Oh my goodness. I just realized how much time has passed since I posted about the plans for our laundry room redesign. We completed this room makeover a few months ago, and I’m just now sitting down to write the reveal post (can’t wait to share the dramatic Before and After photos on this one!). But before I pull back the curtain for this particular reveal, I wanted to spend a bit of time zeroing in on one particular design choice we made for this project — selecting luxury vinyl tile flooring.
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If you’ve been reading along for awhile, you’re
painfully aware of our plans to redesign just about every room in our home. You’ve patiently witnessed us tackling this massive project, bit by bit. Here’s a recap what we’ve accomplished so far:
- The new and improved paint palette
- The dining room redesign
- The home office redesign
- The powder room redesign
- The master bedroom redesign
One of the most ambitious projects we plan to tackle in our whole home renovation is replacing the existing flooring throughout the first floor. Our current flooring consists of 11-year old builder-grade carpeting, and outdated orangy-oak hardwood floors (which I’ve disliked since the day we moved in).
There was also sheet vinyl flooring in the laundry room that had definitely seen its better days. And so our global flooring replacement project began in this room.
We’ve been discussing new flooring options for what seems like a few years now. I thought I had settled on wood grain tile for the laundry room. But as I began to get serious about sourcing the flooring for this space, I found myself drawn to luxury vinyl tile (LVT) flooring options (which closely mimic the look and feel of the popular wide-plank hardwood flooring).
I was even more intrigued when the flooring experts at our local high-end home improvement store explained that this flooring material was the flooring of choice among local home builders currently building showcase homes in the area. Hmmm….
Since one of my hesitations about installing LVT flooring throughout our home was how it might potentially affect our homes’ resale value, the flooring experts’ endorsement really sealed the deal for us.
WHY WE CHOSE LUXURY VINYL TILE FLOORING
1. It’s gorgeous
Take a peek at these flooring samples. Would you have ever guessed that they were NOT wood? I think not! Luxury vinyl tile flooring has come a looonnnggg way in the past few years as far as aesthetics are concerned. It’s designed to simulate both the look and feel of hardwoods. Like their hardwood counterparts, you can choose planks with a smooth finish, or ones that have the popular handscraped texture.
From a logistical standpoint, let me just mention how much easier these flooring samples were to carry to and from the store compared to tile samples (can you say HEAVY?)
2. It’s super easy to install
Another benefit of choosing this type of flooring is that it’s super easy to install. If you’ve got the time (and the minimal carpentry skills the project requires), this is a great DIY project. In our case, we chose to take the easy way out and pay the home improvement store to install the floor (since my Hubby’s travel schedule these days doesn’t allow for many DIY projects).
The cost per square foot to install our luxury vinyl plank floor was 1/3 the cost of installing hardwoods or tile flooring. As I watched the install process take place, I could quickly see why.
After the installers removed the shoe moulding, there was no other prep work involved. They simply measured, cut, and laid the pieces directly over our existing flooring (our particular LVT installs as a floating floor; other LVT floors use a glue-down system.)
In 90 minutes, the project was completed! No glue. No sanding. No mess. Gotta love it!
The only thing left was to purchase some gel stain so that I can stain our door threshold to match the new flooring.
3. It’s tough as nails
We’ve had 11 years of experience observing the havoc that kids, pets, and simple everyday living can wreak on flooring. The carpet is stained, the sheet vinyl in the laundry room was ripped to shreds, and the existing hardwoods are scraped and warped from water damage.
We want to be able to live in our home without having to worry about the floors getting damaged.
The mantra I’ve heard from the flooring experts and installers about luxury vinyl tile is that “these floors are tough as nails”. This has definitely held true for the laundry room floors (which have been installed for several months now). We’ve been able to move our washer/dryer around without so much as a scratch on the floor. Not only does LVT flooring resist scratching, it’s also extremely water resistant (some go as far as to claim that they are waterproof).
According to our installer, it’s the only type of flooring that would NOT have to be replaced in the event of a flood. It’s unlikely that we’ll ever experience a flood here. But…there’s always the chance in the laundry room that the washing machine hose could break, right? SOLD.
4. It’s budget-friendly
When we priced out what it would cost to replace all of the flooring on our first floor with wide plank hand-scraped hardwood flooring vs. a comparable luxury vinyl tile flooring, we were blown away at the cost difference. The LVT flooring project was roughly 1/3 of the cost of the hardwood flooring project…yikes!
That’s a major cost difference when you’re talking about 1,300 square feet of flooring.
There’s also an opportunity to keep the project cost down even further if we choose luxury vinyl tile flooring. We know from observing the laundry room install that the skill level involved with this type of floor installation is well within our DIY wheelhouse, so….we could avoid installation costs altogether. When the time comes to tackle this project, the only thing that will hold us back from installing it ourselves will be the level of chaos in our life (sometimes we value time even more than money these days!).
In contrast, if we chose hardwood flooring, we’d definitely need to bite the bullet and incur the labor costs associated with hiring installers. I’m not as confident in our ability to tackle the more complex carpentry tasks involved with installing hardwood up the stairs (which we would do with hardwoods, but not luxury vinyl tiles).
OUR LUXURY VINYL TILE FLOORING SELECTION
So which flooring product did we actually select for our laundry room??
We chose Shaw Floorte Premio flooring in the Duca color for the laundry room. After looking at sample after sample of gray/brown-toned flooring, we kept coming back to this product. The color, texture, and plank-width were exactly what I had envisioned for the laundry room.
I don’t want to give too much away before the big laundry room reveal post that’s coming out next week. But I have to share at least one Before & After comparison, right???
– Before –
– After –
Isn’t it just fabulous??
It’s only been a few months since the install, but so far we are LOVING these floors! The plan is to install new LVT flooring throughout the remainder of the first floor sometime in 2017. Although I’m totally in love with the grey tones of the laundry room flooring, I’m leaning towards a more classic brown tone for the rest of the house.
We purchased the flooring for the laundry room at our local home improvement store for convenience. However, I suspect that we’ll be purchasing flooring for the larger project online (in an attempt to score a better price). I’ve already started to explore some options:
So, I’d love to hear your thoughts! Have you used luxury vinyl tile flooring in your home? Would you consider it for a future home remodel project? Oh, and be sure to check out the laundry room makeover reveal and let me know what you think!