Luxury Vinyl Tile Reviews – LVT & LVP Buyers Guide

LVT1There’s a new, somewhat surprising trend going on in homes across the nation; surprising because it involves the words “vinyl” and “luxury”! That’s right – vinyl is now luxurious! In fact with luxury vinyl tile and vinyl plank flooring (LVT & LVP for short) what we’re dealing with is a whole new kind of vinyl, one that is indeed much more sophisticated and much more desirable than the plasticky sheet vinyl of the 70s. So what is LVT flooring and what makes it so different?

For a start, this is not vinyl in sheets, LVT flooring refers to vinyl tiles and LVP flooring is vinyl in planks. Secondly, and this is the most important bit, new printing and photographic technologies means that luxury vinyl flooring can be made to authentically mimic both the look and the texture of real wood or stone products (the best stone-look tiles will actually have limestone composite added to the vinyl mix for greater authenticity). But best of all, these “nearly real” luxury vinyl tiles and vinyl planks are often cheaper than the real thing!

It is this combination of price and fantastically improved realism that is proving the defining reason for the rise and rise of LVT’s popularity. As Annette Callari on the World Floor Covering Association website states, “the look and feel of nature’s best materials at a lower cost are a reality of luxury vinyl tile flooring manufacturing”. LVT is so realistic these days that you can even get specially formulated grout to finish off stone-look tiles for extra realism. And then when you add to that the inherent high performance, durability and easy maintenance of vinyl – you’re clearly onto a winner.

LVT also offers a lot of flexibility design-wise. Along with wood and stone looks, there are graphic patterns, block colors and unusual textures also available such as mosaic pebbles or indented steel panels – see below for our round-up of the biggest LVT design trends. What’s more, as vinyl wood flooring is often installed as a floating floor, it also offers less permanent flooring solutions than the authentic materials. This is a huge plus for both interior design magpies and people who aren’t yet living in their “forever home”.

For all of the above reasons, luxury vinyl planks and tiles are now being featured in all areas of the home. Whereas vinyl was once considered only suitable for less visible areas of a house like the laundry room, or in areas where you would expect its durability and water resistance to be useful like kitchens and bathrooms, designers are now using it everywhere!

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Luxury Vinyl Tile Installation – DIY or Professional?

Another much touted advantage of LVT is that it’s easy-as-pie for DIYers to install. Well, you need to know that that is somewhat true, but NOT always! As with any home improvement project, the results will always reflect your level of experience. LVT flooring installation can be easy if you’re a relatively proficient DIY enthusiast and if you’ve taken time to consider all aspects of the project. Most important in this regard is to understand that the substrate that you apply the LVT to must be in top condition, perfectly clean and primed, level and of a suitable material. Referring to manufacturer’s guidelines is key here.

There are mainly two kinds of LVT installation methods depending on the tile you buy – ones that glue down with the recommended adhesive products and ones that don’t need adhesive but rather have an inbuilt interlocking or tape down system. Both types have specific guidelines for installation, and again we would urge you to refer to the manufacturer’s recommendations.




There are also a number of other technical considerations to be aware of, including correct tools, expansion gaps, edgings, cutting techniques, acclimatization time and installation time. For more detailed information on how to install luxury vinyl tile check out this great DIY article from The Family Handyman and here’s interior designer Jenna’s experience of installing luxury vinyl tiles with tips and tricks worth reading – SAS Interiors.

If all of this seems too much for you, or if you’re planning to install LVT throughout your home, you should opt for professional installers who will also guarantee their work. Finally, LVT finishes and performance really vary depending on the quality of the product. To this end we have reviewed some of the most trustworthy and top quality luxury vinyl tile brands below.

Luxury Vinyl Plank and Tile Design Trends

As luxury vinyl tile is a man-made product, you would imagine that there are endless design ideas to choose from. And yet, I think precisely because the point of LVT is to mimic authentic materials, most manufacturers tend to offer a fairly simplistic choice of either wood or stone look tiles.

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Of course, within those two choices the sky is the limit! For just about every kind of “real” type of stone or wood flooring product, you’ll find its equivalent in luxury vinyl plank flooring or tile flooring, which means that you can recreate just about any interior design trend with LVT, be it rustic or minimalist. Flooring can be personalized in almost any style you like: luxury vinyl wood planks can be laid out in parquet style patterns, vinyl stone tiles can be set in checkerboard sequence, and many manufacturers are make luxury vinyl borders, medallions and insets to match their collections. From reclaimed, hand-scrapped, distressed wooden planks to whitewashed woods; from smooth as silk marbles to rougher slates, it’s all available in LVT.

However, some manufacturers are offering slightly more adventurous LVT products that are distinct in NOT attempting to mimic the real thing but instead offer decorative, geometric and graphic designs or overall floor patterns instead. You still get the great durability and ease-of-care benefits of LVT but these tiles are more like an alternative to carpet, and as such create quite a personalized statement. In particular, global giant Forbo Flooring Systems has an amazing commercial luxury tile collection called Allura and the Allura Form range features alternatively shaped tiles such as triangles and diamonds for ultimate creativity; their Allura Abstract range is also very impressive with striped planks and metal and textile inspired tiles. It can only be hoped that as luxury vinyl grows in popularity, these bolder floor designs will become more widely available. For now here are our luxury vinyl flooring reviews of the most popular and well known manufacturers.

Reviews of Top Luxury Vinyl Tile Manufacturers & Brands

Karndean Designflooring – Having first established themselves 40 years ago in the UK and now a global player, Karndean were the first kids on the block with luxury vinyl tile and rightly respected as the luxury vinyl tile specialists for both residential and commercial property. Not only do they have a very extensive range of LVT including unusual options like their Galician Quartz pebble mosaic tile, they also have decorative strips, borders and medallions so that you can really go for a customizable look (see image below) and there is also a fantastic 20-year warranty on some of their products. A quality product but with higher prices, expect to pay anywhere between $4 and $8 per square foot.

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Harbinger Floors – US based flooring company Harbinger has mostly been recognized for commercial flooring, but their LVT products are equally usable in residential contexts too. They have three ranges of LVT – the Contract, Signature and Craftsman series – all of which feature intricately rendered wood and stone designs. The Signature series is particularly impressive to my mind, with a focus on grey toned woods that are very much on trend at the moment – the Heritage Wrought Iron wood plank tile is truly lovely and the fabric-like Grasscloth tiles in four different color ways offer a different and refined textured look. No pricing details at this time.

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Armstrong – As you would expect, flooring maestros Armstrong have got one of the most extensive ranges of LVT product ranges currently available anywhere, with 181 different tiles to choose from! Their ranges include all kinds of looks, from distressed wood to overall graphic patterns, but their specialty is stone effect luxury vinyl tile. Their limestone enriched process give a high quality result ensuring that “each floor tile faithfully captures the authentic look of natural stone” and, to whet your appetite, the design idea images on their website are the ultimate inspirational eye-candy, as illustrated below with their gorgeous Classico Travertine tile in Sandstone/Blue. Average prices are between $5 and $7 per square foot.

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Mannington – Adura, Mannington’s residential LVT range, boasts a comprehensive 116 different tile looks including stone, wood and graphic designs. The stone tiles can be used with or without grout, and to this end Mannington have their own Adura grout which is highly recommended. A particularly nice touch in the Adura range is the 12”x24” rectangular stone-look tile that enhances the illusion that your synthetic tiles are the real thing! For near authenticity in vinyl wood flooring, go for their Distinctive Plank collection which features variable widths, realistic colors and surface textures, like the Dockside LVT plank below. Prices range mainly between $3.50 and $5.50 per square foot.

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Mohawk – Mohawk bills itself as the “world’s largest flooring company” so you would expect it to have a more than decent range of luxury vinyl tile, and indeed they do not disappoint! However, less is more at Mohawk with only 52 different but quality stone and wood LVT products, of which 14 are available with their Uniclic glueless installation technology. Mohawk recommend that all their LVT products are installed as a floating floor and they have an in-house range of cleaning products specially formulated to keep their flooring in top condition. Prices are cheaper at between $3 and $4.

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Forbo Flooring Systems – This global company is primarily known for its commercial flooring ranges, and their commercial LVT range is extremely impressive – especially the Allura range which features classic and more offbeat, alternative designs for those looking for something a bit more edgy. However Forbo also offers a fantastic range of residential LVT too, which whilst being a bit more classic, is nevertheless the kind of superior product that you would expect from a company that places “excellence in flooring” at the heart of its mission statement. Expect to pay between $5 and $8 per sq/ft.

