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I am planning to cover or replace an existing kitchen vinyl tile floor.

Home Depot user ratings on this click-together floating vinyl are split between high and low. The low ratings talk about difficulty to install.

One potential problem is an unlevel floor. I can check the floor, so that is not an issue.

Another potential problem is expansion due to change in temperature. The HD video shows installing the floor around a floor HVAC vent. That is what I will have to do. Should I expect a problem over time due to the change in temperature.

Are there other installation or wear issues unique to floating vinyl versus vinyl tiles with spread-on adhesive?

The floating vinyl claims to be made of several layers and the salesman said they wear well as a result. I have not seen layers on the usual vinyl tiles.

In short, what are the pros and cons of using floating vinyl planks vs vinyl tiles and adhesive?

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    This sounds like a matter of opinion, which would be off-topic. Please edit to ask something more specific and objective. – isherwood Jan 23 '17 at 15:21
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    Given my experiences with the difficulty of prep for an adhering floor and the difficulty of removal of an adhered floor, I would opt for the floating floor. – Jim Stewart Jan 23 '17 at 15:49
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These are pure vinyl/rubber planks. There is no warping and very very minimal changes in size. These issues are unfounded.

Now personal opinion: I have personally used these (not the exact ones but the brand) planks and I have used other pure rubber planks and I have to tell you that I have been very happy with them all. The only thing I will say is that on the pure rubber side the planks are usually expensive and sometimes the top doesn't look non-rubberish.

As for the click lock mechanism, this is always something you should test at store. I have personally never had issues with the Allure brand. As for their mechanism I would give it a solid 7 out of 10. You do have to get under the installed row which does cause an issue that you can unlock something while locking something in but it is just a simple puzzle to solve and when in place it is good to go.

As for criticism, first you could lay this stuff in a pool and it won't warp or bend - it is pure rubber. So not sure what product they were rating or commenting on but this is not right. Second if people have gaps it is because they have not locked something together correctly on a previous row. These issues compound until you can see a noticeable gap. This has nothing to do with the locking mechanism working or not, the user simply didn't install right.

As for warping or size changes due to temp or humidity, like I mentioned before this is a non issue. Are planks better than squares? It totally depends on the subfloor. I would only glue down vinyl if it were in then sheets on a very flat floor or if it were in a commercial type building (apartment building). Most home floors basement or main floor do not have concrete that is flat enough to support glue down directly on concrete.

And as far as install on this brand I can do a very large bathroom 8 by 15 and go around vanity, toilet, shower, whatever in about an hour - I have installed this brand and similar 25+ times. It cuts with a knife like drywall (or you can use a mitre saw) and snap clean. Out of all of the flooring choices this is the fastest to install, the most durable, and least amount of prep. The downsides are it is a bit cold and just might not have the look that most people want.

  • What do you mean "a bit cold". Do you mean if you walk on it barefoot, or cold to the eye? – Yehuda_NYC Jan 23 '17 at 16:19
  • What do you mean "look that most people want"? What about the appearance do you have in mind? – Yehuda_NYC Jan 23 '17 at 16:20
  • You wrote " pure vinyl/rubber planks". I have a sample in front of me and it has 5 layers. Are we talking about the same type of flooring? – Yehuda_NYC Jan 23 '17 at 16:22
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    Cold = its rubber. Rubber feels colder than wood or carpet - I personally like it, some don't. Look = all flooring can look cheap. And since it is planks that are not wood or tile it is easier to have issues with mismatch in scheme or style. Your pattern is easier to match but there are those that aren't. – DMoore Jan 23 '17 at 17:35

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