I have dogs that like to mark all over. I am considering the same! Other brand reviews by Floor Critics: Achim, Amtico, Baroque, Beaulieu, Cali Vinyl Pro, Congoleum, Coreluxe, Duralux, Duraclic, EarthWerks, Eternity, Fusion Hybrid, Global Gem, GreenTouch WPC, Hallmark Courtier, HSC Woodland Creek, Lifeproof, NovaCore, Nuvelle WPC, Reward, Rigid Core, SFI Luxury Vinyl, Smartcore Ultra, Sono by InHaus, Stainmaster, Moduleo, MultiCore, NuCore, Tesoro, Shaw Floorte, Flooret Modin, Forbo Allura. I clean with Bona, no harsh chemical cleaner but I would like to try to use a product with some shine and maybe that would be easier to clean the rough surfaces. We installed NuCore flooring throughout most of our 3400 sqr ft home that was completed about a year ago (the only rooms that don’t have the NuCore are the bathrooms and laundry/mud room, which have tile). The cork on the underside gets pretty wet. Most places i read say no less than 20mil. The good is it’s durable, extremely durable and very pretty. My 2nd choice was Mannington Adura Max, but I see negative reviews and it $4.59 sq ft. I am having the present hardwood removed. I wonder why no one has raised a fuss about off gassing from vinyl plank. I just won’t be able to match so they will have to be removed. If you have a wall of windows or a ceiling of skylights, reconsider buying vinyl. In a kitchen it will do just fine. Decide on your must-have features before heading to the store. We installed Moduleo Embellish in our home in January and are having it replaced with a different product already. Remember to ask for samples and bring them home, so you will know how the flooring looks with your lighting and color scheme. I’ve read some terrible reviews about scratching. Downfalls, benefits? We feel some of the personal touch is lost at big box stores vs. local flooring stores. I am looking at LifeProof flooring from Home Depot and noticed the core is made from PVC, will this emit the VOC’s you mentioned in your article? The sample I have feels rubbery. I’m happy and think it will make house sellable. While they don’t have traditional collections, there are plenty of styles to choose from, and those flagship features are found on all their LVP and LVT products. Manufacturing quality? Always check labels before applying cleaner or polish to your floors. PRYZM is Armstrong’s newest line of vinyl planks. 30 mil wear layer. It checks every box on what you need in an EVP product at $3/sq. First-time buyers won’t appreciate the durability or cost-savings. PAT. It looks like sidewalk cement! We have two dogs and want something highly scratch resistant. There are so many choices for selecting vinyl plank flooring! I know the ways to be gentle on a floor and I was looking forward to this one being a little more durable but everything creates a gouge. I’d get one end in and then the other would come out. Installation by a local company. I love it I push furniture all around the floor when sweeping. It’s supposed to have a lifetime warranty and we have had nothing but trouble with this floor. Hope this helps! Luxury vinyl planks generally require glue down installation and need a level subfloor prior to installation. NuCore is a waterproof product that can be used over your existing flooring, and it’s easy to install. Carpet One has a product made by Diamond Living, we can’t find anything on this flooring, but have a sample Excaliber which is lovely. For temperatures below that you need to use glue to install. These are floors that stand up to dropped pots, spilled food, and other abuse. Stay away from box/chain stores! from your flooring purchase, Most flooring issues are not due to the product itself rather the installation, floor preparation, and installation in an environment not suitable for the floor, If buying online (we do not recommend), thoroughly due your diligence on the retailer (, There is a lot of fine print in warranties that often makes it difficult to get a claim approved, Most warranties are non-transferable when a home is sold (most people tend to move every seven to ten years), Warranties do not mean the manufacturer will replace your floor whenever there is an issue. Also, the company I am using for the install told me the brand is Advantage and I cannot find anything online about the flooring brand. They’ve never paid for an extensive renovation or cried as their children skateboarded through the living-room. We have no South facing windows and now worries of sections getting too warm. The former is an ideal all-around solution for your home and consists of 11 different collections from COREtec One to the aptly named COREtec Plus XL Enhanced. They are stylish, modern and perfect for the everyday home. 6mm thick Softer on the feet than tile, easy to wipe clean, quieter than the ceramic tile that was there. Anyone know of this one or can offer any input? Know the product you are buying, i.e. The Galaxy series is the only one that’s different at 30 years residential and 7 years light commercial. She said that is true for ANY vinyl product. Can a DIYer do it? Any information or suggestions about either type would be appreciated. You can feel the raises where the installers put material of some sort to make the two areas come together in a slow rise build up of their material. Most planks are embossed, giving them a textured, more realistic feel. It will scratch. Good. Salesman will sell you anything! Responsible manufacturers have programs in place to keep consumers safe. We have installed over 40,000 sq ft. of Coretec One and have never had a complaint. On their website they only give the wear thickness in mms (instead of mils) and doing the conversion it seems like it must be 12 mils. I like the natural look and color. I’m having second thoughts because of reviews I’ve read on line of this type of floor scratching easily. It is labeled FloorScore as well as Green4Life. We can certainly help you make sense of all the options available in the market. Thanks for the heads up about the Coretec. The Floor Critics’ experts have reviewed nearly 50 brands and have experience working with many more. We are purchasing a new build from Calatlantic Homes and the only LVP flooring they offer is Shaw or Provenza. I can’t seem to find any information about it. I’ve been looking into luxury vinyl for a while and I found this blog post on the different types of Shaw’s Floorte Pro Series 3, 5, 6, & 7. Did you go with this product? I’m getting ready to put it in my home and I’m just not sure which brand to go with. I pulled up the planks by the back door, and kept going. on the samples to see which ones hold up to our everyday needs. I spoke at length to a guy with 1 big active, indoor, dog who had the same flooring for 3 years and was happy with its “dog” performance, and was having it installed in a second house. It kills flies? Anyone seen or used these before? Recent reviews are overwhelmingly positive. I have the Largo Caplone and love it. If you opt to hire a pro, ask them to provide you with a custom estimate, proof of insurance, and referrals from past jobs. We are also looking at these two brands which one did you decide to go with? After reading