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Old June 6, 2010, 09:03 AM   #1
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best vinyl plank flooring


We want to put in vinyl plank flooring in our small home and I am curious about what I should be looking for to determine quality..eg wear layers. The current flooring is a mix of carpet, laminate and ceramic tile. We also have 2 dogs, and are on a fairly tight budget (doing renos/additions requiries the flooring change) so cost is an issue.
Any product recommendations? Has anyone used a product by Geflor called Artline wood series? Apparently the company has moved from commercial to residential quality in this product, so the wear layer is thinner.
I've been told that if the floor is not completely smooth, that irregularities will show through the vinyl. One room has carpet and ceramic tile. do they need to be ripped out, or should a new subfloor be installed?
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Old June 6, 2010, 12:05 PM   #2
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So how much is your budget?
How large is the area?
Are you including the needed prep in your budget? How about the finishing touches like base/base shoe, transitions, etc?

Subfloor conditions are best handled by a professional who has seen the site.
The floor should be flat.

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Old June 6, 2010, 02:36 PM   #3
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Gerflor is a very good name in this industry. They make top quality materials and adhesives. I haven't seen the residential stuff but I thought I would just add my opinion that Gerflor is a company I would trust.

I haven't seen any quality differences within the various brands and types of vinyl plank. They're easy to install and seem to hold up to even very heavy commercial traffic. I can't imagine where anything comparable would happen in your home. Just pick one that appeals to in your price range. You'll be satisfied so long as the installation is handled well. It's all about the prep. Don't skimp there.

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Old June 7, 2010, 09:00 AM   #4
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A great value for the money is Kardean Van Gogh long strips. Also Metroflor Burlington plank

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