Ask anyone in the flooring industry, "What is the hottest flooring product right now?" and anyone will tell you. Waterproof Luxury Vinyl.
VINYL??? You might say. YES. Vinyl.
About two years ago, US Floors stormed onto the scene with their premium waterproof vinyl product, COREtec Plus. This floor hit the market and hasn't stopped since. Its patented waterproof technology, easy locking system, and realistic wood and tile patterns make it a wonderful option for anyone with high traffic areas or tough-on-floor situations (kids and pets). Our customers have loved this in their beach houses, lake houses, basements, cabin homes, kitchens, bathrooms, hotels, offices, and retail stores. It's really a winner for all kinds of circumstances. The waterproof vinyl floor gives durability with style. Anyone who has experienced a broken dishwasher, flooded basement, or leaky toilet know how valuable a waterproof option can be!
As I mentioned, COREtec Plus lead the way in this category. It's got an attached cork underlayment which gives it warmth and cushion and you can combine steps in that you don't need another underlayment down like you would on some other vinyl products. The wide range of colors are in 5", 7" and the XL 9" planks. Soon to be COREtec HD and COREtec Design lines are highly anticipated with even thicker vinyl layer and more realistic patterns.
Pictured here: COREtec Plus 5" Carolina Pine 50LVP501. Growing in popularity due to its warm rustic feel that goes with all kinds of decor styles.
In the past year and a half, a new line of COREtec called COREtec ONe was introduced by Beaulieu Bliss and US Floors. This product is also waterproof, but does not come with any attached underlayment and is 6" wide and about 5.5mm thick. It has the same waterproof core as COREtec Plus, just without the cork. It's a great option that's more affordable than the Plus and you can choose your underlayment thickness and type.
Pictured here: Bliss COREtec One 6" Hatteras CT101-955. The distressed look makes it great in lots of spaces and the gray makes it very neutral.
Aqualok is a relatively new product that is slightly slimmer at 7mm than others but is great like the COREtec one because you can put your own favorite underlayment beneath it. It's at a great price point and has several great colors. The most popular is the French Oak. They show great character in the planks despite still being vinyl. We think this product can really take off in the WPF world.
Pictured here: Aqualok 7" French Oak- AQA1208. While grays are big right now, this floor is great for it's neutral oak coloring but distressed look.
This brand has some very unique patterns and does not have an attached underlayment so you can choose any pad that works best for you. It's 6.3mm thick and has a very realistic depiction of wood across all of it's pattrens. All of their patterns are very rustic and "homey" feeling. While it's not as thick as COREtec Plus or Aqualok, it makes up for in aesthetics and is still very durable.
Pictured here: Hydra-Shield Tuscan Lucca 7" wide WP709LC. Distressed with white marks really makes for a durable looking floor.
One of the most popular lines we have is Syncore X. It's 6mm thick with 1.5mm attached foam underlayment pad. It's at a great price point, is easy to install and has some great patterns. This is definitely a great product to consider for basements, rental properties, and beach homes.
Pictured here: Home Legend Syncore X Windsong Oak- 7" DV750. Rustic grays and browns make this a really great neutral floor.
So to get back to the main question- Waterproof Vinyl Flooring- Good Choice? We say YES! There are so many circumstances that make this a great option. Kids, pets, beach homes, lake homes, basements, kitchens, and bathrooms. While they aren't indestructible, they are definitely going to give you a nice look at an affordable price point without the stress and cost of hardwood floors. Hardwood will always be #1 in our hearts, but don't shy away from vinyl. See the value in the waterproof vinyl floor.