COREtec Plus Flooring Reviews

Over the past few months we’ve received a number of emails and comments about COREtec Plus engineered LVT plank and tile flooring, so in response here’s our in-depth COREtec review of the company and their flooring products. For further vinyl flooring reviews click here. You may also be interested in our core vinyl flooring guides

In fact COREtec flooring is produced by a company called USFloors. Based in Dalton, Georgia, the company was established in 2001 primarily importing and marketing cork and bamboo flooring. A few years later – when the company bought Natural Cork – USFloors became the leading US cork flooring provider and not long after that they opened their first domestic factory – manufacturing cork, bamboo and hardwood floors.

Today USFloors also have facilities in Shanghai, China, and offer a large range of flooring products for both commercial and residential use including cork, strand woven bamboo, FSC-certified hardwoods, LVT, and cork underlayments. And one of their largest product ranges is now their USFloors COREtec Plus luxury vinyl flooring.

COREtec Luxury Vinyl Tiles and Planks

There are currently six different lines in the COREtec Plus flooring range, each featuring a specific look or style, but all of them share the same construction. Let’s review their specifications.

A wear layer of at least 0.5 mm/20 mil which is rated for commercial use protects the durable and resilient luxury vinyl top layer; this layer sits on the extruded waterproof stable core layer made of recycled wood, bamboo dust, limestone and virgin PVC; and the final layer that sits against the subfloor is an integrated cork underlayment which works both as additional soundproofing and is resistant to mold and mildew. There is also the COREtec One range – the very first in the COREtec products – which has a similar construction to COREtec Plus flooring except that it does not have a cork backing.

All COREtec products can usually be installed as a floating floor but should always be installed with the direct glue-down method if heavy furnishings or loads are going to be used on the floor; the company naturally recommends using their own brand flooring adhesive. COREtec can also be installed over radiant heating.

Assuming instructions and recommendations have been followed carefully, the robust 4-layer construction will result in a great floor that should last a long time (USFloors offer either Lifetime Limited or 25 year Limited warranties on their COREtec products for residential use).

It is also important to note that all COREtec products have achieved the GreenGuard Gold Certification for low chemical emissions, so COREtec is one of the safest LVT products currently on the market.

COREtec Product Range In Detail

Now let’s take a closer look and review the different product lines in the COREtec flooring range:

COREtec Plus 5” Plank – an elegant line of traditional-styled wood-look LVT planks, sized 5” x 48” x 8mm; there are currently twelve colorways featuring oak, pine, walnut, maple and hickory aesthetics and ranging from warm yellows to gray-ish tones. We particularly like the looks of the Gold Coast Acacia with features beautiful honey tones and strong, curvaceous grain details.

COREtec Plus 7” Plank – the slightly wider planks in this product line (dimensions 7.125” x 48” x 8mm), have a more distressed, industrial look and urban color tones featuring beiges, coffee tones and several interesting grays. There are twelve colorways in call, mainly oak and pine replicas; our favorite is the burnt, charcoal tones of the Hudson valley Oak

COREtec Plus Tile – a rather smart line of rectangular stone-look tiles (12“ x 24” x 8mm or 18.5” x 24” x 8mm) give all the classy looks of real stone tile with a warmer, softer feel underfoot! COREtec floors can be installed in wet areas, as long as you follow their recommendation in properly preparing the subfloor, so these are a good option for bathrooms. The tile line comes in eleven colorways including slate, travertine and marble stone, and three alternative looks: Aged Copper, Petrified Forest and Weathered Concrete.


COREtec Plus XL – at 9” x 72” x 8.mm this is the widest and longest wood-look plank line in the COREtec range with a strong range of statement colorways. The line features mostly oak wood-look; but with fifteen different colors in the line there is something for every décor style, ranging from deep gray to whitewashed. In fact the whitewashed Mt. Pleasant Pine is one of our favorites from this line.

COREtec Plus HD – COREtec claim that the Embossed In Register (E.I.R.) technology along with a 4 side painted micro bevel edge used in making the HD product line gives “a realistic visual unlike any other LVP or WPC product available today“. We think there are other similarly impressive products on the market, but for sure the HD line is the most detailed of the COREtec planks. Sized 7″ x 72″ x 8.5 mm and available in fifteen colorways, we particularly like the gently distressed looks of the Contempo series.

