Blog posts of '2018' 'February'

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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