the cons, especially the one about VOC releasing dangerous emissions into the air, I am now afraid to go through with this install. It is not carried at all carpet/tile etc. Jun 6, 2016 - NuCore is a luxury vinyl flooring that looks like hardwood but is waterproof and can be installed over many existing floors. The DuraLux Performance series luxury vinyl planks are 2mm thicker overall and have twice the wear layer. Work from three or four boxes to maximize the variations and shading. How about the difference between SPC & WPC? If it’s not normal, what is the process to leveling the floor enough to keep it from deflecting? Vinyl plank flooring is actually one of the lowest maintenance flooring types you can install in your home. If you have extra material, keep it. And I ruined many of them by repeated attempts. Characterizing it as the next generation of LVP flooring, they claim it’s 100% dent-proof, waterproof, kid-proof, and pet-proof. We have not taken a look at Impressions Summit yet. Whether you’re looking to replicate rich earthy mahogany, silvered barn wood, or even natural stone, you’re sure to find the perfect shade. Don’t forget to ask for references or photos of their past jobs. The short answer is no. What brands do you recommend for the pre attached foam underlayment? If the company is offering less, ask them why. Our network of partners has access to almost any floor on the market. This will allow narrow you to narrow down the list of options. For a deeper vinyl plank cleaning, a damp mop and mild cleaner will suffice. We just installed all over our house except bedrooms and bathrooms. Any info would be appreciated! This takes the LVP SPC core and adds it as the core for their new engineered product. Thanks for the information. We did the glue down version as I didn’t want any chance of cupping or curling, plus our primary reason for choosing lvp was because of our dachshund who is a notorious indoor piddler. Have you experienced any sound problem or feeling while walking on a floating floor? We are considering Neptune Rigid Core LVT. It is 20mil. Yes. So far, so great! How do you think this flooring would work in a boat? Proximity Mills is sold exclusively through a network of premiere flooring retailers who have demonstrated a proven track record of professionalism and craftsmanship. Experiment with different lines and sizes. Expert & consumer reviews for the best vinyl plank, tile, and luxury vinyl plank floor options. SPC stands for Stone Plastic Composite. SmartCore and NuCore are far more affordable and priced in-line with each other. Lighter colors such as, If the floor is waterproof (vs. water resistant), Not being able to transfer the warranty to a new home buyer, Try to find flooring that is nail-down or that interlocks vs. glue down flooring which can emit VOCs, See how the color and design look in your home (experiment with different lighting and see what the floor looks like in the sun and at night). The texture has a very rough sanded, worn, look. It’s also intolerant of direct sunlight. I chose the “TOP” of line Shaw Floorte since homeowners insurance was paying for it! Stagger the joints at least 5 inches. The wear layer is sandwiched between the printed design and the urethane finish. I installed them 7 months ago just before Christmas. We’ll see how they respond. 90% of these products are also made in China. Thanks! Both have their ups and downs. We just bought Cortec Plus. I am concerned about how the stereo will sound with this flooring vs. the wall to wall carpet that is in the room now. The colors are various shades of pale gray with a hint of beige. The planks are 7″wide and 48″ long. We have two active Australian Shepherds who have ruined the finish on our engineered hardwood floors. Sure, they might send you a replacement piece but contrary to their statement that damaged pieces are “easily replaceable”, the interlocks do no allow replacement without pulling up half of the room or more. We are replacing our flooring in the kitchen. The Pergo was untouched, I could not get it to scratch! I looked at several of the brands listed here and all had really nice products, but some just didn’t have the overall texture/look (wood) I wanted. I had Costco come out and quote my floor. This is one area where NuCore falls behind SmartCore and COREtec. The Korlok line features large-format planks up to 9” wide. ◊ Determine your budget to help narrow down the vast options (remember with flooring, you get what you pay for) They were right around what Lumber Liquidators gave me as an estimate. Three different flooring companies that I got estimates from all told me that the cabinets and island should have been installed first then the tile. It is a glue down I believe. We have only had it in the space for 6 months so I can’t speak to it’s long term durability, but 6 months of commercial operations and no damage yet. Looking to put in MSI LVP. Are repairs easy? Gemcore by Reward warranteed at 0-140 degrees and We Ship Floors Kryptonite (more colors to be added April to May timeframe). We have over 2,000 trusted partners that we work with to help find you the best product at the best price. Our team can, These planks are waterproof, scratch resistant, and made in the USA. The Facebook reviews told us to expect and they did deny the claim. There are waterproof versions and others that are not. Deep breaths; we’re in the home stretch. With many modern looks, you can create a really decent finish for your home quite easily. We just did about 1200 sq ft this week in cameo white. Another product is Riverside Wisteria I am really concerned about the lack of review or information. I am trying to pick the best flooring to minimize scratches from my two golden retriever dogs. You’ll know it a day after your floor is installed – it settles down onto the surface of your subfloor and shows every lump, dip, and level change. I had my new Mohawk luxury vinyl planks professionally installed. You’ll want it for cuts and waste. We have dogs and were leaning towards lifeproof but just found the Harmonics brand at Costco and are now debating which one would be better. … I am planning to glue them down with Liquid Nails -Extreme Heavy duty construction adhesive. I to recently put in lvp and I think it’s over hyped. They prep the subfloor properly. Formaldehyde is considered a VOC (Volatile Organic Compound). The best part, this product needs no acclimation time, meaning you can install it the same day you buy it. Installation was put right over it though which was great. On the flip-side, vinyl is a budget-friendly home improvement option. It might cost more but, if something goes wrong, you’ll have proof you used the correct adhesive or what they advised. What a disaster. If you come into to bog box store one day and meet with a flooring expert and come back another day with more questions, you are likely going to be talking to a different person. However, it seems like the textured is gaining in popularity. With vinyl, thickness, and the wear layer are a great way to get an idea of durability, and SmartCore is a little better than most in the mid-range class. DuraLux waterproof vinyl