Rated 5 out of 5 by MisterK REST AT EASE: I was Skeptical, now a believer
I invested 10,000 dollars to do the entire house in LVT. (Durango Deep gold). I was VERY concerned about it, as we had no experience with these floors. You might say I was obsessive about the entire process.
I was nervous about it, because of the investment, and going "All in" on this.
The tile is beautiful, and yes, it look so much like stone, everybody is shocked, and has to touch it to believe it. I can't say enough about the appearance. Whatever tile you pick, is going to be great.
The tile is very thick, maybe over a quarter inch or so. Prior to grouting,
I can see the thickness. The tile is very rigid, yet has a little give, very little - so I could see that it was going to be very durable.
We walked on it , very soon after initial installation, before it was grouted.
Professional Installation took about a week all told, but my house needed under-layment of plywood (luan board) which made all the difference in the world, for a solid base, and a uniform "level".
Yes, this added about 3500 to the cost, but it was well worth it.
The tile is not so bad, but all the other work, including removing doors, and edges around door frames would make this a back breaker for the entire house.
Wear Cleaning, and Durability
The tile looks fantastic in the entire house, and is more durable than I had read about on the 5 million web pages I read. (Did I mention I was skeptical??)
What I was looking for is someone to ease my mind in the reviews.
The problem with reviews is that negative examples tend to dominate, and gives you no real advantage. I was more concerned AFTER reading hundreds of reviews (not less).
I can tell you that you cant go wrong here, whatever tile you pick is going to look fabulous. As for installation, I might do a single room or 2, but if you are getting a whole house done, best leave that to professionals.
Don't install this over standard sub-flooring "Flaked Plywood", you need underlayment, or a very smooth plywood surface.
You might get away with it, but its a risk. Its also expressly prohibited
in the instructions. You will certainly have better results with a good under-layment.
Clean with Apple cider vinegar and water only, with a sponge mop.
Simply mix one cup of cider vinegar with a gallon of hot water and use a damp mop to clean, rinsing the mop frequently with hot water. Substitute white vinegar for cider vinegar if you want to disinfect as you clean.
Go ahead and buy the tile, I think its the best thing I ever did , and I am not worried about it anymore. Worse case scenario, if anything happens to a particular tile, you can easily replace it, (You should always buy some extra). Pop the old one out, and stick the new one in place. (You cant do that with hard wood floors!
April 13, 2015
Rated 1 out of 5
by Sue1959 Unsatisfactory Durability
I just had this Armstrong Durango-Buff tile installed in November 2014. This floor was far from inexpensive. For the price I expected the quality as well! It looks absolutely beautiful!! But I am soooo disappointed abouth the durability!! I dropped a plate on the floor, it dented the tile and the top layer of laminate peeled right off leaving a one inch long chip into the next layer.....this is the second hole so far since installation. There is a quarter inch long hole in the tile next to it as well that I found when I was cleaning about a month ago. I am not sure how that one got there but I do know there should not be any chips at all!!. I have a residential application and have had new kitchen floors before....the inexpensive self stick floor tiles from Home Depot are more durable then these Armstrong Durango tiles......if I had to worry about occasionally dropping things on the floor I certainly made the wrong choice! The Armstrong kitchen tiles my dad installed 30 years ago in the home I grew up in still look pretty darn good with no chips or dings! Armstrong, what happened?
March 14, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Karen Just what I searched for.
I searched for weeks getting samples from different locations and going online and finally found Durango Clay was the best match for my countertops. We had it installed on an angle with grout and are so pleased with the results. Beautiful!
October 19, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5
by Rosa It looks gorgeous in my bathroom, make it looks bigger and brighter.
I didn't install it myself, I called some company that has a big commercial (Empire). That is my mistake. should go to Home Depot instead, it will be more than $300.00 cheaper. In other word, I got fooled.
June 5, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Aquarius Woman Great Product
Just had this floor installed in my kitchen and hallway. Looks great with my white cabinets, expresso color molding and also my granite countertop. Everything just comes together. The floor is easy to walk on and easy to clean. I am definitely going to install this floor in my bathroom.
March 28, 2014
Rated 1 out of 5 by Disappointed Not worth the money
1) Difficult to clean. Dirt embeds into rough surface. Spray and mop doesn't work...need to mop hard and even get on hands and knees to clean
2) Scratches/Marks easily...dropping a spoon cause an indentation. Scratches from I don't what. Thank goodness our children are older and we have no pets. Installed one year and already need to replace 10 tiles!
August 20, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Randy Beautiful and "warm"!
I'm going to keep this short, as I have just had it installed and I cannot comment on durability or how it looks after a year, but it's been in a week and WOW!
This product is absolutely beautiful and gets comments constantly, with nobody believing that it's an Armstrong Luxury Vinyl. Not only is it aesthetically striking, but it is softer than ceramic and it is warmer. When I read the comments about the product online at various forums everyone noted that it is "softer) and warmer, but frankly I didn't believe it and was going to be happy with it for it's beauty and reported durability, but sure enough this floor gets comments about what a nice "feel" it has, softer than tile or stone, and my wife who walks barefoot in the house sometimes noted that it was indeed "warm" as compared to stone or ceramic tiles. Loving it!
May 7, 2013
Rated 3 out of 5 by plantlover porous surface
I love the look of my new floor, installed very nicely by the dealer. My only concern that I didn't notice when purchasing was it is very poruous, not smooth. very hard to keep clean. I actually have to get on the floor and clean it with a rag and soft brush to get in the pores. Is this normal for this floor? It's a shame because it is a beautiful floor. I am 63 and cannot imagine cleaning like this for another 20 years.
