Finally the day arrived yesterday and we installed my new office/craft room floors. I cannot tell you how excited I was to finally get the floors in to see if they would look just as beautiful as I had envisioned they would in my mind. I felt like a little kid waking up on Christmas morning and I am so excited that they are even more gorgeous than I imagined. I can’t wait to hear what you guys think about them!
I ended up going with the Vesdura Century Oak 5mm vinyl planks from BuildDirect:
I have to tell you, when I started this process,my cousin Frank had told me how impressed he was with BuildDirect and how they send you free large flooring samples (they also ship them to you free!!):
After I ordered my samples and received them, I was so impressed that I decided to contact BuildDirect and ask them if they were interested in working with me on this project.
I do not usually do any kind of sponsorship type posts or product reviews in exchange for products. However, I made an exception to my “no sponsorship” rule because I could tell from the moment I got my hands on the samples (and the great prices) that the my experience with BuildDirect was going to be extraordinary. I am thrilled that they wanted to partner with me on this and they sent me the flooring for free, so that I could review and share my honest opinion about my experience with BuildDirect and the product itself. I want you to know that if I was not 150% satisfied, I would never endorse a product or a company on my blog and run the risk of you not being just as satisfied as me.
With that said, I think the product speaks for itself in these pictures:
(please ignore the big desk in the pic. The desk is so heavy that we couldn’t move it down the stairs so we moved it slightly to get the floors in).
It is so hard for us to believe that these floors are vinyl planks. The raised texture and amazing wood grain gives it the real wood floor look and the fact they are 100% waterproof makes these floors ideal for spaces that are prone to moisture (basements) or heavy duty use like my craft room. The best part of all, they are super easy to install and my floors were installed in less than 3 hours!!
The most important thing about installing any kind of floor is to make sure that your floor is level. When we removed the carpet, we could see really quickly that are floors were far from level and we used a self leveling compound to level everything out:
The self level compound is just mixed and poured onto the lowest area of the floors and it levels out and dries. After it dries, the edges are sanded.
The next step is to lay down the underlayment. We used a fan fold underlayment from FloorMat also sold by BuildDirect:
Underlayment acts as an acoustic barrier, moisture retardant, and insulator, which will help keep the cool air and heat in my office because this room is over our garage and the room is too hot in the summer and too cool in the winter. The underlayment is laid out and taped down with duct tape or any kind of pressure sensitive tape.
The great thing about the underlayment and the flooring is that both came with extremely detailed installation instructions. Yes, highly detailed instructions are very important and necessary!
The next step was to begin installing floors. Because these vinyl planks are interlocking, the are super easy and they click together and the best part of all, no glue is needed because these are floating floors:
We alternated our plank pattern and clicked the pieces together. Cutting to fit around door frames is also really easy with vinyl planks:
With any kind of floating floors, you need to leave a little space between the wall and the floors for give (float). The instructions go into details about precisely how much space is needed:
I am so excited about how beautiful these floors look. I had an idea they would look amazing but was surprised by just how much I would love the wood grain and the gray wood tones with the hint of warmth:
You will be hearing more about my beautiful new floors and my awesome experience working with BuildDirect once we get all of the shoe molding in and the rest of the room finished and I can share the reveal pictures. In the meantime, it’s time for me to get back up to finishing up this space now that the room is ready to be painted and the cabinets/bookshelves can go up. Yay! I’m one step closer to my dream office and craft room.
I can’t wait to hear what you guys think about the floors!
In case you missed my plan for this space, you can go to that post by clicking the image below: