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Flooring Spotlight: Beaulieu Impervio Vinyl Floors

Beaulieu Impervio New Standard is a vinyl series that offers a range of flooring styles to suit tastes from traditional to trendy. With a 12-mil wear layer, Impervio New Standard floors are best suited for low traffic areas of the home. Vinyl floors are completely waterproof, which makes them an excellent choice for areas frequently exposed to moisture such as bathrooms, laundry rooms, and kitchens.

So how much can you expect to pay for an Impervio New Standard vinyl? These floors are very budget friendly, and will run you somewhere under $3/sf. They are also easy to install yourself, which may provide additional savings on installation costs.

Our Most Popular Beaulieu Impervio New Standard Vinyl Floors

Beaulieu Impervio New Standard Sandbridge

 Beaulieu Impervio New Standard Sandbridge CT101-949

The light-grey hue of Sandbridge provides a neutral backdrop that will bring a bright and airy feel to your interior.   

Beaulieu Impervio New Standard Hatteras

 Beaulieu Impervio New Standard Hatteras CT101-955

Hatteras is a rich, layered grey that will make an eye-catching statement when paired with contemporary or farmhouse designs.

Beaulieu Impervio New Standard Promenade

 Beaulieu Impervio New Standard Promenade CT101-967

Promenade softens a warm brown hue with a subtle misting of grey to create a perfectly balanced neutral that lends a relaxed vibe.

Features of Beaulieu Impervio New Standard Vinyl Floors:

  • Construction: Vinyl plank
  • Plank Width: 6”
  • Plank Length: 48”
  • Wear Layer: 12 mil
  • Thickness: 5.5mm
  • Installation Method: Click plank, floating
  • NO attached pad

 

Browse All Beaulieu Impervio Vinyl Floors!

 

Flooring Spotlight: Titan Rigid Core Vinyl Floors

Titan Rigid Core Vinyl

Titan Rigid Core is a vinyl series with products that suit a distressed, reclaimed look as well as products that lean more towards chic and modern. With 7-inch planks, these floors provide the traditional, wide plank look that is currently on-trend with today’s styles. Vinyl flooring is highly durable and waterproof, which makes it an excellent choice for homes with kids and pets, or areas of the home that are more susceptible to moisture such as bathrooms, laundry rooms, and kitchens.

So how much can you expect to pay for a Titan Rigid Core vinyl? These floors won’t break the bank, and will run you somewhere around $3/sf. If you want the look of hardwood but are on a budget, Titan Rigid Core is a good option to consider.

Our Most Popular Titan Rigid Core Vinyl Floors

Titan Rigid Core Atlas

Titan Rigid Core Atlas TC216AT

Atlas’ variation of weathered hues gives this floor the appearance of reclaimed wood, perfect for a casual farmhouse look!  

Titan Rigid Core Gaia

Titan Rigid Core Gaia TC229GA

Gaia blends warm brown and wispy grey tones to create a time-worn floor that beckons a hospitable atmosphere.

Titan Rigid Core Prometheus

Titan Rigid Core Prometheus TC217PR

Prometheus’ planks alter between light and medium brown to create visual intrigue that makes a statement in modern or contemporary homes.

Features of Titan Rigid Core Vinyl Floors

  • Construction: Vinyl plank
  • Plank Width: 7”
  • Wear Layer: 20 mil
  • Thickness: 5mm
  • Installation Method: Click plank, floating
  • Attached 1mm foam pad

Browse All Titan Rigid Core Vinyl!

Flooring Spotlight: Vallaria Hardwood Floors

Vallaria hardwood floors

Who is Vallaria?

Vallaria manufactures high-quality hardwood floors in a variety of styles and wood species. Their collections offer everything from traditional oak to more modern, trendy colors such as grey, black, and white. Whatever interior design you aim to achieve, Vallaria hardwood will help you bring extraordinary style to your home.

