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.

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

  1. I installed a CoreTec PLUS Weathered Concrete VV033-01803 or 50LVT1803 18.5″x24″ planks 10 months ago in the kitchen/bay area. It has performed flawlessly! EXCELLENT stuff! Locked tight, no scratches. Look beautiful. I am going to do a workout room with it now. LOVE IT!

  2. Has anyone purchased the Coretec ONE?

    Just read a lot of reviews but not on that one. This one does not have a backing on it.

  3. Have coretec plus premium. Installed only months ago. My main concern was sound below. This has dampened the sound as much as any flooring product could – easily 50% QUIETER OR MORE. Trom research it is the best product around for that, and for a kitchen (didn’t therefore want solid wood, pure cork…). Looks great, but then I don’t have any dogs, or kids… yet.

  4. Hi, just wondering if you have installed your Coretec floor and how satisfied are you with it? We are getting ours installed this week. I had done prior research but did not find this page until today. Now I’m having second thoughts. Scary to think I might have made an expensive mistake.

    1. Bonnie Gramllich

      Margaret.. I’m in your shoes just now. Worried sick. What did you end up doing and how did you like it? I’ve ordered Rustic Slate vinyl tiles. Thanks, Bonnie.

  5. We have an entire house of Cortec Plus Dakota Walnut. They are full of scratches and I agree are hard to keep clean. The worst problem by far is that the floor is separating and bulging in places. The separations get full of sand and gravel and even a shop vac won’t get them out. The bulging areas where it looks tight look terrible. We would remove it but it was expensive, the company should replace it. The idea is good, I have four dogs… but they need to follow through.

  6. Coretec is the oldest and best LVP on the market. I don’t know why people on here think they can drag appliances across ANY FLOOR and not leave damaging marks or scratches. THIS ISN’T CONCRETE FOLKS! Coretec takes the same precautions (coasters on furniture, children playing with ice picks) as any other flooring. Having said that, IT IS WATERPROOF CHEMICAL PROOF SPILL PROOF WARP PROOF as opposed to wood being none of the above.

  7. I am not writing this to bash any product. I bought and installed the COREtec Plus 7 Inch Wide Plank, Color Name/Item Alabaster Oak, Thickness 8 mm. It looked very pretty. We put it in the entire house. After much research it seemed like it was the perfect fit. Well, bringing the appliances in the house was a mission since everything seemed to scratch or scuff the floors. Like others have expressed, everything leaves a mark, even drops of water and when you used damp cloth or mop as suggested it is very hard to leave free of marks. One major con – this particular color is matte finish. I wanted shine and did not realize that.

  8. Linda M. Kitchens

    I am currently considering either CoreTec Plus HD or engineered hardwood. The 100% waterproof, pet and kid proof sounds awesome. Retail store says they are so easy to upkeep and I am almost 70. We do live in a wet area but we have a dehumidifier installed under house and have had not trouble with 100% solid hardwood floors. The house is 12 yrs old, but we have lived here only 4 years. I can touch up dings on hardwood with a pen and it is so nice. I occasionally use Bona and a swiffer, but mostly just vacuum.

    Now I am confused by some loving CoreTec Plus and others totally disappointed. I am leaning back toward engineered wood manufactured by the same company who made our solid hardwood. Our solid has been discontinued just this year. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

    1. I just had COREtec Floors installed as they were highly recommended by my builder. I am extremely disappointed! I wish I had seen them installed somewhere prior to purchasing, but only samples were available. I should have considered that a sign that there were no floors of COREtec to view, I suppose. These floors are dull and lifeless. I guess that makes sense as they are PLASTIC, which is how they look, feel and sound. Such an expensive mistake. I am angry and sick over this decision. My daughter keeps cleaning them in hopes that I like them better, but there is no washing the ugly off of these floors. Now I am rug shopping to cover them, so even more money. I am so embarrassed and ashamed of them that I do not even want anyone to come over.

  9. Thinking about putting CoreTec Plus in our cabin in north Idaho. Cabin is not heated for most of the winter. Will this be a problem?

