We are finishing the basment of our forever house. Something in the air in downtown Manhattan has morphed our tastes over the years from traditional antiques to zen minimalism. That said, this will be a classic rec room with TV, wet bar, games and exercise equipment.
We have a concrete slab that is about 4 months old. We were going to do acid etched concrete with 3 layers of urethane for durability, but DW wants something softer, so we are going with vinyl.
We want a floor that will last forever, endure incredible abuse, require no maintenance and look stunningly beautiful, yet have a little resilence under foot. Obviously, a 250 lb. foosball table will gouge anything when it is dragged, so the above is just an ideal.
What I am looking for a clear hierarchy of vinyl flooring. We've gotten some samples from Armstrong and Mannington. But we feel we have to go back and do research to make sure we get the best quality available for durability and low maintenance. I have found the following on the net:
"The luxury vinyl tile producers target the commercial market and the high end residential market. The product itself is either a solid vinyl or a VCT with a heftier percentage of vinyl. ItÂs also a thick product, with a wearlayer of 20 to 40 mils, which creates a product distinguished not only for its beauty, but also for its exceptional performance.
"The big players in LVT today are Amtico and the Nafco division of Domco Tarkett. TheyÂre followed by a series of smaller players, all with sales under $20 million: Toli, Centiva, Legend, Lonseal, Parterre and Solarbrite. While the medium and small specialty players dominate the LVT business, in the last couple of years both Armstrong and Congoleum have gotten into the category
We'd be grateful for any guidance in understanding this kind of flooring.