DuraLux Vinyl Plank Flooring Review

DuraLux Vinyl Plank Flooring Review

Have you ever wanted to install wood flooring in the bathroom or basement but couldn’t bear the risk of moisture or standing water ruining your floors?

Fret no more! The newest vinyl flooring could be a moisture-proof, wood-look solution for nearly any room in your home.

Most luxury vinyl plank floors offer water resistance to a certain point. You cannot wet mop many of them.

In addition, many require specialized cleaning products to prevent voiding their warranty. Not DuraLux Performance. More on the waterproof qualities in a moment.

DuraLux Performance luxury vinyl plank flooring was born in 2017. It was created to be super simple to install in nearly any room—even basements, sunrooms and heavily used bathrooms.

At around $2.30 per square foot, this flooring is not only a very affordable option, but a smart investment for certain rooms—but not all rooms. This product is thin and easy to install, but that flexibility comes with some downsides, mainly weight restrictions and area rug warnings.

But before we get into the details of DuraLux, let’s look at what makes luxury vinyl plank flooring one of the preferred flooring choices for homeowners across the country.

Why Luxury Vinyl Plank Flooring?

Luxury vinyl plank (LVP) flooring is becoming more and more popular for homeowners who want an affordable and durable alternative to wood and tile flooring. Not only is LVP flooring about half the cost of wood and stone flooring, but it is in many cases far more durable.

DuraLux LVP floors offer the same advantages of other luxury vinyl floors: they are “life proof” durable, mimic the look of natural wood, and are extremely easy to clean and maintain.

While the total life of LVP floors may be shorter than stone, tile and wood, the benefits could outweigh the negatives. Unlike wood, LVP floors are highly resistant to scratches and dents. They are optimal in homes with pets, kids and floors with lots of foot traffic.

In case you’re still shopping multiple flooring types for your project, (i.e. wood, tile, laminate, carpet, etc.), check out our recent article on the pros and cons of vinyl plank flooring.

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About DuraLux

DuraLux is a private-label brand sold exclusively at Floor & Décor stores around the country.  Headquartered in Atlanta since 2000, Floor & Décor is a specialty retailer in the flooring market.

They offer a wide selection of wood, tile, stone, vinyl and laminate products. They also have deeply discounted prices.

In case you aren’t a do-it-youselfer, they can recommend professionals in your area who can help with your project. They even offer free work site delivery!

The DuraLux product is tailored to the do-it-yourself installer. You can install it in up to 64,000 square feet of space without any transition molding.

It comes in 19 different colors, from blacks to rich browns to grays. These colors are what we would call the most common colors. However, the selection in this line is somewhat lacking if you happen to be looking for something a little more unique.

Planks come in one size: 6 inches by 36 inches, and 5mm thick. These floors have a 12 mil wear layer. That is far lower thickness than many of the other LVP flooring brands.

You can install this flooring right out of the box with no adhesives or special tools needed. This flooring is specifically designed for easy installation by homeowners who like to do the work themselves.

It comes with a standard Lifetime Residential Warranty and 10-year Commercial Warranty.

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The Core Difference

DuraLux offers luxury vinyl plank flooring with a special difference: a rigid stone core. This is truly unique to the DuraLux line and provides superior dent and scratch resistance and a mind-blowing impact resistance that is double that of most other LVP flooring—despite having a much thinner wear layer than others.

Each plank is constructed with a clear top layer, which provides even tougher scratch resistance. Plus, the built-in underlayment features sound reducing and anti-microbial effects. This means a DuraLux floor is a quiet, warm floor.

The look is very close to real hardwood, but not as realistic as some of the other LVP brands we’ve seen. With an easy click-lock system and no glue or other tools required, these floors are ready to install right out of the box and right on top of most types of existing flooring.

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Waterproof & Environmentally Friendly

DuraLux claims its floors are 100% waterproof. This makes them a great choice for kitchens and bathrooms where moisture, spills and sitting water might ruin other types of floors.

Its waterproof properties also allow these floors to be wet mopped, making them super easy to clean and maintain. A regular vacuuming every few days or so will be especially important for those blessed by gobs of pet hair floating around on their floors.

