As we set out to renovate the IDCO Lake House from top to bottom, our first major decision was the flooring. The very nature of a lake house, combined with a notoriously humid climate, meant that traditional hardwoods were a nonstarter. We needed floors designed to withstand wet feet (plus lots of dog paws) coming directly off the lake, and offer easy clean-up for potential renters down the line.
I went down the research rabbit hole, and I came across Flooret. Luxury vinyl plank has come a long way in recent years, and I knew Flooret’s Palka Signature was a winner. We ran their climate neutral (read: waterproof) luxury vinyl plank throughout the entire lake house for a cohesive look across both levels. After sampling, installing, and living with the floors for several months, I’m excited to give you an overview of our experience. Better yet, if you decide to give them a try you can save 33% off samples with code IDCO33.
When sourcing luxury vinyl plank (LVP) flooring options, it was important that we didn’t compromise the form over function. Yes, we wanted something waterproof and highly durable, but we also wanted warm, neutral, large-scale planks that really looked the part. After playing around with samples, we settled on the Palka Signature. Of the six full-size samples I ordered, four had unique patterns while two repeated for a a very natural-looking design I knew we’d love.
If you’re just getting started with Flooret, I’d highly recommend using their room visualization tool AND ordering samples to see and touch the planks firsthand. (BTW, you can use code IDCO33 for 33% off samples)
“Luxury vinyl plank has come a long way in recent years, and I knew Flooret’s Palka Signature was a winner.”
Our biggest motivation for selecting Flooret floors, aside from their natural look, was the pre-attached underlayment. This feature allowed us to click planks together on the spot and made it an approachable DIY project for beginners. We opted for the larger ‘signature’ plank with a 9-inch width and 72-inch length, and I’m so glad we did. The larger planks not only made the installation go faster than anticipated, but they also made the house feel larger from the minute they went in.
One tip we learned along the way was to go about a half-inch shy by the wall when installing. Our 1 x 6-inch baseboards easily covered the gap and this also will allow the material to grow and breath as it settles in over time.
We’ve had our Palka Signature floors in for about six months and have really put them to the test. The floors are impressively smooth underfoot and have cleaned up like a dream, despite guests, dogs, and plenty of foot traffic throughout the house. For moping, I use one teaspoon of Tide with one tablespoon of Dawn dish soap and some hot water. This spin mop has become my secret weapon and leaves them looking fresh every dang time.
I knew flooring would set the tone for the entire lake house, and have been so pleased with our decision to install Flooret. If you’re considering a particular style, definitely start by ordering samples. As always, products can look and feel so different in-person, and you’ll want to ensure things work well for your project. Be sure to use code IDCO33 for 33% off samples, and I can’t wait to hear what you think.
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