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Other LVT Flooring Info

Protective top layer – luxury vinyl tiles typically comprise four layers, and the top layer is the one that protects the tile from scratches and stain absorption. It is best to opt for tiles that have a urethane or polyurethane top layer and the thicker the better. Measured in mil, products that have top layers under 20 mil are best used in areas of light traffic; the ideal is at least 20 mil – anything higher is going to perform excellently (and generally would be classified as a commercial LVT).

Thickness gauge – the overall thickness of the luxury vinyl tile or plank is an important factor when planning your floor project, particularly if you are only using LVT tile in one room and expect it to meet another type of flooring (this often happens at doorways). Also note that standard vinyl sheet is often a different thickness gauge than LVT.

Edging/ finishing – thankfully, as LVT’s popularity increases, more and more manufacturers are now offering luxury vinyl tile moldings and edgings to complement the tiles, so that you can create a flawless finish to your flooring project. Moldings Online seem to offer a particularly extensive range of options, including stair nosings.

Acclimatization – Before you install your luxury vinyl floor it is important to allow it to acclimatize to your home’s usual temperature for a minimum of 48 hours, as like hardwood flooring, vinyl tile expands and contracts depending on the temperature and humidity in the air.

Expansion gap – because of the inherent expansion in vinyl tiles, some manufacturers also recommend leaving an expansion gap when fitting a floating interlocking (i.e. glueless) vinyl plank or tile flooring.

Cleaning and Maintenance – of course the main selling point of luxury vinyl tile has got to be its easy maintenance, essentially all you need to do to keep it clean is regularly sweep or vacuum and then damp mop with a neutral or peroxide cleaner from time to time. Be careful not to use abrasive cleaners and make life easier on your flooring by adding doormats at the entrances to your home. Tiles that have been UV cured polyurethane coating are best for ultimate longevity.

VOC emissions/ environmental issues – it has to be said that luxury vinyl tile has earned a bad reputation with regards to the environment. The nature of the chemicals involved in its production and the possibility of it emitting VOC gases once it has been installed have raised questions about its suitability for long-term use. However, reputable LVT manufacturers have made great efforts over the years to address these concerns and meet low-VOC regulations. If you are concerned about these issues we strongly urge you do further research and look into alternatives before choosing luxury vinyl tile for your home.

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171 Responses to “Luxury Vinyl Tile Reviews – LVT & LVP Buyers Guide”
  1. Chris says:

    Amazing article with beautiful images. Very nice and informative post. Thanks for sharing this info about Luxury Vinyl tile…via eskandaristone.

  2. Nix Strong says:

    Great LVF reviews here. In particular I’m interested in your luxury vinyl plank reviews as I’m trying to find something for my entrance hallway and living area…have you got any- more recommendations?

    Nix

  3. Lou Ann Stout says:

    We are think of installing plank LVT in a cabin in northern Mn that doesn’t get heated in the winter. We do get some condensation in the spring on the floor as the temperature start to warm so I know we will have to put a layer of plastic down for a barrier. Is there any reason that we should not use this type of flooring and what thickness would you recommend? Thanks so much any information will be appreciated.

    • Jamie says:

      Thank you for the question Lou. I’m not personally aware of any reason at all not to use luxury vinyl in cold climates and I’m not even sure why you would need to worry about putting down a layer of plastic, I would be more concerned about direct sunlight than moisture. Exactly how cold will it get in there? I would suggest that the most important element to consider is correct installation with correct adhesives. Vinyl planks may well require a level of acclimatisation and are best installed during clement temperatures, while adhesives also vary, with some working better in cold conditions than others.

      Also what kind of sub floor will the tiles be laid on? how the sub floor reacts in the cold could be a factor.

      When shopping for both vinyl tiles and adhesives, please refer to the manufacturers recommendations first and then approach local qualified installers for a final opinion on suitability.

      Finally, re thickness of tile, again I don’t think vinyl tile thickness is a temperature issue but rather one of comfort and durability.

      I hope that helps a little!

  4. Kerry says:

    Would this LVT be suitable for a balcony that is exposed to rain and sunlight? We are designing a home in Costa Rica where it is humid all the time with a lengthy rain season. Thank you..

  5. Anita says:

    We are planning to replace carpet in family room and hall at our beach house one block from ocean. We want a durable, floor which can hold up to water, sand, and people. We don’t want to replace every 5 years. We like wood plank look. The place is on stilts so we don’t want a heavy floor as we have rooms on ground level too. We have 22 in our family so there is wear and tear. Do we need water proof or water resistant.? Do we need glue or floating? What mill do we need?

    • Jamie says:

      Hi Anita,

      Thank you for your questions and sorry for the late reply. Wow, sounds like you need some seriously durable flooring! Yes, luxury vinyl wood look planks would work well but I wouldn’t want to make any further recommendations without an onsite inspection.

      I would do it this way round, find a couple of vinyl plank products you like then get a couple of free estimates from local installers, being sure to ask them if they will guarantee their work using the flooring you like. You really need a hard and fast commitment from a local installer who has seen your property and knows the product you want to use.

      Out of interest, have you considered ceramic or porcelain wood look tile? With your level of traffic and location it might be work considering?

      • Gloria says:

        We are in the same situation as Anita, strongly considering LVT or planks. Ceramic tile for such a wide area, per Jamie’s comment, is not recommended for a house on stilts, according to local installers, as occasional wind movement (what we call hurricanes on the coast…) can make the floor flex and bend, breaking the grout for ceramic tile. Smaller areas like bathrooms are fine, larger area might eventually have problems with cracking and breaking.

  6. Mat says:

    We are looking to install vpf in our home. How well does the flooring hold up to heavy furniture?

    • Jamie says:

      Vinyl plank flooring? Yes, it holds up great. As a flexible flooring it will always bounce back. I would probably still use protectors and avoid dragging heavy furniture but its a very durable product if correctly installed.

  7. Joni says:

    I am looking for for a wood look product that will stand up to cat urine. I have an elderly cat that has frequent accidents and I want to replace the floor before I replace her! Would you suggest LVT for my application?

    • Jamie says:

      Hi Joni,

      Which to replace? Hmmm, floor or cat? That’s a tricky one! 😉 But seriously…yes luxury vinyl tile would be perfect.

      • Susan Hubbard says:

        I can’t even believe I’m hearing talk of the possibility of “replacing the cat.” Wow. You’d never “replace” an elderly human family member because they began to cause some sort of inconvenience, then again, maybe you would.

        • Jamie says:

          Just a little joke Susan, just a joke. We have an elderly cat and we wouldn’t swap her for anything.

          • DirtBikeMom RN says:

            Thank you for this very helpful article and comments. We have a cabin in PA that can get quite cold when we’re not there in the winter (today, Accu-Weather RealFeel is -8!!!). We will place a plywood subfloor and then I think vinyl tile, with area rugs. I did get your joke above — I rolled my eyes and laughed — we have a grumpy, crotchety old basenji we nicknamed Archie (after the 70s tv show). When he gets mad at you, he’ll pee on the floor, just because. I have often told him, “You’re lucky I like you, Arch! Or else I’d take ya out back and shoot ya!” I never would. And he knows it — He just harrumphs at me and demands another cookie. 🙂 But thank you again for this article — it helped me to figure out what I want/need to do.

          • Jamie says:

            Thank you for the kind comment, keep coming back! 🙂

          • Justin Kidder says:

            I would swap my elderly cat for 3000sf of 12mm LVT wood grain flooring, make it 4000sf and I will toss in my grandmother. FYI the cat does not pee on the floor.

  8. Pat says:

    Hi, I just purchased some Shaw LVT and have hired a professional installer, they plan to put the LVT over one layer of vinyl sheet that is currently installed, is that a good idea or should the vinyl sheet be removed? Thanks.

  9. Andrea says:

    Have you heard of or know about ResistA vinyl planks? Sold at Carpet One and Pro source?

  10. Cindy says:

    Looking at Shaw LVT with professional installer for kitchen,entry, informal dining room and possibly the bedrooms and basement family room. Have two big dogs, so looking for easy maintenance and something durable, but not cheap looking. Live in a middle-class neighborhood in Ohio. Your thoughts on the Shaw brand? Your thoughts on LVT for the areas mentioned? What about odor/VOC? Thanks!

