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herman2manny June 20, 2013 09:45 PM

Congoleum Airstep Evolution vs. Airstep Basix
Okay, I know the Evolution is thicker than the Basix. The Basix only has a 10 year warranty, but I found a pattern that I LOVE in this. Is it really that much inferior to the Evolution? If it is, I don't want to have to replace my busy, busy kitchen floor in 5 years--can't afford it.

I decided against the Armstrong Alterna as luckily my flooring saleslady is completely honest. She just got the Alterna four months ago, has not pets and is an older lady. She just down on the floor and check and told me her grout was cracking near her patio door (and this is only after four months! and not a busy kitchen). So, she told me she just wanted to be honest with me. (Just something for everyone to keep in mind).

So, I am just wondering if all your floor pros out there think the Basix is a thin product that won't hold up very well. The have a stunning basic tile pattern that I love. But, I'm also thinking of going with one of their Ultima products if that will truly be stronger. (I will be sad, though, if my Basix pattern is too thin).

Any opinions out there. This is a busy kitchen with pets and grandkids over all the time. Thank you so much!!!

kylenelson June 20, 2013 09:52 PM

I have installed a lot of both. The Evolution is a MUCH better product and is (in my opinion) one of the better residential vinyls out there.

herman2manny June 21, 2013 06:05 AM

Well, darn. I guess I will forget about the Evolution Basix then. My husband did say it felt pretty thin. What about the Ultima then? It seems very sturdy. I know it's not as much of a realistic look, but honestly, I'm just looking for something that will hold up for a while. Please tell me the Ultima is a great product. Thanks guys, so much! Your expertise has just been invaluable to me!!

kylenelson June 21, 2013 06:57 AM

Ultima is also a very nice product. The one thing I like about Evolution over ultima is that you won't ever have problems with edges wanting to curl up or seams wanting to peak over time because of the difference in the backing. Ultima is an older line, but very time tested and has been proven to be a great performer.

Isabella Flooring June 23, 2013 08:24 PM

You are comparing an entry level vinyl to an upper end piece of vinyl...Congoleum basix is a roll program for a retailer..It is also used in a lot of new home builder.

What's gonna where out faster, I feel both products would ugly out before the wear out..

herman2manny June 23, 2013 09:14 PM

Okay, can you please explain by what you mean by "ugly out". Do you mean they will go out of style or get dinged up, etc.?

Jim McClain June 24, 2013 12:36 AM

Show the traffic, become dull, etc. The wear layers are prob'ly tough enough to last many years and you won't find any legitimate warranty issues (the manufacturers are sure of that before they put a year number on the warranty), but it just won't be the pretty floor in your eyes that you started out with. Most people change floors long before they wear out because they tire of the look.

In other words, pick the floor you like the looks of the best. Don't think about which one is a better quality because you won't wear it out anyway. That's not the case with just any ol' flooring, but Brad may think that's the case between these 2 floors.

I'm not speaking for him, but that's usually what is meant by that phrase.


herman2manny June 24, 2013 08:42 AM

Thanks Jim. That is very helpful. That's what I will do then!

kylenelson June 24, 2013 08:58 AM

Yeah, with most vinyl in a residential setting you will never "wear" it out. That being said, the evolution is much tougher and more resistant to scuffs/tears.

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