    1. Kevin with Abbey Carpet

      Yes, this could be a problem. Temperatures need to be maintained between 65° and 85°. Coretec’s biggest problem is sunlight, it cannot handle direct sunlight for very long. Temperatures exceed its tolerance and it will expand on you.

      1. I could not find any information on temperature requirements. This would definitely pose a big issue for our seasonal homeowner who wants to use in a unheated 3 season room. Can you direct me to that information so I can properly educate them on this? Thank you!!

  10. I’m amazed that anyone is having issues with Coretec. I believe it’s the best product on the market. I installed it in my all seasons room about 3-years ago. The room is used daily. It still looks the same as it did the day I installed it, with the exception of one small ding from dropping a hammer off of a ladder while working on the ceiling.

    When I go on vacation in the winter, I turn the heat off in room, which get to about 45-degrees. It has never separated or buckled. Very pleased. I will use it again when I remodel the master bathroom.

    Anyone considering purchasing Coretec and is worried by some of the reviews here, I did a lot of research before I bought it in 2014. There is no product that is better on the market. Compare the specs. See for yourself.

  11. I have Coretc in three rentals and a commercial retail store. It has held up perfectly and as expected. What a bunch of whiners on this forum. A grain of dirt scratched your floor? Several people spouting off here seem to be professional product bashers. Go get real jobs you whiners.

  12. Trying to install the COREtec plus weathered concrete lvt. The planks are 24 x 18.5 inches. I’m going over a perfectly level ceramic tile floor. (Didn’t want to chisel out old floor). I have installed many floors. This is the most difficult floor I have ever installed. The 18.5 inch side is very difficult to ‘tap’ flush. The width of the plank torques and it is not an easy fit. I have spent over 20 hours on 850 sq ft and still not happy. The narrow planks are much easier. I am now looking at glueing down this floor. It would be much easier to trim the locking part from the tile and glue down. Has anyone used glue to install these tiles?

    1. Kevin with Abbey Carpet

      Yes, you can clue coretec down with a cork adhesive. You can’t start on exterior walls or your longest walls. Typically with the tiles you need to do a 3-4-5 triangle and start in the middle of the floor and work your way out.

  13. Initially I loved the floor as I put it in a craft room. Thought it would be perfect, but little did I know that the flooring can’t stand any type of wheeled chairs. The minute layer of vinyl peeled off and the flooring seemed to separate and come up. Finally had to put masking tape on it so it wouldn’t come up anymore. We had a representative come out and inspect the flooring. They asked all kinds of questions which I answered honestly including how I cleaned the floor, how often and with what. I only used Ph neutral cleaner and a vacuum. End result–denied my claim. I see lots of advertisements on the internet with wheeled chairs, so they should fix their advertising. I am really unhappy with the manufacturer. Don’t buy any of this flooring. Fortunately my dealer took care of me at their expense. I am most grateful.

  14. Arleen Mallon

    Installed vinyl plank in Carolina pine. Love the look but hard to keep clean. Every drop leaves a mark and when wiping up drops of water or spills leaves a lot of streaking. Have to clean a whole area just to get rid if the streaks. Don’t think I would install again because of the maintenance.

  15. The salesman claimed that the Cortec vinyl planks were waterproof, pet proof, kid proof, and scratch resistant. Having lost just about everything to the Harvey floods, this product sounded ideal as I tried to put my house back together. Even before I moved back into my house, there were scratches throughout. Putting felt coverings on the bottom of furniture has not kept the floors from scratching. My grandkids can’t bring their toys out of the bedroom to play because they cause scratches. The floors look pretty, as long as nothing is placed on them or people/pets don’t walk on them. VERY VERY disappointed in the product.

  16. We were thinking of putting this floor in a condo where the noise factor is a problem. Wood and tile are not allowed. What is the noise factor of this floor? Will the people below be able to hear us walking in high heels?

  17. Wow! Was about to purchase COREtec plus for my home…but these reviews! My *main* thing is that the floor is durable, easy to clean, and won’t scratch with my 70lb pup!

    1. We now have three dogs, a old golden retriever and two wild golden pups. They are crazy players, all three, zooming through our house. Not a scratch on our Coretec Plus floors, and very easy to deal with training accidents with these floors.