plank flooring gives you the best of both form and function. Unlike many other waterproof floors, Firmfit has a limestone based core giving it unmatched dent resistance and stability to heat and sunlight. To Be SOLD in NAFTA/AUS/NZ Not only are these items special order, but they’re expensive to boot. We do not currently have research for AquaSense vinyl planks, but we’ll let you know when we have a review available. I have 10mm floating laminate floors and I don’t have an issue with noise. If you choose a timeless option and maintain your floors, this shouldn’t be a deal-breaker. I just had Metro floor installed over an existing floor. But, of course, when you save on price, you are usually sacrificing elsewhere. By the time you factor in your time, effort to remove the old floor, and extra equipment needed, there may not be any cost savings Wondering if quality has changed in recent years? Additionally, make sure the contractor is licensed and insured before signing the contract. There are generally four types of layers in a vinyl plank floor: Floor Critics’ Recommendation: The choice here depends are your project needs. There are always hairs everywhere, the occasional toileting accident, and not to mention dirty paw prints and claws that scratch in different places. We partner with independent, ISO-17025 accredited labs worldwide for efficient, unbiased testing. First focus getting answers to items that are in your control before going online and getting lost in the flooring jungle. This is a great way to test out the product for quality, appearance, etc. If wood, I would pull up all old tile and make sure the previous water leaks have not created problems. If so, please comment. Is there a coating that is scratch resistant? It is the most difficult flooring I have ever installed. Of course, when you have cats and dogs in your home, it can be hard to keep your flooring nice. It’s very thin and flimsy and has a very small click lip on it. What planks did you find that are beautiful? It does not wear well. And the AduraⓇMax line is no exception. My Flooret is amazing. I installed Trafficmaster Allure vinyl plank in my house and at the time it looked awesome. Thanks in advance. It’s a vacation home, and we don’t heat it if we are not there. I am researching as well and will pay attention this time. Just make sure you have felt pads on all furniture. Thank you! Vinyl flooring isn’t biodegradable. If you’re satisfied with the layout, go ahead and start locking the planks into place. The level of wear on a vinyl plank is measured in mil (one thousandth of an inch). No vinyl does not need to be walked on to stay in place. If you’re installing the vinyl, remember to include extra material for waste and replacement. ADURAⓇMax vinyl flooring features an aluminum oxide topcoat and a shock-absorbing, noise-reducing, padded backing. Do you know anything about it? I have used this in bathrooms where I did not want to deal with a ‘water resistant’ product. Seems odd but maybe these folks make the tile for Mohawk. We did 1060 square feet and with install it was about 5500 total. Is there an LVP that will stand up to dogs running & playing? It IS pretty but there are unattractive features as well. As much as I like color, white & grey, not pleased with the cleanability on those planks that are rough & look sanded. – Builddirect (learned about them from your 7 lessons publication) has a large array of offerings that are competitively priced. Wish I could attach photos here to show the defects. What’s your take on Sono flooring from Inhaus? 3. You might be tempted to ditch it, but don’t. I would highly recommend this floor. Consumer Reports' top-rated options in solid wood, engineered wood, laminate, porcelain tile, and vinyl flooring. If you or someone in your home has respiratory issues, vinyl flooring may not be the best option. The bottom has a layer of cork backing, which adds cushioning while keeping mildew at bay. Most LVP flooring is made from mixing and melting polyvinyl chloride resin (PVC), with pigments, calcium carbonate, plasticizers, fungicide, and UV stabilizers to create a solid plastic. Some locking products are constructed with a cork or acoustic foam underpad, however. It is a click product with a 20 mil wear layer. Best of luck to all. Bar code: BW0297723973 You can install Korlok using Karndean’s vertical click locking system. Shop around for the best rates ahead of time, so you’re not caught off-guard. While the quality and durability of vinyl planks keeps improving each year, there is still a stigma that the floors are inferior to hardwood or engineered floors. Just curious if you are happy with this product. I can not locate a company named “VINYL FLOORS” We’ve installed for many of our customers and never had any problem with it. How does a “protected stain resistant pet friendly flooring” get stained due to an accident by pet urine? Most customers believe a product warranty will cover all issues with their new flooring and they have nothing to worry about. Let’s start at the beginning: demolition. I will get the waterproof planks next time. My grandparents and I are also looking at flooring to go in our den. These planks are known as rigid core vinyl planks. Copyright © 2020 Flooringclarity.com All Rights Reserved. Has your company reviewed the Homecrest products, specifically LVP. It leaves “shadows” even after mopping. And, there are still gaps between the flooring and the concrete. Below is our vinyl plank flooring buying checklist. This is NOT a pet friendly flooring. Remember that this is the overall thickness of the plank, which is separate from the wear layer. There are so many styles, you can still be sure each room has its own theme/look. Take advantage of samples to see how it looks in your home and how it will feel under your feet. Be aware of these two measurements that are often confused with each other: The top layer is the known as the plank thickness. The top brands we have listed have been selected by our experts and include a mix of large and small companies who we trust. I would love to find out what you learned – I have two very active aussie/border collies as well that have scratched the bamboo floors. Hope this helps. I use a swiffer mop to sweep it. It probably won’t work, but you never know. I need 825 Sq ft I’m looking for something with grey in it . Has anyone had any experience with Metroflor Engage Genesis 200xl vinyl planks? Anything with weight dropped on the flooring will dent it. Ensure the manufacturer stands by their product (through a warranty, has been in business for a while, etc.) Before we get into our breakdown, we’re going to take a brief look at each company and their collections. Floor And Decor ranks 25 of 211 in Flooring and Tiling category. Is your flooring safe? We have 10 grandkids, our son brings his big dog over often, we have some very heavy furniture on it- no dents. I assume he kept their toenails trimmed. It’s the pointy scratches from rocks tracked in on shoe soles you have to watch out for! I have been researching the SPC (stone plastic composite ) vs the WPC (wood plastic composite) rigid vinyl planks. Well, off to Google and