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Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Llewellyn, Schuylkill Co, 4C
Re: Basement Flooring
I'm currently installing the vinyl plank flooring in a friend's house. It's really nice stuff, easy to work with. It is much more flexible than the wood-based laminates so locking it together is very easy and it conforms to any imperfections in the floor much better than traditional laminates.
Another plus is that it can be cut with a utility knife....simply score it and snap it....just like drywall. For inside corner cuts like around a floor register, it can be cut with a pair of shears.
The only downside I see is the cost....Each bundle is 1/3 square and my buddy paid $48 and change per bundle....So cost is around $150 per 100 square feet plus padding. I believe he paid $17 per 50 sqare foot roll of padding. Bringing the total material cost to around $185 per square.
I installed the traditional laminate throughout my mother's house last spring. I can honestly say that I like this vinyl stuff a whole lot better. to cut the traditional stuff, I used a combination of a Chop saw, Circular saw and Jig saw....Just need a utility knife and a shears for the vinyl. The traditional stuff is water-resistant....The vinyl is waterproof. The laminate in Mom's house cost about $75 or $80 per square with the padding....The vinyl is well over double the price but I believe it will hold up much, much longer and will be well worth the extra cost in the long run.
Don't let the name fool Ya!