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 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 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