    • Jamie says:

      Hi Cindy. I think you would be well advised to contact Shaw direct regarding voc questions. They are such a popular, well respected company that I would be very surprised if they didn’t adhere strictly to high industry standards. As I say Shaw is a respected brand, I’m sure your installer will have had plenty of experience with their products. And yes, luxury vinyl tile ticks all the boxes that you mention…pet friendly, easy to clean, durable and reasonably priced. As for ‘cheap looking’ there are a lot of products on the market and some look classier than others, so take your time choosing and have a look at a good selection in the flesh.

  11. Tracy says:

    My husband is worried about vinyl planks shifting would it be best to get the ones with adhesive?

  12. mark says:

    We are building a new house and wanted the builder to install LVT in the master bath and mud room/laundry room. The builder priced Mohawk Permanence Plus. Checked their website and your review and it appears that this is a glueless or floating system. I was going with tile that has a stone appearance and wanted grouted joints. Will a floating system work with grouted joints work in this application? Should we glue this down? Asked the builder and they or their flooring subcontractor is not familiar with LVT which also has me concerned.

    • Jamie says:

      Hi Mark,

      Thanks for the question. If you want grouted joints then you’ll need to find a different product. Yes, that Mohawk flooring is a tongue and groove, click and lock type assembly. Installation for this type of flooring isn’t too tricky but I too would be concerned if my contractor had no experience whatsoever with vinyl tile.

      If you have your heart set on groutable LVT then I would take a look at Mannington or Armstrong.

      • mark says:

        Thanks for the info. Went back to the builder and they are going to price Congoleum’s LVT (Duraceramic) with grouted joints. We are only doing less than 300 SF so I was wondering what a fair installed price would be. Is this brand top quality as the builder stated to us?

        • Jamie says:

          Hi Mark, many factors can affect installation prices so I wouldn’t like to put a figure on it. Site’s like Homewyse can give you a rough idea but your best bet is to get multiple quotes. I don’t know too much about Duraceramic either I’m afraid. Try searching online for customer reviews.

      • Karen says:

        Mark, I am also looking at LVT with grouted joints, but am thinking it might be wise to forgo the grouting and simply lay the tiles. How is your project? What do you suggest? I am thinking there will be less chance of complications without the grouted joints. Thank you for your reply. Karen

  13. Dana says:

    Hi,Have you heard of Berry/alloc dream click pro (5mm), if so please share your thoughts on quality, thanks!

  14. Diana says:

    I am going to build a new home and am thinking about the LVT instead of the hardwood everywhere but the bathrooms and bedrooms. Do you think that this will decrease the value of my new home?

    • Jamie says:

      Hi Diana…In my opinion it won’t decrease the value of your home. The question of which flooring offers the best return on investment is not something that can be answered quickly here, but the first bit of advice I would offer is to compare your home to similar properties in the neighborhood. When you come to sell will your potential buyers expect a hardwood floor? If they do then will your LVT home be competitively priced so that buyers feel they have the funds to install wood if they want to?

      The opposite can apply, if your house is the only one on your street with hardwood floors you may find it hard to recoup the installation cost because buyers aren’t looking to pay extra for expensive floors. If you want to choose your floor based on ROI I would speak to your local Realtors for advice. Personally, within reason , I would always install the flooring that I personally wanted to live with, assuming I was going to stay in the home for more than 5 years.

  15. Toni says:

    We are looking at LVP for 5 rooms in our house, we already have Carpet Ones Invincible tile in several rooms and love the flooring. They no longer make the one we have so we have been looking at flooring that blends with what we already have. I have narrowed it down to two different ones and am curious if you know anything about the brands. The first is Mohawk LVP and the second is Duet from Empire flooring. I have tried to find online reviews but have not run across anything on the Duet.

    • Jamie says:

      Hi Toni, now I don’t know for sure if this is correct but I saw this comment about Invincible flooring on Houzz…

      Downs, Invincible, Resista, & Dynaclic are all the same LVT. Carpet One stores sell it as Invincible, Pro-Source sells it as Resista. When you order the product, the boxes have all 4 brand names printed.

      If that is the case and you love the Invincible product so much why not see if you can find the same thing but under a different name?

  16. Dene says:

    Hi
    Im looking for advice about the level of noise transfer if I replace old carpet upstairs in our beach house with vinyl planks. They will be laid on a chipboard or masonite hardfloor. We’re in western Australia. The noise level downstairs is already a problem with carpet!

    Cheers Dene

    • Jamie says:

      Hi Dene,

      Good question and honestly I’m not completely sure of the answer. Vinyl planks depending on the brand and quality are pretty noise absorbent, certainly more so than laminate or wood etc. However its hard to see how any flooring could be quieter than carpet! What’s currently causing the noise? Simply the sound of carpeted footfall? or is it the flooring under the carpet that’s making the noise?

  17. Teri says:

    I am considering LVT for my living room and hall. Currently have very old hardwood which was told could not be refinished. Do you see any issues putting LVT over damaged hardwood? Would you recommend floating or gluing? Appreciate your opinion. Thanks.

    • Jamie says:

      If it were me I would taking advice from a local contractor before tackling this, regardless of whether I was going to do the job myself or not. Get a professional to come round and give their opinion. Given that floating floors, as the name suggests, float above your subfloor it seems likely that they would be the better option in this situation. However there are still questions to be answered regarding floor height. Will installing a floating LVT floor straight over hardwood flooring create problems transitioning from one room to another?

  18. Martha says:

    I am considering installing floating LVT where I now have old 9″x9″ ceramic tile. Can I have the LVT installed over the ceramic tile or must it be removed? Thank You

    • Jamie says:

      Hi Martha,

      Yes, you can install a floating floor over an existing floor like tile. Just don’t forget to factor in how the extra height of the new floor might effect things, in particular the transition from one room to another. And of course whatever surface you’re installing over has to be correctly prepped!

      • Rusty Josephson says:

        I’m wondering what correctly prepped means — does that mean skim coating or more over the existing tiles. I was told of a product from Congoleum which looks like linoleum that comes in a sheet ands is laid down on top of the tile first Do you think we need to do that

        • Jamie says:

          Hi Rusty, by correctly prepped I meant that the existing floor should be smooth and level. If the product you are laying down is very thin and you are concerned that over time you might see the original tile pattern push through your vinyl then you might have to think about solutions to make the tile floor smoother.

          On the whole though, most LVT products are nice and thick and many tile floors nice and smooth…if in doubt ask your contractor.

  19. Sharon says:

    We have a vacation rental in So Lake Tahoe that we would like to replace the old carpet We need something that is durable, won’t show the dirt and mud tracked in in winter and can take spills etc. The cabin is 2 stories and does not have any floor insulation. We are thinking about LVT as it sounds like it will be easy to maintain. We are worried about the cold from under the cabin making it cold on the feet. Does the vinyl insulate from the cold? Is there any insulation boards that can be laid underneath? Also do we need to put anything under the 2nd story flooring to minimize any noise from upstairs? Can it be laid on the stairs and be safe – not too slippery for renters to use the stairs? We are just starting to look and need something to compliment the wood interior of our cabin. It was built in 1965 and we don’t know what is under the carpet yet. Wish us luck.
    Thanks,
    Sharon

    • Jamie says:

      First off Sharon…I wish you luck! 🙂 I do think you should take a look under the carpet before going any further, the state of your subfloor could completely change your plans. You are certainly asking all the right questions but I really think you should ask them to a local installer on location at your rental. LVT does, on paper, sound like a pretty good option for you…It might not be enough to act as insulation but it is certainly warmer underfoot that many other flooring options. It is also quieter underfoot so hopefully you might not need anything further upstairs. Whether you can lay it on the stairs will depend on the surface texture of the product you choose. I’d like to answer you more fully but I’d really want to see the project for myself.

  20. beth k says:

    We are planning to put LVT in our kitchen, but have read some reviews on Consumer Reports that cite instances of certain brands “peeling” and other problems, regardless of how the magazine ranked them. Warranties were difficult if not impossible to enforce. This is a big expense for us and we can’t afford to make a mistake. These are very recent reviews. Could you offer some insight? Have you heard of this? How should we proceed?

