Vinyl flooring may be relatively cheap and easy to install, but you still have to glue it down. Lumber Liquidators' Tranquility Click LVT is among the first you simply click together and lay down without glue. Tongue-and-groove edges let the sections snap together and float over old flooring, plywood, and below-grade concrete just like plastic laminate and some engineered-wood floors. It caught our attention at the International Builders' Show.
Because it offers the toughness and flexibility of vinyl, Tranquility Click LVT resists water damage and can go over uneven surfaces without cracking, according to the company. And as you'd expect, it's made to look like real wood and stone, with 12 varieties to choose from.
Tranquility Click LTV is sold at Lumber Liquidators stores, online, and through the brand's catalog. While "LVT" stands for Luxury Vinyl Tile, this one costs just $2.49 to $2.79 per square foot. And because it goes down without glue, you can pick it up and take it with you when you move.
And in perhaps a riff off the bestseller, 50 Shades of Grey, a spokesman for Lumber Liquidators said that the hottest trend in flooring is the color gray. He said the company is selling hardwood, engineered wood and even laminate wood flooring in various shades of gray—but he didn't say how many.
No matter what type of flooring you prefer, check the results of our flooring tests of solid wood, engineered wood, vinyl, linoleum and plastic laminate.
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