So how much can you expect to pay for a hardwood floor from Vallaria? The average price range is about $3-$6/sf. At the lower end of that price range you will find Vallaria’s Engineered Pacific Pecan and Sawmill collections. At the higher end, you will find their Solid Pacific Pecan collection. The rest of Vallaria’s hardwood products will fall somewhere in the middle.

 

Popular Vallaria Hardwood Collections

Saw Mark Collection by Vallaria

The Saw Mark series adds saw mark details to solid seringa planks to emphasize a rustic appearance. One advantage of saw mark texture is that it easily hides wear and tear your floor may sustain, making it a great option for homes with pets. The aluminum oxide finish also gives this floor increased durability. 

Vallaria Saw Mark Seringa Dusk VF14703 Vallaria Saw Mark Seringa Greystone VF14701

Left: Saw Mark Seringa Dusk. Right: Saw Mark Seringa Greystone.

Features of the Vallaria Saw Mark Collection

  • Construction: Solid
  • Species: Seringa
  • Texture: Distressed
  • Plank Width: 4.5”
  • Thickness: ¾”
  • Finish: Aluminum Oxide

Legacy Oak Collection by Vallaria

Bring the classic look of oak into your home! The Legacy Oak collection offers a timeless and versatile color palette with a simple, wire-brushed surface. Beveled edges define each plank for a traditional feel.

Vallaria Legacy Oak Knoxville VF-KNOXVILLE Vallaria Legacy Oak Columbus VF-COLUMBUS

Left: Legacy Oak Knoxville. Right: Legacy Oak Columbus.

Features of the Vallaria Legacy Oak Collection

  • Construction: Solid
  • Species: Oak
  • Texture: Wire Brushed
  • Plank Width: 5”
  • Thickness: ¾”
  • Finish: Aluminum Oxide

Pacific Pecan Collection by Vallaria

This seringa hardwood series features muted grain patterns and subtle, natural color variation that blends light and dark undertones. Available in solid and engineered, these floors offer a casual, laid-back appearance.

Vallaria Pacific Pecan Urban Grey VF14417 Vallaria Pacific Pecan Cider VF14400

Left: Pacific Pecan Solid Urban Grey. Right: Pacific Pecan Solid Cider.

Features of the Vallaria Pacific Pecan Collection

  • Construction: Solid & engineered
  • Species: Seringa
  • Texture: Smooth
  • Plank Width: 4” & 5”
  • Thickness: ¾” & ½”

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Flooring Spotlight: Eagle Creek (Home Legend) SyncoreX Vinyl Floors

Who is Eagle Creek (Home Legend)?

A division of Home Legend, Eagle Creek is committed to providing homeowners with beautifully designed floors at an affordable price. Its SyncoreX vinyl line fulfills this mission by offering high-quality products at some of the most competitive prices on the market today. With SyncoreX, durability isn’t an issue: “No matter how demanding the lifestyle, Eagle Creek floors are made to withstand the lives lived on them.”

Eagle Creek is also an environmentally conscious company; all its products are Greengaurd or Greengaurd Gold certified. At the heart of Eagle Creek's mission is its concern for social responsibility, environmental goodwill, and innovative product design. Because of the care Eagle Creek takes in creating its products, “you can rest assured that you are getting a floor that was produced with ethical standards and won’t pollute the air you breathe.”

So how much can you expect to pay for a SyncoreX vinyl floor? The average price runs under $3/sf, making it a highly affordable option compared to other popular vinyls on the market.

Our Most Popular SyncoreX Vinyl Floors

“Eagle Creek’s Luxury Vinyl Plank (LVP) visuals offer a pleasing array of style options. Luxury Vinyl is a highly sustainable floor that allows you to achieve the look and feel for your interior design and long-lasting appeal. Luxury Vinyls are naturally water resistant and our SyncoreX Collection is 100% waterproof." -EagleCreekFloors.com

Eagle Creek SyncoreX Long View Pine

Home Legend Eagle Creek Long View Pine DV751-C 

Long View Pine’s blend of light-toned, rustic grays and browns gives this vinyl floor the appearance of aged barn wood.