    • Jamie says:

      Hi Beth, I can totally relate to that feeling of not wanting to make a mistake when large sums of money are involved! While the internet is a great research tool it can also be very confusing because you will always find conflicting views. To give yourself the best chance of getting things right I would focus on these three things…1) A decent product at a decent price from a reputable manufacturer. 2) Finding an experienced local installer that you trust and 3) Confirming via manufacturer, retailer and installer that the type of flooring that you want to install is suitable for your particular circumstance.

      You will ALWAYS find both negative and positive reviews of flooring products online but how can you know if that is down to sub standard product or bad installation? When I read negative reviews of well known, respected brands who have been producing quality floors for decades I tend to just think that the problem lies with the installation or suitability of the location rather than the product.

  21. Melissa says:

    HI,

    We are looking into using LVP. So far we have picked out the brand Lyndon, which looks to be a line from NovaFloor. Have you heard of or used this brand? Thanks so much!!

    • Jamie says:

      Hi Melissa,

      I don’t know much about this brand, but it looks good doesn’t it. I like the Williamsburg from the Lyndon collection.

      Sorry not to know more but please keep us posted if you go ahead with it.

  22. Christa says:

    I am considering installing LVT in a large walkout basement. My two concerns are moisture and cracks. The only time we have had a moisture problem was years ago when the sump pump gave out–just as I was gluing down the last 3 sf of vinyl tile in a 350 sf room! There was no standing water-only really damp concrete. Needless to say we have become really paranoid about the sump pump and there’s been no reoccurrence, BUT I figure some kind of vapor barrier is advisable as insurance.

    There is a bathroom in the basement with porcelain tiles that is a testament to your advise to Beth K. People walk into the bathroom and say “WOW!”–the tile is that beautiful. I walk in and see only the 4 or 5 expensive floor tiles that cracked because the contractor failed to install an isolation barrier. Of course, I only have a few spare tiles and they are no longer available.

    With respect to the LVT, I figure the floating floor would be the best bet insofar as dealing with cracks and movement (and perhaps leveling?). However, is the floating LVT backed with fiberboard or similar product that would not do well if there was another “moisture event?” How does a glued down installation compare in dealing with these issues?

    I guess the most important question is how can you tell if you’ve got a competent installer?

    • Jamie says:

      Hi Christa,

      A vapor/moisture barrier over concrete is always a good idea. Whether that vapor barrier will protect you from a sump pump disaster is another question.

      Yes, a floating floor sounds like a good idea, be aware that they don’t actually float above the floor so good for cracks and movement but you still want a good, clean level surface.

      Not all LVT is the same so you should research the particular brand/product that you like to check its backing.

      And yes I understand your concern re installers, ultimately you want all these questions to be reliably answered by the contractor who is going to do the work. Unless you have a friend who can give you a personal recommendation I’m afraid you just have to do due diligence which means…getting multiple onsite quotes, get a shortlist of the contractors you get a good vibe off and then ask them the pertinent questions…have you installed this product or one very similar? Have you installed it in these conditions? Can you show me proof of previous work done? Can you put me in touch with past satisfied clients?

      These are all questions that a good contractor would be willing to address if the cost/size of the project made them appropriate. This article is focused on hardwood installers but has some more useful pointers.

  23. becky says:

    I’m going to put down LVT – designer’s Image Homesread 4.2mm Have youheard of this brand? It is going to be used inmy basement family room. IT is made in Belgium i bought it from Menards. I can’t afford much. It is not ahigh traffic area, it isjust y daughter &myself +3 cats.

    How level does the cement have to be?

    I also want to putdown anarea rug,is this going to cause a problem?

  24. Lisa says:

    I have existing porcelain tile in a small place across from beach in Fla. Took down a wall and cannot find match for floor. Thinking of installing over the porcelain throughout rooms. Want to use wide plank. Narrowed down to US Floors – Coretec Plus, 7-1/8″ x 48″. I can’t seem to find any installs to check out and/or reviews. Do you know anything about this product?

    Thank you.

  25. Kathy says:

    I am trying to blend a kitchen floor with a Laminate floor called Golden Oak by Wilsonart I am leaning toward a vinyl sheet or tile. I do not know if there is a big difference between Armstrong, Mannington and Shaw. I am also having a hard time blending the two as I would like to paint my kitchen white and medium gray. Any suggestions would be very helpful.

  26. Cheryl says:

    Hi there, great info on this topic as my husband and i are struggling with what type of flooring to use in our kichen/dining room, a flight of stairs, and hallway. Leaning toward vinyl flooring with a wood look. About a year ago we did our small entryway (split level house) with Tranquility brand vinyl planks from Lumber Liquidators. So far its holding up fine and was reasonably priced, wondering your thoughts on that brand? We just want to make sure we will have a great product when we choose what to use and after reading several other comments im thinking of going to a place that carries the Armstrong or Shaw brands. So many to choose from so its hard to know which ones are the best quality. Thank you for your input!!

  27. Cheryl says:

    Ok one more thing, we live in northern MN so we have a wide variety of temps and humidity and dryer weather. 🙂 thought that may help! Also the entryway as you well know is an area that takes quite a beating between all the seasons and gravel/salt being tracked in and the year old flooring is doing ok so far. We also have a medium sized dog. Ok ill stop posting so much till i hear back! Sorry and thank you!!

    • Jamie says:

      Hi Cheryl, thanks for the comment…seems to me like you have everything sewn up, not sure you need any advice from us! Tranquility is a low cost range from Lumber Liquidators so if that’s holding up well after a year then clearly vinyl plank is a good choice for your home/climate/traffic etc. If I were you I would focus all my attention on aesthetics, just go for something that you love the look of. If Armstrong or Shaw have something you love then go for it, I imagine it will cost a bit more than your existing vinyl but will be of a higher quality too.

  28. Melissa C. says:

    Jamie, I also have installed Tranquility flooring from Lumber Liquidators in October 2014. I wouldn’t recommend this floor to anyone! I am in the process of trying to get a refund or replacement. This flooring scratches so easily just by vacuuming. The color is wearing off on the stair nose. I’ll never use Lumber Liquidators again because they will not stand behind a product they carry. The installer they recommended is incompetent. Can you clarify for me if Tranquility is also an Armstrong affiliation?

    Many thanks!

    • Jamie says:

      Thanks for the comment Melissa, it just goes to show how different some people’s experience is of the same flooring product. You certainly aren’t the first to have had a complaint about Lumber Liquidators and yet some buyers have no problem at all. To clarify…no I don’t believe there is any connection between the Tranquility flooring and Armstrong…I believe the other homeowner already has Tranquility flooring and is now look at some new flooring from Armstrong.

  29. Annette says:

    Hi there,

    I’m in the process of renovating a completely unfinished basement and like the idea of using LVT. We’ve heard some mixed reviews regarding the thickness of the plank itself. We found a product that is 8mm thick as our contractor suggested thickness to help insulate from our cold winters here in canada. Would you say that there is a difference in the quality of the insulation considering? Thanks

  30. Stacie Brader says:

    Hi,

    My husband and I are installing new floors throughout the main living areas in our house. Bye bye carpet!!! We are very interested in wood style vinyl plank. We are looking at DuChateau planks. Have you heard of or had experience with this company’s flooring?

    Thank you in advance,

    Stacie

    • Jamie says:

      I’ve certainly heard of them Stacie, they seem a very upmarket brand, although I’ve not had firsthand experience. I’d be interested to hear what sort of price they go for…do let us know.

  31. Karen says:

    What is your opinion of moduleo luxury vinyl planks manufactured in Belgium?

  32. Pat says:

    Will VPF hold up to water spills and accidents by my pet? I have laminate and it has bubbled in multiple places in the kitchen, one of the worst is where my Shitzu ( who thinks he is human) tried to play ball with his water bowl that went undetected for about one hour. And then it was to late.

  33. Brad says:

    Just keep in mind that 90% of LVT LVP are temputure SENSITIVE Floor, Most will tell you, After installation you MUST keep your house/Floor between 55 to 80 degrees, Failure can happen if this is not kept…..

    Direct sunlight from windows can cause problems as well…

  34. kristine says:

    Hi
    I was looking a Karndean Vinyl flooring and they tell you this whole process to clean or refresh every year with their products. Do you think this is necesary or just a way to sell more product also in light of 60 minutes story on Laminates from china, is Vinyl a good alternative or are their toxic issues also, i haven’t been able to find anything out.
    thanks

    • Jamie says:

      Hi Kristine…a bit of both I would say. Flooring manufacturers do try to steer you towards their “approved” flooring projects when there are many similar and usually cheaper products on the market that will do exactly the same job. On the other hand flooring does need after care so if they say your floor will benefit from a particular treatment once a year then its probably worth taking that advice….but its up to you if you use their product for that treatment or something else similar.

