Rated 4.3 out of 5 by 184
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by 09WeepinngWillow Easy? Yes
The logo on the box says, "The Easiest Floor Ever." That must be true if I can do it. I put this down in two bathrooms. The most difficult part was cutting out to go around the toilet. One should not remove the toilet to install the floor under it because it is meant to be a floating floor. The directions say to leave a small gap at the walls so that there is room for the floor to expand, if necessary with temperature change. I made a scale diagram of each bathroom to plan how to lay the pieces - strips across the short side of the room or along the long side. This style has fake grout lines so those need to be lined up properly for it to look right. Note that the first row has the "over-edge" removed so it will not be 12" wide as the other rows will be. In the plan shown, I started with the long side of the strip along the side marked "tub" and, if I had started with the side marked "wall" there would have been possibly as many as four pieces requiring cut-outs for the toilet. This is one consideration in deciding which wall you start on. Also, if I had planned for a full length at the top of the diagram that would have meant four pieces with cutouts. The hashed-out area in the lower right of the diagram is the space for the cabinet so I decided to cut the five strips that ended with short side up against the side of the room marked "wall" so that there would not be small pieces at the cabinet. At the door I had to make small cutouts for the door frame. It would have been better if I had cut the bottom of the door frame so that the tile slipped underneath it.
Hint: in making the straight cuts the instructions say to score and then bend to break. That works very well as long as you can get a good straight score to begin with. I had difficulty because the straight edge tended to move as I was scoring. Using a clamp to prevent that would be advisable. If you make your score at the maximum length for a piece ending at the wall, then want to trim to allow for the gap, I found that a hand-held wood plane works nicely to trim the edge evenly. Just set it for a very small cut.
The wall I have is tile all the way to the floor and the man at the store suggested using a moulding at the edge by wall or tub such as "5109 11/32 in. x 11/16 in. x 8 ft. PVC Composite White Prefinished Shoe Base Moulding" glued to the wall or tub and not the floor (a slight gap is needed to allow for expansion/contraction with temperature change). If you choose that method just be sure to not get wood - get the material that is moisture resistant. I also thought of using "Tub and Wall, Peel and Stick Caulk Strip" (comes in various widths and colors) - installed with the vertical part stuck to the tub and the horizontal part floating above the floor. I have not done either yet. Maybe I'll edit this when I have done one or the other or both.
I figured that the room was too small to use a roller and too difficult to get in around the toilet so I did not use a roller on the seams, as per the instructions. I used a rubber mallet to pound the seams after laying them down. I will have to see if the adhesive holds with the method.
I watched some videos on installing this material and took the advice "with a grain of salt." You probably could do the same.
July 2, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Linsey SOOO happy with this purchase, perfect fit for our needs. VERY EASY to clean.
We installed this ourselves over two days, without needing a lot of specialized tools.
The price was great and we could put it directly over our existing floor, saving us even more money. We have a house that is 140 years old, so the floors are not level. The original pine floors were splintering and we didn't want to refinish them, since they had paint that might have been lead based. We didn't want to remove them since they were original to the house and some homeowner later on might have the money to restore them. This floor allowed us to keep the original floor and just go right over it with no glue required.
The thickness and durability are great so far. We have had them for about a year, and they still look great, no gouges or peeling.
My only complaint is that it is nearly impossible to not have small gaps between the 1x3 sheets. They are really small and not a big deal, but they bugged me at first. I'm over it now, because this floor is so easy to keep clean with just a sweeping. When mopping, the water barely gets dirty.
I really hope that these last at least ten years, but even if they last just a few years, they cost about a fourth of the what it would have cost to put in roll vinyl just due to the floor prep required.
I wish that some company in America would make this product, I really prefer to support American made products, but we were unable to find one like this that wasn't made in China.
OVERALL VERY VERY HAPPY!
Oh, forgot to mention, I regret putting porcelain tile in our bathroom because it is so cold and hard, these are much warmer and more comfortable on my feet.
April 15, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by lou easy to put down
this is the easiest floor I have ever put down !!!!!
August 17, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by DonnyK Absolutely Beautiful
This tile has a stunning appearance. I've read some other reviews that people claimed that it is easy to cut with a razor knife and a level as a straight edge, I do not entirely agree on that point. The tile is very slippery and holdinbg a level in place while cutting is nearly impossible. I used an old table and straight boards and C clamps to hold the tile in place, quite a bit more time consuming clamping on the cuts but at nearly $2 a square foot it's better to take the time than risk ruining the tile. It has only been in my kitchen for 24 hrs so I can't comment on the durability. My installation required cuts on every single edge, which was time consuming but other than that it was just a matter of lining up the grout lines and installed very quickly. When I was finished my wife and I stared at the floor for what seemed like hours. I did a good job and earned some hunny do brownie points for the beautification of our kitchen.
March 8, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by AF Love this flooring!
This was the easiest floor we've ever installed. We love the way it looks.
August 2, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by JamieT Very attractive flooring at great price
Very easy installation like a puzzle. I like that it does not glue to the subfloor Makes for easy uninstall for if I want to change look again in the future. Great price and flooring thick with great looking quality.
July 5, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by bridget Beautiful and super easy to install!
Installed this flooring in the kitchen of my townhome in one evening. It looks great and seems really durable. Just make sure you have the right tools, a razor and tinsnips would be the most helpful
July 9, 2016
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by JohnXXX Poor in high traffic areas
I laid the floor in 2009 and by 2015 the color surface was already worn off in spots revealing a white under-layer. When I say high traffic, the term is relative since we are a retired couple.
June 27, 2016