coretec plus vinyl plank review

Review: COREtec Plus Vinyl Plank Flooring

The cat is out of the bag when it comes to high style flooring on a budget. Most people have discovered the benefits of luxury vinyl plank flooring.

With so many choices, how do you know which one to choose? Despite its newfound popularity, you can still have the edge over your friends with one specific brand – COREtec Plus vinyl plank flooring.

This gorgeous luxury vinyl plank (LVP) flooring looks more realistic than virtually any other brand. And it offers something that none of its competitors do.

So, if you want to be on budget and on the cutting edge of flooring design, check out COREtec vinyl plank flooring.

What is COREtec Plus?

COREtec Plus is a high-quality luxury vinyl plank flooring that is manufactured by US Floors. With high-end design and construction, it looks and feels like hardwood floors.

In fact, when you pull the planks out of the box, you might even think they are engineered hardwood planks. COREtec looks that much like hardwood.

Unlike some of the other LVP products on the market that use simulated graphics, COREtec has real texture and real graining.

These planks also have a micro bevel edge for a true, hardwood flooring look. But the great part is that with COREtec, you don’t have the same maintenance issues that you would with solid or engineered hardwoods.

COREtec Plus comes in a variety of beautiful wood grains including rustic looks, multi-tone planks, and even extra wide and extra-long planks. So, there are plenty of different design styles that will work with COREtec LVP.

Not only do these planks look extremely realistic, they also have many great notable features.

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COREtec’s Vinyl Plank Flooring Design

COREtec LVP is designed with a patented construction that makes it highly durable and extremely attractive.

Each style of COREtec Plus vinyl planks features a 0.5 mm wear layer that protects your floors even in high traffic or commercial areas. As a bonus, it helps make this product easy to clean and maintain.

Underneath the wear layer, COREtec vinyl planks have a luxury vinyl top layer. This layer is highly resilient and made of virgin vinyl.

Below the layer of vinyl is the heart of the matter – COREtec’s core structure. This well-constructed inner core is very stable and will not expand or contract in normal conditions like other products do.

This LVP also comes with an underlayment made out of cork. The cork layer adds extra insulation to your floors and absorbs sounds, making it quiet to walk on.

COREtec’s design is a patented product exclusively for USFloors.

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Installing COREtec Vinyl Planks

A great benefit of COREtec LVP is that although it looks like hardwood flooring, it is much easier to install. In fact, if you are somewhat handy, you can even do it yourself, and save even more money on your flooring project.

Unlike many of the other types of luxury vinyl, COREtec planks do not require any acclimation.  Plus, there is very little floor preparation needed before laying the planks.

Since COREtec is a floating floor, you can easily install them over your current hard surface flooring. And since they come with an attached cork underlayment, you don’t even need to lay one first.

COREtec’s cork underlayment also helps to hide any subfloor imperfections. And with its resistance to mold and mildew, your family is protected from effects of these allergens.

To install COREtec vinyl planks, make sure that your subfloor is clean, dry, and clear of debris.  Your subfloor must be flat and structurally sound.

You’ll need a few simple tools (most of which you probably have already) like a tape measure, hammer, and blue painter’s tape. You will also need a crosscut power saw and a tapping block.

Once you have your COREtec planks and supplies, the process is pretty simple. Full instructions from the manufacturer on how to install these floors can be found here.

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Maintaining COREtec Floors

COREtec vinyl planks are highly durable and easy to maintain. But if you want to get the most out of your floors, there are a few general rules to follow to prevent damage.

First, when you move furniture on your floors, always use a hand truck or furniture dolly. It’s also a good idea to put felt pads under pieces of furniture that you frequently move.

For floors in sunny areas, use drapes or blinds to shield your floors from sun damage.

To clean your COREtec floors, simply use a broom or vacuum with a hard surface attachment. For deeper cleanings, a damp mop works well.

However, you should avoid harsh cleaning products and chemicals. Instead, use a diluted pH neutral cleaner like Bona or Hilway.

Allow your floors to dry after mopping and make sure to clean up any spills quickly.

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Different Styles of COREtec LVP

COREtec features a variety of beautiful styles of their vinyl plank flooring.

COREtec Plus Design uses a variation in colors and sizes of its planks. It is the brand’s original line of LVP.

This style comes in both 5” and 7” wide planks that are 4’ long. With this style, you can create a really custom, authentic-looking floor design.

