nucore vinyl plank flooring review

NuCore Vinyl Plank Flooring Review

Like its name implies NuCore vinyl planks are the flooring of a new generation. It may be hard to believe but, today’s vinyl floors are often mistaken for real wood and natural stone. The latest technology has enabled companies to make these planks better than ever.

While it’s true vinyl planks have come a long way from the days of disco-balls, and flashy patterns, not all flooring is created equal. Always do your homework before spending your hard-earned dollars.

Here’s what you need to know about NuCore vinyl plank before heading to the stores:

Where Can You Buy NuCore?

NuCore is sold only through Floor and Décor stores. Floor and Décor is a national chain, frequented by both contractors and consumers. They also have a user-friendly site with a chat feature that allows representatives to answer questions immediately.

NuCore availability ranges from in-stock styles that can be picked up the same day to special order which usually ship within 7-10 days. The store also carries a line of coordinating moldings to go along with your NuCore Planks.

Be advised smaller items are not always stocked and may take longer to come in.

Make sure you allow time to receive everything before scheduling or planning an install.

Before ordering anything read the stores policies on shipping, damages, and returns. You can find these listed on their website.

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What Styles are Available?

NuCore vinyl plank comes in a variety of 35 colors and patterns. Your choices of finish include gloss, scraped and hand scraped.  Styles range from airy whitewashed gray tones to deeper mahogany shades.

These planks are $2- $3 a square foot and are easy to afford. NuCore is sold in cartons that will cover between 19-30 square feet. The average plank sizes are between 6”-7” wide and 48” inches long.

NuCore is available in thicknesses of 5.5mm – 6.5mm. NuCore vinyl comes with a pre-attached cork backing, making it softer on your feet and more comfortable to stand for prolonged periods. The cork layer acts as padding and helps to reduce noise from pet nails and second- floor stampedes.

Some NuCore planks also feature an anti-microbial layer to help resist mold and mildew. All NuCore planks are water and scratch resistant: however, the exact levels may not be consistent across the brand.

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How is NuCore Installed?

NuCore vinyl planks install with a tongue in groove system. This system is DIY friendly and simple to understand. The key to a successful install is to prepare the subfloor adequately.

Make sure to follow all manufacturer guidelines and pay attention to the specific requirements for the use of vapor barriers. Be advised, the necessary acclimatization time listed on the website conflicts with the product’s warranty. Make sure you get a written clarification from the manufacturer; before you install the flooring.

After preparing the sub-floor, lay the planks out from left to right starting at the longest wall. Make sure you lay out the entire room before beginning the installation. You’ll want to see where you need to make any adjustments or cuts before you start working.

Work from multiple boxes so you can vary the colors and textures. Always buy about 10% extra than you think you’ll need. It’s better to have additional material on hand, in case you run short or need to make more cuts than you initially anticipated.

There is nothing as frustrating as running out of planks a few feet shy of finishing your project.

When you’re ready to install the planks; lock each board to the next at the edges. You can secure any seams by tapping them down with a scrap piece of vinyl and a rubber mallet. Don’t forget to leave ¼” for expansion around walls and obstacles.

Don’t worry if it’s slow going at first. You will get the hang of it. The flooring will go down easier, and you will be able to move faster, once you become more comfortable with the procedure.

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The Pros and Cons of Nucore

NuCore flooring is a cost-friendly option. The price of these planks will fit into most buyer’s home improvement budgets. The floors thickness is also comparable to more expensive brands.

NuCore has a wide range of shading and finishes available for you to choose from. The company’s warranty also includes a pet-friendly clause and guarantees their vinyl plank won’t permanently stain if pet accidents are wiped up before completely dry.

However, it’s a bit concerning that there are no government certificates posted anywhere on Floor and Décor’s website. Information about where these floors are produced seems to be missing as well. It’s also puzzling that the company doesn’t openly display NuCore’s wear layer or level of scratch resistance.

The absence of any non-endorsed positive reviews seems a bit strange and discouraging.

There is no downloadable NuCore catalog on the website, which might mean that NuCore styles may change frequently. That could become a problem if you’re replacing existing flooring a little at a time. You may not be able to match the planks exactly when you’re ready to move on to the next room.

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The Final Verdict

NuCore vinyl planks may be good quality, inspected, and, certified, but there are no written specifics to be found. The good news is that these planks don’t have many customer complaints either. If you’re hoping to save some money, this plank may be worth talking to a specialist at Floor and Decor.

But, while the price is important, it’s not the only factor to consider when buying new flooring. NuCore vinyl isn’t your only choice. There are more transparent brands on the market that offer excellent value for the money.

Another way to find out how well NuCore holds up is to check the company’s social media profiles and talk to local installers. There are also independent flooring inspectors that may be able to shed more light on this brand. Contact Floor and Décor and ask them to supply copies of any certifications you might find useful.

One final thought–shop around, get details in writing and know what you’re buying before the money leaves your hands. If you have any comments or first-hand experiences with NuCore flooring, please post them below or share your pictures via social media

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Jeanine Hintze

About Jeanine Hintze

Jeanine Hintze is a professional content writer, and home improvement enthusiast from Long Island.

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