  35. Stephanie Struble says:

    We are considering Moduleo Visons LV planks for our basement. This product comes in both dry back glue-down, and click versions. Do you advise glue-down or click? I know click is easier install, but does glue-down perform better? Which would handle a water event better? Would click offer more insulation, since we could put down an underlayment? Floor is fairly level… has one dip which we will rectify before laying floor. Thanks.

  36. Jane says:

    We are considering putting Bentley Mills vinyl planks on our new basement floor. We would like to put the Schluter-Ditra electric heating underneath but do not know if that is possible.
    I believe the tile is 3mm. Is that a concern?
    What are some of the very best brands of wood look vinyl plank floors? Thank you for any advice you can provide.

  37. Tom says:

    Hi! I love your web site and find it very informative. Keep up the great work.

    We have a home built in the ’70’s on a lake in south central Florida. Currently there is carpeting over the concrete (and some chatahoochee) floor and we want to replace it with laminate or LVT. Do I need to put something over the concrete and chatahoochee before installing the flooring? Which type of flooring will do better with temperature changes since we won’t be living in the home full time? Is one type of flooring better for water resistance and pets?

    Thanks in advance.

    Tom

  38. john says:

    I’m thinking of using luxury vinyl tile on the wall surrounding my shower. Do you think it will hold up well in a shower environment? Thanks

    • Dee says:

      Jamie said earlier that this product is not intended for outdoor use. With that said, it would be safe to say the answer to your question is “no”… a shower is no different than a rainstorm. It will not hold up. Sorry. I am sure it has to do with the adhesives or installation, since it is vinyl and durable… but the installation process may not be as durable as the vinyl is itself.

  39. Judy says:

    We are looking for a durable flooring for a pier & beam house near a lake, so the soil is sandy loam. Would the vinyl planks or luxury tile be good? What is the cost compared to laminate flooring or tiles? Our walls are paneled so the look of stone would be nice. Thank you

  40. Ellen Downs says:

    i have not heard any comments on Allure Ultra sold in Home Depot stores. If anyone has used this flooring I would like to hear their comments. Are you familiar with this LVP? How would you rate it? I plan to use it in an apartment. I don’t think there are no temperature issues. Have a small dog that I love but have to replace the carpet for something both she and I can live with.

    • LLR says:

      We used the Allure flooring in our master bathroom on a home that we rented out for 6 years. I just sold the home a few months ago and the flooring looked almost new. It was pretty easy to install also. My 12 year old daughter and I put in one weekend. The only issue that I had (entirely my fault) was that I failed to secure a nail in the subfloor and the nailhead made a dent in the vinyl after awhile. Definitely need to make sure the floor is prepped correctly before installation.

  41. JT says:

    I’m seriously considering replacing my entire first floor (except bedrooms) flooring with LVT. I currently have a patchwork of tile, engineered hardwood, and tile. My two largest concerns about LVT (I’ll probably go for a rustic farmhouse type look) are that it will feel “artificial” and plasticky and that there will be a repeating pattern issue. I have a large open area, and a repeating pattern would stand out I’m afraid…i.e. a knot hole in the left corner every third plank. Do you have any insight about these two concerns?

    • Dee says:

      I have that same question! We currently have cheap laminate pergo flooring…(gross and we have intended to replace since we purchased our home 2 years ago). But this pergo, was all the rage when it came out… and like you said, it has a repeating patterns so yes my pergo floor looks fake and plasticy and I do not want to have the same outcome on a new floor. So, Jamie… please answer this question for us. Thanks.

      • Jamie says:

        Hi guys,

        Thanks for all the comments Dee!

        Regarding the look of luxury vinyl…listen , it isn’t real wood or real tile so its not fair to expect it to look exactly the same. Its current popularity is down to the fact that it does look a hell of a lot better than the old vinyl tile of yesteryear and it’s still considerably cheaper than real wood or tile.

        With regards to repeating patterns…I would check with each product to see how many different looking planks/tiles you get in a box. It’s also worth saying that if you have “a knot hole in the left corner every third plank” then that is actually down to bad installation. It’s the installer who decides which plank gets laid where, even with only a few different variations you should be able to avoid really obvious repetition.

        Having said all that I would question JT’s decision to lay LVT everywhere…having the same flooring throughout seems as bad as having the “patchwork” he already has, just on the other extreme.

  42. Emily says:

    I stumbled on your site by accident. I have learned much reading all the comments etc. my home is about 25 years old. I live in south FL. We have white glossy 12″tile throughout the main floor (builder’s grade). It looks decent in the living and formal dining rooms and I have area rugs in both rooms that help camophlage. The tile continues into the kitchen. It looks it’s age. The former homeowner painted the grout lines over the dirt. They are a mess. The floor never looks clean.

    I am strongly considering having the kitchen portion removed and replaced. I LOVE the wood look. I wavered between the ceramic tile wood look and laminate wood look. The floor will have to be transitioned which I think will work and look ok. The last thing I want is “disjointed” look.

    In other words I want a smooth transition from one area to the next. Now that I have discovered this site, I am thinking a high end vinyl plank is the way to go. My kitchen is a high traffic area as garage is off kitchen and small grand boys are in and out.

    What kind of transition strip would be used between the tile and vinyl? I don’t want a “hump” that screams. Also would you suggest high contrast color or more of a blend? I think maybe something in the middle. I have a newish off white antique kitchen and stainless appliances. Thank you in advance for any suggestions and help.

    • Jamie says:

      Hi Emily, thank you for your comments.

      I’m not an expert on transition strips, there are quite a few different options and they are something best discussed with your contractor. As long as the two floors are at the same level then the transition should be nice and level too.

      Re floor color, with white tile elsewhere and off white kitchen units it won’t be hard to make a strong statement with the floor so, yes, I agree with you, don’t go too contrasting or all anyone will see is the floor but don’t go too pale or you’ll have barely any color in your kitchen at all! Of course some folk do like a big contrast or the opposite, a monotone look. Personally I prefer accents here and there, whatever floor you choose see if you can tie it in/compliment it with some other color on that level of your home.

      Just my 2 cents.

    • Dee says:

      In response to what color would look good with your white tiles, and off white kitchen… you should get a few samples to bring home in the medium brown wood look-a-like range. You could choose plank, parquette, or whatever, but I definitely think this would hide dust, dirt, and stains… I have kids too & from what I have read – dark brown is hard to keep clean because it shows the dust collecting. Medium brown definitely will hide flaws, dirt, etc. My brown couch still looks good after 15 years with kids from 19-3 yr old!!! Also, the medium brown will give you a nice contrast without looking washed out, or to bold. Good luck and I hope it looks nice when you finish!

  43. Cindy says:

    Hi, we just had Shaw Floor LVP floor installed professionally. We rent and don’t own, so had no input on the selection of the flooring medium except for the colour.

    After it was installed, my husband and I were wondering about the durability of this product. We took a scrap piece and dropped a heavy object (wrench) on the plank. It dented and cracked the piece! We also discovered a similar dent/crack in a rather hidden part of the laid floor.

    Is this something that is a known flaw with LVP flooring? With regular sheet vinyl, you could drop plenty of things on it without any damage (sometimes cuts and dents, but not usually the norm). Now we are very worried about dropping anything on it – what will happen if a coffee cup gets knocked off the counter, for example. Has there been any review as to the durability of LVP in this regard?

  44. Margaret says:

    Love the look of the vinyl plank. Saw Shaw luxury vinyl plank at lumber supplier. Replacing carpet in rv motor home in the area it would go is 10 ft long. I had saw a post about this product and they landed it 25 ft length and were the sun hit it from patio doors it started to buckle. They left 1/2 inch space around the walls and it looked great except the large area that buckle. Not worrier about direct sunlight so much can control that it is the extreme temp when this motor home set unused get very hot inside and very cold in winter inside. This was not a glue down. Is there any better vinyl that we should look at that has not had this problem.

  45. Lindsey says:

    Your post has a wealth of information! Thank you for all your insights. We are building a new home and thinking of having in-floor heat. Would LVF work well with the heat? Or would there be problems or health concerns to worry about? Thanks!

