Just found this forum and looks like it will be a huge help!
My mission today was to shop for solid oak hardwood floors for my husband to put in a 2nd home near the beach.
Well, I came home with vinyl wood planks instead! He will be very surprised, maybe not pleased. But I love them, and based on the use /abuse with 3 kids, water, sand, a dog, etc, it seems this may be a good choice for us.
He had ruled out vinyl after looking at some less expensive planks at the big box stores.
Are we getting a lot more for our money if we look at the $4 sq/ft range stuff (vs the <$2 stuff at HD)?
The samples I ended up with are:
Burke -Mercer Vinyl Plank
Congoleum Connections Weather Pine
While I like the look of the Congoleum better, they said it is the "floating floor" type rather than the glue down of the Burke.
I don't think my DH will go for the floating at all.So I think glue down may be my best bet.
So... any advice on the very first samples I ended up with ? Any other brands (I see Mannington Adura mentioned here) that will sway my DH in towards vinyl. He will have a very hard time not going with real hardwood at this cost so I have to be very convincing! Thanks!