low and behold they are attracted to the VOCs emitted from the Shaw Lazio Plus LVP. It says it comes with a 50 year gurantee. Great quality flooring. Explore. We liked what we saw but are also considering Shaw through Costco. If not, they should be able to provide you with a list of trusted installers. . I have contacted customer service about my cleanability issue. Lifeproof vs Nucore Vinyl flooring review for durability. has a soft acoustic pad and a lifetime warranty. It has a 20mil west layer and 6.5 mm thick. These vinyl planks are some of the most realistic wood visuals on the market. It won’t disintegrate, but it will fade. At FloorCritics.com, our expert team of flooring researches & writers work to provide thorough & editorially independent content for whatever your flooring need may be. The Floorte has an extra clear layer for protection but the Lifeproof has the virgin vinyl and isocore. So keep them coming! There are no narrow boards or anything over 7” wide unless you choose tile. My floor is even, level. I am building a new home. Our team can. Always consult the manufacturer’s instructions for your specific type of floor. Walking on Cortec Plus plank (we also put 15# felt over cement slab foundation) has a little “crunchy” or “tap” sound. We ordered ten boxes of the flooring, it came pretty fast, decent packaging, etc. Mohawk even includes a warranty, especially for pet owners. I would go with cork..much more durable, more support. this stuff is awful and Floor and Decor does not care. Have you heard of a company called Oceanside waterproof flooring? We are looking at installing Wanke Cascade EVP in our house. 1o month later I found white stuff leaking thru seams in the planks near my water heater. Floor And Decor was first mentioned on PissedConsumer on Aug 04, 2016 and since then this brand received 131 reviews.. I’ve heard Karndean has a great reputation. Make sure each company visits your home and sees the layout. Wood floors do move a lot, also, but obviously our nail-down or stable down floor is not going to move a lot but they do move in the joints will “open and close. COREtec’s warranty policy is tiered, so it depends on the collection and line you choose to a degree. The pre-attached natural cork pad backing offers superb noise resistance attributes versus traditional laminates or locking rigid vinyl planks without an attached pad. We were looking at using Sierra Flooring – Iron Frost, 8.5mm with 12mil from a local flooring supplier (which is also where we bought our carpet a year and a half ago). The cork layer should help to deaden the room. Our team is here to help you. Their boards and tiles are between 6mm to 7.5mm depending on the collection. Everything we find on Adura Max says it is rated at 20 mils but we can’t find that information for the APEX. I picked up a sample from a floor store, but you can’t find a manufacturer website or anything online about the brand. Thanks! As a mom of four, a waterproof floor in the kitchen is very important to me. If you’re on your feet cooking and cleaning for extended periods, you’ll appreciate the softness, especially if you usually suffer from leg and back pain. If one was being difficult I just skipped it and used another piece. I emailed the company to ask the wear thickness and was told it has a surface wear layer of 20 ml. Look at any wood flooring job, and you will see baseshoe. Mohawk SolidTech sells for approximately $3.00 per square foot. Has anyone used an eagle creek product? I am having Mohawk installed right now over existing tile and hardwood as well as the subfloor. Great Floor!!!! Wood-look vinyl flooring is more realistic than ever before, but with an influx of products, finding the right choice can be difficult. Thanks, Harmony is FloorScore® certified for indoor air emissions. Has anybody purchased Republic floors LVP? Everyone tells us it is a better product but we are unable to find any information on the wear level of the APEX. I brought home samples and laid at my front door and it scratches horribly. Your email address will not be published. Would we be better off with a light or darker color to minimize surface scratches? If so, are you happy with it? 5. It has been two weeks since he was here and we have heard absolutely nothing. Mon to Fri: 9am - 5pm Central. We are snowbirds so the home is left closed over the summer. Yes, it is widely used but people looking to do upgrades to get more return on their investment generally do not go for this. One of the advantages of vinyl plank flooring over other types of flooring is their color stability over time. He is very high on Tarkett LVT Plank glue down flooring. We’ll take a look at their offering & post a write-up on FloorCritics soon. Thanks. You may need to rent a dumpster or pay a disposal fee. For your vinyl plank flooring project, you may opt for a DIY route or hire a professional installer. ◊ Look for a wear layer of 12 mil or greater (purchase the highest wear layer you can afford) Check it out here: https://www.reallycheapfloors.com/blog/shaw-resilient-gallery-floorte-pro-series/. A local flooring retailer may also be able to include your installation costs into the price of your flooring. Walk on the floor with heels – does the floor easily dent? I never had any fading issues with this brand of flooring exposed to direct sunlight, and cleaning was easy, vacuum, wipe with a damp mop! Appreciate this as I was looking into Coretec Plus and have a large dog. You have to sweep or vacuum your floor DAILY to keep your house from looking like a ghetto. We chose it partly because we love the look and partly because we have a dog.. Lifetime residential warranty, thick 8mm planks, low VOC, high quality underlayment + foam core, very scratch & wear resistant, comfortable to walk on, 100% waterproof, easy click-lock system. Any reviews for Floor and Decor Nucore vinyl plank flooring? It’s called SolidTech, and it is set to become a major hit for this well-known company. Has it held up well thus far? If you’re tearing out carpet or removing tile, it has to go somewhere. I suppose the only draw back is that it feels like plastic underfoot, which shouldn’t be surprising since the floors I chose are 100% plastic. The majority of Nucore floors are wood look with just a small selection of stone look tiles. Vinyl flooring stays at room temperature. Or choose door number two: hire a pro and let them handle it. She has no problem now! There are several ways to do so. I can see where replacement would be a labor nightmare cutting them away from the cabinets and island. If a small portion of the vinyl is damaged, it’s an easy fix. They play morning and night and it has never scratched. Most of the NuCore luxury vinyl collection consists of wood look boards that feature finishing options ranging from high gloss to hand-scraped. Remember, you get what you pay for. Thinking of using Nuvelle also. FloorCritics.com is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.com. Like LifeProof, NuCore is soft underfoot and easy to install. I live in SWFL and just had floating LVP installed in the MBR and LR and glue down LVP installed in the guest BR. Aquaguard vs Nucore