  46. Neel says:

    Hi There,

    Have you heard for Everwood by Torlys? Just wondering if its a reputable product. The sales guys says its great…but…he’s a sales guy.

    Thanks!

    • Jamie says:

      Hi Neel, well they’re definitely a reputable company (Canadian), been around a good while. I’d not heard of their Everwood range before, I think it must be a fairly new product, so thank you for bringing it to our attention. Do you have a contractor in mind for the work? If so, get their opinion and check that they are confident of installation.

      • Neel says:

        Thanks for the reply!
        Yes i have a flooring guy, just an installer. He hasn’t heard of this product either, its pretty new. But i have heard good things so far.
        Another brand we’re looking at is Richmond Reflections, are they good? Looking at there Synergy Planks (milestone).
        Seems like there’s so much out there, so hard to make a decision.

        • Jamie says:

          Another Canadian company…I’m sensing a trend here 🙂 You’re right Neel there’s a lot of choice in VPF and it’s growing. I would approach making a choice in three steps….

          1. First choose a short list of two to three products that you love. You’d be very happy with any of them.

          2. Take a good long look at the manufacturers guidelines/requirements. Are any of the products unsuitable for the room you want to put them in or the region in which you live (eg too hot, too humid, too much foot traffic, etc).

          3. Finally, consult with your installer. Ideally they will have had some experience with each product or be very experienced/confident that working with a new product will be surprise free. No installer wants to come back to a job to deal with problems so if they recommend a product that they’ve worked with a lot, trouble free, then consider it.

          I hope that helps

  47. Lois says:

    My elderly mom will soon be using a wheelchair and I want to replace the old carpet in her room with LVF. Will LVF hold up to a wheelchair and if so, which type do you recommend, glue or click and lock and what thickness is best?

  48. Barbara says:

    I recently had 1200 sq ft of American Biltrite vinyl planks installed by a professional installer. It was glued down directly on a concrete floor. The floor looks wavy and concrete imperfections are showing through. Any suggestions for remediation.
    Can an interlocking vinyl plank floating floor be place directly on top of the glued down vinyl planks to correct the problem?

  49. Tou says:

    Hi,

    My husband and I are looking for quality flooring that would be durable/hardy enough for the basement – it has a concrete floor. We had a rep come in and talk to us about LVT because my husband is planning on putting some acquariums down there. The tanks are big ones – 155 gallons – at least 2 of those and some 55 gallon tanks as well. Would LVT be a good choice? My concern is that the weight of these tanks would rip the tiles. Can LVT stand up to this kind of weight?

    Thank you for you for any help you can provide.

  50. Shirley says:

    Thank you for this site. We had professional install of HD Allure Ultra snap & lock in kit & family room; we refer to that floor as ‘like it never happened’. Self installed it in 2 bathrooms and a laundry room. Last fall the snap and lock was a different system than the year before, not so easy for us. For the price, looking at this brand again for new construction. Most people still having good success? Unfortunately colors in the hand scraped, saw marked styles are very limited; we want gray color but with texture.
    We just clean it with a steam mop; is that what everyone else does?

  51. Lashawn says:

    I am thinking about using shaw lvp in my kitchen. I plan to have it installed over a vinyl sheet. The floor under the vinyl sheet seems a little uneven, should the vinyl floor be removed or is there some padding that can be placed under the lvp to make it even out?

  52. Dee says:

    Was wondering… I lived in a multifamily home in Maine that had heated floors, and I thought they were vinyl wood plank… (military housing)… so not sure. BUT the heated floors really heated the home fast and efficiently. Can we install heated floors under this product? IF so, what do we need to know about underlayment, do any of these flooring companies offer heated floor “kits”/options to go with their LVP products, etc.? I am on a crawl now, and we live in NC too, so a totally and completely different climate. But it still gets cold here and our electric is high with a heat pump, so I want to consider adding heated floors in areas we use more frequently… maybe it would help me keep the heat pump thermostat down.

  53. max foster says:

    I am looking at getting lvt put in a new addition to my home. It will be a family room and one of the contractors recommended “Happy Feet” plank lvf. Do you have any info about this brand? It will be installed on a concrete slab floor so should I go with floating or glued down? Also, what thickness should I get for maximum durability?

  54. Cindy says:

    Hi and HELP?
    We are redoing our kitchen/family room and know we want vinyl plank. We live in a small farming community and have to do our shopping approximately 100 or more miles away. That being said, getting people to come out is difficult. We have sand, dogs, and grandchildren who are encouraged to play hard – but not to break Nana’s stuff. Basically we really use these rooms. Our contractor is recommending ceramic tile. I feel it would be too hard for arthritic dogs and tumbling kids. So, is there a name brand you can recommend… PLEASE. I’d love a hand scraped, slightly distressed, wood look that is cost friendly and would look good with dark brown and grey cabinets. Is there a magical answer for us? I would so love some help…… Thank you.

  55. Larry says:

    We are remodeling our kitchen. We have decided to go with a LVT and are considering Armstrong product & Congoluem Duraceamic, we want to have the grout lines, also I have read numerous negative reviews on the Congoleum product.

    One of our biggest concerns is that in the past we have had issues with water in the adjoining bathroom and laundry area which led to problems in the rooms in the basement below.
    We are considering installing Scheulter system underlay as an added preventative measure. Can these products be installed with the Scheulter system?

  56. Mary L says:

    I’ve only read a couple of things about Tranquility LVT from Lumber Liquidators. I’m in the process of purchasing these floors and would really appreciate any input. Thanks in advance!

  57. Jane says:

    Nice article. Can you also answer a question about Luxury Vinyl Sheet flooring? We are doing a kitchen remodel and found one that we like made by Mannington. I was especially drawn to the fact that the LVS is easy to care for and has no grout/seams where dirt could build up over time. I am wondering about the three different levels that Mannington offers – Platinum, Gold, or Silver. Basically I need to decide if Platinum is worth the extra money. The salesperson stated that a majority of the customers he sells to go with ‘Gold’, but all of the promotional materials talk about how exceptional the Platinum is. In all, it’s probably a difference of $250. But with all of the expenses of the new kitchen, I’m trying to make wise decisions wherever possible….

  58. CM says:

    We have a newer construction home, it’s 8 yrs old. Thinking of LVP for our unfinished basement. Is it still advisable to install a vapor/moisture barrier over the concrete if we install vinyl plank and float it? The basement is dry, no issues, but I know moisture comes up through concrete as a rule.
    I think some LVP comes with it’s own underlayment…??

  59. CM says:

    And what is the consensus: Installation in a basement setting…glue it down or float it?

  60. Lucia says:

    Hi, I purchased Mannington vinyl plank flooring in August of 2014. I told the salesman at Nebraska Furniture Mart in Omaha that I had a elderly dog who was having accidents and he assured me that this was the way to go. I also told the installer who put a sub floor over my hard
    word floors. About a month ago, I ordered different flooring for my bathroom, in the last three weeks, the warranty from NFM was over and the floor has bubbled right next to the bathroom in the hallway on the Mannington floor. The store that installed wants to fix it when the install in the bathroom, but will not send anyone to tell me what has happened or how much it will cost to fix. Mannington blew me off. The floor has always had any moisture wiped up and cleaned immeadiately. It was floated. Does anyone know of anyway I can fix this? I can’t just let them have a blank check. The rest of the floor is fine. I have no problem paying for it, but I have to know how much. Thanks so much. Lucia

  61. Robin says:

    Considering using HD Allure Ultra in a condo I own. It’s an over night rental. Guests can be rough on the flooring. Is this a good brand to consider, or would you recommend another brand? TIA

  62. Carol says:

    I’ve narrowed my LVP for my living room, dining room & foyer to these 2 choices:
    Moduleo Horizon Click @ $4.83 sf + labor ($1.50sf) and
    Invincible Cavalier Click @ $5.25 sf + labor (??).

    Is there any other comparable LVP that YOU know of for LESS $$$ per sf????

    • Christine says:

      Hi Carol, thinking of settling on moduleo embellish. Did you end up with the moduleo? If so, what do you think? Any reviews? Thank you…

  63. Katie says:

    Could vinyl plank tiling be used in a mobile home?

  64. FRAN says:

    I am on a committee to upgrade the lobby of our condo. We will be removing the carpet which is over luan.

