We decided to us a plank vinyl flooring product for the entry at a fixer project. The product is TrafficMaster Allure and is available at Home Depot. This is a floating vinyl installation where the vinyl planks adhere to one another. In theory, this is a better method than your traditional 12×12 vinyl tile installation. With the plank vinyl floor, your product moves as a single unit (similar to a sheet) rather than experiencing the individual movement that an inexpensive self-stick tile will see.
For a wet area, the plank vinyl product from TrafficMaster seems ideally suited. The method that they use for the adhesion is a lapped tongue that is substantial enough (about 1″) so that the adhesion should provide a nice water barrier / seal. Overall, we are very happy with the product. It met our needs for this project and was a nice alternative to a sheet product.
As many of you probably know, making flooring choices is always a challenge. There are a number of factors that will impact your decision.
Put the factors in your own order, but they are almost always part of the equation. Our small entry area (70 square feet) has a rather tight door swing. Because of this, we are unable to do a traditional tile installation. We had to use a vinyl product due to the thickness (or lack of). Due to a rather complex shape, we wanted to avoid a sheet product and we also wanted to achieve a wood look. One other factor was that we wanted a fast install that virtually anyone could do. A product that can be put down by a handyman and not just a skilled flooring contractor was the right choice for this job.
We selected the TrafficMaster Allure, Hickory 6 in. x 36 in. Resilient Vinyl-Plank Flooring. The price was $1.79 per square foot which was a very fair price for the quality of the product. Time will tell with regard to the durability and adhesion quality of the glue used for the lapped tongue, but our initial impression of the project makes it a terrific choice for many applications.