Look! Another post! See, I’m trying!
2012 is going to be the flooring year for us, I can already tell. Up to this point, we’ve only touched the flooring in the downstairs bathroom, and that was out of necessity- a rotten subfloor meant the linoleum had to come up. Ooof. That was an eye-opener, 4 months into home ownership and we’re tearing out floors!! But we survived, and the floor looks great. Here’s a reminder of that process (and you can read more about it here):
|Allure Trafficmaster vinyl plank flooring in “Cordoba“, mid bathroom re-do|
We’ve been holding onto an almost full box of this flooring for about a year and half, and I’ve been DYING to do the upstairs bathroom floor. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with that floor (thank goodness!) aside from looking a little dated- but hey, we had some of the flooring already! So I
begged asked my husband nicely to help me install the flooring- I even said it could wait until after football was over- and he said sure. He even got the DIY bug and we installed it over the weekend!
Here’s a look at the bathroom when we bought the house:
And here’s what it looked like before the weekend:
Looks good- but it just needed that extra ooohmf from new flooring!
We choose the Allure Trafficmaster flooring (from Home Depot**) because of price and ease of install. It’s around $50 per box, which covers about 25 square feet. Three boxes was plenty to do the upstairs bathroom, with room for mistakes, and we only used a little over 2 boxes in the downstairs bathroom, so it’s a pretty inexpensive adventure. It’s also waterproof, has a 25yr warranty and is scratch resistant- love all of that.
This flooring is installed as a floating floor, over the existing flooring or subfloor, with 3 tiles “combined” together in a plank (with fake grout in-between the tiles). The planks get stuck together with overlapping sticky strips- it’s hard to describe but they stick together very well (although if you make a mistake you’re stuck- literally). It’s kind of like click and lock flooring, but click and stick instead. The best part is, it’s vinyl and you can cut it with a box cutter! No saws involved- just score and snap. Well, score several times and then snap- it’s not quite as simple as they make it sound, but it’s certainly easier than using a saw, that’s for sure.
Here’s an up-close photo of the “tiles” so you can get a better idea of the sticky strips:
The tiles are nice and thick (0.15 inches)- not flimsy at all- and each strip of tiles weighs almost 5 pounds- it’s pretty heavy duty.
Here’s a mid-install picture:
Why yes, yes we did use a rolling pin in this process- that’s to seal the seams after you stick the tiles together. You can also rent a 100lb floor roller to press the seams, but the company actually recommends walking on it- the more you walk on it, the better the seal. I wouldn’t walk on it until you get it all stuck together, since it is a floating floor. Walking on it mid-process can make the whole thing slide around a little and throw your alignment off, which is key, especially around doorways.
Flooring a bathroom can be tricky- you barely get one run of tiles laid out before you encounter a doorway or something you have to cut around, which can be a bit of a brain puzzle. For that reason it took us about 8 hours from start to finish to get this done. I’d imagine if we were doing a living room that was basically a rectangle, things would go a lot faster. That’s what I’m trying to convince my husband anyway- Trafficmaster makes a wood version of this, and I want to install it in our living room/dining room/kitchen! Which will be a lot of work, I know! But I still think we can do it ourselves.
Ok, I know you’re dying for the finished product, so I won’t disappoint!
I LOVE it. Love. I can’t believe we waited so long to do it.
Just for fun- another photo, with the room all put back together:
What do you think?
**Disclosure: I was not paid or compensated by this company for my opinion- we just shop there A LOT, and have had good experiences with our local store