COREtec Plus Design – consisting of multi-toned and multi-width planks (5″ x 36″ x 8 mm, 7″ x 72″ x 8 mm, and 9″ x 72″ x 8 mm) and tiles the Design line gives you more room to fully customize your floor. Currently available in ten colorways – seven wood-look and thee stone-look – the overall multi-toned effect may not be to everyone’s tastes, but does look rather good in the Sand Slate colorway.

COREtec ONE – the original COREtec range is still in production and still offers a good alternative to glue down LVT. Plank dimensions are and the range comes in eight nicely varied colorways including golden, chocolate and gray tones. The naturalistic, warm toned Peruvian Walnut is our favorite in this range.

COREtec Moldings – to finish off your COREtec flooring project there is also a good range of moldings to match each style of floor. The moldings are 94” long and are available in Quarter Round, T-Mold, Reducer, Baby Threshold, Stair Cap and Stair Nose.

All images courtesy of www.usfloorsllc.com

COREtec Plus Pricing

The recommended retail price for the USFloors COREtec flooring range of products described above is between $4.99 and $5.99 but we have seen it for sale at a number of different retailers priced between $3.69 and $4.68 so it is worth taking the time to shop around for the best prices.

Conclusion

Overall, we think that COREtec Plus is a good quality vinyl tile brand and well worth your consideration.
COREtec Plus reviews on several prominent flooring and renovation websites suggest customers have been happy with the look and feel of their COREtec Plus flooring. On the whole, those customers that have had a negative experience with the product have also agreed that the product was badly installed in the first place. In fact, as with many flooring products, it is highly recommended that you work with a tried and trusted flooring installer.

If you have any COREtec flooring reviews of your own that you would like to share please leave them in the comments section below.

58 thoughts on “COREtec Plus Flooring Reviews

  • March 11, 2017 at 3:11 pm
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    How do you address floor heating/air conditioning vents when using the 7 inch by 72 inch luxury vinyl plank? I dislike metal and wonder what your recommendations might be.

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  • March 23, 2017 at 12:36 pm
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    I am in the market to purchase flooring and I haven’t found your product in any stores, i.e, Home Depot, Lowes, Ollies. My biggest fear is easily chippable corners. Where do you sell your product?

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      • March 22, 2018 at 9:59 am
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        They carry the flooring at Carpet King also

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    • April 17, 2018 at 9:46 pm
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      On the CoreTec website you can enter your ZIP code and it’ll show you local dealers. Most of ours are locally owned flooring shops, a few were even willing to negotiate pricing to compare with online retailers

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  • March 29, 2017 at 3:39 pm
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    Which CORETec Plus line (XL or HD) has the most embossed/distressed feel? We need something bumpy so the dog doesn’t slip all over!

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  • April 7, 2017 at 9:07 am
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    In the basement, will this floor be able to handle sump pump malfunctions? With sitting water will it just need wet vacumed and not be ruined,or with possible warped wet floors and mold issues?

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    • April 24, 2017 at 1:47 pm
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      Hi Elizabeth, I read that this flooring can withstand being soaked in water. It should be dried thoroughly, but it should not warp. Biggest problem is mold and mildew – if water gets under the floor, it should be pulled up to allow everything to dry, then it can be laid back down. Otherwise you could get mold. I’m assuming your sump pump malfunction isn’t that frequent an occurrence… There is no flooring that will prevent mold if there are areas that are constantly wet…

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  • May 13, 2017 at 12:44 am
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    I’m replacing my kitchen laminate and living room carpet. I’m Interested in CoreTec One, but I can’t figure out of it needs an underlayment. The sales rep at the store said no, and I can’t find any definitive answers online.

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    • May 17, 2017 at 12:01 pm
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      We had Mexican tiles with a terrible, non-existent grout problem. The CoreTec installer put a white coating over the tile and put the floor right over it. Did it all in one day. Saved me from having to break up the tile, which would have caused a lot of dust to fly everywhere.

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    • September 26, 2017 at 10:14 am
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      Our flooring installer said no, no underlayment but I have a friend who’s been in the flooring business and he said yes, very definitely and we installed a product called Titanium under our Coretek. It adds a small bit of cushion and warmth.

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    • December 13, 2017 at 10:35 am
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      No underlayment is required but 3/16″ of an inch in a 10′ radius are the specs on the level of the floor. In other words if you have a 10 ft straight edge laying across your floor it should not fulcrum in the middle nor should there be any gaps greater than 3/16″ of an inch under it. I have installed this product on many jobs including new homes and churches.

