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Shorebird 08-07-2011 01:40 PM

Sheet Vinyl Flooring Comparisons Pros/Cons
Can anyone tell me the brand(s) of sheet vinyl flooring that they've had experience with and those that you do or don't recommend? I need one that is loose lay with:
* 10 year or more warranty
* an excellent wear layer against scratching and stains.
* doesn't wrinkle/buckle when correctly installed
* has a proven track record of durability
* doesn't leave indentations from everyday use
* preferably cushioned

I thought Flexitec was a perfect choice but I read that it eventually buckles and wrinkles with proper installation. My head is spinning. Any advice will be appreciated. This is my first post, please be kind.

rusty baker 08-07-2011 02:26 PM

No cushioned or loose lay vinyl will do what you want.............................................. ............................................... I am an Amstrong certified installer, who has installed vinyl for 40 years.

Shorebird 08-09-2011 11:55 AM

What do you recommend?
Thanks for the reply Rusty. What sheet vinyl do you recommend I use?

I had Pergo at one time and spilled water but didn't realize it until later, the Pergo bubbled up along the seam, that's why I thought sheet vinyl would be a good choice.

Would you recommend vinyl planks? If so, which one(s)? Do they form a moisture resistant seam? Do they separate over time? I don't know how they would be compared to sheet vinyl in durability ....

Vinyl tiles separate over time and I don't know how to prevent that otherwise I would use them.

I appreciate any advice you can give me. Much Thanks.

rusty baker 08-09-2011 05:14 PM

All the companies make high-end and low-end vinyl. Congoleum, Armstrong, Mannington etc. I personally don't think that vinyl planks are a long term solution.

DannyT 08-09-2011 05:37 PM

the only thing i know of that would meet all your requirements but one is ceramic tile. properly installed it will last a lot longer then 10 years.

HarryJ 08-10-2011 05:03 PM

Actually, Flexitec is a good choice. But then all higher end loose lay products will give you what you're looking (if I read it correctly). The main thing is finding the pattern you like best. One of the pros/cons of flexitec is that it comes 4 meters wide (13'2"), great if it saves you from having to put in a seam but extra waste if 12 ft goods are wide enough.

rusty baker 08-10-2011 06:40 PM

Flexitec gets a lot of complaints about indentations. And hasn't been around long enough to have a record of durability. I have inspected several failures that were down less than 5 years that were not installer related.

HarryJ 08-11-2011 09:47 AM

Keep in mind the floating floor has been around less than 5 yrs and flexitec was one of the first. Cushioned vinyl backing it is a softer type of floor than the felt backed products because its not 'baked' like traditional vinyls. If you have possible indentation issues from everyday use like chair and table legs than 'floating vinyls' wouldn't be your answer.

rusty baker 08-11-2011 12:05 PM

One of Shorebird's requirements was no indentations.

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