Eagle Creek SyncoreX Windsong Oak

 Home Legend Eagle Creek Windsong Oak  DV750-C 

Windsong Oak creates a rugged look with distressed saw mark visuals, while the color variation of the planks adds a reclaimed feel.

Eagle Creek SyncoreX Heatherstone

 Home Legend Eagle Creek Heatherstone  DV740-C 

Heatherstone strikes the perfect balance between brown and grey with the subtle, weather-worn look of older wood.

Features of SyncoreX Vinyl Floors

  • Construction: Vinyl plank
  • Plank Width: 7”
  • Plank Lengths: 48” long
  • Wear Layer: 20 mil
  • Thickness: 7.5mm
  • Installation Method: Click plank, floating
  • Attached 1.5mm foam pad

 

Browse All SyncoreX Vinyl Floors!

Flooring Spotlight: US Floors COREtec Plus Vinyl

COREtec Plus Vinyl Floors

 Who is US Floors?

US Floors was founded in 2001 and purchased by Shaw Industries in 2017. US Floors developed and patented the original 100% waterproof core found in COREtec Plus and is a leading manufacturer of vinyl flooring in the United States. Their products perfectly blend durability and style, offering homeowners practical floors that can stand up to kids and pets while also giving the look of real hardwood.

The founders of COREtec Plus describe themselves as, “style enthusiasts, believers in technology and seekers of simplicity. We are passionate about providing people flooring solutions that meet their design dreams and stand up to real life. We are obsessed with creating an experience as beautiful as our floors. We are authentic to the core.”

So how much can you expect to pay for a COREtec Plus vinyl floor? The average price range is about $3-$5/sf. At the lower end of this price range you will find the COREtec Pro Plus and COREtec One collections, while at the higher end you will find the COREtec Plus XL Enhanced, COREtec Plus Design, and COREtec Plus HD collections. For a mid-range product, consider the COREtec Plus 5” & 7”, COREtec Plus Enhanced, and COREtec Plus XL collections.

Popular COREtec Plus Vinyl Collections

COREtec Plus 5" & 7" Collection by US Floors

“COREtec Plus gives homeowners a stylish and more advanced alternative to glue down LVT, solid locking LVT, or laminate flooring…Since COREtec Plus floors are 100% waterproof, any style in the collection can be installed in wet areas and will never swell or warp when exposed to water…Each COREtec Plus plank also features an attached cork underlayment for a quieter, warmer floor that is naturally resistant to odor causing mold and mildew.”- CoretecFloors.com

COREtec Plus Corvallis Pine VV023-00506 COREtec Plus Blackstone Oak VV024-00707

From Left to Right: COREtec Plus 5" Corvallis Pine and COREtec Plus 7" Blackstone Oak

Features of US Floors COREtec Plus 5" & 7" Collection

  • Construction: Vinyl plank
  • Plank Width: 5” and 7”
  • Plank Lengths: 48”
  • Wear Layer: 20 mil
  • Thickness: 8mm
  • Installation Method: Click plank, floating
  • Attached cork pad

Why We Love US Floors COREtec Plus 5" & 7" Vinyl

 The original COREtec Plus 5" & 7" series offers an excellent-quality product at an affordable price. With a variety of styles available to choose from, these floors will give you a realistic hardwood look! 

 

COREtec Plus XL Collection by US Floors

“Go big and go home. As the largest LVT plank on the market, COREtec Plus XL is in a category by itself. Rigid plank technology means handling and installation is no big deal, which makes COREtec Plus XL a smart alternative to glue down LVT, solid locking LVT, or laminate flooring.” -CoretecFloors.com

COREtec Plus XL Atlas Oak VV034-00606 COREtec Plus XL Whittier Oak VV034-00604

From Left to Right: COREtec Plus XL Atlas Oak and Whittier Oak

Features of US Floors COREtec Plus XL Collection

  • Construction: Vinyl plank
  • Plank Width: 9”
  • Plank Lengths: 72”
  • Wear Layer: 20 mil
  • Thickness: 8mm
  • Installation Method: Click plank, floating
  • Attached cork pad

Why We Love US Floors COREtec Plus XL Vinyl

Wide plank floors are a growing trend with today's homeowners, but they can be pricey. The COREtec Plus XL collection gives you the same look for less, and even offers colors that mimic the appearance of reclaimed or aged wood for a complete farmhouse look!