  18. Two years ago, we decided to install Coretec Plus Nantucket Oak throughout our cottage. We have two large labs that visit regularly, and at one point had nine show dogs in the house at the same time for a weekend dog show. I also have seven grandkids (ages 2-13) who spend time at the beach house. Needless to say, there is a ton of sand that gets tracked in. After two years, there is not a scratch. I love, love, love this floor. As soon as people come in the house, they remark about how much they love our floors. I plan to install Coretec in our other house soon.

    My only word of advice is to heed the advice about maintaining heating and cooling at consistent levels. Also, we had our floor professionally installed. A local restaurant did not, and there are now gaps between the planks. Unless you really know what you are doing, spend the money to have it installed correctly.

  19. Have had the flooring for 6 months. I have a 45lb dog and have not experienced any scratching at all. Floor is easy to clean. I used a mop and light pad for cleaning. I use Bona to clean but am going to try vinegar as suggested. My problem with the floor is I don’t have the shine as I did with wood floors. However my wood floors were really damaged by my dog. That was my reasoning for getting vinyl plank floors. For this reason I am happy I went with Coretex flooring!

  20. We installed COREtec Plus in June of 2017. The color is “Distinction Ipe” which is a darker color. We chose it because it coordinated nicely with our existing oak hardwood, we have a dog, kids and a pool, plus it had great reviews. As many have said, it scratches easily. I invested in felt pads on all chairs, but if one little piece of sand gets under it, you wind up with a white scratch. I’m very disappointed. I would NOT recommend this flooring. Anyone have a product that they recommend for hiding the scratches? I have no problem with stains or footprints as others have mentioned. I use OdoBan ph neutral, no-rinse. Online ordered a gallon from home depot – shipped to store for free. It’s concentrated and I think the gallon will make a lifetime supply. It seems to work well for cleaning.

    1. Hello, sorry to hear you are unhappy with your floor. I am so excited about CoreTec but then get so scared when reading reviews like this.

      I am also on the fence about color and Distinction IPE is my front runner, do you have any pictures in your rooms you could share with me? The only one I can find is the one stock photo from Coretec. If so please send to me at (removed – posting personal phone numbers prohibited). Thanks!

  21. I originally wanted to install Home Depot’s Lifeproof Fresh Oak ($2.99/sq. ft.), but the guy who is going to install it told me that the wear layer isn’t very good. He steered me over to Coretec. I haven’t installed anything yet, but am reconsidering the Coretec based on the comments here that it is susceptible to scratches–I have 3 Shih Tzus, and one of them likes to scratch and “nest.” Am I better off getting the cheaper LifeProof option or Coretec? Or should I be looking at another brand altogether? I’m staying away from carpeting because the dogs are seniors and occasionally have accidents. Thanks!

    1. Mannington is the most scratch proof, they have a video where they take a quarter and scratch a competitor floor and then theirs and it does not scratch. I thought ok maybe a gimmick or trick in the video but nope, I did it myself with my two samples and I could NOT scratch the Mannington. Lower price point all same thickness etc.

  22. Wow! We have just settled on COREtec Plus HD and now I’m second guessing our decision. No pets and just the two of us and a grandson before and after school. We want the beveled plank look as that is what makes it look more realistic and somewhat match the hardwood we have had for 25 years. More info from those who have this please..

    1. We have had the Cortec floor throughout our home for 11 months now. We have moved to a retirement community so there are no young children in our home. We did have a dog and now we have a cat. I took quite a long time to pick out our flooring and we are very happy that we settled with the Cortec product.

      My husband and I love, love, love it! It is easy to keep clean and we have received numerous compliments on the flooring. It looks beautiful and I’m really much happier with it than when I had hardwood floors throughout my other home. It seems much sturdier to me – if that makes any sense. Of course we did have a big dog then which probably contributed to some of the floor scratching. I hope you enjoy your flooring, I think it is the best purchase that we have made in our new home.

  23. Anyone have an issue with cupping with COREtec? I’m a contractor and we installed 675sqft of it on a basement floor (concrete) in a new home. The directions state that you DO NOT have to put a vapor barrier down, so we didn’t. It’s cupping bad. And it isn’t even being occupied yet.

