When we bought our Florida house we knew we would have to replace all of the flooring. The carpet was badly stained so that was our first priority. We didn’t plan on replacing the bathroom flooring right away for several reasons including expense and the fact that I had just had Millie days before we closed on our house. While we were having our main living flooring installed, I was complaining about the tile in the guest bathroom and our flooring contractor suggested a vinyl. I must have made a disapproving face because he began explaining how vinyl isn’t the same as it was in the 70s and 80s. It’s come a long way and there are tons of options. Still, in my mind I saw every bad rental bathroom we’ve ever lived in and I could not wrap my brain around the idea of installing vinyl flooring…until he showed up the next day with samples!
It’s true, guys! Vinyl has come a long way! I was very impressed with the vinyl planks that look like wood, much like the wood plank tile that is so popular. After discussing with our flooring guy, we decided to go ahead and install vinyl plank flooring in both of our bathrooms (we’re an easy upsell if you haven’t noticed) so that our entire house would have new flooring when we moved in.
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Here are some answers to the most commonly asked questions I get about our flooring:
Why did we choose vinyl plank flooring?
We decided on vinyl plank flooring because it was super affordable. We believe paid $600 for the flooring itself and then our contractor charged us a discounted fee to install it for us.
Was is easy to install?
We didn’t install the flooring but it took our contractor about half a day to install the flooring in both bathrooms. We opted to lay the flooring on top of the existing vinyl/tile flooring. That is another perk to vinyl planks, you can lay it right over the existing floor if it’s clean and flat since there is no required underlayment or leveling. Easy peasy.
What product is your flooring?
It’s called Sumter in the color Shadow by Shaw. They come in wide 7×48″ planks you can find the product here.
What’s the quality like? How are they holding up?
They are really great! I think they look even better in a space, in person, than they do in photos or in the box. They even have some texture to mimic the feel of a wood plank. I especially love them in the bathrooms since they are easy to keep clean. Like any flooring, you have to be sure to seal all of the edging near water with silicone so that water doesn’t get under flooring. They still look brand new.
How do you care for them?
Easy, sweep and mop regularly. You could also vacuum them if you prefer but the maintenance is very worry free.
Overall, would you pick them again?
Yes! After we had them installed I told Matt that I almost wish we would have put them throughout our home. Eventually this home will be a rental so having a less expensive, low maintenance flooring makes sense. Plus, the flooring looks incredible! Oh well, live and learn. I thought I might get sick of the gray color, thinking it might be too trendy. I love them more today, I think! They mix well with any colors I use, and I love the beachy feel they provide, perfect for a bathroom space. The gray is a versatile color, the vinyl plank is great quality. Overall – we’re so happy!