 

COREtec Plus HD Collection by US Floors

“This collection earns its High Definition status by utilizing Embossed In Register (E.I.R.) technology as well as an enhanced painted bevel for a realistic visual unlike any other LVP or WPC floor on the market today…COREtec Plus HD™ is 100% waterproof, so it can be installed in wet areas and never warp or swell when exposed to water.” -CoretecFloors.com

COREtec Plus HD Sherwood Pine VV031-00643 COREtec Plus HD Mont Blanc VV031-00652

From Left to Right: COREtec Plus HD Sherwood Rustic Pine and Mont Blanc

Features of US Floors COREtec Plus HD Collection

  • Construction: Vinyl plank
  • Plank Width: 7”
  • Plank Lengths: 72”
  • Wear Layer: 20 mil
  • Thickness: 8.5mm
  • Installation Method: Click plank, floating
  • Attached cork pad
  • Enhanced painted bevel

Why We Love US Floors COREtec Plus HD Vinyl

The COREtec Plus HD collection creates an even more realistic look by adding a painted bevel that defines each plank similar to what you would find in a hardwood floor.

 

Browse All COREtec Plus Vinyl Floors!

Flooring Spotlight: Artisan (Bausen) Hardwood

Artisan Hardwood Floors

Who is Artisan Hardwood (Formerly Bausen)?

Artisan Hardwood (formerly Bausen), makes pre-finished hardwood floors from durable, high-quality wood species at an affordable price. The company’s mission is to: “Help [its] customers make their spaces more beautiful, and to inspire modern architecture and design. [Artisan] believe[s] luxury can be achieved at non-luxury pricing.”

Artisan Hardwood is committed to environment-conscious manufacturing so you can be sure the floors you bring into your home are earth friendly. With its “Green Standard,” Artisan “constantly updates [its] processes in order to stay on the forefront of sustainable technology, quality assurance, and compliance.”

So how much can you expect to pay for Artisan Hardwood floors? The average price range is around $3-$5/sf. At the lower end of this price range you will find birch and hickory products from the Canyon Ranch Collection, while at the higher end you will find the Maple Legacy and English Forest collections.

 

Our Most Popular Collections from Artisan Hardwood

Canyon Ranch Collection by Artisan

“Rustic modernism. A masterful rendition of heirloom quality and classic craftsmanship, reinterpreted with a modern outlook. Our iconic collection of engineered hardwoods evokes century old traditions from a world away. Ultimate in comfort, enduring in strength, meticulously crafted to showcase the heavily distressed character.” -ArtisanHardwood.com

Artisan Canyon Ranch Birch Spice CBH5S Artisan Canyon Ranch Hickory Sorghum CHK5SG

From Left to Right: Canyon Ranch Birch Spice and Canyon Ranch Hickory Sorghum

Features of Artisan Hardwood Canyon Ranch Collection

  • Construction: Engineered
  • Species: Acacia, Birch, and Hickory
  • Texture: Handscraped
  • Plank Width: 5”
  • Finish: 12 UV coatings (2 of Aluminum oxide; 8 of Polyurethane; 2 of scratch resistant)

Why We Love Artisan Hardwood Canyon Ranch Floors

This collection has a wonderful traditional color palette that is highly versatile with a wide range of interior designs. The stunning wood grains of the acacia, birch, and hickory species make an expressive statement.