The COREtec Plus HD line is extremely realistic-looking because it uses a registered embossing technique. The surface of each plank mimics the graining of wood.

It also has thicker planks at 8.5 mm and comes with realistic-looking four-side painted micro-beveled edges.

COREtec Plus XL and XL Enhanced are the largest luxury vinyl planks on the market at 9 inches wide by 6 feet long. Because these planks are larger, they are more expensive than the other options.

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In Conclusion

If you are looking for a well-made, high style product to install in your home, then COREtec vinyl plank flooring may be the answer.

Its patented design is highly durable, so it stands up to things that wood can’t. Plus, it doesn’t warp or shift like wood.

Yet, it is extremely realistic looking. With specialized embossing and a variety of styles, it is hard to distinguish it from solid or engineered hardwood flooring.

COREtec vinyl plank flooring is easy to install – you can even do it yourself. And it is easy to maintain.

Would you try this flooring in your home? Do you have any personal experience with this brand? Let us know in the comment section below.

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Jennifer Lester

About Jennifer Lester

Jennifer Lester is a freelance writer, blogger, and home improvement finatic. She loves to write about things that will transform your house into your dream home. Jennifer is a graduate of Texas A&M University. LinkedIn.

12 thoughts on “Review: COREtec Plus Vinyl Plank Flooring”

  1. I’ve been in my house one month. I have felt pads under all furniture because I was told to be careful when moving big items because they may scratch. I was also told this floor would not scratch from pets. This isn’t true. Not only scratches, but also is very hard to clean. Water marks stain.

    Also big claim is to mop with just water. I called manufacturer and I was told to do this while using one or 2 tablespoons of cleaner with water. Makes me wonder just how sanitary this floor really is. I want it taken out. Very unhappy.

  2. We bought COREtec flooring in February 2017. I agree about the scratching. We were careful about moving furniture but a grain of dirt underneath left a huge scratch. Also, my husband installed the floor TWICE as it gapped so much between planks. It still gaps but I just stopped looking at it. I would definitely NOT recommend this flooring. Next time I will go with a tried and true product instead of the latest and greatest.

  3. I did not see these comments before I settled on Coretec. They just finished installing 24 hrs ago and you can see every foot and shoe print like a previous comment stated. Also, my dog has already scratched it up. It may be that the core of the product is good, but the surface layer is horrible from the perspective of showing EVERYTHING. Also, you have to be sure there is no dirt on the floor before you attempt to move anything even if you have the felt furniture guides underneath the item. I am now going to have to invest a lot of money to have rugs everywhere in the home. Not worth the cost of materials and installation. Should have stuck with carpet even though I have 2 cats and a large dog and bad allergies. I cannot recommend.

  4. Had Coretek flooring installed this spring. Sales person told us it was the latest and best. I cannot say how disappointed I am. Right now i have a barefoot print that I cannot get off my floor. I see scuffs and scratches and smudges, right after I’ve cleaned it. There is NOTHING about this floor that is easy to take care of. I hate it.

  5. kathleen huntsinger

    Just had cortec vinly flooring installed on Friday. This is Sunday and am finding scratches on flooring. It is only myself and my husband living here. I bought this product as it advertised pet, child and water proof. We have many family members that visit over the summer months with pets and children. I would not recommend this product. Would rate less then a 1.

  6. Have only had my new coretec vinyl plank floors for about a month. I’m finding it hard to get them clean. It’s almost like they are porous. I’ve noticed that when I mop them, some spots shine and the rest is dull. Dog footprints, drops of dried water, etc do not come off when I use a damp mop. I got down on my hands and knees and rubbed with a terry cloth towel and plain water, the stains still did not go away.

    I chose vinyl plank because my laminate was shinier and showed dog prints more easily. So far this shows dog foot prints just as easily and then you can’t get rid of them.

    I have not used any harsh cleaners, only water and wet mop. I swear the floors are missing the top layer of protection.

    Not happy with my purchase.

    1. I am having the same exact thing. Recommended by a flooring specialist and installed earlier this year. I can’t imagine why it is so popular and recommended. I am so disappointed because can’t afford to replace it. The guy who sold it is coming to take a look and we’ll see what he says.

  7. The company LIFEPROOF sold at the home depot is the worst product I ever came across. It says scratch resistant, it scratches so bad. Home depot does not stand behind the product. It is garbage. The company does not stand behind it as well. Save yourself some money and don’t buy it.

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