or Coretec Plus. These products install over almost all existing floors, making them flexible and affordable flooring choices. The family room houses my hi end stereo system. Backing layer: The backing or bottom may include corking or other soundproofing material. Did you end up installing the Pergo Extreme? Try to shop during holiday sales and year-end clearances. How does vinyl plank look and feel vs. hardwood vs. bamboo? ebs030342. Can you provide a review of Mannington’s recently Adura Max APEX vs. Adura Max? I would not buy the largo mix plus. “Luxury” is a word with no meaning for lvp? Our local store we purchased from opened a claim with Mohawk due to defective material. Always check with your manufacturer for exact requirements as each brand is different. Does anyone how this flooring holds up? I have just experienced the effects from a Shaw Lazio plus vinyl plank install in a strata which approved the install of this material in a lower unit. But when considering the price difference (10K vs 35K) for 1400 sq ft and how beautiful the plank is, we were willing to give it a go throughout the house. Normally a peel and stick should not need adhesive.. Really like the way it looks but there is so little information on it. It can be left submerged in water for a long time and when it dries out it has not been damaged by the water. That said, there are a few areas that have taken abuse in with a ding here and there. Did you go thru with Tesoro Luxwood for your home? I put in the XL No scratches or dents. Warranties are an important part of purchasing any style of flooring, and they are a mixed bag with these three brands. It is always better to at least have an idea of what to ask and look for. We really appreciate the comments we receive on flooring types and brands we write about. I’ve never had an issue with their Modin Rigid line and their customer service is incredibly responsive. Anyone familiar with either Targett or the type of flooring I just listed? Always ask this question of “What would it cost (excluding the new product and it’s installation etc — that’s a separate question) to tear out what you just put down that I now don’t like so it is ready to put down another choice?” I have had that cost be almost the same or even higher than the original cost.. I just ordered some, and you couldn’t find anything online. I did my first floor and now considering the 2nd floor. In fact, looks great. They are more durable with a longer warranty and the best option for high-traffic areas in your home. There aren’t any warning signs flashing over the inferior products or arrows guiding you toward quality materials. Continue reading below so you decide whether vinyl plank flooring is right for you. I had the same problem with shaw vinyl planks. The simple math: Don’t just take price into account when making your flooring decision. The Nucore is quite cheap ($1.79/sf - $2.29/sf from some on-line sources) for a vinyl plank with cork backing. Nucor is a leading North American producer of merchant bar & rebar, engineered bar, structural steel, carbon steel plate, and sheet steel products and technologies thanks to … Here is why: We too are looking at the LVT from Mannington. Why not? First concern: I paid to have Floating Luxury Vinyl planks installed in my basement. Reviews for this product and the COREtec brand are overwhelmingly positive. Have any reviews of Primco Estates Latitude vinyl plank been done? Anyone know anything about this product? Let us know if you would like a free quote. Hours Available. While that has never affected any of our wood furniture, or our carpet/tile/travertine floors, I haven’t been able to find any reviews about the durability or downfalls this type of product might have, or if it would affect the warranty. HAs anyone heard of the brand Earth Werks for LVT & LVP? The photo above shows NuCore on our landing and then a stair nose at the edge. If all else fails, solicit suggestions from your social media friends. We are looking at the Engage Genesis 2000xL. Made me wonder. They carry the same series or collection names aside from COREtec Pro Galaxy. Where did you get your engineered floors from? I even took an extra piece and tried to scuff or scratch it and it took a lot of effort. What other brands does everyone recommend looking into before making a purchase? It is level, however there are nail “humps” in many places…the floor is 40 years old. Whether you choose the Core, Ultra, or Pro collection, there is a little something for everyone with SmartCore flooring. I’ll check back in if we’re able to check that one off the list! My wife and I recently had vinyl planks installed throughout our home and it looks fantastic! Most vinyl planks come pre-fitted with click & lock installation: locking mechanisms that click into place like a jigsaw puzzle. So, I’m imagining the snap together does the same thing, just not as noticeable. I’m getting 2 different answers from 2 diff sales people. The Michael Raskin USA collection features the colors and styles you only see in the movies. I love this flooring from the sample,but am concerned that I can’t find any reviews on it. ft. and is based on the effort required to remove the old flooring, Keep all documents, receipts, installer contact info, etc. If seams are the issue, use a hand-roller and apply even pressure. Wear-layers should be covered for at least 10 years. It will cost a bit extra, but it beats watching your brand new floors lift and shift. It took almost 2 months to get a manufacturer rep out to our house after filing a claim and then they denied it and said it was improper installation – they stated that our quarter round was too tight and not allowing it to move. If there is a wood knot or rift displayed in your LVP’s image layer (under your wear layer and finish), their manufacturing process will create a raised realistic texture over every piece of lvp. Vollara is one company. Second concern: By reading the information on this site I am now worried if i have cheap toxic vinyl planks. Any recommendations? Does anyone have reviews they can provide with regard to this issue? Now I don’t know WHAT to think because I need flooring also, and was going to go with either Lifeproof or the Harmonics brand selling at Costco. The planks are made with a rigid-core construction and feature layers that absorb noise and shock. We purchased Mohawk SolidTech vinyl plank flooring for over 75% of our home’s square footage. The sales girl said that if the temperature in the home gets below 60 degrees it voids the warranty! It depends on the click and lock design. The sky’s the limit when it comes to designing with vinyl. Some companies have managed to balance quality and safety without compromising durability. I also haven’t been able to find a blog/vlog review with photos for Floorte where I found a very nice blog post for Lifeproof. There are widespread reports of health issues that trace back to vinyl flooring. If your subfloor is questionable, consider hiring a pro to prepare it for you. They are the clear winner from a style standpoint, as you can find a shade or species to suit your needs. Back then, I don’t think the quality