    As much as I want LVP, I am nervous about it because the building is old, it is 6 stories high and it is
    a wood frame structure on the ocean. I have been told that on windy days the building has some movement.
    The floor of the lobby is not level in some areas.

    I had an experienced sales person look at the floor and she did not feel that it would be a problem with the the right prepping. In fact she is willing to guarantee the installation 100%. The tile planks that she is recommending are cork backed and click together. I also know that there are tile planks that glue together, and I don’t know which application would be better. Also, I have had another salesperson say that he wouldn’t recommend using 6′ planks but could use a smaller size. The condo maintenance man recommends glue together planks. Another salesperson recommended planks by Ivcus. I don’t know what to do. Can you help me?

    • Jamie says:

      Hi Fran, thanks for the question. The one person who’s advice you need is the person you haven’t yet asked and that’s the installation contractor you intend to use. There are some great sales people out there but they aren’t the ones actually installing the flooring.

      Get hold of some local contractors and have them discuss with you, on site, whether LVP is suitable and get them to guarantee their work.

  65. Darin says:

    I am looking at replacing my engineered hardwood floor with Invincible or Coretec LVT. Question is: Does it matter if the new floor is “floated” over the old floor, or is it preferable to remove the engineered hardwood first and start from scratch?

  66. Steve B. says:

    My wife and I have settled on using a Carpet One LVP line, Invincible H20 Titanium Luxury Vinyl Plank. It’s 8mm x 7″ x 59″. It has clic joints, fiberglass core (no fiberboard), and a thin bonded cork base. We will be installing it ourselves floating over sound 9″ flat ceramic tile on concrete. My question is do I need to glue the pieces that will be under the toilet base, or leave it floating even though the flange bolts should provide restraint? I can’t find much info on the exact product since it came out this year. I wonder about the cork base even though we’ve never had a moisture problem. I’m just relieved I don’t have to remove 550 ft of ceramic tile first …BTDT

  67. Toni D says:

    Have you heard of Culbres Plank by Kraus? It is gorgeous but I cannot find any reviews online except what is supplied by the company. We plan on installing (professional) it on the main floor of our home. We live on a river in Northern Minnesota so need the durability of LVP is definitely wanted. Just am nervous about not finding independent information. Installer has installed it but doesn’t know about the long term quality.

  68. Kathy Green says:

    Hi. We have dogs and cats and I love the idea of this for clan up, Duran, and the fact that our elderly dog won’t slip on it like our laminate. Want to put this on stairs, upstairs hall, master bed and bath. I know for a fact Howe that there are high/low spots on the plywood subfloor because I can feel them under the carpet. What is done about this so that the LVT results in no gaps, spaces, etc?

  69. Carol B says:

    Am so grateful for all this good information! One thing I’ve learned for sure: A lot of companies are manufacturing LVT! We purchased Metroflor’s Engage premier vinyl plank flooring – not mentioned here yet – and plan to install it in our basement. With all the information provided, we will definitely get a guarantee from our installer and hope that our decision to use a vapor underlay will work well. Thanks so much for all the recommendations and helpful information!

  70. Chris C says:

    We have had carpeting in our finished basement and are now going to replace it with LVP flooring. So, specifically we are looking at Metrofloor Engage, COREtec One or Hallmark in the El Dorado, SanSimeon or Sierra Madre lines. I see Carol is installing Metrofloor and I am interested on any reviews of either of these products from anyone who has used them. Do you have any preference over either of these…Metrofloor, COREtec One or Hallmark? Hallmark seems to have the best warranty.

  71. Linda Cappar says:

    Hi Jamie! I have decided to take up all of our carpet and install LVP in all rooms (including baths and kitchen). Have done lots of research, visited many carpet stores and I think have settled on SmartCore wood look sold at Lowe’s. My dilemma is color and look of wood. Our house is very Mediterranean looking and I (being a color freak and loving bold colors have painted most of the walls coordinating shades of Yellow, Peacock Blue, Red, Emerald Green and a light to medium grey. My problem is all of our cabinetry in the Kitchen and all of the Wainscotting,, molding around all doors and even interior doors are stained a beautiful cherry. I would love to put down an off white, gray or even medium to fairly light brown tone floor that looks like a weathered pier might look. My furniture for the most part is solid teak (medium tone) and a couple of black lacquered hand painted chests we bought in the orient when my husband was stationed there in the Navy. I really don’t want to paint all of the cherry moldings as they are beautiful, but don’t know how they may look with a distressed look wood floor that doesn’t match the current moldings. My distant 2nd choice is to use an Acacia Wood look which has about 3 shades of brown in it – one matching the cherry almost perfectly. It is SmartCore- color- Canberra Acacia. What do you and readers have to say? I know people mix and match a lot now, but there is a limit. Actually the colors in my house look great with the wall colors and furniture. I just happen to like a more laid back feel! Don’t want to be too out there though! Thanks for any suggestions you can give me!

  72. Linda Cappar says:

    I meant to say wall colors and furniture go well with the cherry moldings and doors!

  73. Rita Sweezy says:

    We are looking at installing Armstrong LVT in our kitchen over vinyl sheeting that is now there. The installer that came out to give us an estimate was adamant that when the edges of the tiles get wet they will start curling up. He was really encouraging not to use LVT but to go with vinyl sheeting but I love the look of the Armstrong LVT. Have you ever heard of the edges curling up?

    • Jamie says:

      Hi Rita, If I were you I would get a few more quotes. Cheap and/or badly installed vinyl tiles can curl especially in particularly hot conditions but I’m not aware of this being a problem with a high quality, properly installed LVT.

      If you get 2 or 3 more quotes with each installer saying the same thing then maybe it’s worth avoiding…and of course you can always contact Armstrong with your concerns before purchase.

  74. Doug Stuard says:

    We are thinking of installing either Allure Ultra (Home Depot) or Smartcore (Lowes) vinyl plank flooring throughout our home over concrete. Does anyone have any opinions on these products as far as wear and tear? We currently have laminate wood flooring that is bubbling up due to “accidents” from dogs and chips/scratches from dogs and us. Open to using another product as long as I can purchase or see samples from a local store and not have to purchase on-line; for example, can’t seem to find Armstrong Vivero Luxury Plank from any local stores. Main goal is to get something that will last and look good since this will be a large expense. Thank you for any input.

  75. Wendy says:

    I have seen a floor at my local retailer , the brand is Market Place LVP. I can’t seem to locate any information or a company website. Considedring their Carolina Rustic Oak but want more information.

  76. tahir mahmood says:

    Hi, is it possible to install luxury lvt on walls? Behind a bar area and feature walls. The area temperature will go up to max 30 degrees Celsius.

  77. tyler says:

    We really like the look of luxury vinyl planks for our bathroom.
    Our preference would be grouted planks, but most of the options we’ve seen only have grout option listed for the tile, I haven’t seen any groutable planks.
    Any suggestions?
    We’re looking for a white/grey plank.
    thanks

  78. Flo says:

    We are building a new home and have been looking at installing the LVT flooring. We like the Coretec Plus brand because it has a cork backing. It is thicker than some of the other brands we looked at. The company claims that it is waterproof and it will not get “wavy” like some other brands do. My husband does not want to try a new product but would rather install the manufactured hardwood. I feel that the hardwood would scratch too easy where the LVT claims that it does not show these kinds of marks. We don’t want to make such a huge mistake one way or the other as we plan on putting this flooring in most of our rooms. Is there a site that I can check out the reviews for this product?

  79. Betty says:

    what is better in a kitchen and hallway Laminate or plank flooring ? that looks the most like real wood ….

  80. Dan says:

    Can you tell me anything about Beaulieu Bliss COREtec One flooring? Supposedly an engineered type LVP…

  81. Carolyn Picton says:

    We are renovating an old home with 3/8″ plywood over a crawl space. We read that the product we are considering Earthwerk requires 1″ plywood. Are you familiar with this?

  82. Les Guenzler says:

    Is it possible to put LVT over a glued down, tight knit carpet? The former owner has every inch of the kitchen floor carpet glued so tightly that I’m wondering if it would work as an underlayment? The carpet is an extremely low pile indoor/outdoor type carpet and would be horrible to try and remove. Thank you for your help!

  83. Tami says:

    Hi am wanting to redo the floors in my home using CVT. And am trying to figure out what would be the best to use. I need something that is very durable as my husband is in a wheelchair. One of my problems is with his powered chair ( have no idea the weight of chair and husband in it). it eats up every tile I have put down.

