mohawk vinyl plank flooring review

Mohawk Vinyl Plank Flooring Review

Mohawk vinyl planks are the latest in a long line of products to feature pets as pitchmen. The company’s top ambassador for their SolidTech vinyl planks is none other than internet sensation“Doug the Pug.” Yes, the YouTube superstar has decided to join his fellow animal kingdom buddies in the high stakes game of selling to humans.

So, should you listen to the newest fuzzy salesman out there? Or, should Doug stick to snoring and snappy dressing?

For entertainment’s sake, we’ll humor him, and take a closer look at this pug’s pick of vinyl plank flooring.

Why Should you Choose Mohawk?

Mohawk Industries has been in the flooring business since 1878. You can bet there have been changes over the years. But, one thing hasn’t, Mohawk’s commitment to manufacturing high-quality and affordable products. The company prices SolidTech with the budget conscious in mind and produces planks under sustainability guidelines set by the United Nations.

Mohawk industries also supports worthy charities and organizations. They take an interest in the environment and are forerunners in promoting employee safety.

Mohawk isn’t the only vinyl plank manufacturer out there but, they’ve earned a reputation as one of the best. A majority of reviewers state they’re satisfied with their Mohawk flooring. Even the negative reviews praise the responsiveness of Mohawk’s customer service.

While helpful agents cant guarantee you’ll love your selection, it’s comforting to know that the company pays attention to customer concerns. It’s not unusual to see Mohawk reps respond to reviews both positive and negative.

Mohawk sells a wide variety of flooring including carpeting, wood, laminate, and vinyl. They’ve recently released a line of luxury vinyl plank called SolidTech. SolidTech is a vinyl plank hybrid featuring waterproof core construction.

SolidTech vinyl planks come in three diverse collections. The three offer identical levels of waterproofing and scratch resistance. Each line varies in price, sizing and shading.

Let’s examine your choices.

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SolidTech Styling Guide

The Grandewood collection features 12 versatile colors and designs. Grandewood planks are pleasing to the eye and compliment the simple lines and deep tones found in rustically elegant homes.  The planks are a respectable 5.5mm thick and are 6” wide x 49” long.

The next category in SolidTech plank is Revelance.

The Revelance collection is slightly more traditional in styling. Revelance vinyl planks closely mimic the coloring and graining found in natural wood. They are constructed of 100% vinyl and feature no recycled materials. These wider planks total 6.5 mm thick with a wear layer of 12 mil.

Mohawk’s final offering is Variations. Variations planks are vibrant and trendy by design. These 7” wide planks are sure to make a statement.

They’re available in natural looking color variations that alter from silver to sand. You can arrange Variation flooring to create bolder patterns or subtle silhouettes. Ironically, your options are limited; Variation planks are only available in 4 shades at this time.

While style plays an essential role in your decision, remember to weigh the pros and cons.

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SolidTech Benefits and Drawbacks

Mohawk SolidTech vinyl planks feature waterproof core construction that can withstand temperature changes, liquid assaults and Matchbox derbies. The Revelance and Variation series both come with a preattached 1mm underlayment for comfort and insulation.

You can keep SolidTech in top shape with a broom, vacuum or damp mop. Mohawk also sells cleaning products that are formulated to work on SolidTech planks.

Mohawk states these planks are nearly dentproof unlike many other vinyl products on the market. They advertise the flooring as pet-friendly with built-in odor protection and stain guards. However, their warranty limitations and guidelines suggest otherwise.

The warranty for SolidTech states that furniture must rest on protective padding. The company encourages using floor mats in high traffic areas to protect the planks from staining and wear.

Mohawk cautions that mold and mildew buildup isn’t covered under warranty. Which means the floorings top layer is waterproof, but there is no guarantee spills can’t get beneath the seams. If you have a family member using a mobility aid, ask the manufacturer for specific guidelines as none appear in the warranty.

Additionally, it’s baffling that SolidTech is warrantied 30-35 years residential, but only 7-8 years for light commercial use. If SolidTech can withstand everyday abuse from lively children and unruly pets, why isn’t it guaranteed to hold up in light office environments for longer? Is Mohawk exercising caution or unsure of their claims?

With any project, it’s essential to determine the cost and aggravation levels. So how does Mohawk vinyl planks stack up?

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Pricing and Installation Factors

SolidTech costs less than comparable vinyl planks. The SolidTech series is available both online and at local retail stores. The average price is around $3 per square foot, making it affordable for most renovation projects.

You can install SolidTech as a floating floor using Mohawk’s Uniclic design. Once you’ve lain the planks; line up the beveled edges and lock them into place.

You will need spacers for expansion gaps, a miter or jigsaw for cuts and a tapping block for securing uneven seams. Preplan your attack, by placing your flooring out first to decide which direction you will run the planks. Use a pencil to mark any areas you may need to cut.

Don’t forget to work from multiple boxes to get the best shading and variation results.

Remember to move furniture out of the way and remove wall trim before starting your install. Once you finish the first few rows, installation should go quickly and seamlessly. Mohawk provides clear instructions, and the versatility of the Uniclic system works well with complicated floor plans.

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Final Thoughts on SolidTech

Every vinyl plank manufacturer touts their products as the superior choice. The truth is most vinyl planks come with the same benefits. While they all claim their flooring is waterproof, scratch resistant and easy to clean, many fail to meet those requirements.

The Mohawk brand has a large following of loyal customers that vouch for their flooring. The warranties leave room for doubt, but it’s common for manufacturers to include escape clauses. The new solid-core technology has made vinyl planks stronger and sturdier.

Luxury vinyl remains an excellent choice for families with pets, active children and busy lives. Mohawk vinyl planks are more affordable than hardwood flooring and softer and warmer than tile. Unlike the latter, vinyl gives you the option to replace one plank if your floor becomes damaged.

While there’s no guarantee and little consumer data to support Mohawk SolidTech planks are worthy of the hype, you shouldn’t discount them. The affordable price and safety ratings combined with SolidTech’s construction and Mohawk’s reputation make it a sound choice. As always, remember to try before you buy and get a feel for the flooring before you make any concrete decisions.

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32 thoughts on “Mohawk Vinyl Plank Flooring Review”

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    Some of the same issues here. The ends are separating and they do not appear to be cut square. The ends touch in the middle but there’s a gap on both sides on the short ends. I even looked at the large display Menards had on their floor and it looked the same. Unfortunately the display was not out when I purchased this product. Menards said to call manufacturer (Mohawk). I will be doing that soon and posting their response.

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    Dennis & Lannis Rackowski

    We just installed Mohawk vinyl plank flooring, it just snaps together, is suppose to be EASY to do. For 204 sq.ft. it took over 2 full days. And there was NOTHING easy about the way they SNAP together. If we knew how hard it was going to be, we would NOT have purchased this product. Word of mouth is the best or worst advertising, in this case it is going to be the WORST. We plan to tell all our friends to stay away from this Mohawk product. We can only hope and pray that it holds up. A very UNHAPPY –
    DISSATISFIED customer.

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    Kimberly Thompson

    We are very pleased with our new Mohawk solid tech kitchen floor from their Blended Tones collection. It is 6.5 mil thick, with a 20 wear layer and we chose coral reef because it has a marble look. In fact, a friend recently asked when she walked in if our floor was marble. I felt compelled to report our satisfaction because most things written here are critical of Mohawk floors and we have seen nothing to complain about. It seems that a lot of the complaints have to do with problems when buyers tried to install themselves. Although my husband built our house and it quite handy, we are glad we had it installed professionally installed. Their experience with the materials, and their equipment for cutting a plank when needed, could have made all the difference in the end result. Again, we have had no regrets with our Mohawk solid tech floor and would gladly recommend them.

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    Installed lvf in kitchen. Within 1 week the ends of the boards separated. I also have tongue and groove ends breaking. Floor looks terrible. Have to rip it out and start over. I would not recommend this product. Very expensive. Like the floor design but click together sucks.

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    Man, I am really doubting my choice of Mohawk solid tech. I have professional installers and so far everything looks good. I think I may have spent too much, $12,200 CDN for 1,200 sq feet including installation and HST. When walking on floor there felt like air pockets in some sections.

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      We spent about $700 on materials for 350 square feet and did it ourselves. I couldn’t imagine over 12 thousand dollars! It came out beautiful!

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    My husband is a Certified Flooring Installer for over forty plus years. Do not buy Mohawk LVP FLOORING because you will only end up replacing it. And no people it is Not scratch resistant, either.

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    I installed all new floor in our master bathroom yesterday 3/31/2019 using Mohawk luxury vinyl planks. Not happy with the outcome at all. The seams would not stay together, and was not so easy to work with comparing to other brands I’ve worked with in the past. Not happy at all. I will be replacing the whole floor again because I don’t have faith in longevity or durability of the seams.

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    I just had Mohawk Solidtech True Vision installed in my kitchen a week ago. Within a day it had scratches on it. I will be calling customer service to see what can be done. I’ve contacted the store where I purchased the floor. The man told me he was only an “admin,” and he had to make a report to a higher level. I still have not heard back from them.

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      Update: Mohawk does not provide a warranty for scratches, thus negating their claim of withstanding Matchbox derbies. My issue is currently in the claims department of Avalon Flooring where I purchased my floor. I’m very disappointed I went this route instead of going with pergo.

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        I hear ya! I absolutely HATE, HATE, HATE my Mohawk Luxury Vinyl Planking that was in my new home when we purchased. It looks FAKE, doesn’t withstand scratches (I have no pets and no children) and I will never ever purchase anything that has this flooring again. I agree with you on the Pergo. Definitely holds up better. Also, EVERYTHING gets caught up in the grooves of this flooring… it’s HORRIBLE!

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    Do not use this product.

    The vinyl planks are very nice, but the uniclic locking design on the ends is horrible. It has just the tiniest bit of plastic that clicks together and will not hold unless it is installed perfectly and your floor is perfectly level and you don’t put too much weight through one of these butt joints. And… and… To many “ands”. We had to rip up an entire floor, 1400sqft, because lots of the butt joints were separated. Not a recommended product.

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      What do you mean by the locking design on the ends, I thought the locking system was on the sides of the plank? Also what was the thickness of the product, was it a thinner grade or thicker plank? Thank you.

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    Can I take this floor up and re-do it? And in case of a leak, can the locking mechanism be affected, or will the planks swell?

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    I’m getting ready to install Mohawks True Design line on Monday and quite honestly I’m now doubting my decision. I’m concerned about the smell and water or spills, pet accidents. Also, is this a safe product?

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      Just wondered if you are happy with your floor or not? I have 1000 sf being installed right now. I just came across these reviews and now I’m nervous.

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    The smell might be from mildew beneath the floor, if water has dripped onto the floor after bathing. Water can seep between the planks. You may need to pull it up and bleach the floor to kill the mold.

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    I have just recently seen that Mohawk has released a new line of vinyl planking under the Solidtech brand, called True Design. Does anyone have any feed back on this product? I see that three diverse collections were mentioned but the True Design wasn’t one of them. It has a 6.5 mm thickness with a 20mils wear surface. Thank you for any info/help you can provide.


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      Tracey Jessilonis

      Just wondering if you were able to get any information on True design. I am also considering it.

      Thank you!

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      I’m considering the new Mohawk SolidTech True Design 20mil wear layer. I saw your comment on here and am wondering if you ever received any feedback?

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    Angie McCredden

    I installed this premium luxury vinyl tile this July and the pieces are separating. The installer is baffled and took pictures. I really think I will have them remove it and get another flooring.

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      I had the same problem, I ended up ripping this flooring up, was very disappointed with this product. Replaced with another brand, so far so good. The mohawk floor was rather expensive, I thought it would be better than it was.

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    We installed mohawk planks last year. I don’t advise it if you have an older pet that has Incontinence issues. When we leave the house we gate our dog in the kitchen due to her accidents. We just had to rip up half the floor because we noticed after cleaning up an accident that fluid was coming up from seems. It was like a lake under half the floor and it smelled awful. I will say the flooring didn’t smell till we started pulling it up. So, I guess that’s one thing it’s good at.

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    I installed Mohawk vinyl planks in a small bathroom.I like the way it looks and wear. I noticed a smell in my bathroom from the flooring is that going to go away or is that normal?

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      Is formaldehyde in these planks? I read that certain types of vinyl planks are made from recycled vinyl. Maybe call the manufacturer and ask about what their planks are made of, and why the smell? If you decide to remove it, watch a YouTube on do it yourself installation of porcelain tile in your bathroom.

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