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Finishing the Vinyl Plank Flooring

July 22, 2013 |

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posted by Ana White

If there's one thing I've learned about DIY over all the years and houses and furniture I've built, it's this: Don't give up until you get it right.

So after a long, frusturating day of installing flooring, we got a good night's rest, and headed back up to the hill.

Finishing the Vinyl Plank Flooring

After laying out flooring accross the room, we determined that we would need to shift the entire floor 2 1/2" closer to the wall, to avoid thin, sure to pop up over time strips along the hallway.

Finishing the Vinyl Plank Flooring

The flooring we are using is interlocking, so it comes appart easily. Here's the plan: we'll take the first row off, rip it down 2 1/2", re-install it, and then try to push the entire floor toward the wall to fill the new gap.

We decided pushing would be easier than pulling, so opted not to just add another row of new flooring in.

Finishing the Vinyl Plank Flooring

The flooring came up very easily - suprising for how tight of a joint it makes when snapped in place.

Finishing the Vinyl Plank Flooring

And then we ripped the flooring on the tablesaw. We could have just scored and snapped the flooring, but because this is the main starter strip, we wanted the most precise, squarest edge possible to work from.

Finishing the Vinyl Plank Flooring

Then we snapped the freshly ripped strip back into place.

And now for the big push ...

This was no fun. And of course, my side didn't slide as far as the Ram's (well, I'll be honest, my side didn't slide at all despite my greatest efforts) so the flooring got cockeyed and jammed .... I'll spare you the details ....

Finishing the Vinyl Plank Flooring

But we got 'her done!

Finishing the Vinyl Plank Flooring

And started snapping more flooring in place, right down the hall ...

Finishing the Vinyl Plank Flooring

And then we got to the first bedroom and had to move in the bedroom and lay the flooring in there, crossing our fingers that the two would meet up.

Finishing the Vinyl Plank Flooring

We used a scrap piece of flooring to hold the two room's flooring together

Finishing the Vinyl Plank Flooring

While measuring and cutting the piece of flooring that joins the main room flooring with the bedroom flooring.

Finishing the Vinyl Plank Flooring

I can't even begin to tell you how excited we were when the two pieces of flooring matched up exactly.

Finishing the Vinyl Plank Flooring

And then we just kept the flooring going, right into the second bedroom

Finishing the Vinyl Plank Flooring

All the way to the far wall.

For as rough as the first day was, today everything just seemed to work out. When we got to that far wall, all we needed to rip off the end was 1/2" !!!

Finishing the Vinyl Plank Flooring

Then we moved back into the main room to finish the dining room area flooring. By now, we've become pros at this stuff.

I cut, he snaps.

Finishing the Vinyl Plank Flooring

And we floored.

Despite the great frusturations of that first day,

There's not the tiniest doubt that we have picked the right flooring.

The flooring is beautiful, with lots of character and uniqueness from plank to plank, with a slight texture for traction and authenticity,

And it hugs the floor, with no hollow feeling underneath as you walk on it.

It's also super durable (I even dropped a hammer on it - SHH! Don't tell on me! -... not even the tinest scratch) and the joints are super tight and solid.

The part I'm most proud of is the seamless installation. I know it was a ton of extra work to floor the entire Momplex - through doorways, down halls, into closets - without a single transition strip. But it was worth it for my Mom to be able to sweep or mop the entire upper floor without crossing a transition strip for the rest of her life.

Thank you for all your advice and encouragement, it's much appreciated!

Have you done flooring? Vinyl plank flooring? Did you find installing it to be as difficult as we did? Do you love the finished product too? We'd love to hear your side?

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i have to tell you that the

i have to tell you that the idea of your two mothers living in homes created by the loving hands of their children, from top to bottom, for the rest of their lives, is good news in a world of which there is too little. this has resonance way beyond your hard labor. xxx

posted by purejuice | on Mon, 2013-07-22 15:17
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So beautifully said. :)

So beautifully said. :)

Yvonne @ sunnysideup-stairs.blogspot.com

posted by yurra-bazain | on Mon, 2013-07-22 21:14
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Thank you so much - we feel

Thank you so much - we feel very blessed to just have an opportunity to do this for our Mom's - I know so many people would do the same as well! Thank you again! Ana

posted by Ana White | on Tue, 2013-07-23 14:05
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xxx

xxx

posted by purejuice | on Thu, 2013-07-25 12:00

Great problem solving

Wow! Love the look of the new floors and how it flows from room to room. I am so impressed with how you solved the issue.
I am considering this type of floor for our home. Can I ask about how the flooring smells? I am concerned vinyl flooring like this would off gas too much for us since we are sensitive. If anyone else has had it for a while, does it still smell strongly or did it air out pretty quickly?
Thanks!

Cathryn

posted by cathryn | on Mon, 2013-07-22 15:27
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We have Traffic Master Allure

We have Traffic Master Allure Ultra and my mom has Traffic Master Allure. We do not notice a lingering odor, although the planks did have a smell when we first opened the boxes. Crossing my fingers for you and your decision, since flooring can be so expensive!

Yvonne @ sunnysideup-stairs.blogspot.com

posted by yurra-bazain | on Mon, 2013-07-22 21:12
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Hi Cathryn, this really is an

Hi Cathryn, this really is an awesome floor that "has it all". We haven't noticed any smell - and I'm preggers so I'm extra sensitive to smells right now - but we do have the doors/windows open quite a bit. Hope this helps! Ana

posted by Ana White | on Tue, 2013-07-23 14:10
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Woohoo!

