Flooring and Carpeting Armstrong LUXE Plank, vinyl plank flooring, vinyl sheet flooring

Flooring and Carpeting Armstrong LUXE Plank, vinyl plank flooring, vinyl sheet flooring

Flooring and Carpeting /Armstrong LUXE Plank

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Expert: John Michaels — 4/30/2010

Question

We want to install Armstrong LUXE Plank flooring in our living room, dining room, kitchen, and laundry room. There is existing vinyl sheet flooring in the kitchen and laundry room and plywood under the carpeting in the living room and dining room. There is a door to the garage in the laundry room and a single french door to an outside deck in the dining room. The basement is finished with an acoustic tile ceiling. You do not seem to be a fan Konecto vinyl plank flooring. Do you feel the same about all vinyl plank flooring? If a buy from a reputable internet dealer and have a reputable installer do the install would that be okay or are the internet products of questionable origin and quality? I can save at least $2.00 per square foot by ordering product on the internet and hiring an installer. We do not want to use laminate flooring.

Answer

Hi Rob;First, I really hate to hear people wanting to replace carpet in areas other than kitchens, laundry rooms, bathrooms, etc. Just remember that carpet is one of the healthiest floor coverings one can have. It has a pile that traps, filters, and holds harmful track-in soils, air polutants, allergents, etc. until they are properly vacuumed away, and, on occassion, properly professionally cleaned away. Hard surfaced flooring is non-absorbent, so those harmful soils remain on the surfaces of hard surfaced flooring and become airborne with normal foot traffic and normal home air currents, allowing the human lung to become the trap and filter. Today’s carpet has no VOC (volitile organic compounds), its make up is totally ‘green’, friendly to our environment, it is totally recyclable, comes with great warranties, has a good ‘R’ factor for insulation benefits in both hot and cold climates, and if anyone tells you that carpet is not healthy, you can let them know that just the opposite is true. So if you are planning new floor covering, rethink your choices. Just think of all the thousands and millions of people who manufacturer carpet, sell carpet, install carpet, and use carpet. There is no history of people having problems with the carpet they have been around for years. If that were the case, those people would be sickened and there would be law suits all over the place, like the asbestos problem. Visit the website of The Carpet & Rug Institute, carpet-rug.org, and obtain true health information, obtain their lists of vacuums, spot cleaning agents, and professional cleaning systems they have tested and certified as being ‘green’, and proper for carpet. The true cost of any floor covering is product, installation, and maintenance, over its useful life. Carpet costs less as a product, less to install, and less to maintain. Do some research and, if you decide to consider carpet, please feel free to get back to me with any questions you may have, and for some generic specifications that I would give you to use to shop. I would need to know how many people in your home including pets, what type of footwear is mainly used in the home (bare feet, stocking feet, slippers, shoes, etc.), the soil conditions outside your home (concrete, asphalt, gravel, outdoor decking, etc.), and the part of the Country in which you live.

Flooring and Carpeting Armstrong LUXE Plank, vinyl plank flooring, vinyl sheet flooring

If, after you have done your research, you still plan to use hard surfaced flooring, your choice of vinyl plank flooring would be sufficient, however you should make your purchase from a knowledgeable, professional floor covering dealer, and not at one of those large home supply stores or over the internet. It is also EXTREMELY dangerous to contract on your own for the installation. If something goes wrong from an installation error, the installer can walk away, or may not have the financial resources to cover errors. NOTHING, AND I REALLY MEAN NOTHING, should be contracted in a verbal manner. EVERYTHING MUST BE IN WRITING AND SIGNED BY ALL CONCERNED. My suggestion would be to shop for a product you like, then go home and ‘google’ the name of the manufacturer of that EXACT product, visit the website of that manufacturer, and download the free installation specifications and maintenance manual for the flooring you like. Read those free publications thoroughly, so you can be a very knowledgeable consumer and be able to watch your flooring being installed to be certain it is being done correctly, and use ONLY the cleaning agents and methods indicated in the maintenance manual.

The nature of our business is being called upon to address consumer complaints regarding all types of floor coverings. We address manufacturing, installation, and maintenance related issues. We have inspectors scattered throughout our trading area, which is every city and town in all 50 States, in all the Provinces of Canada, the Caribbean Islands, and, since some U.S. manufacturers are selling and shipping product to China, because the citizens are becoming affluent, we inspect in Mainland China and the Hong Kong area. I can tell you that the majority of our inspections are related to installation issues, especially floor covering that was purchased over the internet, from ‘fly by night’ dealers and installers, and from stores who have sales personel that really don’t understand the product that they offer.

That’s all my opinion from years of experience, however you need to do your research and, of course, make your own decisions. Again, I really hope you rethink your choice of floor covering.

If you have any other questions, please feel free to get back to me.


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