 

English Forest Collection by Artisan

“Bring the timeless rustic elegance of English Forest into your space. The open-grained wood exudes a warmth and texture, accentuated by the 7 ½” luxury width that provides a subtle yet unmatched presence.” -ArtisanHardwood.com

Artisan English Forest Glenmore ew07g Artisan English Forest Frost EWO7F

From Left to Right: English Forest Glenmore and English Forest Frost

Features of Artisan Hardwood English Forest Collection

  • Construction: Engineered
  • Species: European Oak
  • Texture: Wire-brushed
  • Plank Width: 7.5”
  • Finish: UV cured urethane

Why We Love Artisan English Forest Floors

The range of hues in this collection combined with the worn, wire-brushed texture makes these floors the perfect choice for those seeking to create a cottage or farmhouse feel in their home! From rich brown to soft grey to frosty tan, these colors speak to today’s trends while maintaining a timeless appeal.

 

Timberline Collection by Artisan

“Bold beauty. Pure indulgence. These words come to mind when savoring our bespoke Timberline Collection of engineered hardwoods. Superbly stylish and indelibly imaginative, the selections are vivid in texture and generous in proportions, offering clean, contemporary, yet sophisticated appeal.” -ArtisanHardwood.com

 Artisan Timberline Birch Latte TBH6L Artisan Timberline Hickory Natural THK6N

From Left to Right: Timberline Birch Latte and Timberline Hickory Natural

Features of Artisan Hardwood Timberline Collection

  • Construction: Engineered
  • Species: Acacia, Birch, and Hickory
  • Texture: Handscraped
  • Plank Width: 6” and 6.5”
  • Finish: 12 UV coatings (2 of Aluminum oxide; 8 of Polyurethane; 2 of scratch resistant)

Why We Love Artisan Hardwood Timberline Floors

The handscraped planks provide wonderful texture perfect for creating a casual, welcoming environment. When this vintage-style texture is paired with contemporary décor, it creates a lovely contrast and a perfect balance of traditional and modern!

 

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Flooring Spotlight: Johnson Hardwood Floors

 Above: English Pub Maple Brandy Wine

Who is Johnson Hardwood?

Johnson manufactures high-quality hardwood floors in today’s most in-demand styles, from contemporary to traditional. One of the top companies in the flooring industry, Johnson is known for producing stunning, handcrafted floors at an affordable price. Their lumber is responsibly sourced from durable hardwood species all over the world, and each plank is carefully crafted and stained by hand.

Johnson is committed to following sustainable tree-harvesting practices that help preserve forests. What are sustainable tree-harvesting practices? For example, Johnson sources 30-40% of their exotic lumber from aged or fallen trees, which inhibit the growth of the younger trees that produce more oxygen. The majority of their products are also constructed as engineered planks rather than solid, which makes more efficient use of the lumber so fewer trees are needed.

So how much can you expect to pay for a Johnson hardwood floor? The average price range is around $4-$7/sf. At the higher end of this price range are the Noble Castle, Renaissance (hickory products only), and Tuscan collections. At the lower end of the price range you will find the Frontier, Pacific Coast (birch products only), Victorian, and Roma collections. The rest of Johnson’s products (like our best-selling collections featured below), will fall somewhere in the middle.

 

Our Most Popular Collections from Johnson Hardwood

English Pub Collection by Johnson

“Our craftsmen have delicately scraped and hand honed this floor to resemble the look of Old English Pubs where friends, family, and travelers fathered to relax and converse in a warm and inviting atmosphere. The long 7 foot planks give the look of times gone by. We used a character grade maple to bring out the natural beauty of the wood grain, along with filled splits and knots for more of that old world look.” -JohnsonHardwood.com

 Johnson English Pub Maple Stout AME-EM19005 Johnson Enlish Pub Hickory Applejack AME-EM19001

From Left to Right: English Pub Maple Stout and English Pub Hickory Applejack

Features of Johnson Hardwood English Pub Collection

  • Construction: Engineered
  • Species: Maple & Hickory
  • Texture: Handscraped
  • Plank Width: 7.5”
  • Gloss Level: Semi-gloss
  • Finish: Aluminum Oxide finish

Why We Love Johnson Hardwood English Pub Floors

The handscraped textures of this collection create the casual, lived-in look of a floor that’s been part of your home for generations. This collection is perfect for bringing an element of warmth and hominess to your living space.