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    • February 6, 2018 at 5:20 pm
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      Liz, I have used this in a 3 bedroom split level home. We replaced the living room laminate and sheet vinyl. I went with the coretec plus with the cork backing, it went right over the subfloor. no pad or underlayment. I asked the same thing and was told it wasn’t needed, unless your going over cement like at the garage entry point. if you would like photos I can be reached at 216-633-5228.

      Travis Denniston,

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  • June 3, 2017 at 11:49 am
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    Do these floors provide traction for dogs not to slip and slide ?

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    • June 16, 2017 at 1:39 pm
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      Yes. I hope you get a chance to feel the floor for yourself, because it’s a little hard to describe. Bascially the floor we got (Coretec Plus XL Williamson Oak) feels like dry wood without the splinters! There’s no clammy, plastic-y or slippery feel like you get with older vinyl floors. Our dog does fulls speed charges on the floor with no problems. The floor looks fantastic, but it’s that feel that makes our guests think it’s real wood.

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  • June 3, 2017 at 6:25 pm
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    Do you think the COREtec Plus tile would work well in an unheated sunroom in northern Wisconsin? It would be installed over a concrete slab. It would be installed as a floating floor. Thanks.

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  • October 6, 2017 at 10:54 am
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    I would like to know how cover tec plus will hold up against dog peepee.im getting core tec installed soon

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    • February 22, 2018 at 12:06 am
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      Hello,
      I was wondering how your floors are holdin up? Was thinking of purchase this.

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  • November 16, 2017 at 3:55 pm
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    Has anyone had any experience with CoreTec and radiant heat? Any idea how it compares to real wood with regard to radiant heat?

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    • February 22, 2018 at 11:33 am
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      We need area rugs… it is a little cold -but our radiant heat is in the ceiling … FYI

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      • August 5, 2018 at 5:11 pm
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        Can rugs with rubber backing be used on cortec plus five inch vinyl plank flooring?

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  • November 18, 2017 at 3:59 am
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    I’m putting vinyl coretec plus in the bedrooms and was wondering if its ok to run the boards straight through into the wardrobe then screw the track to to sliding door on top?
    Should this effect the expansion as it’s only a small distance and also being vinyl the expansion isn’t like that of a laminate floor?

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  • November 18, 2017 at 11:28 pm
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    We opted for a Core Tec Plus plank vinyl floor for kitchen, family room, laundry, and half bath. It is not completely installed yet. I love the look of it, yet when I walk on the finished places there is a crinkly sound. Why is that? I looked on the internet most sites said it may be because of no underlayment, although the packaging said none was required. Can you help us figure out what is going on? The installer didn’t have any answers. Am I going to have to have them take it up to repair this?

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    • November 21, 2017 at 5:22 am
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      This is certainly something your installer should be dealing with

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    • December 6, 2017 at 7:50 pm
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      Judy, did you figure out what the problem was that made the crinkly sound? I am at the same point now. My floor is half installed and I stopped the installer from doing any more. The installer has no idea why it is doing that but I did get him to admit that something was wrong. The dealer were I purchased the Coretec Plus planking said it needed 3 to 5 weeks to settle BUT I am not convinced. Hopefully you had some success in finding out what the cause was for you and would be able to pass that on to me. I will be looking for your reply. Thank you.

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      • January 6, 2018 at 2:09 am
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        Al, the contractor came and we made a video to send to the company rep. The installers thought maybe if they rolled a linoleum roller over it that would help. They did and it didn’t help. The contractor sent a claim to Shaw and Shaw, which owns US Floors, sent out an inspector who could not hear the sound. He could only hear it slightly in a few places that were unlevel, but they were still within tolerance. So fortunately, Shaw is going to credit us for the amount of material on the floor towards a new product. The contractor that we are dealing with is going to take it out and install something different. I am sad because I liked the flooring–it cleans well and I like the look of it. I really thought a cork backing make it a great product. I just couldn’t stand the noise. And we had it installed in November and it is still making the sound.

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    • June 18, 2018 at 12:22 pm
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      I recently had Coretec plus put down and I am very unhappy with the results. The floor looks beautiful but when we walk on it, there is a hollow sound that makes it sound like cheap plastic flooring.

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  • November 20, 2017 at 7:09 pm
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    Would you recommend a sealer on the core tec plus.

