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Old 09-16-2014, 07:52 AM
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We have one-story ranch style house in FL == on a slab so no basement but definitely lot of humidity/damp--and previous owners installed what is termed luxury vinyl plank flooring--
three different styles which was stupid IMO--but they are a quality product--
have been installed about 5 yrs--2 while we owned house--and no issues with any seams coming loose or fading from sunlight...

we are having master bathroom redo soon and because we want a smooth transition into master suite we are going to take out perfectly good vinyl flooring and replace with another LVP so we get one flooring in all of the master--
we would have loved just buying more of what is there for the bathroom but style is not in production anymore...
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Old 09-16-2014, 08:30 PM
Location: Chicago
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Originally Posted by TheImportersWife View Post
The material may be inexpensive, but either the labor to have someone else install it is $$$ because it's not so easy to install if you don't have much experience laying tile.

We looked at the tile, but for a number of reasons, it wasn't ideal for our basement (potential water/moisture issues, uneven floor, low ceilings and higher cost to install.)
I guess that is true... I personally would not give a second thought to installing it myself, but I've installed tile before and tend to be sort of fearless about such things.
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Old 09-22-2014, 05:24 PM
Location: Southwest Washington State
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You might investigate Marmoleum, which is the new version of old fashioned linoleum. It isn't vinyl.

The Next Generation of Marmoleum
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Old 09-29-2014, 03:18 PM
Location: 42°22'55.2"N 71°24'46.8"W
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Originally Posted by TheImportersWife View Post
We haven't installed it in our basement yet, but we decided to go with TrafficMaster Allure Ultra Vinyl Flooring, mainly because it's waterproof, reasonably priced and takes a beating really well all the while looking good. We installed TrafficMaster vinyl in our temporary pantry (we didn't want to spend a lot of money on flooring knowing we'd be ripping it out when we did our intended addition) and we've been really impressed. Even our builder who's doing our basement and addition really liked it and plans on using it for some of his other jobs.

We initially considered stained/polished concrete, but we were shocked at how high the estimate was (started at 7+ a sq ft.)

And as Hopes mentioned, we have two dehumidifiers to prevent unwanted moisture:
Santa Fe Classic (for the kids play room, utility room and storage room)
Santa Fe Compact 2 (for my laundry room, 2nd storage room and crawl space)
Can you tell the difference between the Allura vinyl planks and real hardwood?
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Old 09-29-2014, 09:26 PM
Location: NY
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Originally Posted by Parsec View Post
Can you tell the difference between the Allura vinyl planks and real hardwood?
Yes, I can, but my builder was walking on it in our pantry and had no idea it wasn't real wood until we made mention that we were "using the vinyl, like in the pantry." Personally I think the Allure looks and feels closer to wood than laminate or wood ceramic tiles.
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Old 09-30-2014, 06:25 AM
Location: Coastal Georgia
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I would not use laminate or cork on a basement floor, because they cannot get wet. We are on slab (no basement) and used a floating engineered floor over a high quality underlayment.
Friends of ours used real linoleum (the old fashioned kind, which is making a comeback). It is environmentally friendly and comes in many colors. Not sure how the cost compares to other things. They are really happy with it under a home gym and pool table.
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Old 09-30-2014, 11:33 AM
Location: Utah
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I'm putting EarthWerks Linkwerks Rapid Clic luxury vinyl tile (LVT) in my newly added basement bathroom, as well as in my entry way & laundry room. All of which are concrete currently. I chose the LWC-4812 style & color for my space. The online pictures, at least for the LVT I chose, make the planks look more narrow than they are. Mine are 7" W x 48" L. I took a plank and placed it on my concrete floor in my basement bathroom. I checked it several times throughout the day/night to see if the flooring was cold when I walked on it. It was warmer than my laminate that I have upstairs in my kitchen...which is on a wood subfloor.

My contractor suggested this product line and I liked the variety of color choices, and the warranty. Don't know about ease of installation. He put a concrete leveler in/on my bathroom floor yesterday to help even it out before installation. The contractor also mentioned that when one of his customers had a minor flood in a room with this product installed, a few pieces came up, but the homeowner was able to use large, commercial fans to dryout the rest of the floor, then reinstall those few pieces that came up. Since these LVTs were going into my bathroom & laundry room, this was welcomed news to me. In the 16 yrs I've lived in my home, I've never had a water issue on the floor of my laundry room. But I wanted to choose a product that would be easiest to repair if such an event occurred.

I spoke with the contractor about possibly adding the same flooring to my adjacent basement family room after the bathroom & laundry room project is completed. I wanted to try out the new flooring before adding it elsewhere.
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