Like many other LVP flooring options, DuraLux is FloorScore certified for low VOC emissions. In addition, this flooring does not use formaldehyde-based resins or ortho-phthalate plasticizers in its construction, making it an environmentally responsible and healthy choice.

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Overall Opinion

There are a few distinct negatives to DuraLux floors. The use of rubber backed area rugs can cause staining on these floors.

Also, they do not recommend installing these floors in rooms with heavy furniture or cabinets, stating that the fixed weight limitations to these floors is 500 lbs., which means kitchen installs could be problematic. However, if you get this flooring home and after a few planks decide it’s not for you, Floor & Décor offers a 90-day return policy (for uninstalled products).

Because this flooring line is exclusive to Floor & Décor stores, there are very few, if any, online reviews. However, Floor & Décor has knowledgeable staff onsite at each of their stores, so tap into that knowledge to determine if this is the right floor for you.

The company itself has received overwhelmingly positive reviews for their service and selection, and the few reviews we’ve seen online show most people are happy with DuraLux. Their Facebook page is also a great source of information.

Be cautious about using the chat function on their website, however. We found the representatives there to be lacking in deep product knowledge.

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Kristin Warner

About Kristin Warner

Kristin Warner is a freelance writer and serial home remodeler. She has renovated three homes and is a certified Home Stager and Redesigner.

36 thoughts on “DuraLux Vinyl Plank Flooring Review”

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    I love my DuralLux Waterproof Luxury Vinyl floors, but my question is, someone spilled something on my floor and i now have spots that i can not get off. I’ve tried soap and water ( still there), any suggestions on how to clean my floor?

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      Use magic eraser. It worked perfectly on mine. But in case it’s not the same for your floor, just try a tiny spot first to make sure it doesn’t damage.

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    We installed this product in April over well cured (30 years old) cement floors in the basement. The product is excreting a strange reddish liquid which dries quickly and becomes flakey. It will mop off, but it returns. Is anybody else having this problem?

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    I just installed the Duralux Highland Gray Salvage and it’s beautiful. It has a rustic charm and feels like real wood. You can take a hammer to it and it won’t make a mark. I absolutely love it and it’s in my kitchen/hallway, laundry and main living room.

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    Disappointed in mine. Several scratches already and it’s just a few weeks old. At this point, I wouldn’t recommend it to anyone.

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      Margaret E Owens

      I am disappointed as well, looks great in kitchen but in less than 3 months we have 4 broken boards which we have to replace. May be waterproof but not durable.

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    Kari Smeltzer

    We had Duralux installed In our home after a water hose line froze and ruined our floors, I vowed I’d never deal with the mess of that again. (long story short we had some masonry work being done outdoors and the hose was not disconnected after use) Busting up glued down floors was a nightmare.

    At first, I thought the floors were scratching when I moved furniture but it turns out that is the protective layer and they mop right up without showing any evidence of scratching. I must have looked at over 20 samples and tested them with water and nails hammers and this by far outweighed the other options (bamboo, hardwood, engineered hardwood, nuvacore, you name it). We had an engineered hardwood before that and within a year was ruined by our dog. We have a dog and 3 kids and I have yet to find a single scratch! We love this floor so much we are replacing our carpet upstairs with it! Also, Floor and Decor is so easy to deal with – we have used their products for several small renovations.

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    Has anyone installed floor and decor lvp duralux over ceramic tile. I have not seen anywhere that it is ok. Not wanting to do anything with the grout lines of the tile (12×12 size). Lowes Smartcore specifically says it can be installed over tile.

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      Hello, I am currently installing this over 16×16 ceramic tiles. The only issue I have is that the floor is uneven in certain places and the grout lines can be an issue. I have installed with a size pattern and a continuous lay and I probably would not do that same size pattern part again. To minimize the connections that fall in the grout lines.

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    My planks keep coming up at the seams, I like the flooring but I am forever having to rubber hammer them down and it gets worse when you have more than light traffic walking on it. My installer said that it’s a floating floor. Well, I have two other rooms previously done that don’t come apart and the seams are not that obvious.