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    • November 21, 2017 at 5:15 am
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      No, I believe the flooring is pre-sealed

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  • November 21, 2017 at 11:34 am
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    my home has wood flooring from the 50’s, its in great shape, just dont like the coloring and size of planks. can i lay this coretec plus over it, and will the old creaks in the wood floor still be heard thru the it.

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    • November 22, 2017 at 6:54 am
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      Hi Roxanna, we recommend that you get a local flooring professional to advise on your specific situation. All new flooring needs a really good sub floor beneath it, flat and level with no movement.

      Even if you are able to use your existing wood floor as a sub floor you would need to fix the creaks before laying another floor on top imo.

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  • November 23, 2017 at 2:09 pm
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    Hi, I’m getting ready to install this coretech tile and and some laminate flooring. It looks like the tiles just fit together like tongue and groove, do you recommend any adhesives to keep them in place or are they good to float? Also is a vapor barrier underneath the recommended surface or do you usually put down a mat as well?

    Thanks!

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  • November 26, 2017 at 10:47 pm
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    You mention other products looking as good as the Coretec HD line. I’ve ALMOST decided on the HD line but I’m not 100% sold. What other product stacks up in authenticity and quality to the Coretec HD line?

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    • December 16, 2017 at 3:32 am
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      Check karndean and flooret. Both are high quality luxury vinyl.

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  • December 26, 2017 at 4:13 pm
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    We have two old dogs so we needed flooring that would be 100% waterproof, so we just had our home floored with CoreTec Venado Oak luxury vinyl tile. One dog has spilled the big water bowl twice already and I’ve not seen any problems result from that. We love the look of the wider plank and they aren’t cold on your feet like ceramic tiles.

    Our one problem, and it’s a big one to me, is that it scratches SO SO easily!! I saw ONE review mentioning scratching but that was it. So to be on the safe side we bought a Costco pack of felt pads and put them on all furniture before it was brought back into the house. Or so we thought….we forgot to pad the bottom of an old 1920’s glass cabinet and when we moved it there was a tiny tiny pebble under it that caused a 12′ scratch. And that was with us lifting it almost completely off the floor. So we’re totally paranoid and overly careful now!

    Then, unbeknownst to us, one of our dogs brought a tiny pebble in on her foot and during a Christmas party a cooler was set on top of it. Someone drug the cooler over a little way and that tiny tiny shard of rock scratched our floor. Sigh….

    We try to pick everything completely up now when moving it but some things, i.e. antique sideboard, are too heavy so we’re very very very careful when moving them. Bottom line….even with felt pads on the bottom of our furniture we now have a number of small scratches on the floor from just bringing our furniture back in. The dogs nails don’t seem to be a problem, which is great.

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    • January 1, 2018 at 12:17 pm
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      Wow the sales guy we saw yesterday really impressed upon us about how scratch-proof core Tec floors were.

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      • March 8, 2018 at 9:47 pm
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        Give the sales guy a break. Within reason, you should expect that dragging furniture with pebbles under them will scratch any flooring. Lifting furniture and using common sense is the logical way to go.

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    • March 30, 2018 at 6:50 am
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      How is the flooring doing with the dogs? I am thinking about getting the 28 mm wear layer. I have 2 labs. I don’t want scratches from nails.
      Thanks

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      • July 14, 2018 at 11:30 am
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        Did you get this flooring we have labs also and one carries water, how has yours held up?

        Yavonda

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    • June 13, 2018 at 8:24 pm
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      what kind of dogs do your have?

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  • January 6, 2018 at 7:47 am
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    We are purchasing a new build home in Southwest Florida. We have a two year old rescue dog that has decided to urinate from time to time in our home. My questions are is this flooring totally water proof from urine, how well will it hold up under humid conditions, we don’t like the a/c to be on all the time even in the summer and which flooring would look best in rooms with light colored walls and dark furniture?

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  • January 22, 2018 at 7:03 pm
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    What is the best way to maintain this coretec floor?
    I have a dog and I see every piece of hair shed. Should I get a micro fiber push broom to use daily?

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    • January 23, 2018 at 6:01 am
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      Yes, Michelle, that or a lightweight cordless vacuum or similar. Whatever lets you suck up the hairs quickly and fairly painlessly!

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  • January 29, 2018 at 8:17 am
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    We are replacing flooring in our 42-foot RV and like the COREtec Plus 5 plank. Have read that if our rig will be in temps below 30 degrees, the COREtec flooring should be glued down. Is that reasonable/accurate? Is it truly 100% waterproof and will the warranty extend to RV installation?

