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.

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

  1. Got Coretec LVP flooring through COSTCO and Shaw and had them install it August, 2017. We got the Ivory Coast oak color for our 750 sf condo. It was every bit as expensive as real hardwood would have been BUT its superiority became very evident not long after we had it installed. The day after Christmas, 2017, we awoke at 5 a.m. to the sound of dripping water and walked into the living room to find almost 1/2 inch of water covering the entire area!

    An under sink water filter had failed and had been squirting water for an unknown length of time. We immediately shut off the water main and proceeded to mop up using every towel we owned. We were afraid we would have to redo all the flooring but once it dried NONE of the planks buckled, mildewed, discolored or needed to be replaced. It has been over a year since that day and our floors still look great. They REALLY are waterproof.

    I’d hate to even imagine the issues we would have experienced had we gone with hardwood. We love them. They are easy to keep clean, look natural and worth the money.

  2. I installed Distinction IPE on my 1st floor and stairs. It has been 6 months and I only have a couple scratches. This is a dark floor, and as others mentioned it is dull and shows footprints easy. Every time I clean it wet it looks great. HD and colors. Dry it looks boring, dull, and dusty. I probably voided my lifetime warranty by top-coating the floor with Rejuvinate All Floor Restore from Home depot. This product made the colors pop out and gave a nice shine to the floor like clear-coated lumber. Looks 10x better than out of the box.

    Six months later the topcoat is showing some wear… mostly from where my boy dog has been trying to mark his territory around the furniture. I clean it up with the Rejuvinate LVT cleaner and it works great, but eventually I miss a spot for a day or few and after I clean it the top coat has been damaged. This brings back the dull finish, and I need to be careful not to overlap the top coat I applied or it will be visibly shinier. But after all I would do the same thing again, but maybe apply 2 coats to the floor. This was done by using a 12″ x 24″ microfiber flat mop (like an oversized Swiffer) and working my way out of each room one at a time. Pour a 1/4″ line of coating every 2-3 feet and swab the deck following the grain of the planks.

    My only complaint installing the product was that there were more defects and small scratches from people who packed the boxes. They were stacked randomly face to face, then cork to face, etc. They were not stacked by machine! Self install turned out better than the so-called wood floor installers that crawled around with dirty knee-pads, and kept trying to work it like a wood floor.

    You are better off installing it by yourself than using a flooring contractor… unless the installer has done a few LVP floors previously.

    BTW: Anyone who gets gaps didn’t take the time to click and tap the interlocking sides / ends first. Manufactured click and lock is not idiot proof, but take the time and look at your seams prior to running the next course or you will create your own problems… you can’t just smack it into place after it is down.

    Happy with the product for my house, but not sure about rental property installs.

  3. I bought coretec plus XL 9″ x 6′ plank and a absolutely love it. When buying this product I didn’t like the enhanced xl beveled edge in this size. It wasn’t realistic looking to me, being a floor finisher. I own a 120 lb Rottweiler who is very rough and floor is holding up very well. Also get a lot of compliments on this floor.

  4. I absolutely HATE my Coretec and we spent a ton to get it in our entire house. The dull finish always looks dirty and it shows every single footstep. It never looks clean. I care for it as recommended and it always has streakmarks, smudges and prints. Biggest regret ever. I can’t believe it is allowed to be sold.

    1. I’m wondering what your color was as well. We are getting ready to install Duxbury Oak in coretec pro plus. Did you install a really dark color?

  5. I had purchased a trafficmaster water proof flooring from Home Depot in attempt to replace the cheap laminate I purchased there two years ago. I spent over $1000 to have a 300 s/f area done and a year and a half later just couldn’t take it any more. My floor started to reek from my 15 year old Jack Russel Terrier having accidents. Oh believe me, I cleaned up with neutralizers and pet defense cleaners, but that did not stop the order. As well, my laminate swelled up everywhere…

    So I went back and pretty much had to do my own research on the materials. I started to install the Traffic Master LVP and the edges where very brittle and easy to break. I had gaps that wouldn’t close all the way and the flooring felt really hard and cold. So I started to go with my gut and returned the flooring. After I continued to research I came across COREtec again. I had a friend who didn’t like COREtec because of the price, he was the one who suggested HomeDepot, lol.

    I decided to take the plunge and paid extra to get the COREtec. I have the Red River Hickory COREtec Plus. And me and ESPECIALLY my wife and Dog love the flooring. It’s been about a year now and no more nasty smell, very easy to clean but still have a couple of scratch marks only because I dragged a box across it which had a staple underneath. The same box scratched my garage slab as well, lol (my fault). Overall I absolutely love my COREtec floor and would highly recommend this product to all who are looking for a stable LVP floor. The price is worth the extra expense in my book.

  6. We had Cortec HD installed in the lower level of our home about 6 weeks ago. We live on a lake with a 40 lb lab mix and have a hot tub that is right outside our door, so lots of water exposure and pets. Replaced linoleum and carpet with this product and love it. Yes, we have to vacuum it daily as we can see the black dog hair much easier now. Yes, we have felt pads on all of the furniture legs. No scratches from the dog or shoes so far. We had Tigerwood cherry floors in our previous home with children, dogs and a pool and decided never again due to scratches, water exposure and fading. No flooring is perfect for every situation but we are happy with our decision.

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