We purchased Style Selections Luxury Plank Vinyl Flooring from Lowes…We purchased gun stock oak, but this flooring comes in a large selection of colors. Among top picks are the Teragren Portfolio Naturals Wheat TPF-PORTTG-WHT , a prefinished bamboo floor for $7.50 (all prices are per square foot); the engineered-wood TrafficMaster Western Hickory Desert Gold DH77700144 , $3 at Home Depot; the laminate Armstrong Coastal Living L3051 White Wash Walnut , $3.50; and the vinyl Tarkett NAFCO PermaStone Collection—Natural Slate-Sand Stone NS-660 , $4.70. See our flooring buying guide for pros and cons of the various flooring types.
On the floor, large square pale gray tiles: then from the bottom of the wall up, one row of pale blue mottled rectangular tiles set portrait fashion, a narrow white molding, two more rows of pale blue tile, a wider blue-and-white molding band, then a transition row of tiles with blue pattern at the bottom and greyish white mottled background, then more rows of plain greyish-white tiles to the ceiling.
I have found that the basic practices while similar will vary slightly from one substrate to the next so I want to cover some of the common details here as well as give you a list of different substrate options you might encounter and then I will give you a link to a comprehensive installation guide from Schluter Systems so you can read exact installation details for your particular project.
If you go with floating over concrete, you will need to include the cost of the plastic sheeting moisture barrier, as well as an underlayment to help cushion the floor and reduce the noise when walking on it. Although our price per sq. ft. for the actual floating flooring was higher than the glue down, the additional cost for the plastic sheeting and underlayment was only 18% of the cost of the flooring.
Whereas used PVC building products were once hauled to the landfill, there now exist so called vinyl take-back” schemes like Recofloor which can mechanically recycle waste vinyl flooring and installation off-cuts with reasonable ease to produce good quality recycling material which can be used to make traffic cones, signage, flooring, and a number of other useful commercial products.