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CamG - Luxury vinyl tile planks

Posted by nanj (My Page) on
Sat, Sep 21, 13 at 17:20

I didn't want to hijack your thread about the orientation of your LVT planks so I'll start a new one. Which brand are you using?

I ordered a bunch of samples from Amtico (now Mannington Commercial) and am SO impressed. We can't use hardwood because dogs are part of our family and always will be. This flooring looks like it can handle big dogs while adding the warmth that wood can provide.

I haven't looked at any other brands yet but plan to. Which ones did you consider? How is pricing on LVT compared to hardwood or tile?

Thanks for any information you can share!
Nan


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RE: CamG - Luxury vinyl tile planks

I'm not the person that the thread is directed at but I do know Amtico is expensive. Unfortunately I havn't *yet* found another LVT short of a brand named Polyflor (which I'm having a hell of a time even securing a price on here in the states) that has a shade similar to what I'm after. I was quoted 5.70ish per sq ft for Amtico for my new home. I havn't quite pulled the trigger yet as I keep hoping my supplier can nail down a price for the competing product I like... >< If there is a US Polyflor rep reading this board, might check with your network cuz it sure seems hard to buy your product here :p

But I do know that Amtico is on the high side..when I first suggested LVT as my desired product to my supplier said they didn't normally supply anything pricier than $4. HTH


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RE: CamG - Luxury vinyl tile planks

Thanks, niteshadepromises. Another brand is Karndean but I haven't seen samples of this brand yet. If you have luck with Polyflor, be sure and post!

Here is a link that might be useful: Karndean


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We went with Amtico and are very happy with it. People don't realize it isn't real wood or stone, and they esp love the "brass" inlay in the floor which is also vinyl...only thing is I'm not sure they make it any more.

Yes it is expensive...our architect told us he could've gotten us hardwood flooring for about half the price, and it must be installed by an Amtico installer or the warranty is void.


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AnnieD, your floor is what made me seriously consider Amtico. I dread seeing the cost but we had budgeted $10 a square foot for tile (material only) so I hope that will cover Amtico.

I corresponded with the Amtico rep and he said that a dormitory at a local university has both their LVT and their Mannington hardwood flooring installed. While the hardwood has dents from high heel shoes, the LVT does not. That gives me hope that Golden Retrievers will not dent the material - as long as they don't wear high heels, I guess!


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We've looked at Amtico several times. There is a store here that carries it and the owner speaks highly of the brand. Our local hospital has installed it and the store owner said they love it because it wears extremely well and they can mop it so easily to keep it clean.

It looks amazing and there are tons of choices. It has impressed us.


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Yep I have a number of Karndean samples here as well. After doing a good bit of reading on GW about what folks like and didn't like about LVT, the bevel edged style came up again and again as a huge plus to help with the authenticity of the look. Finding both a bevel edge and a light wood tile color the right shade has really narrowed down the playing field. Karndean had some lovely shades but in lines without a bevel edge. It does save you a bit over amtico tho and gets high reviews


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Sorry, I haven't even had a chance to return after my first question! We're using Traffic Master Allure Plus from Home Depot. I got it for under $2/sf. I have it under my desk at the office right now. I think it looks great, it's darn near indestructible, and it seems to me there is roughly zero chance of water getting through the flooring (each plank attaches with about an inch wide adhesive tab to the other planks). I also wanted a cheap material so I won't freak out about protecting it.


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Hey there! I was all set to go this route with flooring as well. I got samples of Amtico, Kardean, Mannington Commercial (type under Amtico - I guess Mannington bought them out). I am sitting here looking at all the scratches I was able to produce in each piece in under 30 seconds flat. I was given a metal nail at the flooring place and told to try and go ahead and scratch it - well - in the store I could not so went home and ordered like 15 samples in all sorts of colors. Could not wait to show my husband when they arrived in mail about how strong of a material they were. I proceeded to try and scratch each piece and I did....my husband just looked at me lol. I decided against it and now I am going with porcelain hardwood look tile. This is just my opinion based on my experience.


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The Allure Plus I got has a light hand-scrapped texture to it. I just went, indeed, it scratches when I try, but for the life of my I wouldn't be able to find the scratches I just made. I'd be curious what flooring does not scratch. Perhaps high-quality laminate may be more resistant to scratching? But leave a bit of water in one of those seems...

For the record, I looked at Mannington and a few other premium brands and did not think they were especially nicer than my cheapo Home Depot stuff.


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I did just put in some of the allure myself, into a mudroom that is newly a mudroom (was a bedroom, now has a door to the garage and so we ripped out the carpet and put in allure).

We did it as a cheap short-term floor that was a better choice than the light beige carpet for a room that was going to be hardworking in/out floor. But, it does look nice. And, if it holds up well, it can be a longer than short-term floor. :)

Just my experience so far with Allure. (and, we DIYd it)


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