was quite as good as now. Welcome to the world of Jones Knows! Another post stated there is pet-proof warranty on Coretech? bedroom. In addition to statistics, you’ll find in-depth explanations and brand-specific databases. Must of swatted 25 of these flies on my south facing screens. Any thoughts. Our contractor has shown us (and we are looking to go with) Natures Choice WPC / LVP flooring. Horror stories abound; tales of flooring that starts to bow and turns into mountains. Read the highlights and most important parts of this article. Beware! We are building and this is one that our flooring person recommended without going to top of the line LVP. This is an enforced layer added to the top of the plank to make it more durable and scratch-resistant. The Franklin History color is a mistake too – every little piece of dirt and lint shows up like a neon sign. Then I stopped into Lowes and saw a small sample of the Cali Vinyl Pro and may reconsider. Kardeen has a very nice product! Also, remember that you need to consider costs related to preparing the space before the floor is laid. We have a review covering Eternity’s Luxury WPC flooring coming soon. The project was delayed, as construction often is, and we finally installed March 2018. We used in on a commercial office building, above a raised access floor, as a replacement to the originally selected LVT. Coretec now makes one with beveled edges and I would think they would look even more like hardwood. But beware of bargain brands. I’m looking to replace carpet with LVP and I have a Great Dane and a Lab. Forget it – many of the pieces have broken interlock tabs causing you to have to use it for an end piece – IF you catch it before you install it. The contractor/installer claims they did it properly. Australian Shepherds are beautiful dogs and it sucks that your engineered floors couldn’t handle happy animals. We have 4 children, a dog and 2 cats. I can’t stand having the floor make a clunking sound when walking on it. Has anyone installed Republic Flooring LVP SPT? Hey Mary – we just published Sarah’s Eternity Waterproof LVP here: https://floorcritics.com/eternity-vinyl-plank-review/. We have had a problem with moisture in the past, and they recommended this. NuCore flooring is one of the easiest types of flooring to keep clean. I am building a new house in a southern state and considering luxury vinyl wood look plank flooring by Tarkett . Deal with them at your own risk. Our team can put you in touch with a retailer if you would like to get samples or learn more. She was in dire need of a trim and used to carpet. The wear layer of the floor plank has a lifetime limited warranty. You will also find that both brands are 100% waterproof across their entire line . Floor and Decor refused to refund the cost of the second box we made the mistake of opening to check for quality. Now let’s talk about the product. From what I’ve seen, they make the best LVP. 2. Has anyone heard of or installed Provenza MaxCore Waterpoof LVP? Did you find out any information on them that you can share? Tammy Michaels of Sound Kitchen & Bath… states on her Saturday radio show “Inside Out” that her company just released [May 2019] a pet friendly scratch free floor that they have been working on for 10 yrs. Take a look at their Facebook page and look for the reviews of their product. Fret no more! Even concrete can trap mold as well. We have 3 dogs, one an English Bulldog, one French Bulldog and one American Bulldog and we have no scratches on the floor after over one month and any spills or accidents come right up and no worry about bubbling, etcetera. Color/Style: What color(s) are you most interested in? Stay away from Nucore. A standard (and thinner) locking product without the underpad will require a smooth level floor to go over. Limited longevity, my a**. After installing half of one bedroom, the installer called me to tell me the floor was defective and not “snapping together.” The locking ridges were literally disintegrating in his hands. Any thoughts? The Flooret in the new Raeburn design is fabulous as well as the 9″ X 72″ dimensions. There are certain guidelines that have to be followed for any floor. So, hold onto those utensils for dear life. I would recommend this floor for its durability, ease of cleaning, and it is truly beautiful. No I did not, the click mechanism is solid. It is also durable, easy to install, and easy to clean and maintain. If you have tile, I would *not* replace it for lvp. The pee had seeped in the cracks, to be added to by the general wet of ordinary kitchen life and momma dog’s drinking. If you’re installing over plywood sheeting, check for dips or soft spots. Can this type of floor be installed over an existing vinyl floor? Try as I might I feel like a fool now and I’m embarrassed versus my formerly being on cloud nine. Compare. Stay away from this flooring. I love it & my Dakota Walnut Plank looks amazing, just like the day it was installed. No, unless you caulk the perimeter of the room water will seep under it and grow mold. We also like the Konecto options but they are a little more difficult to source. However, fast judgements made before all investigation is done and using a forum for quick advice from folks that you have no idea about their credentials or who probably know less than you do— is risky business and a way to throw money out the door. I’m confused, I found a product I like, but then read some negative user comments and don’t know what to do. After approximately 4-6 weeks just as my flooring company and I figured Shaw tried to say it was the installation. three season porch I would just put in a high-quality commercial carpet or tile There is a lot of tile out there that looks like wood stone ext. The thing about lifeproof floors is the thickness compared to that of the shaw product. If you have any questions as you read (or have feedback for us), please don’t hesitate to. Linoleum.. Even though it may be Floorte, there are different levels! Has anyone use HSC Woodland Creek from Manards? This allows you to have a real wood look, at a fraction of the cost. NuCore is just as easy to install as most forms of luxury vinyl flooring. These floors feature a hearty 20 mil wear layer and a lifetime warranty. I know I know I don't look old enough to have sons old enough to be working with me, I can't believe it either! I need advice, please, as we have a rental and tiles were laid on floor boards in kitchen. Nothing voids a warranty quicker than improper installation. We suggest researching different brands (big and small). Not finding many reviews online. Any thoughts? Can you please advise/recommend if the Shaw or Mannington floors mentioned will not buckle. If you don’t scrape them off before installing it, they show up as pimples on the surface. This is totally false. Also, we have read that heat is an issue with LVP – that it will cause it to expand, making the planks buckle. It highlights a key diligence item that everyone should remember to follow before purchasing any type of flooring. Does anyone have information info about Tarkett, quality of flooring, customer warranty service, VOC emission and is product