If you follow our site, you know Lumber Liquidators is a great place to pick up flooring if you need something affordable. While the company has been responsible for a half-dozen store brands over the years, this time around, we are going to focus on their luxury vinyl flooring. That means it’s time for a Tranquility vinyl plank review as we’re going to break down their collections and tell you what to expect from this popular store brand.
Tranquility Vinyl Flooring Review
There’s no official site for this brand as it’s sold directly through Lumber Liquidators. The only way you can see what styles they have available is through the company’s official website, and you’ll have to dig even deeper for some of the critical technical specifications.
At this time, there are currently three types of Tranquility luxury vinyl flooring available through the store. Tranquility appears to be their base or standard lineup, and Tranquility XD would be the next step up. Their Tranquility Ultra lineup is considered their premium product, so there is a tier and price point for everyone. With that in mind, their overall catalog of flooring from this brand is small, with only 25 styles available across all three lines.
The company’s main product line is also their cheapest, and there are nine styles available if you are interested in their basic lineup. They range from Malted Oak with a weathered look to dark brown Knotty Oak and Mojave Hickory, which has plenty of character. The thickness of each plank varies as much as the color or species considering there are boards that are 1.5mm to 3mm thick.
All the boards from this collection are rated as “waterproof,” not water-resistant, and are protected by a top coat. Some listings say that protective top coating is urethane while others are vague, and how much coating you get depends on the overall thickness of the board. The 1.5mm planks only had a 6mil wear layer while the 3mm board have double the protection with a 12mil wear layer.
While Lumber Liquidators doesn’t make it evident how their collections differ from one another, it’s obvious with Tranquility XD. These vinyl planks are thicker across the board, considering every style is 4mm thick. The wear layer is still 6mil, however, but the flooring is easier to install as they can be glued down or click-locked into place.
Boards from this collection feature a light texturing technique and come with a limited 20-year warranty for residential use. They are a little wider than your average boards at 7,” and there are eight styles of wood-look luxury vinyl planks available. That includes boards that replicate domestic species like Chestnut along with exotic woods like Koa or Brazilian Cherry.
Last, but certainly not least, is Lumber Liquidators premium vinyl flooring collection dubbed Tranquility ULTRA. The selection from this collection is still small, so there are only eight styles, although they vary wildly from Golden Teak to boards that resemble rustic reclaimed Oak flooring. The price points are slightly higher at this tier, but there’s a good reason for that.
Tranquility ULTRA vinyl plank flooring is 5mm thick with a 22mil wear layer. That can make a huge impact on durability, and these boards are backed by a lifetime warranty. You won’t have to worry about glue with these boards, but will need to be wary of radiant heating and area rugs. This collection is GreenGuard certified like the rest of the Tranquility flooring lineup.
When compared to CoreLux, SmartCore, and other budget-friendly brands, Tranquility doesn’t provide nearly as many sizes. Given that they don’t make any tile, you won’t find anything square, and their planks are all classified as being wide or extra wide. In this case, that means either 6” or 7” wide, so you aren’t going to mistake them for 10” boards from Karndean’s LooseLay Longboard collection. Lengths for their planks generally come in at 36” or 48” while the thickness varies from 1.5mm to 5mm.
The Green Factor
We know Lumber Liquidators Tranquility luxury vinyl flooring is GreenGuard certified, but that’s about all we know. We didn’t see FloorScore certification on any of these lines, and there was no mention of sustainability regarding how the company handles its vinyl products.
That’s not uncommon for store brands, as details can be vague or nonexistent in certain areas. It may still be a cause for concern, however, given the company’s track record, which recently resulted in a $36 million dollar lawsuit over false CARB claims in California. As that situation has been rectified, the chances of it happening again are small, but it’s something to keep in mind nonetheless.
Tranquility Vinyl Plank Cost & Availability
We aren’t going to spend much time here considering there’s only one place you can find Tranquility luxury vinyl flooring – Lumber Liquidators. The company sells its products online and locally at locations throughout the United States, so availability will not be an issue with Tranquility. If your budget is tight, that shouldn’t be a problem either, as you can see from their price in our table below…
North Perry Pine
Peel and Stick
$0.78 sq. ft.
Rail Tie Oak
$1.89 sq. ft.
$2.45 sq. ft.
Sun Valley Pine
Click-lock or Glue
$1.69 sq. ft.
Stormy Grey Oak
Click-lock or Glue
$2.42 sq. ft.
$1.43 sq. ft.
Tranquility Vinyl Plank Pros, Cons and Ratings
There are budget-friendly brands, and there are brands that offer budget-friendly products throughout their collections. Tranquility is the former, not the latter, so their flooring is in the medium to low-end class in terms of quality. That doesn’t mean you should rule them out; you just need to pay close attention to the warranty conditions and make sure you prep and install these planks perfectly.
Some of the cheapest luxury vinyl flooring on the market today. You’ll get a solid warranty with the Tranquility ULTRA line, and the DIY crowd will appreciate the click-lock edges.
They don’t carry any form of luxury vinyl tile and have a limited selection of styles, texturing, and colors compared to other brands.
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Q: What type of certification does Tranquility flooring carry in regards to indoor air quality?
A: Tranquility luxury vinyl flooring is certified by GreenGuard for low emissions.
Q: Where is Tranquility vinyl flooring manufactured?
A: It could vary by collection, but most of their lines are produced in China.
Q: What type of underlayment do I need for Tranquility’s peel and stick vinyl flooring?
A: This type of flooring can stick to a wide variety of surfaces, including tile, wood, and concrete. Prep varies depending on the surface, but you don’t use any type of traditional underlayment with peel and stick flooring. If your floor is uneven, leveling compound or thin sheets of luan may be required.
Q: Can I use a radiant flooring system with Tranquility vinyl?
A: Yes. It is safe to use radiant flooring with Tranquility XD, Ultra, and the regular line, but you need to check with the radiant heating system manufacturer to ensure everything falls within the proper guidelines and specifications.
Q: Does Tranquility vinyl flooring contain phthalates?
A: No, Tranquility flooring sold by Lumber Liquidators is free of phthalates.
Q: Can Tranquility peel and stick flooring be installed in basements?
A: Yes. As long as the subfloor is sound and moisture are not an issue, you won’t have any problems installing their peel and stick planks in your basement.
Q: What is the average waste percentage expected with Tranquility vinyl?
A: You can expect around 5% waste from any of the Tranquility vinyl lines.
Q: Do I need to use underlayment with Tranquility luxury vinyl planks?
A: It’s not required with this brand of flooring, but recommended if your subfloor isn’t perfectly even or you want extra padding underfoot. A high-quality underlayment can also help reduce noise from vinyl flooring.