 

Alehouse Collection by Johnson

“The Alehouse series puts emphasis on the details to create a totally unique flooring experience. A multi-layer, hand-staining process has been used to create an inner glow effect that darkens toward the timeworn plank edges. Due to the natural glow, the Alehouse series has high color variation. Meaning, the color hues will span a range from low to high for added brilliance. Vintage, long-length planks measure up to sever-feet long for a more coalescent floor. Our exclusive vintage surface treatment finish adds even more character for the look of a reclaimed, custom hardwood floor.”  -JohnsonHardwood.com

Johnson Alehouse Maple Maibock AME-AHM19001 Johnson Alehouse Maple Hefeweizen AME-AHM19002

From Left to Right: Alehouse Maple Maibock and Alehouse Maple Hefeweizen

Features of Johnson Hardwood Alehouse Collection

  • Construction: Engineered
  • Species: Maple & European Oak
  • Texture: Wire-brushed
  • Plank Width: 7.5”
  • Gloss Level: Semi-gloss
  • Finish: Aluminum Oxide

Why We Love Johnson Hardwood Alehouse Floors

The darkened edges and wire-brushed texture gives this collection a well-worn vintage appearance. The color variation of a lighter center that darkens towards the edges creates visual interest for a unique effect.

 

Jockey Hollow Collection by Johnson

“The Jockey Hollow Collection brings you back to the days of Colonial America when finer homes featured wide width, timeworn floors. Our floors are hand crafted with responsibly harvested timbers for a truly unique visual experience.” -JohnsonHardwood.com

 Johnson Jockey Hollow European Oak Chelsea Creek JHC19002OAK-JH Johnson Jockey Hollow European Oak Yorktown JHC19006OAK-JH

From Left to Right: Jockey Hollow Chelesea Creek and Jockey Hollow Yorktown

Features of Johnson Hardwood Jockey Hollow Collection

  • Construction: Engineered
  • Species: European Oak
  • Texture: Distressed
  • Plank Width: 7.5”
  • Gloss Level: Matte
  • Finish: UV Cured Urethane

Why We Love Johnson Hardwood Jockey Hollow Floors

Distressed texture is created using saw marks and wire-brushing techniques for a more rustic and rugged floor. The hues of faded browns and greys also appeal to a reclaimed style.

 

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How to Choose a Good Quality Vinyl Floor

How to choose a good quality vinyl floor

With the surging popularity of vinyl floors, there are dozens of brands to choose from and more popping up every day. The variety of options can be overwhelming. How do you know which brands offer a good quality vinyl floor and which brands might be overcharging for a low quality product? Here’s how to determine the quality of a vinyl floor so you get the most bang for your buck!

 

How is a Vinyl Plank Constructed?

Before we get into what makes a vinyl floor good quality, we first need to understand how a vinyl floor is made. A vinyl plank is constructed of 5 layers:

1)      A coating or urethane to enhance durability

2)      The clear “wear layer” that protects the printed design

3)      The printed design

4)      The vinyl core

5)      A backing, which consists of vinyl, cork, or foam

 

What is a Wear Layer?

A “wear layer” is clear layer made from PVC film that protects the printed design of the floor. As the name implies, it shields the floor from everyday wear and tear. The wear layer is a huge factor in determining the quality and durability of a vinyl floor. The thicker the wear layer, the more durable the floor will be and the longer it will last.

Keep in mind that the thickness of the plank itself does not mean it will be more durable. In a vinyl floor, the thickness of the wear layer is ultimately what determines durability.

Wear layers are measured in ‘mils,’ which are equal to one-thousandth of an inch. This is not to be confused with millimeters, which are equal to one-thousandth of a meter. Typically, the thickness of a wear layer averages 6, 12, or 20 mils. The thicker the wear layer, the greater the durability. Products with thicker wear layers will cost more because of the higher quality.