    Do you have any idea what is causing this? It happens on the whole floor, even non-walking areas. The floors actually look wavy.

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      I have noticed that the male side on the short side of the plank can be broken on install and then it will separate (lift higher) from the plank next to it. You will need to look very closely at it, as it is hard to see the small crack in the channel.

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    I found it very difficult to transition through multiple doorways because of the angle to get the flooring to lock. I could say more but the worst is a chair with plastic feet has scratched the floor in less than a week.

    Worst flooring ever… I’ve put in 4 different kinds of flooring and by far this one will disappoint you.

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    Is this floor compatible with underfloor radiant heat? If so, what is the recommended max temperature?

    Am I right to assume that I would not need to install underlayment since we have heated floors? The site says that the underlayment makes the floors warmer, presumably because it insulates the floor from the cooler basement below it.

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    Can you put DuraLux under a toilet (toilet sits on top) or does it need to be butted up against the toilet and caulked?

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      I installed in our master bathroom. Put a toilet on top of it. No issues for the past 6 months or so. This floor was installed on top of ceramic tiles. I had to put some glue in those uneven spots so that it does not move. Even though this is the locking floor, I would recommend to glue it down to minimize movements and create a very solid effect.

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        cynthia h buoniconti

        You may want to check your warranty…I think gluing down 100% waterproof luxury vinyl planks can void the warranty…

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    I own a Home Remodeling business, and I personally love this product! I like it so much I had my home approx 2200 sqft of DuraLux installed everywhere! I have a dog and lots of traffic. I love the way they look and feel. I give this product two thumbs up!!

    Floor and Decor nailed it!!

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        For Duralux and any other floating floors, kitchen cabinets should be installed on the subfloor and not on top of the floor as this prevents the floor from expanding and contracting.

        When you install it, leave 1/4” expansion between the floor and the cabinets.

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    I got Duralux floors throughout my house (except bathrooms), even in kitchen. I love my floors! I have dogs and my house feels much cleaner. They are so easy to clean and they look great. Someone asked if they are hardwood. You have to look close and tap on them to be able to tell that they’re not. With dogs my carpet just felt dirty and I was afraid they had a pet smell even after I cleaned them. No longer a problem. I’m so happy to have these floors! (I also got porcelain tiles for bathrooms. Floor and Decor was great to work with.)

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      TAMARA MCINTYRE

      I have samples interlocked together on my counter with water sitting on the seams. So far, duralux appears to remain dry. Nucore, on the other hand (that is in the next aisle over at Floor and Decor) leaks. The cork on the underside gets pretty wet.

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    We just had the Dura Lux Performance floor installed throughout our house and it looks great. It was installed over existing tile that was outdated and Floor and Decor was great to deal with. Even better, the installation crew was even better. They worked tirelessly from start to finish, moved our furniture, and walked through every room when they were finished to ensure my wife and I were satisfied. Thanks again Floor and Decor, and I will keep posting as we get used to our new flooring.

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      How is your flooring now that you’ve had it for a while? We want to install over tile also but this didn’t seem very cushioned compared to some others we’ve seen. Does it lift at all? I’ve never had a floating floor before.

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      Virtually none of the LVP products available today are made in the USA. Most are made in China or other parts of Asia.

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    Hi, we love our Blue Ridge smart core floor. Installed 36 boxes, went well.

    Can I clean the floor with water and Murphy’s oil soap?

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    Hi – In researching these floors, I have a couple questions. I fell in love with the DuraLux Highland Gray Salvage. Gorgeous! Is it diamond hardened or does it have titanium?

    Top coating? Also, is it CARB2 compliant? (Never heard of any of this, but a website discussing pros and cons of waterproof vinyl said to ask these questions). Thank you so much.

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      Did you ever get an answer on this? I’m looking at going with the exact same flooring for a rental house we own.

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      The article above^^^ says this: “DuraLux is FloorScore certified for low VOC emissions. In addition, this flooring does not use formaldehyde-based resins or ortho-phthalate plasticizers in its construction, making it an environmentally responsible and healthy choice.”

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