    I am leaning towards the CVT glue type as I need all the help I can get on having a decent floor that will look good and stay in place for a long time to come. Also cost is a factor. A friend has recommended the CVT as this is (as I understand it) the type they use in hospitals and schools.I want to do my living, dining room (which all run together) and gets the most traffic from my husband. My friend talked to someone at Lowes and explained my situation and they said I should get at least a 3.0mm thickness, it is 18-in x 18-in size, 12 pieces and the cost per box is like $88.00+tax and only does 27sf, my dining room alone is 144sf. so just for that I would be looking at close to around $500.00 not including glue or labor. I looked at some others that was half that price but it is half also the thickness.

    I would appreciate any advice or opinions on the best type to use. Also my flooring is a type of compressed wood which has a few groove in it now courtesy of my husbands chair. and I would like to know if i would have to replace all flooring before putting down the CVT and if there is anything else I would need to do before laying down tile. I know I will have to fix those places in the floor first. I do plan on getting a few different estimates and opinions from professionals as I don’t think I can do this on my own.So my appreciation to all that read and reply to my story. Thanks so much in advance.

  84. Sally says:

    Hi

    Any feedback on the quality of Gohaus LVP. I am looking at Loire for my home. Is this good for bathrooms too?

  85. Linda says:

    We had the LVT Armstrong Alterna Reserve Allegheny Slate – copper Mountain in our Kitched, Dinningroom and Laundry room in July of 2015. We love the look and feel of it. However if you drop ANYTHING on it, it take the top finish off and leaves you with a white mark. Is this normal or could our tiles be defective? Merkels in Ann Arbor MI where we purchased this told me to just color in the spots and they wouldn’t show. Really! $5400 later and you want me to color in my lfoor! Has anybody else had this problem?

  86. Roni Figueroa says:

    Does anyone have comments about LVT from Lumber Liquidators? We have picked out a 5mm LVT plank flooring which will be installed over a glued vinyl tiled floor in a kitchen and den adjacent to each other. I was pretty sure that this was a terrific choice but I see no mention of Lumber LIquidators here on this board.

  87. Trinity says:

    Can I use luxury wood looking planks in the bathroom. We don’t have children to make major spills . Will it hold up to the humidity?

  88. Dia says:

    I am about to purchase Downs H2O LVP for my home but my husband is skeptical. I have shopped around and I am impressed with how sturdy the product seems to be. Can you tell me who ultimately manufactures the brand and where? Is it a respected brand? I could not find much info online thanks.

  89. Kay Moen-Urseth says:

    I am on a committee for our church addition – we are adding 30 feet to an existing 30 foot long older addition. I want LVT on the floors. I’ve seen it in a large commercial building that has a lot of traffic, in my niece’s home and in the sanctuary of a local church. I’m concerned about sound – is this type of flooring more prone to cause echoing in a large room? I love the look and really want this product for our project. Thank you.

  90. Garry Lampley says:

    We recently converted a 15′ x 30′ roofed and screened in deck into a sunroom. It is climate controlled now with it’s own heat and cool system. The contractor recommended an engineered wood floor either glued or nailed down. My wife and I want a ceramic tile look but a flooring contractor does not recommend it because a area this large may flex and break the grout. So we are considering LVT. This will be the primary entrance into our home. As of now the flooring is the 5/4″ decking and we know we need a floor over the deck boards before the finished floor is put down. Is the LVT a good floor for this area and if so would you recommend floating or glued down?

  91. Rhonda Millen says:

    Can Moduleo Horizon Stone LVT planks be laid with grout? Just wondering since the brochure states Click or Glue Down. Thanks.

  92. Debbie says:

    Rental beach house…lowest level floor is vinyl tile peel and stick type. Some type of water damage caused underlayment (lewan?) to buckle. Suspect someone had a cooler dump over over perhaps and old refrigerator leak before we got house that finally became apparent.

    Room has sliders leading to pool, as well as a large and very heavy pool table. Considering LVT. If there was another water incident would this be more resistant to a large spill. Also considering ceramic but about 50% more in cost

    • Jamie says:

      Hi Debbie, thanks for the question…the problem, as you’ve established, is water getting under your flooring. So whatever flooring you have on top you’re always going to be prone to water damage problems if a large amount of water is allowed to seep beneath it. LVT is certainly tougher than vinyl peel and stick but another incident like the one you’ve had could lead to the same problem…even with tile (although less likely)

  93. Barbara says:

    Has anyone heard good (or bad) reports on H2Zero vinyl wood-look planks, which appear to be sold only at Grossman’s Bargain Outlet? They are 8mm thick, and appear very nice indeed…with a 20mil wear layer. I guess I’m just nervous because I’ve never heard of them and can’t find any reports from others who have used them.

    Thanks!

  94. Pam Harris says:

    Any info on Downs or Core Tec LVT? We have two contractors, each bidding one of the two. How do they compare in quality?

  95. Jana Gustafson says:

    Do you know anything about Select Surfaces lvp sold at Sam’s? Thanks.

  96. Jerri says:

    Thank you for this article. I’m sold other than the last paragraph. Are there nice looking luxury options that are known as somewhat “green” (environmentally)?

  97. Dennis says:

    Hi, can or should vinyl planks be installed on top of an existing “floating floor” system currently installed in our bedroom?

  98. Lori says:

    Hi, we chose euro tech avant guard vinyl plank flooring because of the real wood look and its high durability, and are currently installing it. We had not “walked” on it before installation, and are wondering if we will ever get used to the “spongy” feel. Has anyone else out there experienced the same thing? Found the feel and sound of the floors something they needed to get use to?

  99. Veronica Brand says:

    I enjoyed reading this as it was full of good information when looking for our new floor. I did not see the Shaw product listed and would like you opinion of the Classico style vinyl plank engineered floor as we are expecting the measurer at our home today. The reviews I’ve read for Shaw are horrible but nothing specific to this product. I would really like a true opinion on the Shaw product from someone qualified.

    Thank you

  100. Steve says:

    Any articles out there ranking these LVT brands? I want to know which ones perform better than others.

  101. Linda says:

    We are considering LVT planks because of their waterproof characteristic as we have one cat that sprays. Carpet one has LVT from Earthwerks and Fusion hybrid. How do these two names compare with other LVT?

  102. Lynn says:

    Hi! Have read thru all of the comments (great information!!!) and have a couple of questions. (I’ve already looked on the manufacturers site and can’t find the answers there.)

    I purchased the Shaw LVT and installed it in my kitchen. I spaced it and grouted it. Looks fantastic. So easy to install myself and I’m really proud of the job.

    My husband wants me to install the LVT in the bathroom, which just has a plywood subfloor.
    1. Do I need to install some kind of sheeting or other moisture barrier before installing the LVT to protect the subfloor, or will the adhesive serve as a barrier? This is an upstairs bathroom with a tub and toilet.

    2. I am planning on NOT grouting the bathroom (used 1/8″ spacers in the kitchen) and just having the tiles butt up to each other. Hubby thinks we still should do a “skim” with the grout to make sure all the cracks between tiles are sealed. I think it’s going to just make a mess and be unnecessary work. Your thoughts?

    Thanks so much for your advice!

  103. Joe says:

    Hello
    We are considering installing groutable LVT tile in our kitchen and hallway. My wife is the appearance person and I am in charge of the component and quality. We have come down to two brands Armstrong Alterna and Ultra Urban Stone by AmericanBiltrite. Both are 4mil. with a urethane , aluminum oxide wear layer. I am presuming they are both manufactured with a limestone or composite base. Is there a the difference in each product thus effecting the durability, wear scratch resistance etc.? This area is a relatively high traffic area.
    Thank you for your time
    Joe

  104. Drew says:

    They are installing the vinyl tile with grout. There is a concern that there are tiles where the corners are lifting a bit. Is this a problem with the tile, the adhesive (perhaps too little) or the subfloor? They installed fiberock sheets over my 1/2″ subfloor. The subfloor was not great as it had some give to it along seams. But the thought was the 3/8″ fiberock would compensate for this.

  105. Larry Adam says:

    I am considering Invincible plank wood look. Are they a good choice or should I consider elsewhere?

  106. Raj says:

    Hi
    I am considering to install Luxury Vinyl Plank (6 3/16″x 7/16″ )around Fire place on the Wall.
    will it be ok considering heat evaporation from fireplace?

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