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Old 06-14-2016, 09:30 AM   #1
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Vinyl plank flooring


Yes, I do realize that this section is listed for tile etc., but I can't find a section dedicated to vinyl plank flooring.

We are considering using the vinyl flooring for almost all of the main floor downstairs...which includes the entryway, kitchen, dining area, small mud room, family room, office and new bathroom. All the subfloor is new OSB.

I'm looking for help from someone who has either done this in their own house, or who installs these floor for a living. In other words, I know one of you guys will be an expert at this stuff.

Number one son has a reno business, and he has cautioned me about some of the vinyl planks, saying that they have very small areas where they click together. If they come apart just slightly, it's a problem. He seems to favour the type with some sort of sticky back around the perimeter of the plank. But he's only done a couple of those.

Of course, the folks in the stores selling this stuff say it'a always perfect. So I have to take what they say with a grain of salt.

Do I need to do any filling on the OSB subfloor to make it void free? I would think YES to that. What do I use for filler? Is it best to use a floating floor with the very thin foam? Or can you stick the vinyl directly to the sub floor? Or do you need to add the thin plywood on top of the OSB?

No two sales people seem to have the same answer...it seems to depend on what they are selling. No surprise there i guess.

Thanks in advance for any and all help!

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Look at Core Etc Plus.

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I wasn't able to find Core Etc. Plus, did you mean Coretec Plus?

Nice product, but extremely expensive by the time it gets shipped to Canada. Something like $70 a square yard.
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I wasn't able to find Core Etc. Plus, did you mean Coretec Plus?

Nice product, but extremely expensive by the time it gets shipped to Canada. Something like $70 a square yard.
Yep, Core Tec Plus. Damn auto correct got me. Its about $4.50 US per sq ft here. That's about $40 a yard here.
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Yep, Core Tec Plus. Damn auto correct got me. Its about $4.50 US per sq ft here. That's about $40 a yard here.
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I will admit that they have some very nice flooring. If it was $40 a yard here I'd be all over it.

I'm going to speak with the owner of End of The Roll in Kamloops. Apparently he is knowledgeable on the subject.

Do you personally have a preference for stick down or not?
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ive used both in my home. the type with the sticky border around it is way, way easy compared to the click in. have to say the click together looks a little better, but then the click together i used is simulated wood planks and the sticky ones are cork. when i did the click together i started in the bedroom, by the time i got half way though i was pretty good. just have to get a feel of when you have them locked in.
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I have installed both types. The glue edge is easier to install but the click together looks better.
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I have installed both types. The glue edge is easier to install but the click together looks better.
rj...interesting that both yourself and hotrod say the click together looks better. Why is that? Does the glue type leave small gaps or something?

I have yet to install either type, so I'm very much in the dark.
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The clip together has camfering on the long edges and the ends. Makes it look more like a natural product. The glue strip lies very flat with no definition between the pieces.

The glue strip do not leave gaps if you lay it carefully. But if you are sloppy, there is no moving it once it sticks.
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The clip together has camfering on the long edges and the ends. Makes it look more like a natural product. The glue strip lies very flat with no definition between the pieces.

The glue strip do not leave gaps if you lay it carefully. But if you are sloppy, there is no moving it once it sticks.
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rjniles, do you have a second preference besides core tec plus?
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rjniles, do you have a second preference besides core tec plus?
That is the only click together product I have laid. I have looked at others but the locking joint did not look secure. I have laid the glue strip product that HOME DEPOT sells several times. I have no problem with the quality but it is not the look I prefer.
Regular Core Tec is the same product without the foam back and is a $1 sq ft cheaper.
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I have installed both. I think the Glue edge is easy to install..
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This is Allure Ultra that has been installed for around 2 years now. The pic is right where my office chair has been used the whole time. The chair is rated at 400 lbs and I'm 350. It has rollers. The install was admittedly a pain but overall It worked in my small office.
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I'll second the Allure ultra from Home Depot, nice tight fit planks are 6"x 3', just be aware they should be installed ONLY in a climate controlled environment according to instructions.
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