fully made in USA? I’m in a wheelchair so they want something that will last when I inherit the house. All are classified as floating floors with a locking edge, which makes installation a breeze. Article from rainonatinroof.com. There are about 30 places where it has developed gaps or separated. So we are looking for something that can handle the inside games of fetch. You’ll get a limited lifetime warranty for residential use, which covers the finish, structure, and water-resistance along with damage from pets. Good luck! Can’t find any reviews. Our floors need leveling. It is the top seller in Europe. I purchased 48 boxes of Nucore Glacier White for the renovation project at my house. We are looking at replacing our carpet in our house. Yes, vinyl plank flooring is a great option for those of you with pets. How has it held up? I still have not found anything I like yet. We will be doing our kitchen/dining area and back hall. This line goes on sale often. And, since it isn’t nailed down, you can use it on lower levels, such as basements. Armstrong sweetens the deal by adding a limited lifetime warranty and easy click-lock installation. First-time buyers won’t appreciate the durability or cost-savings. Sounds like the manufacturer doesn’t want to pay for a warranty claim. All three have solid reviews, although you’ll find a lot more feedback with NuCore and SmartCore due to where they are sold and their overall availability. It has a rustic, hand scraped texture that looks like wood. – Wear layer: generally >12 mils And a 3 year old messy boy. Budget: Know how much you can afford on a new floor. I’m wanting to have it installed in a portable building. I recently installed coreluxe vinyl plank flooring. Don’t forget to ask about safety certifications and warranty details. I would have done my whole house in it if it did not scratch so easily. Your floor will still fade, except now it will have spots. Most likely the locking mechanisms were damaged during installation. It surface scratched pretty easily. I had no intention of replacing the tile so thought it didn’t matter. COREtec flooring is a locking luxury vinyl flooring with a cork layer on the bottom of it. I frequently purchase LVP for clients and I use to favor a cork underlayment but recently learned that a cross-linked foam underlayment is vastly superior. I’m no Pro, just an avid DIY guy, but every bit of research I’ve done confirms you should NEVER secure a floating floor to the subfloor. This is not necessarily the case. If you are looking for a trusted local flooring pro. What Thickness Of Vinyl Plank Flooring Is Best? Refer to this and the rest of this guide as you look for flooring for your next project. This flooring scratches easily. The flooring looks awesome in the bedrooms/hallway/M&G bathrooms and I have had just the best compliments on the look and feel of the flooring. Very durable. Vinyl flooring can also be problematic when it comes to resale value, as they are not as highly valued as natural flooring options. Shopping for vinyl planks can be overwhelming. We have dropped butter knives in the kitchen and low and behold an indentation! I can’t sleep in my home due to my chemical sensitivities. This is a well written article, keep it up! Floating Luxury Vinyl Go for timeless, not trendy. Now comes the fun part: installation. What Is The Average Cost To Install Vinyl Plank Flooring? Vinyl flooring will not raise the value of your home (in most cases). It’s certified environmentally and allergy-friendly. UBERHAUS Vinyl Plank Flooring is NOT easy to install. I am looking for flooring for an unheated cabin so here is what I have found. A DENT! Even in winter, your floors will feel warm and cozy. Was having a hard time trying to find temperature guidelines. The LVT options include stone-look short planks that measure 11.9” x 23.6” along with traditional 12” x 24” tiles. How does this brand compare to those listed in the reviewed list? Everything from paint to urine it will remove. If your salesperson isn’t willing to answer your questions (or if they try to push you off to carpet), ask to speak with a manager or go to another store. Is it normal to have deflection on a concrete floor with this? I found a couple reviews, but they seemed to have been connected with getting something free from F & D — so I don’t know how valid they’d be. Floor Critics’ Recommendation: Look for a product with at least a 15 year warranty. It’s a major change from padded carpet. But my flooring company is coming in to replace it at their cost with another brand of flooring. 1. NuCore is another exclusive LVP. So, you can get the real wood look without the hassle. Specks look good and we will have it installed. They are prone to shifting – especially under rolling loads. I used that flooring in my lake home. The rubber tongue in groove did not slide into each other. Thanks, Sharon! I am also considering nucore and have not been able to find review anywhere. In doing my research, i read somewhere that vinyl has low VOC output compared to other materials. It’s currently on sale under $2 until August 9th so I have to act fast. Thank you. Shaw also has this “embossed in register” feature with their luxury vinyl floors that make any rifts or wood knots feel real. Installing a floor properly takes quite a bit of time and preparation that not everyone has. Installing vinyl in a home with lots of nooks and crannies is a chore. I have looked at so many floors I am confused but know that PVC was not good. Even though it looked and felt great, it was not waterproof (seems soak moisture and warp the plank) and it chipped easily if something fell on it. I’m looking at Eternity brand, Luxury Collection, WPC flooring. This pad is waterproof and is meant to create a sound deadener underneath so it is similarly quiet to step across. Is vinyl plank floor good if you have pets? ), the house could theoretically get to 110 inside in the summer. We are thinking about installing Coretec Plus XL-E in Appalacian Pine. Can’t find any reviews on Congoleum. The way they mishandled my issue, I will never buy anything from them and strongly encourage readers to avoid buying anything from Shaw. It is a horror to install. We are thinking of buying this product as well. To help you quickly find what you are looking, we have broken down the vinyl plank guide into three main sections (Diligence, Purchase & Installation, and Top 20 Questions). Would love to hear from anyone who has experience with any of these! Or better yet maybe you guys could set up a quality control department so I don’t have to do your job . Remember, most warranties exclude damage caused by heavy furniture or mobility devices. Hope so! It tells me to get my samples and test the samples. I did a continuous one bedroom apartment living room kitchen dining room bathroom with vinyl plank for some friends, and I completed the project in about four days, working about six hours a day. DuraLux presents luxurious vinyl plank flooring with a unique difference which is a solid core made of stone. How long does it take these VOC emissions to gas out typically? Should vinyl flooring be “walked on or need traffic” to keep