mannington vinyl plank flooring review

Mannington Vinyl Plank Flooring Review

In this review, we’re taking an in-depth look at Mannington Vinyl Plank Flooring.

I remember the green and white faux-tile vinyl flooring in my Grandma’s house—it’s burned in my memory. Mainly because of how many times I fell on it, crawled on it, spilled on it… you get the idea.

Gone are the days of that ugly, cheap vinyl flooring. OK, it’s still out there. (Hopefully NOT that green and white pattern.) Thankfully, vinyl flooring options today are not what they used to be. Now, we have luxury vinyl plank (LVP or LVT) flooring, which is a game-changer for this old staple of flooring.

Consumers have a growing love for LVP floors. Anyone can see this when reading reviews on their favorite shopping sites. Of course, not all brands are created equally.

Even in the “luxury” category, some floors are far more durable, and far more stylish. Some are truly meant for more luxurious applications. Not only that, some can work for almost any room on almost any budget.

While Mannington doesn’t have the most unique designs, they do have a quality product that is right in the middle of average industry prices, between $3.50 and $5.50 per square foot.

The Advantages of Vinyl Plank Flooring

Luxury vinyl plank (LVP) flooring is getting a lot of press lately. In light of that, it’s one of the more notable trends in home building and remodeling.

With new, realistic designs coming to market every year, homeowners are falling in love with the durability, ease of installation (many DIYers are installing themselves), and highly affordable prices.

Mannington LVP floors offer the same advantages of other luxury vinyl floors. They are easy to maintain, quiet and warm on the feet, and very durable. In addition, Vinyl flooring absorbs some sound so your footsteps don’t echo throughout the house.

Ease of cleaning is another major advantage, requiring only sweeping and occasional mopping. Vinyl planks are durable and resistant to most drops, spills, and temperature/humidity fluctuations.

In case you are 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.

About Mannington

Mannington is a 4th-generation, family-owned company based in New Jersey. The company offers a large product collection, including vinyl (rolls), laminate, luxury vinyl plank, and engineered hardwood floors.

For the purposes of this review, we will focus only on their LVP flooring products. Their website has a lot of information and great photos. However, we found it took extra effort to decipher between the rolled vinyl flooring and the LVP at first glance.

They sell their luxury vinyl products under the Adura brand name.

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LVP Flooring Lines

Mannington’s line features roughly 116 different tile looks that replicate the looks of stone and wood, including some with unique graphic designs.

The Adura line is their main LVP brand. Accordingly, it offers a wide variety of tiles and planks in warm browns, cool grays and even some very dark hues and patterns.

Adura Meridian is their LVP product that recreates the look of weathered concrete. These cool, modern and somewhat industrial-looking floors are available in 16” x 16” tiles or 6” x 18” planks.

Interestingly, one of the distinctive things about Mannington “stone” tiles is that people can use them with or without grout. In this way one can create a truly authentic tiled floor look. (You should use their proprietary grout product specially formulated for use with their LVT.)

Their grout is available in eight popular colors. Conveniently, it can be used with most Mannington Adura tiles.

AduraMax is a step up from the standard Adura line and features popular, trendy styles and patterns. Don’t forget its HydroLoc waterproof core. Thicker and more rigid than ordinary vinyl, AduraMax is available in easy-to-assemble locking planks.

Also, it features Mannington’s Ultra-Quiet pre-attached pad for superior sound reduction and greater comfort underfoot. Planks can be installed quickly on all grade levels and over most existing floors and sub-floors.

Another noteworthy feature of AduraMax is the ScratchResist aluminum oxide surface protection. According to Mannington, this patented technology “offers the industry’s best wear, scratch and stain resistance.”

AduraMaxAPEX is their most contemporary, on-trend collection featuring popular colors and textures. It’s got longer, wider planks, variable width planks, embossed-in-register (EIR) detail, and painted bevels, which offer a truly realistic look.

Essentially, this line is AduraMax (waterproof core and sound absorption) with more modern style options.

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Environmental Considerations

One of the main concerns that homeowners encounter when shopping for LVP floors is air quality. It’s not news that traditional vinyl flooring can emit harmful toxins.

However, most reputable LVP manufacturers are now producing products with new “ingredients” that significantly reduce, if not eliminate, these toxins. As a matter of fact, Mannington is no different.

They say the “vast majority of our flooring is FloorScore certified for indoor air quality.” The vast majority but perhaps not all? At any rate, Mannington LVT floors are manufactured without formaldehyde, the main toxin-causing component in older vinyl floors.

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Care and Maintenance

Cleaning and maintaining a Mannington floor appears to be similar to other brands of vinyl plank flooring, with a few caveats. This is true especially when it comes to polishing the floor.

Like several other brands, Mannington wants you to use their floor cleaners. Try using Mannington Award Series Rinse-Free Cleaner—or a “clear, non-sudsy ammonia.”

While some other brands say “never” to using floor polish, Mannington does allow for polishing if you’re looking for a shiny floor. According to Mannington, you can use polish or “mop and shine” solutions.

As with most floor polish, occasional stripping and reapplication of polish may be necessary. Not surprisingly, they recommend their own Mannington Heavy Duty Cleaner and Stripper.

It’s important to remember not to wax or buff their LVP floors. To that end, find details on all their cleaning procedures by checking out their Care and Maintenance page.

Warranty

Keeping in line with the industry standard, Mannington Adura floors come with a limited lifetime residential warranty and a 6-year light commercial warranty.

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Overall Opinion

We’ve seen a lot of positive reviews for Mannington floors online, but have also seen one red flag. They say that their products are produced in the U.S., but some components appear to still be manufactured in China. Apparently, some consumers report receiving boxes stamped “Made in China”.

We have heard the company will transition to having all products manufactured here in the States. Overall, homeowners appear to be very satisfied with Mannington. In this light, they remain one of the top brands in the market today.

As with any flooring decision, you should view samples in person, in the room where they will go. While we have seen much more vivid and creative designs from other brands, Mannington is a solid product.

Coupled with this, they’ve got the most popular looks available, a lifetime warranty, and a fair price.

To view their product lines, try out Mannington’s Virtual Decorator (very cool, BTW), or visit their website.

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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.

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