read the statements I'm rantin about alittle closer..............
Uhmm, I was referring to all the internet rants about Chinese based companies that manufacture these types of LV planks. I suspect that they are correct.

As an aside, just bought a new pair of Red Wing boots. Expensive (!) but US made and well worth it...

I was actually hoping that Armstrong would one-up Konecto et al and build a better product for this type of floor. As with most folks looking at these planks, I have dog (Great Pyrenees) and kid (football mud fanatic). It appears to be a practical product if it can live up to the hype.


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Old December 14, 2009, 07:44 PM   #8
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I'm putting it in my basement
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Just spent three days at Armstrong and the new Luxe plank is one of the products we spent time on. It has a very good looking line. The glue system is alot like the Mannington Adura loc and go but it is not the same glue make up. You have time to ajust the plank without damage to the product then once it sets you have a very hard time getting it apart.
If it works like it seamed to it will be a good product.


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Old December 15, 2009, 03:17 AM   #10
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Thanks Roland.

By any chance did they address the issue of constant substrate temps? Not just acclimation and installation, but for the life of the product.

Since I originally posted, I have read of all the assertions on this forum that this type of flooring is not suitable for basements if they can not be constantly maintained at fairly specific temp ranges.

From the Luxe Planks installation manual, posted online:

... Maintain temperatures between 55 degrees and 85 degrees. Resilient flooring should only be installed in a temperature controlled environment. It is necessary to maintain constantly controlled temperatures.
Although I heat with wood, electric, and propane I still can't guarantee that my (concrete) first level sub-floor itself will never get below 55 degrees.


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Old December 19, 2009, 12:16 PM   #11
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Sorry to double post, but I found the first online retailer with pricing if anyone is curious...

Still have not made my mind up on this and probably will try and get one more winter-mud season out of my current flooring. Hopefully, more information will come out by them on this product.

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