    1. I am having a problem with scratches from my little dog. We have only had our COREtec floor for a week and my dog scratched the floor. I thought it was suppose to be more durable. We have the luxury COREtec.

      1. We are having the same problem with our COREtec floors. We just moved in April 12, 2018 and builder is denying the scratches which are evident to everyone else. Not happy!

    2. I installed 2000 sq ft and it cupped, was told it was a manufacturer flaw so the company replaced it. Now I think it’s doing it again, am not impressed. Did you replace?

    3. We had a professional install for over 2000 sq ft of the Coretec Plus XL planks.

      Less than 6 months later there was some cupping. The manufacturer replaced all the floors at no cost.

      Our new floors have been in 11 months and are fantastic. We have found the floors to be comfortable under our feet, easy to clean (we vacuum and light mop) and have received many, many favorable comments from friends and family.

      Our experience has been nothing less than excellent.

      1. I’m a retired general and ceramic tile contractor with 39 years of experience, and also an International Code Council building inspector. I installed several hundred square feet of COREtec Plus in a friend’s house and now within a year it has developed gaps in heavy traffic areas. The local distributor was annoyed that he didn’t get the job, and incidentally underestimated the quantity by 25%. I called the manufacturer to have them send out a rep to determine the problem and they will only deal with the distributor. How did you get the factory to inspect the cupping problem?

    4. I’m not sure if “cupping” is similar to “peaking”, which is the issue we’re having with the butt ends lifting just enough to break the flat lie of the planking. It is inconsistent throughout the floor (two levels at about 950 sq. ft.) No sunlight hits the floor and 1/4″ expansion room was left consistently around the edges. The flooring contractor has been informed and say that they are waiting to hear from the manufacturer’s rep. Not satisfied with their slow response. Has anybody else had this problem?

  24. Cortec plus was installed and when I spot cleaned the area, it left a streak area where it was spot cleaned. Used just a damp cloth and you can see where it was spot cleaned. How do you eliminate this problem? What type cleaner is best and type cloth to use?

    1. Once and Done by Armstrong is the best thing to use on it. Or vinegar and water. Don’t use anything else. A lot of cleaning products are wax-based and can ruin the floor. Hope this helps you.

    2. OdoBan is a great inexpensive product. Make sure it’s the “No Rinse
      Neutral pH Floor Cleaner”.. Home Depot carries it (less than $10/gal.)
      My local store doesn’t stock it so I bought online (no shipping) and picked it up at the store. I just use an inexpensive mop & frequently rinse it out.

  25. We purchased CORTEC XL-E about a year ago and absolutely love it. A quick damp mop and done! No left over foot prints, but we’ve been careful not to walk back through a room right after mopping it, until the floor is dry. Especially love the cork-padded backing, and the feel of the “wood” as it’s not super slick like ceramic. Surprised at the negative comments. True, if you want really “shiny” wood like you get with true hardwoods and coats of “poly” applied, then CORTEC XL-E is not for you. We’ve found CORTEC-XL-E to be a great product, especially for seniors!

  26. This stuff is terrible! Biggest mistake ever! Just installed Coretec Plus flooring and it scratches extremely easily. Any little grains of sand or dirt or even plastic pads under your furniture will scratch the floor. I have felt pads under my furniture and it still somehow scratches when moved. Water stains, footprints, etc. all show.

    Run far away from this stuff!

  27. 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.

    1. I’ve had my floor for 2 years. I can mop my floor 3 times and you can wipe it with a wet white rag and it’s black. My grandkids walk and crawl on it and they get covered with a black film-like greasy dirt. Anyone who walks on it barefoot ends up with black feet.

  28. 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.

    1. Funny you say this, since COREtec is the company that invented LVP. More “tried and true” than other brands.

  29. 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.

      1. I currently installed the Core Tec HD XL and am discovering scratches as well. This was currently installed in January. Is there any product that can be placed in the flooring to reduce this. The flooring is suppose to be somewhat scratch resistant.

  30. 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.

  31. 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.

  32. 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 thinking about this same product but am concerned after seeing the reviews. What was your experience with it? Are you happy or do you have regrets?

    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.

  33. 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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