But how thick of a wear layer do you actually need? Wear layers of 20 mil or higher are perfect for commercial environments. For a high traffic home, a wear layer between 12 and 20 mil should be suitable. If you are installing the floor in a low traffic area of the home, however, you may only need a floor with a wear layer of 6 mil.

 

Enhanced Coatings and Urethanes

When selecting a vinyl floor, check the product’s specs to see if it uses a special coating or urethane to provide additional protection to the wear layer. This can help extend the life of your floor and increase durability. For example, aluminum oxide is a highly durable coating.

 

Virgin Vs. Recycled Vinyl

Another spec to check to ensure the quality of your vinyl floor is the vinyl content used in the core and backing of the planks. Some cores and backings contain recycled content in addition to vinyl, while others only contain 100% virgin (non-recycled) vinyl. Virgin vinyl will be more durable than recycled vinyl and will hold up better over time.

 

Don’t Overlook the Backing

Though the wear layer and core of the floor are important, you don’t want to overlook the backing, either. For a higher-quality product, choose a vinyl that offers an attached cork or foam pad. This pad will provide more resistance to moisture and mildew. Additionally, a pad will offer more of a cushioned feel underfoot and help make the floor quieter. A vinyl floor without a pad may be cheaper, but it may also require purchasing additional underlayment.

Which Vinyl Floors Are Similar to COREtec Plus?

 

While COREtec Plus is one of our favorite vinyl products and one of the highest quality vinyl floors on the market, sometimes we are asked what other products can compare to COREtec. There's no denying that COREtec Plus is an excellent choice for your home, but you might be looking for a different style than what COREtec has available, or something at a lower price point. So which vinyl floors are similar to COREtec Plus? Here are 5 quality brands that will give you a wider range of options!

 

1. Home Legend Syncore X

"Our luxury vinyl floors combine performance, design and value along with easy installation. Styles range from traditonal to exotic and come in varying plank widths and lengths, and is suitable for either residential or commercial applications. Luxury Vinyls are naturally water resistant and our SyncoreX Collection is 100% waterproof." (HomeLegend.com)

COREtec Plus Syncore X
Wear Layer: 20 mil Wear Layer: 20 mil
Plank Widths: 5", 7", & 9" Plank Widths: 7"
Pad: Attached cork pad Pad: Attached foam pad
Special Features: Green Guard Gold Certified Special Features: Wire Brushed, handscraped, distressed, and embossed textures available
Price Range: $3-$4/sf Price Range: $2-$3/sf

 

2. AquaLok

"AquaLok is a wonderful waterproof vinyl alternative to the more expensive options on the market. With a 12 mil top wear layer and textured finish, this product is durbale, attractive, and affordable."

COREtec Plus AquaLok
Wear Layer: 20 mil Wear layer: 12 mil
Plank Widths: 5", 7", & 9" Plank Widths: 7"
Pad: Attached cork pad Pad: NONE
Special Features: Green Guard Gold Certified Special Features: Virgin vinyl top layer
Price Range: $3-$4/sf Price Range: $2-$3/sf

 

3. Dixie Home Stainmaster

"Of course, STAINMASTER PetProtect™ luxury vinyl flooring is durable and easy to maintain, but this pet-friendly flooring also resists pet claw scratches, and has pet-action traction. And since it’s 100-percent waterproof, worrying about pet accidents is a thing of the past. Choose from a wide variety of styles designed to complement any décor." (Stainmaster.com)

COREtec Plus Stainmaster
Wear Layer: 20 mil Wear Layer: 12 & 20 mil
Plank Widths: 5", 7", & 9" Plank Widths: 7" & 9"
Pad: Attached cork pad Pad: Attached cork pad
Special Features: Green Guard Gold Certified Special Features: Pet Protect 2 coat urethane
Price Range: $3-$4/sf Price Range: $3-$4/sf

 