Triumph! I bet that feels good. The floor looks beautiful, and I didn't even think about the absence to the transitions strips from room to room. Or the hollow, "echo-y" sound that you get with Pergo. That is enough to make me break out the high heels and do a little dance right there!

posted by birdsandsoap | on Mon, 2013-07-22 15:29
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Hi Jenny! Thank you! Yes,

Hi Jenny! Thank you! Yes, it is really nice to not have that hollow, echo-y sound, but still the low maintenance factor of an engineered floor! Thanks! Ana

posted by Ana White | on Tue, 2013-07-23 14:11
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Amazing

You did a fantastic job! As someone with stained concrete flooring, I can attest that it's so nice to never have to deal with transitions. Your moms are two very lucky ladies! And with all those grand babies around, they'll have their hands full keeping them clean :)

posted by brookifer86 | on Mon, 2013-07-22 15:35
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Thank you Brooke!

Thank you Brooke!

posted by Ana White | on Tue, 2013-07-23 14:13
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It's so great to see it down

It's so great to see it down and know that you like it - I've getting ready to pull the trigger on the same flooring (different pattern) and have been nervous about it. We're going to have it installed (quite a bit of cost, but working full time with an infant I just don't have the energy for it right now, and the current floor is damaged and needs to be replaced before our little one is crawling) but I'm still nervous about how it's going to look. I'm so glad the end product ended up worth it!

posted by kategirl | on Mon, 2013-07-22 17:07
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Hi Kate! We absolutely love

Hi Kate! We absolutely love the flooring and it was at a very reasonable cost for a lifetime warranty. It was quite a big project to install it (took the Ram and I about 20 total hours for a 21x42 space - but lots of doorways) but your little one will love crawling on it! It's a little softer than laminate or wood or tile, but so easy to clean! Thanks, Ana

posted by Ana White | on Tue, 2013-07-23 14:18

Looks good

Does your flooring have an adhesive on the bottom?

posted by carongirls | on Mon, 2013-07-22 17:26
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Not this particular flooring

Not this particular flooring - it interlocks.

We have a heated floor and the adhesive flooring is not recommended on a heated floor, so we did the interlocking style.

posted by Ana White | on Tue, 2013-07-23 14:20
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Phew!

Ooh, I am so glad it wasn't the adhesive version, so I am guessing it's the tongue and groove one. =D I am glad the next day everything went smoothly and you truly got 'er done. Looks great!

Yvonne @ sunnysideup-stairs.blogspot.com

posted by yurra-bazain | on Mon, 2013-07-22 21:09
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Oh man were we relieved that

Oh man were we relieved that we could take some flooring up and fix our problem! I hear the adhesive version is much easier to install though!

posted by Ana White | on Tue, 2013-07-23 14:23
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Question...

Did you finish the flooring in your kitchen? Does this flooring go underneath the cabinets or are you waiting to install cabinets before finishing the flooring in the kitchen. We are ready to install cabinets or flooring and are debating which to do first.

Thanks for any insight you might have.

posted by mbdarrington | on Mon, 2013-07-22 22:58
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You are so smart! No we

You are so smart! No we didn't do flooring in the kitchen because we'll floor around the cabinets. The flooring recommends not installing it under the cabinets, instead treating the cabinets like walls and leaving a 5/16" gap for expansion.

This is also a good idea because you can change flooring without changing cabinets.

Hope this helps!
Ana

posted by Ana White | on Tue, 2013-07-23 14:25

Looks great!

I knew you guys would use your smarts and come up with a viable solution! This looks really nice and I'm just so excited for you as all of your efforts come to fruition! What is the next step, trim work?


posted by spiceylg | on Tue, 2013-07-23 06:58
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Thank you! Man was it ever

Thank you! Man was it ever frusturating, but we are really glad it all worked out too.

Once the flooring is in, we'll hang interior doors, then we can trim the doors out, and then we'll do the baseboard trim.

Lots of fun stuff!

posted by Ana White | on Tue, 2013-07-23 14:27

Great Job Ram

I put down laminate in a 35 year old house that I lived in and remodeled once. I'm amazed at how perfectly square your house is. There wasn't a straight wall in my old home.....I was able to be t-strip free, but it was really tricky around the door frames. The flooring I put down was able to be installed in the reverse direction if needed (it wasn't in the instructions but we were able to do it without a whole lot of pain. It is so nice to put it down without the doors framed as that was the pain...getting it under the frames while holding the angle to snap into the row north of it....

You all are amazing at diy. It's really fun to watch the momplex go up.

posted by webb_golf | on Tue, 2013-07-23 11:36
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I am SO GLAD you noticed

I am SO GLAD you noticed this!!! I too am amazed at how the floor came out perfectly square throughout the entire floorplan - and that's all the Ram's doing when he built the walls!

Thank you so much for reading and commenting!

posted by Ana White | on Tue, 2013-07-23 14:28

Beautiful!

You both did a BEAUTIFUL job! This is absolutely perfect timing for us as we are nervously trying to make a decision on whether to install this same flooring. Will you keep us updated on how this wears over time? Thank you so much for the insight and honesty!

posted by sharshar1960 | on Tue, 2013-07-23 17:28
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I LOVE our vinyl plank floor

We have a vinyl plank floor in our entire basement and I LOVE LOVE LOVE it. It looks amazing and is so durable. Easy to clean. These floors have come a LONG way. Excellent choice.

posted by jayneway | on Wed, 2013-07-24 10:42
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Table saw blade type?

We are doing vinyl planks as well and picked up a table saw for ripping. I'm wondering what tooth count blade you used for yours and do you feel you got a suitably smooth and clean cut?

Your Momplex looks great by the way!

posted by Novice | on Sat, 2013-08-03 00:01

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