Reversing Adura Max Flooring Install

Discussion in 'Vinyl Flooring Q&A' started by Relaxabit, Aug 14, 2017.

  1. Relaxabit

    Relaxabit New Member

    Hello,

    I am close to ordering Mannington Adura Max to install in our main living area and kitchen. As I was figuring out the layout I noticed there were several areas where the direction of the planks would need to be reversed. Around a wall and back into a pantry for example.

    I contacted Mannington and asked if their planks could be click-locked in either direction or was there another way to reverse direction. Their response was that their system only locks in one direction and that I would need a t-molding?

    I'm sure there is another way as there are many installs that are faced with reversing the direction and using a t-molding would look em really bad.

    Anyone have experience with this? I would really appreciate some advice. If you need any info or clarification, let me know.
     
  2. Jim McClain

    Jim McClain Owner/Founder Administrator

    If you were using a hardwood or some laminate products, you could use a spline (aka slip tongue) to reverse the direction. I don't believe you can do that with Adura. You will have to rely on careful measuring, layout and proper installation techniques, which many pros spend years perfecting. Or, maybe hire a pro to do the job.
     
  3. Commercial Floor Rep

    Commercial Floor Rep I Support TFP Published

    I don't know of any click lock product that can be "reversed" like that. Hardwoods can be, but locking systems only generally work in one direction.
     
  4. Relaxabit

    Relaxabit New Member

    It's been conformed that Adura Max planks cannot be reversed in the click-lock fasion but I was pretty sure there is a work-around. Even if I laid the planks in the most install-friendly direction, there would be a places that the planks need to reverse.
     
  5. Chris Mha

    Chris Mha Charter Member Senior Member

    They can be worked backwards but they are a pain in the butt to lock together. There are certain situations on numerous installations when this arises.
     
  6. Don Monfils

    Don Monfils PRO CARPET Charter Member

    Core-Tec can be installed in the reverse direction .
     
  7. Roland Thompson

    Roland Thompson Charter Member Senior Member

    If you can locate an installer that has a Kool Guide Iron you can use it to reverse the floor and then go the other way. Done this many of times, works great.
     
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  8. kylenelson

    kylenelson You'll find me on the floor I Support TFP Senior Member

    Roland's tip is perfect.
     
  9. Chris Mha

    Chris Mha Charter Member Senior Member

    Really? Never thought about the Kook Glide. Which tape?
     
  10. Commercial Floor Rep

    Commercial Floor Rep I Support TFP Published

    I looked it up and they make a tape called "Utility Tape" that can be used for this as well as several other nifty little tricks. Thanks again Roland!
     
  11. Relaxabit

    Relaxabit New Member

    Thanks to all for the suggestions! While I was awaiting response on this forum I reached out again to Mannington, and pushed a bit harder for a solution. I did hear back from their installation specialist and he said the Adura Max could in fact be installed backwards, albiet with some difficulty.

    So I'll give that a try and see how difficult it really is. If it's too much than the idea of using a Kool Glide sounds promising, but since I will be doing the installation myself buying one isn't reasonable. Renting probably not an option, especially here on Maui.

    But I have hope I can get this project done the way I wanted!

    Many Thanks
     
  12. Mike Antonetti

    Mike Antonetti I Support TFP Senior Member

    I think some confusion is in the terminology, reverse, backward,etc.

    Keeping the product in same direction and working backward, verse turning the designed locking mechanism around, altering and/or removing locking joints opposite, or 180 degrees(my wife said 190 degrees one time, had to correct her, instantly I might add, I jump all over that, she gets mad but, unimportant).

    There's a few type of joints, some easier than others, angle lock, void- that's all I got, floating annoys me, end.
     
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