Rigid Core vinyl plank flooring review

Rigid Core Luxury Vinyl Plank Flooring Review

Are you into the rustic, farmhouse look with wide plank floors that look like they’ve been there forever?  Or what about a sleek, contemporary exotic wood floor?

Sounds great, right? Until you add up the cost.

So many of these beautiful floors come with a not-so-appealing price tag. Not only are the floors themselves costly, the installation can also add up.

And you have to be careful what rooms you put hardwoods in as some are sensitive to humidity and moisture. While these floors are truly stunning, they do have their limitations.

But what if you could have the designer flooring look, even in your wet rooms, for a fraction of the cost?

Armstrong’s Rigid Core Luxury Vinyl Flooring may be the solution to your problem. And it has a few extra perks that you probably didn’t think of.

Want to learn more about this great flooring? Here’s our review of it.

Rigid Core Features

If you are looking for a beautifully natural-looking floor that can withstand the toughest traffic, then Armstrong’s Luxe Plank flooring with rigid core technology just might be the thing you’ve been dreaming of.

It comes in stunningly realistic planks that resemble wood. Or you can choose tiles that look so much like natural stone that it is hard to tell the difference.

And the best part – these luxury vinyl planks and tiles have Armstrong’s innovative rigid core technology.

Rigid Core technology is Armstrong’s answer to uneven subfloors.

Each plank has a rigid composite core plus an acoustic cork underlayment. This technology helps hide the imperfections of a not-so-even floor.

They simply lock together on top of your existing hard surface floor. And they don’t need to be acclimated first.

This flooring comes in several sizes of planks plus natural stone options – so you can find the right look for any room. And they are waterproof, so you can even put them in bathrooms and basements.

You can also feel confident that this flooring will be safe for your home. Rigid Core Luxury Vinyl is Floorscore certified and will not affect your indoor air quality.

So, without further ado, let’s check out some of the beautiful flooring looks that you can achieve with Armstrong’s rigid core luxury vinyl flooring.

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Styles & Options

When it comes to options, Armstrong covers them all, whatever your personal taste may be.

Their Luxe Plank luxury vinyl comes in four different styles. These collections include exotic, rustic, and traditional hardwood looks.

The exotics include distinctive woods like African acacia and Brazilian tiger wood. Each one has rich colors and variations in it.

The rustic look mimics reclaimed wood and features gorgeous styles like Farmhouse Plank and Painted Pine.

If traditional wood is more your style, then you may like their Countryside Oak.  Most planks are either 6” x 48” or 7” x 48”.

Or you can choose from a variety of natural stone looks that resemble travertine, slate or stones.

The natural stone tiles vary in size, but most are either 12” x 24” or 18” x 18”. Additionally, there are a few concrete looks that are available in a 6” x 48” plank.

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Installation & Maintenance

Whether you are going for a wood or stone look, with this Armstrong product, you can easily achieve it with much less work. Installing Rigid Core Luxury Vinyl is very easy to do.

In fact, it makes a great DIY project, saving you even more money on installation fees. You’ll need a few tools, but nothing out of the ordinary.

In fact, you may have everything you need at home already.

And if you have ever tried to install tile or hardwoods on your own, you will find this is much easier. If you’ve never installed a floor before, you can likely still do this project with no experience.

Once you’ve installed your Rigid Core flooring, you can begin enjoying it right away. This LVT does not need to be acclimated.

Plus it is very easy to maintain. Simply sweep or vacuum up loose dirt and debris on a regular basis.

This may need to be done frequently in high traffic areas and once a week in non-traffic areas.

For a deeper cleaning, use a damp mop. But avoid the use of harsh chemical cleaners.

With a little routine care, the highly durable floors will retain their beauty for many years to come.

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How to Purchase

Armstrong Rigid Core LVT can be purchased through most major home improvement stores like Home Depot and Lowes.  You can get it directly from the stores, or order it online and have it shipped to your home or to the store.

You can also purchase it from businesses that specialize in flooring such as Floor and Décor or through an online retailer like WeShipFloors.com.

Unlike some brands that are sold exclusively through one particular store, this product is readily available.

Costs may vary depending on where you live and the style you choose, but in general, you can purchase it for between $2 and $3 a square foot. One case covers around 20 square feet.

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The Verdict

If you know that your subfloor is uneven, then Armstrong’s luxury vinyl flooring with rigid core technology could be a great solution.

You have the option of either the hardwood look or natural stone. And the selections are both realistic and attractive.

Plus, the cost is much less than if you were to install hardwoods or natural stone tile. And you don’t have to tear out any old flooring.

Unless you have carpet – then you would need to remove it. Otherwise, this luxury tile will fit over just about any subfloor including old tile, laminate, or hardwood floors.

It’s relatively easy to find either in stores or online, so it is also a convenient option. Plus, it has received outstanding reviews from other shoppers.

Overall, this is a great looking and excellent quality product. What do you look for in new flooring?

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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.

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