Vinyl Flooring: Do It Yourself Planks vs. Sheet Vinyl Install
We have just about decided to replace our carpet (living room and hall) and vinyl (kitchen and dining room) with a laminate product due to dog and cat issues. We are looking at high quality fake wood looks such as Mannington Adura Loc'n'Go planks or Armstrong Best Luxe Planks. However, I have some concerns about doing such a large area (1000 sq. ft.) in a floating floor, especially in the kitchen where the 'fridge might occasionally need to be moved out, etc. This morning I had the idea of possibly doing the same thing, but in sheet vinyl. For example, Mannington has some of the same patterns available both in the Adura planks and in their sheet vinyl. Questions:
(1) Do the floating planks look more realistic than the sheet vinyl? For example, the Armstrong Best Luxe Planks have a micro bevel and "realistic" graining. The sheet vinyl would be smooth.
(2) Would the floating planks be better quality? The Armstrong planks have a lifetime residential warranty.
(3) Would the sheet vinyl install better since it would be professionally installed?
(4) Would the glue-down method of sheet vinyl be much more durable, especially in the kitchen?
(5) Could the do-it-yourself floating planks be installed room-by-room over time or would the color lots vary too much?
(6) Would there need to be transition strips between areas with the floating floors (between dining room and living room, or between the living room and the hallway)?
(7) Would one alternative be significantly more cost effective?
My current feeling is to stick with (pardon the pun) the plan to do the do-it-yourself floating planks, but with a cost estimate of around $5000.00 I would prefer that this not have any major unexpected pitfalls. I would appreciate any input from others who have chosen this route, and any pictures would be most welcome. Thanks a lot in advance.