4. Mannington Adura Max

"Adura Max is available in today’s most popular decors and features our innovative HydroLoc™ waterproof core—making it the perfect choice for your most challenging rooms. Thicker and more rigid than ordinary vinyl, Adura Max is available in easy to assemble 6” x 48” locking planks that include our premium, Ultra-Quiet™ attached pad for superior sound reduction and greater comfort underfoot....Featuring our patented ScratchResist™ with aluminum oxide surface protection, Adura Max can stand up to the most active households and offers the industry’s best wear, scratch and stain resistance." (Mannington.com)

COREtec Plus Adura Max
Wear Layer: 20 mil Wear Layer: 20 mil
Plank Widths: 5", 7", & 9" Plank Widths: 6" & 7"
Pad: Attached cork pad Pad: Attached foam pad
Special Features: Green Guard Gold Certified Special Feautures: Scratch resistant urethane with aluminum oxide
Price Range: $3-$4/sf Price Range: $3-$4/sf

 

5. Happy Feet

"Put performance to the test with Extreme Cork. Its 22mil wear layer and an eco-friendly cork backing for comfort underfoot and sound abatement are designed for today’s active residential lifestyles. With its beveled edges and wide array of color choices, Extreme Cork is right at home in today’s family environments." (HappyFeetInternational.com)

COREtec Plus Happy Feet
Wear Layer: 20 mil Wear Layer: 10 mil, 12 mil, 22 mil, & 30 mil
Plank Widths: 5", 7", & 9" Plank Widths: 6", 7", & 9"
Pad: Attached cork pad Pad: Varies; some products have an attached crok or foam pad
Special Features: Green Guard Gold Certified Special Features: Polyurethane UV finish on most products
Price Range: $3-$4/sf Price Range: $1-$3/sf

 

Check Out These Styles Similar to COREtec Plus!

If You Like COREtec Plus Blackstone Oak You Might Also Like...

  1. Syncore X Longview Pine
  2. Stainmaster Rustic Oak
  3. Mannington Lakeview Cabin
  4. Happy Feet Mt. Everest Harvest Gray

 

If You Like COREtec Plus Carolina Pine You Might Also Like...

  1. Happy Feet Extreme Cork Reclaimed Pine
  2. Aqualok Cedar Chest

 

If You Like COREtec Plus Gold Coast Acacia You Might Also Like...

  1. Happy Feet Extreme Cork Acacia
  2. Happy Feet Extreme Cork Saddle

 

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Wire Brushed vs. Hand Scraped Flooring

Textured floors are a wonderful way to bring character and rustic charm to your home. Two of the most common flooring textures you will see are hand scraped and wire brushed. Which is the right choice for your home? Here are the advantages and disadvantaged of these popular styles!

 

Hand Scraped Hardwood

Hand Scraped floors use traditional tools and methods to recreate old-world character. This gives the planks the appearance of having been shaped and smoothed by hand rather than run through a power sander. In some floors the scraped texture is subtle, while in others it is more pronounced.

 

Left: Authentic hand scraped hardwood from Bella Cera. Right: Machine scraped hardwood.

Advantages

Hand scraped floors are a great choice for homes with pets or areas in the home with high traffic because the textured, rustic surface helps hide dents and scratches.

Disadvantages

Be aware that some floors might be labeled “hand scraped” but have actually been scraped using a machine (see above photo for comparison). Machine scraped floors create a look that’s more repetitive and less authentic. Additionally, hand scraped floors can often be difficult to sand down and refinish because of their texture.

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Wire Brushed Hardwood

Wire brushed floors are created by lightly scraping a bristled wire brush over the plank to pull out the softer wood and emphasize the grain patterns. This gives the floor added texture as well as a more weathered, aged look. Wire brushed texture provides a great middle ground between hand scraped and smooth surfaces.

 

Above: Bausen English Forest European Oak Thetford 

Advantages

Like hand scraped floors, wire brushed floors are also a great choice for homes with pets or high traffic because the textured surface helps conceal daily wear. The surface is also more durable because the wire brushing technique removes the softer wood from the planks, leaving the harder wood.

Disadvantages

Dirt tends to collect within the textured wood grain of the planks, making wire brushed floors more difficult to keep clean.

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