If you’re looking for cost effective vinyl plank flooring, the Tranquility range could be on your radar. But is this budget-friendly option a wise choice?
To help you decide, we’re going to look at Tranquility vinyl plank flooring reviews. We’ll find out about the product, and the company that provides it. And we’ll take you through the pros and cons to help you choose your new flooring with confidence.
So if you’re ready, let’s get started!
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What is vinyl plank flooring?
It shouldn’t be confused with sheet vinyl. That’s a thin layer of vinyl that’s usually glued directly to the sub-floor. Instead, vinyl plank flooring is a much more robust product. It’s made of planks which often click together to provide a robust surface.
Those planks are sometimes known as tiles, which can be confusing. And although “planks” suggest wood, the vinyl can be printed with different finishes. Wood looks are often very convincing, but you can also get vinyl plank flooring that mimics stone or ceramic tiles.
To get the best results, it’s important to lay your flooring on a smooth, level and clean sub-floor. Imperfections can impair the way the planks lock together and sit on the surface.
You may also want to install underlayment first. That will help improve insulation, and it will also reduce the amount of noise made when you walk over your floor. That makes it particularly important if you’re installing vinyl plank flooring above ground level.
Some forms of vinyl plank flooring have underlayment integrated into the design. That’s a great option for those who want to cut the time and energy spent on installation.
But whether or not the underlayment is integrated, vinyl plank flooring is pretty easy to install. You don’t need to be a seasoned DIYer to get great results. And although there are products at a range of different price points, you don’t have to spend a fortune to get an attractive floor.
It’s also warm and comfortable underfoot. And most types are water-resistant, so they can be used in bathrooms and kitchens.
So what about the Tranquility brand?
What is the Tranquility brand?
Tranquility is a line of vinyl plank flooring offered by Lumber Liquidators. The store offers three different sub-categories: Tranquility, Tranquility XD and Tranquility Ultra.
The standard Tranquility range is the least expensive of what is, overall, a very budget-friendly line-up. It includes nine different designs, including rustic Rail Tie Oak, characterful Mojave Hickory, and dark toned Knotty Oak.
Note that the thickness of the boards varies with the design. Some are 1.5 millimeters thick, while others are 3 millimeters.
Up a level from the standard Tranquility is Tranquility XD. In this case, all the boards are a little thicker, at 4 millimeters. They’re slightly wider too – 7 inches as opposed to the 6-inch width of the standard range. That gives them a more luxurious look.
The surface has a slight texture to create a realistic wood effect. You can choose from eight different styles, including exotic woods like Brazilian Cherry and Koa.
You can either use the click-and-lock design to create a floating floor, or glue them in place. Either way, they’re pretty resilient: they come with a 20-year warranty.
At the top tier is the Tranquility ULTRA range. You will pay a little extra for this flooring, but like the rest of the Tranquility line, it’s still an economical choice.
The boards here are thicker again, at 5 millimeters. And the wear layer is significantly deeper than with the standard and XD ranges. If you’re looking for flooring for an area of heavy traffic, this is a good choice.
There are eight designs to choose from, including Reclaimed Oak and Golden Teak. And the ULTRA range is backed by a lifetime guarantee.
All about Lumber Liquidators
You now know the basics about the Tranquility range. But what do you need to know about the company selling it?
Lumber Liquidators. also known as LL Flooring, was set up in 1994 by a building contractor called Tom Sullivan. He saw the opportunity to sell excess wood from other companies, providing it at very competitive prices.
In time, the company began to focus on hardwood flooring, and their first store opened in 1996. Today it has expanded to over 400 stores across the USA, and it also sells via a catalog and website. Its product line has grown to incorporate vinyl plank flooring at keen prices.
It hasn’t, however, been without controversy. in 2013, the Environmental Investigation Agency published a report into poor practices at the firm. It found that the company’s indiscriminate sourcing of hardwoods had led to endangered forests and precious tiger habitats being destroyed.
The report led to the conviction of a Russian supplier, but more problems were to follow. In 2015, the company faced complaints about the level of formaldehyde in some of its laminate flooring. A heavy fine was levied, and the period culminated in Sullivan’s resignation from the role of CEO.
Since then, a new chief executive has been appointed, and there have been no reports of similar issues. But it’s fair to say that Lumber Liquidators have had a mountain to climb in re-establishing their reputation.
The good bits
When it comes to vinyl flooring, there’s no question that the Tranquility line offers excellent value for money. The prices are hard to beat, whether you choose the basic, XD or ULTRA ranges.
The choice of ranges also allows you to balance price against the thickness of the boards. If you’re installing over an existing vinyl floor, a thin 1.5 millimeter plank may be all you need. If you need something more robust, you can go up to 5 millimeters with the ULTRA range.
We’ve also heard good reports about Lumber Liquidators’ customer service, with customers valuing their advice and product support.
Installation is very easy. That means you can save even more money by taking the DIY route, and still get great results.
Depending on the product, you can choose between glue-down or click-and-lock flooring. Some options are suitable to be installed as either a floating floor, or glued in place. And if you choose not to glue the vinyl planks in place, you can even take your floor with you if you move house.
Remember to consider what kind of underlayment you’ll need. Glue-down flooring is designed to be attached to the sub-floor without it. But the click-and-lock designs will benefit from the insulation and sound muffling qualities of separate underlayment.
Since the issues with formaldehyde levels in their products, Lumber Liquidators have significantly improved their offering. Tranquility floors are now Greenguard certified. Some products also meet the Greenguard Gold standard for even lower emissions, suitable for rooms used by children.
The not so good bits
There are some areas where Tranquility’s budget price means there are compromises to be made. One of those is in the overall degree of choice available in the line.
The 25 designs aren’t as numerous as you’ll find in other ranges. And although there’s plenty of choice of color and tone, they’re all wood effect. If you’re looking for vinyl flooring to give the look of stone or ceramic tiles, this won’t be the right choice.
There’s not much choice when it comes to the dimensions of the boards either. Although there’s a good range of depths, you can only choose between 6 and 7-inch widths. If you long for the luxurious effect of a 9 or 10-inch board, you’ll be out of luck.
And there are limited lengths available too. Most designs come in either 36-inch or 48-inch planks.
One other area it’s worth being aware of is sustainability. The production of vinyl flooring can have a significant environmental impact. Some retailers refuse to stock it at all on this basis. Other companies provide lots of information on how the environmental impact is managed.
But that’s not the case with the Tranquility range. We’ve been unable to find any information from Lumber Liquidators about the sustainability of their products.
If you’re concerned about the environmental impact of your flooring, there are, in any case, better options than vinyl planks. Vinyl is made from petroleum, a non-renewable substance, and it isn’t recyclable at the end of its life. So both manufacture and disposal have serious environmental impacts.
So to sum up…
Tranquility flooring is a great choice for a good-looking and economical floor. You’ll be hard pressed to find anything less expensive, but it doesn’t look cheap. And you’ll have a range of choices when it comes to both the approach to installation and the depth of the planks.
There’s not the biggest range of designs, colors or dimensions, though. And it’s not the right choice if you’re trying to minimize your environmental impact. If you want to help save the planet, consider reclaimed wood, bamboo or cork flooring instead.
But choose Tranquility and you’ll have a good quality product at an excellent price. And it’s easy to install too.
Happy shopping, and whichever option we choose, we hope you love your new floor!