the planks in place? Any reviews of Nuvelle Density HD WPC Vinyl plank flooring? Any reviews or thoughts on Gemcore LVP? I am looking into Mannington Distinctive Plank or Adura Max. I dislike the floating floor completely. What are your thoughts? Hi Debra, Start at the longest wall and lay out the rows. This allows expanding and shrinking of the floor. It will damage the surface. Just visited local flooring company and he is recommending the new Shaw Floorte 7 series vinyl planking. Thickness Wearlayer, (per the box) is: MM ca. I can’t afford to do this a second time. Their residential guarantee is based on a 50-year lifespan which honestly, is good enough for most folks. When you're choosing your flooring, you'll need to consider the thickness of the vinyl, the wear layer, and the installation method. It has a 20mil wear layer, is 100% waterproof. He can’t say that now. Bought this LifeProof product, figuring it to be an upgrade in quality as well as price, easy to install, softer and warmer on the feet than ceramic, said to be waterproof. Foam will bottom out no matter where you use it and will allow quicker denting. The family room houses my hi end stereo system. It is essentially their own store brand. There’s a lot of companies making waterproof LVT right now but only a few of them are bulletproof like Armstrong. Here are our suggestions: The team at Floor Critics agrees that buying flooring can be a very confusing process. The biggest perk is on the bottom of each plank or tile, as all the vinyl in this series has a built-in antimicrobial foam underlayment. Our water heater flood was a blessing, lol! After you finish, do a final walk around. Luxury Vinyl Plank Flooring Review. It says it’s waterproof. It’s easier to make adjustments before the boards are locked together. The Mannington company has been in business for more than 100 years. When buying vinyl plank do your homework. We are considering installing WPC vinyl plank flooring and will likely sell our house in about 5 years. Is there any remedy for scratches on plank vinyl wood flooring? Floor Critics’ Recommendation: Don’t get stuck on a brand or the first choice a flooring company tells you to buy. The installation method varies with a few collections, but all the styles we checked involve a glueless installation process. I couldn’t find anything better even going up to $4.79/ sq. I am trying to eliminate beaming and echoing of sound from the stereo. Once the materials are in order, you’re ready to go. We recently (9/2018) had Mannington Adura Max Apex installed in our CO home’s lower level, and, so far, are really happy with it. We have two children and a growing 60 lb Golden Retriever, as well as a pool and love the idea of a very easy maintenance floor that should withstand kids, water, etc. Finally, a made in the USA vinyl plank that is affordable and extremely durable. The team at Floor Critics spent a lot of time to come up with our top eight trusted brands and customer-preferred lines. I also had Mannington Adura max put in my home. Anything to be scared about? I am looking at Fusion Max hybrid flooring, does anyone have experience with this? Hi Susan, I will never purchase coretec flooring ever again because of this. Vinyl flooring also absorbs noise. We have over 2,000 trusted partners that we use to help find you the best installer at the best price. But, I have felt pads under every piece of furniture, for protection and easier sliding when moving. Set your store to see local availability Add to Cart. As for flooring, formaldehyde is more commonly found in laminate and is less prevalent in vinyl flooring. There’s a lot of these LVP/LVT that will not indent and are not soft. Looks better than I thought it would. We just published Kristin’s review on Duralux’s vinyl plank offering. We put it in my daughter’s room last year. This Shaw product is made in China and I have little faith in their quality control. Every once in a while, it all works out. I have NOT checked this out, but thought I’d share the info. The flooring seems to be of good quality and reasonably priced, plus it is GreenGuard Certified. Make sure the tiles fit snugly against each other. Sue, My luxury vinyl plank “Coretec” was installed four weeks ago. I had Adura Max Enhanced Vinyl Plank installed this week at a cost of $8,000.00. I saw the inquiry on Moduleo and no response. I am installing Luxury Vinyl planks 6mm on stairs. Also considering Duraceramic – any thoughts? Would .5 be a good number for thick wet layer? Thank you for sharing this informative review. It’s done very well for us. Mohawk’s newest line of vinyl planks is genuinely stunning. They may know of a reasonable and reliable local contractor. Did you set the product in the room you were going to install it in? We did a Karndean Van Gogh line lvp throughout every square foot of our 1st and 2nd floors and are very happy with it! One strange thing about the video is she was doing a peel and stick floor,not a floating floor. Also, for those looking for the Paradigm product, I live in Northern California and Conklin Brothers sells it. I have Karndean Luxury Vinyl installed in my home in Louisiana. Can someone help me with this? 2 are around a year old. Will installing a high quality LVP such as Karndean Korlock in a room with two skylights cause problems other than fading? We are in Mesa Arizona and I can’t find the temps for the warranty. Should I be looking elsewhere? Sometimes, it’s hard to tell the difference – even for seasoned pros. Do you think I would need any kind of moisture barrier, and what brand of flooring would you suggest? While there aren’t many planks with high color variation, you’ll find an even mix of grays, dark, medium and light-colored boards. The finished work is unlikely to have imperfections, and you will be assured of the floor’s durability. Floating floors are out of the question. Don’t forget to purchase transition strips. But it was finally showing its age and we decided to replace it. Anti Bacterial by Nano Technology CarpetOne in NWArkansas has it & is recommending it to me. Thanks, Jeanne. NuCore looks fabulous running through my kitchen, living/dining rooms/sun room and hallway! NuCore average around $2.38 - $3.79 per square foot while SmartCore is between $2.89 - $3.69. Here are some tips: It was laid over cement. Sounds like horses clomp clomping. I have done tons of research and these are the only ones I have found that will be warranteed for my needs. Then go over the fine print with a magnifying glass. Make sure you use padding under couches and credenzas. It’s best to check with the manufacturer directly & ask. You’ll also want to invest in a moisture meter to ensure humidity levels are within acceptable ranges. sheet vinyl floor you can get a Nice high-quality vinyl that looks like stone pretty cool check it out but if you go with the vinyl floor that looks like stone and you have to have a seam make sure you know the person knows what they’re doing and make sure glue the whole service not just the perimeter I have seen that shrink up to do two temperature change just some thoughts hope it helps. 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