May 3, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by PiaOnomato Beautiful and Durable
After choosing a floating vinyl floor that looked horrible installed, I had to choose another floor STAT!
The Alterna was my dream floor so we expanded the budget and bought it. It is a beautiful, light floor that will stand up to kids and dogs. We chose the recommended gypsum grout which is very light.
We had the floor professionally installed and we love it!
April 29, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Wendy000 Looks beautiful!
We chose Alterna, Durango, Bleached Sand. It took 2 days to install. The installer had to take up the old carpet, remove the baseboards and toilet, as well as remove the closet and bedroom doors. Then he had to put a layer of wood (looked like plywood) down, I think to make it level with the bedroom carpet. He had to put something in the cracks of the wood and it smelled so bad, I did not sleep in the bedroom that night. He finished the next day. I have to say, it looks beautiful!. Really brightened up our master bath. It has a nice look and texture to it. It's easy to clean with just plain water. It isn't cold to bare feet. The grout apparently doesn't chip or stain. We are so happy with it! I would recommend it to everyone!
March 24, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by w120jmk A great product for the "Do it your Self-fer"
My husband and I purchased this product and color because we wanted something that would be durable and wear well in our home. We also wanted the look of a ceramic tile without the hassle of installing ceramic tile. This product ,met all of our expectations.
March 14, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5
by Diane 64 tile great-installation varies
I installed this tile in two rooms. In my daughter's room I put down the 1/4" recommended plywood first. The tile went on easily and adhered in the indicated length of time. In my bathroom I followed the instruction for stripping the surfacing on my existing flat tile. It took forever to dry, and the tile did not adhere as well for about two weeks! The grouting did not go on as well either. When I do the other bathroom and service porch I will definitely rip out the existing tile and lay down the plywood underlayment first. I love the appearance of the tile and it cleans easily. We have dogs and I have not had issues with scratches or dings. I put it in this summer (2012) so I can't really comment on reliability yet.
October 18, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by CL53 This product will please everyone!
We have the rich look! We have the luxurious feel! We have the durability! We have the easy care! We have Armstrong Alterna Durango vinyl flooring! No one believes that it is vinyl until they actually walk across our new kitchen floor. Our floor that is quiet, and soft on the feet and so easy to keep clean. We love it and are so excited that Consumer Reports agrees with us!
August 22, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by rcm322 Very happy with our Alterna floor!
We had Alterna flooring installed just over a year ago, in Durango Cream with Driftwood Grout. It's in our kitchen, entry hall from garage, and powder room - so very high traffic areas. We've been very pleased with how it looks, how durable it is, and how easy it is to keep clean. It looks so much nicer than our old sheet vinyl floor - people think it's ceramic tile, but then they realize how soft and comfortable it is underfoot, and not cold like tile. We definitely recommend this product!
July 8, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by KenL Installed 3 months ago, very happy so far
I had this floor installed when a previous, old (38 years) and worn asbestos vinyl tile floor was destroyed by a flood. Insurance paid for an average quality replacement floor, but I wanted a high quality floor and was willing to pay extra for it. I researched all types of floors and settled on this floor. It was professionally installed, which I recommend since the floor prep involved grinding the underlying concrete slab to make it absolutely smooth. I chose to not use "grout". The floor looks very good. Almost all visitors ask about it since it looks like ceramic tile. Following installation I had furniture moved back on it and was somewhat afraid of possibly scratching the vinyl, but this has not occurred even with sliding furniture on it. It cleans very easily. I cannot comment on its long-term durability since I have had it only three months but I am expecting a long life for it.
June 20, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by Donna1 New installation, so far so good.
Nice quality product, natural look of stone. Went with groutless installation, seemed like less maintenance issues.
June 1, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by Hopmom7 Beautiful flooring
This floor is beautiful in my bathroom and laundry room and easy to clean and great for the area.
May 16, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by Peg1 Very sophisticated appearance.
I am so pleased with the Amstrong Alterna Durango Clay floor. With the grouted lines and the textures in the tile it has the sophisticated appearance of a stone floor.
December 3, 2011
Rated 5 out of 5 by success story You'll be so happy with the results
I installed this product in my kitchen, hallway, and half bath about a year ago. It still looks great. An individual tile, held in your hand, looks pretty "blah", but on the floor it looks terrific---like limestone, and grouted, it looks even better.
I have never attempted something like this before, and my husband was afraid it would be a disaster. But following Armstrong's installation instructions made it less intimidating. (The hardest part is deciding where the starting point should be.)
There is no issue with tiles lifting. The floor is easy to clean (I vacuum regularly, and use Armstong's cleaner). If a 64 year old woman can do this, so can you, and you'll be so happy with the results!
October 16, 2011
Rated 5 out of 5 by jack of trades Luxury vinyl is worthy!
After completing many floor installations of various types, this floor is superb. My previous knowledge and experience with installs helped complete the job fairly easily. The floor is maintaing the 'new' look to this day. The 'feel' of this floor is comfortable and the texture is soothing. Spilled water is not slippery. I did not believe the claim by Armstrong that this flooring is actually 'warm' during the winter. I believe that claim now! I prefer barefeet on this floor! In summary, a great product and worth every penny!
September 15, 2011
Rated 1 out of 5 by Steve Hard to clean - Don't buy!!
The product looks good when new but the texture of the tile means that it holds the dirt and the only way to clean it is to get on your knees with a scrub brush and scrub away. Avoid any tile with the surface texture of this one
September 8, 2011