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Old 01-28-2014, 10:26 AM   #1
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Which would you recommend?

I'm about to install Allure Vinyl Plank Flooring in our Excellon. I'm undecided about which way to run the grain, side-to-side or front-to-back. Which direction would you recommend and why?

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Old 01-28-2014, 10:34 AM   #2
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I have never done a trailer, but have done a lot of hardwood in houses. I have found that it usually looks best if the planking runs with the long dimension of the room. Running it side to side can sometimes give it a "ladder" look. If I were doing it, I would go front to back.


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Old 01-28-2014, 11:37 AM   #3
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I vote the same as Brian. I had a hardwood installation business for a while and corridors do look better to me with the grain parallel to the corridor flow. It's slightly more work with actual hardwood to go that direction but still. That being said hardwood has different installation factors than vinyl plank. Traditionally we always tried to get grain direction parallel to light from windows but again not such a consideration in a trailer. Keeping the boards at 90 to the floor joints will help hide inconsistencies too. If you really can't decide you could go for 45 degrees, even more work but sometimes gives visual interest….
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Old 01-28-2014, 12:29 PM   #4
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I've done trailers each way. Our 34' has it side to side in an attempt to visually reduce the extremely long look inside. The drawback is any section of that flooring less that 1' long will start to creep. There is a bunch of cutting if you go crossways.

Our 29' had it long ways. It was tough to plan the cuts because you need a long straight run from the front to the rear. It's impossible to do that in a trailer and still start at one side. Lots of measuring and marking!

We like the flooring, it's easy to sweep it clean.
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Old 01-28-2014, 01:31 PM   #5
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Doing design study on residential spaces, I've learned it is good to run the grain in the direction of the flow, it is confusing to block it. "This looks odd".
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Old 01-28-2014, 01:37 PM   #6
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We installed our vinyl plank flooring front-to-back in our TradeWind. Simplified installation and came out looking rather nice. Only drawback we have noticed is a small gap is needed between the planks lengthwise to allow for expansion when in warmest weather or in the sun. Had 3 or 4 joins that required a blade-width to be trimmed after the installation.

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Old 01-28-2014, 01:51 PM   #7
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Go Long it lengthwise. Mark your center line and work out from there. Our Bamboo Allure looked great upon installation but opened up from the cold Winters. Maybe you're far enough South that won't be a problem. FYI

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Old 01-28-2014, 04:29 PM   #8
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I'm actually installing this in a trailer which sits vacant from May through December in hot, wet southern Florida. Others have used it and claim it holds up well if a small gap is left around the wall for expansion. I guess I'm inclined to install it lengthwise as suggested by most. I ripped up all the parquet flooring which had been glued and stapled down, and the carpeting which was installed with carpet strips. The sub-floor is chipboard, which I filled and smoothed using Durhams Rock Hard. I'll try to post a picture of the finished install. Thanks to all who responded.
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Old 01-29-2014, 01:55 PM   #9
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We ran ours at a 45 degree angle just to be different. Looks great in our opinion but then, everyone has one. Good luck.
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Old 01-29-2014, 05:38 PM   #10
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We ran flooring in our kitchen diagonally (in the house). Amazing how much wider and roomier it looks. I think I'd do the same in the AS if we were doing plank flooring.

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