We’re taking a closer look at a particularly popular vinyl plank brand: Smartcore Ultra Flooring.
With so many different options in flooring, how do you choose just one? Even if you narrow things down to one type of flooring, you still have a TON of options.
Even though luxury vinyl plank is relatively new to the flooring market, it’s now being produced by numerous manufacturers.
As big brands have begun to recognize vinyl plank’s demand, a huge range of styles and features have become available.
So, what is so great about Smartcore Ultra Flooring?
This unique flooring brand has some stand-out features the company is looking to patent, and offers a diverse product line. Lets dive a little deeper into those features, and find out what consumers are saying about the Smartcore Ultra line.
It is a glueless floating floor that can be installed on top of most hard surface subfloors. So, you don’t have to remove old tile, laminate, or another flooring first.
While there are many great vinyl flooring products on the market, what makes Smartcore unique is its patent-pending rigid construction. It is designed to hide the imperfections on your subfloor.
This unique construction also prevents telegraphing, which sometimes happens if the subfloor isn’t clean and clear of debris. Unfortunately, many of the alternative vinyl flooring options can show even the smallest speck of dirt or debris left behind.
In addition to its waterproof core, Smartcore Ultra flooring has a resilient top layer of luxury vinyl plus a 12 mil. protective wear layer to prevent staining.
It comes with waterproof, structure, and residential wear lifetime warranties. And there’s also a five-year warranty for commercial use.
Smartcore also rates as an eco-friendly option, as it has the GREENGUARD GOLD seal of approval.
Not only is this line a practical option, it is also a very attractive one. Let’s look at the different styles and options available.
Styles & Options
This vinyl flooring comes in several different sizes of planks or 12” x 24” tiles. You can also order moldings and trim work to match for a finished look.
The vinyl planks offer a number of wood looks in shades of brown and gray including Tahitian Walnut, Canberra Acacia, Rustic Hickory, and several variations of oak. You can also choose vinyl tiles that resemble stone.
Smartcore has a variety of looks to fit different tastes and designs. So, whether you want a trendier look, or prefer something classic, you can find a style to suit you.
Each carton covers anywhere from 15 to 28 square feet and costs between $3 and $4 per square foot. Of course, this can vary slightly depending on where you live.
And with a reasonable price point, this flooring is a great option for most budgets.
Even though Smartcore looks like wood flooring, it is as easy to install as laminate. So, you can save even more by laying it yourself.
Installation & Maintenance
Smartcore’s 5” planks use drop/lock installation. They are fairly easy to install and only require a few tools such as a circular saw, rubber mallet, spacers, and a tape measure.
Simply lay them over your hard surface subfloor in a staggered pattern. To make sure that your planks have a nice blend of shades, remove them from the box and shuffle them up before installing.
The 7” planks are installed using the tap/angle method. You’ll need a crosscut power saw, tapping block, hammer, and a pull bar to install these planks.
But the process is still relatively simple and can definitely be a DIY project.
If you live in a colder area and want to install in-floor radiant heat, this flooring works well with it.
Whatever type of Smartcore you choose, maintaining these floors is easy to do.
Try to keep them away from too much direct sunlight and use floor protectors under your furniture.
With routine maintenance and a lifetime warranty, you can potentially enjoy your Smartcore floors for a very long time.
So what do people think of Smartcore Ultra flooring? On average, these floors have received 4 stars across the sources we assessed.
Many people who purchased and installed this flooring were extremely pleased with the results. They loved the look of these floors.
A number of people even felt like they closely resembled wood.
Smartcore Ultra received mixed reviews on installation. Some felt they were very easy to install while consumers had more trouble.
However, many people noted how forgiving these floors were with imperfect subfloors (thanks to their patent-pending construction).
Overall, most people who purchased these floors were very happy with the result.
If you are in the market for a long-lasting, durable flooring that can hold up to a variety of elements, then Smartcore Ultra could be the right choice for you.
It comes with a lifetime warranty, is reasonably priced, and is touted as being 100% waterproof.
Smartcore works on most subfloors and is designed to avoid telegraphing. It even has a patent pending on this feature.
You can find it in several sizes, including a tile option, and there are some really nice wood species and colors to choose from.
However, you can only find them at Lowe’s. So you may have to order online if there is not a store in your area.