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  • February 7, 2018 at 7:00 pm
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    Is this as scratch resistant as Pergo ?

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  • February 8, 2018 at 1:45 pm
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    Make sure your installers randomly stagger the floor boards. At least 12 inches but not consistently 12 inches for adjoining boards. If boards are separated by other boards less than 12 inches between board endings will look appropriate.

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  • February 9, 2018 at 9:21 pm
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    Any chance the Coretec Plus floor could be used in a garage? Would the weight of a car(s) break it down?

    thanks

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    • March 8, 2018 at 9:51 pm
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      Seriously?!!!!! It would look so much nicer in your house! Nice thought, you would have the best looking garage ever!!!!

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    • July 27, 2018 at 12:33 pm
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      The tires will be really hot when you come home from a summer drive …

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  • February 21, 2018 at 4:56 pm
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    We just purchased the Coretec Plus this morning in “black walnut” for our living room/kitchen. We originally were going to have our current *hardwood* floors just sanded and re-finished (these floors were in when we bought 12 years ago), but the flooring guy told us that the because we are on a slab, the flooring isn’t really too thick and sanding could cause damage because it’s already very thin (plus, it’s not the good hardwood that I grew up with in my parents home). Anyway, we went to the flooring company this morning and chose our new floors which will be put right over the existing floors. He did leave us some full size samples the other day so we could walk on it to get a feel. We really loved it, so hopefully when it’s installed next week, we won’t run into any problems. We chose the PLUS because of the corking.

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    • July 14, 2018 at 11:33 am
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      Had did do you like it?

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  • February 23, 2018 at 2:38 pm
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    How are the acoustics with this flooring? We are installing Coretec HD in a basement soon and worried that replacing the current carpet will make the basement sound like a tunnel. We have drywall ceilings. Does anyone experience a lot of echo, or does the cork backing help mitigate that?

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  • March 4, 2018 at 10:12 pm
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    I’m almost sold on purchasing the Cortec Pro Plus line for the first floor of my home. I love the look of the Duxbury Oak sample. But, the only picture I can find is the one on the back of the sample in a commercial setting. It makes it look very rustic looking. Worried it will make my house look more like a barn. Does anyone have photos of the Duxbury Oak color installed in a kitchen or living room??

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  • March 30, 2018 at 6:52 am
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    I am thinking about getting the 28 mm wear layer for a few rooms in my house. How is the flooring with 2 large labs? Do the nails scratch the floor? Do you need pads under couches, chairs ect?

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  • April 15, 2018 at 10:55 am
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    Just want to know if the CORETEC PLUS PLANKS are solid or flexable??
    Want to make sure I receive the AUTHENTIC flooring if I order online.
    Please advise
    Thank you

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  • May 24, 2018 at 2:56 pm
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    I’m ready to purchase Coretec XL vinyl plank flooring but was reading alot of very negetive reviews on another site, so second guessing now! Also was planning on installing myself, has anyone else done that and how did it go using long planks vs the traditional 4′ planks?
    Thanks

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    • July 26, 2018 at 12:31 pm
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      Almost 1 year ago, we chose the XL planks, with the beveled edges, for our Living Room, Dining Room, and Foyer. We used a professional installer. We decided to use Coretec’s glue down method (see their web site) due to the fact our furniture is very, very heavy. So glad we went this route. We have a two year old dog with lots of energy who likes to play with his toys. Floor still looks like brand new and has held up fantastic! No scratches, and believe me, I check. Very, very happy we chose this product. We even had some design challenges with a sunken living room with a curve next to the foyer, and this is where having a professional do the install really makes a difference. They paid attention to every detail, and had ideas we never thought of. Really great!

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  • July 25, 2018 at 10:34 pm
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    I had Gold Coast Acacia installed in my kitchen and utility room after my laminate flooring was ruined by my old washing machine leaking (which I got rid of!!). I love the look of the flooring but wish I had not gone with it because if one walks on it in bare feet, footprints are left all over the floor. The dog’s footprints are left all over the floor. I find myself cleaning the floor three or four times or more per day!! My laminate flooring was not this bad about spotting!! I use the recommended Shaw floor cleaner on it. Does anyone have any recommendations that will keep this flooring from spotting so terribly bad? The spots show up big time under daylight or the kitchen/utility room lights!! Help, please!!! I hate cleaning this flooring constantly!!

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