One year ago, I chose to install Karndean LooseLay vinyl floors in two rooms in the basement of my newly constructed home and documented the decision-making process here. Now, after one year, the question many have asked is have they stood the test of time?
Our decision to go with the Karndean LooseLay flooring came about because of its flexibility. We wanted a flooring for our finished basement and the exercise room, both of which had concrete floors. We originally thought it might be creative, not to mention cost-effective, to stain the concrete, but the results were less than thrilling. So at the last minute, we had to shop around for flooring that would work in a basement.
Because we had a bad experience before with a damp basement, the idea that Kardndean LooseLay can be picked up if it gets wet, left to dry and then reinstalled was very intriguing. You see, the flooring that resembles wood planking comes in strips while the patterns that mimic the look of tile or stone come in squares. The installation is unique because only the perimeter of the flooring is glued down; all the other pieces are just laid on place like a jigsaw puzzle.
Consequently, if you have a spill or seepage and the flooring becomes wet, you can pull it up; let the substrate underneath dry while the pieces dry off. Then, you just put them back in place. If a piece becomes damaged, you can just pull up that one piece and replace it.
That was the big draw for us. As a bonus, the flooring looks great, too. We chose a wood plank style for the majority of the basement, specifically Karndean’s Series One Wood Floor in Burnt Ginger. In the exercise room, we chose a pattern that resembles tile called Nevada from the Series Two Textile Collection.
We also wanted something durable as we have three dogs, two Goldendoodles and a Schnauzer mix, so we needed a floor that would not show every nail scratch.
Happily, after one year, I couldn’t be more pleased with the flooring in both rooms. Yes, there are scratches on the wood planking but you can’t see them unless you examine the floor very carefully. The photos excellent and show off the scratches but if you look at the flooring as a visitor might, they are not nearly as noticeable. The edges of the vinyl strips have also stayed nice and flat; the edges are not picking up or curling. In addition, the floors have maintained a luster and a shine that makes them look new.
They are easy to clean and, while not warm to the touch, are not as cold in a basement as tile would be.
To see the photos of the floor in its current state, scratches and all, check out the slide show.