Need opinions on Armstrong Luxe Vinyl Plank

a.girl.named.maxSeptember 24, 2010

Hello I am undertaking a total rehab of a house that has been abandoned for six years. I intend to move into the house. It needs a lot on work so money is a consideration. I am thinking about buying the Armstrong Luxe vinyl plank flooring and installing it myself in the kitchen and diningroom. The area would be approximately 10 x 24. I would appreciate any comments or opinions. Thank you very much!

A Girl Named Max

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I like the Luxe planks. I installed Kinston Walnut (Best) in a closet. These planks are 1/8" thick and have a 20 mil wear layer. They look fantastic.

The planks were my first attempt at flooring and were very easy to work with. The glue is pressure sensitive, so you can reposition the planks to get a very tight fit, unlike Konnecto and other similar products. I used a large pair of snips to cut the planks and that method worked well. I also undercut the door frames for a professional look and finished the room off with stained-to-match shoe molding.

Make sure you allow the planks to acclimatize to the room before you install them. There was a slight vinyl odor while my planks were acclimatizing, but none when I installed and none since. And the flatter the floor, the better it will look, so take the time to prep the floors properly. I installed over a concrete slab, so after removing the carpet, I cleaned the slab well, then filled holes from the tack strips and other imperfections. I used a Henry's pre-mixed product that I got at Home Depot.

There are several helpful DIY clips on YouTube: a flashy one for installing Luxe planks, one for installing Konnecto that I found helpful, and also a few for undercutting door frames. The instructions that come with the planks are also good.

One drawback to the Luxe is that it is somewhat expensive for a DIY plank, if you go with one of the Best patterns. The Best patterns are also slippery for dogs. All in all, I'm very happy with mine!

    Bookmark   September 28, 2010 at 6:40PM
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which of the planks wouldn't be slippery for dogs?

    Bookmark   October 2, 2010 at 11:42PM
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I just had Armstrong Luxe vinyl plank flooring installed throughout my house. I love it. Most people who visit think it is real wood. Since I had the flooring installed, I can't say much about the installation. But here's what I do know. The surface that I installed on was concrete. It was a mess--very uneven and cracked. My installer commented that it is good I got a floating floor, which does a better job of hiding imperfections. Also, I am told that it is critical during installation to roll over the floor with a 100# roller.

My floor is a bit more "delicate" than I had hoped for, but then, I started out looking for a heavy industrial grade product. I just couldn't find anything that I liked in that grade of flooring, so I got the best line in the Armstrong vinyl plank. The floor is beautiful and I love it. My dogs do slip on it, however.

    Bookmark   October 6, 2010 at 10:43PM
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I realize this thread is a bit old but I'll post my review in case someone else looking for an opinion on this flooring is searching.

If I could do it over again I would not have purchased it. The one and only reason is that it scratches very easily. I purchased the top grade of this flooring and expected better durability at $5 per square foot. After the first month of general use the flooring is full of scratches and I don't even know where they came from. Also, Armstrong tells you that the adhesive bond becomes permanent after several weeks but even 3 months after installing I can still pull the planks apart.

    Bookmark   February 6, 2012 at 9:46AM
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Despite a bad experience where Armstrong did not take care of a problem with Armstrong Solarian, I am considering Armstrong vinyl plank flooring, and I need some current information on the Luxe line, installation, durability, etc. I'll appreciate any information. Thank you.
August 23, 2013

    Bookmark   August 23, 2013 at 11:42PM
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Idouthit, I have been shopping flooring for some rentals and I really like what is in my son's rental apartment in Massachsuetts. It's Armstrong vinyl plank flooring. It looks great, and is on concrete. It's glued down.

I'm considering it for our sunporch on Cape Cod where we have very little clearance.

    Bookmark   November 3, 2013 at 7:59PM
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I would like to advise anyone considering this type of flooring to think twice. My daughter replaced all my flooring as a Christmas gift and the armstrong vinyl plank flooring has been a huge disappointment. It's very expensive and does not wear well. At a little over $5.00 a square foot you would think it would wear well. It is beautiful when first installed but two weeks after showed numerous scratches and when pulling a dining chair out (which had felt on bottom of chair legs) the finish came completely off. Now I have babied this floor and bought a special dyson stick vacuum designed for hard floors and the wheels even scratched this floor. I use armstrong cleaner and satin keeper to keep this floor looking nice but it doesn't cover the scratches. I don't wear shoes in the kitchen and dining room were this flooring is installed, I go barefoot or wear socks. If you wear heels ,forget it.
I'm thankful the rest of the house is carpeted. There are no children here, all grown so it's not like there is a lot of traffic. I do have pets but clip their nails every 3 weeks and now keep the floor covered with a quilt. I have never worked so hard trying to keep this floor up.
I was told that this floor was extremely durable and easy to keep, not so. Should have gone with sheet vinyl which was what was replaced after 15 years and held up much better. Anyway that's my experience.

    Bookmark   July 13, 2014 at 8:23PM
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