Planning to begin installation.
Thanks for the great videos on prep and installation. I have watched many of them in preparation of installing new floors.
We are ready to purchase Cali Pro vinyl plank flooring and begin the installation. I am planning to buy 5% more than needed for breakage and other issues, per manufacturer recommendations. The flooring plank size is 48″ x 7.125″ x 7/32″. We have experience installing prefinished Bruce 2” wide oak hardwood, throughout multiple rooms, but have never installed vinyl plank flooring. I would be curious if you have a different recommendation on the 5%.
We are installing the flooring throughout the entire house, both on the ground and upper floors of the home. Attached are two floor plans. We plan to install upstairs first to gain experience with the flooring, where mistakes probably won’t be as noticed. We also will be moving several bookshelves from downstairs to upstairs after installing the upstairs floor. Moving them to a finished area will keep us from needing to move them twice. After looking at the layout, I would be interested to know if you would recommend a different order.
The downstairs flooring will be laid on top of a concrete slab and upstairs on wood subfloor. The preferred orientation direction is shown on each floor plan.
After researching, we plan to either use the Cali underlayment or the QuiteWalk Luxury Vinyl underlayment but are leaning toward the QuietWalk as it comes in rolls versus sheets that need to be put together like a puzzle.
For the stairs we probably will use the Cali stair treads, or we may buy wood treads and stain to closely match the floor. The vertical portion of the treads we plan to install white painted wood. Would you have any recommendations on wood stair treads?
the top step Cali does not sell a stair nose that will overlap the floor to provide
the needed gap (per your video). So, I
will probably need to buy another brand, do you have a recommendation as well? Also, the top step is right next to some horizontal
white wood that the railing is mounted into (See picture). I will use an end cap to finish the flooring
up to the wood, per your video, but the end cap will probably finish right next
to the stair nose. While I think the
stair nose will match up with the end of the white wood, if it does not, do you
have any recommendations on how to finish the two, right next to each other and
make it look good?