The tile we picked up from Lowe’s to re-do the sewing room floor at my mom’s other house , the tile that we thought matched exactly the tile she already had in the rest of her downstairs rooms, doesn’t match at all. When you start, you’ll need to cut some of the planks at random lengths so you get that real wood floor look..You don’t want all your planks lining up perfectly, but rather staggered… I did this by doing a strip of maybe 10 at a time, then working my way from one wall all the way to the other side of the room before starting the next bunch.. This worked great for me, but you really could do them in any way that makes sense, and works best, for you.
It sounds like we had exactly what you describe in your home..You can see a picture of where the transition happens above.. It’s the 5th picture down from the top.. We left the old vinyl in the kitchen and laid the planks over it.. I scrubbed the floor really good with amonia first just to remove any grime or dirt that might keep the planks from sticking.
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From my personal experience installing luxury vinyl planks in my RV, even if I didn’t tend to reside in warmer climates that require adhesive, I would do so anyway because with all the little cuts and funky corners and edges that RVs have, I had a lot of little pieces that only had a small area of tongue and groove to attach to. Otherwise there would have been many little rogue pieces of vinyl that would almost be floating on their own.
Our home’s existing aesthetic/finishes – We installed TrafficMaster Allure Vintage Oak Cinnamon Resilient Vinyl Plank Flooring in our bathrooms ( guest and main ) and throughout our lower level a few years ago, as well as beautiful American Walnut stained wood stairs It was important to find something that would compliment our existing flooring finishes.