Welcome to another Home Flooring Pros brand review. Today we’ll be giving you an overview of the Mannington vinyl plank flooring ranges, which include Adura Max, Adura Max Apex, Adura Rigid and Adura Flex.
Look out for a future review of Mannington Resilient and Luxury Sheet Vinyl products.
Retailing between $3 and $6, and offering a large choice of styles, colors and sizes, Mannington Adura should definitely be on your radar if you’re interested in vinyl.
Mannington Adura luxury vinyl flooring is available from many local flooring outlets and you can buy online from Wayfair.com.
So let’s look at the Mannington brand and its Adura vinyl ranges in more detail. We’ll review the differences between the vinyl plank ranges, highlighting the advantages and disadvantages of each one so that you can choose the right option for your home flooring project.
ABOUT THE COMPANY
As you may already know, Mannington are one of the oldest and best known flooring manufacturers in the USA. Founded, and still based, in Salem, New Jersey back in 1915, they credit their success by striving to live up to their motto: “to be the best people to do business with in the flooring industry.”
One way that they do this is by offering a comprehensive range of good quality flooring products. Today Mannington Mills Inc. stay ahead of the competition by producing resilient sheet vinyl, luxury vinyl plank, laminate and hardwood floors, carpet and rubber via their multiple brands including Mannington Residential, Mannington Commercial, Amtico and Burke.
But as you know, we’ll be looking more closely at the Mannington Residential luxury vinyl flooring, with their Adura vinyl plank ranges.
MANNINGTON VINYL FLOORING FEATURES
Whilst there are differences between the four Adura ranges, there are some features that they all have in common. All Adura vinyl plank floors are:
- offer good resistance against scratches and dents
- are less prone to fading and staining
- easy to maintain
- are good options if you have kids or pets
- have realistic wood or stone look visuals and textures
- have integrated underlayment pads
- are FloorScore certified to meet high air quality standards and low VOCs
- are in the mid range price bracket $3 – $6 per square foot.
- are available at most good flooring retailers and online at Wayfair.com.
- have various matching moldings available, for stairs, floor transitions etc.
Now let’s look at what sets the four Adura vinyl plank ranges apart from each other.
Note that many of the designs are available in more than one range, but each range has particular features that will suit different room profiles – for example, best for sunrooms, best for busy households, best for open plan living spaces.
So, if you want to have the same flooring throughout your, you can do so whilst still always having the Adura flooring that fits the different room profiles in your home.
PROS AND CONS
The advantages of Mannington’s Adura vinyl flooring are:
- Large selection of designs and styles to suit your interior décor.
- Many designs are available in more than one Adura range so you can have the same floor designs throughout your home, matching the range to the profile of each room.
- Upgraded waterproof core, so good choice for kitchen, bathroom and basement installations
- Adura Max, MaxAPEX and Rigid are more forgiving when installed over less than perfect subfloors.
- Adura FLEX can be used in rooms where a floating floor is not optimal; and can be finished with grout for extra authenticity.
- A large selection of stone look LVT, great if you’re looking for the marble or limestone look with a more affordable price tag than the real deal.
- Easy to maintain – regular sweeping or vacuuming and occasional mopping should suffice.
- Homeowners have praised Adura Max and MaxAPEX for a warmer, softer feel underfoot.
- Relatively affordable – priced between $3-$6 per square foot; other LVT brands can be as much as $7 per square foot. Adura vinyl flooring also compares very favorably to mid-range hardwood and natural stone flooring which can costs upwards of $5 per square foot.
The disadvantages of Mannington’s Adura vinyl flooring are:
- Adura vinyl flooring is always going to only ever be an imitation of the real thing. If you are restoring a period property, and want to commit to authentic detail, then Adura luxury vinyl flooring is not an option worthy of consideration.
- As with all resilient flooring, poor installation can cause problems over time; Mannington is not alone in rejecting compensation claims for poorly functioning flooring where the initial cause is inadequate subfloor preparation or slapdash installation.
- Not necessarily easy for first time DIYers; Adura vinyl flooring us reasonably easy to install, but we would always recommend using a professional who has experience of using this brand to ensure best results. Mannington provide detailed advice about installation on their website.
MANNINGTON ADURA FLOORING REVIEWS
So let’s now look at the different collections within the Adura Max ranges.
MANNINGTON ADURA MAX
This is the main Adura vinyl plank range, and features a comprehensive range of classic flooring visuals in both wood and stone, with a leaning towards more rustic, weathered aesthetics.
- Constructed using the expanded polymer core method (also known as WPC) for a more comfortable feel underfoot
- The same WPC core makes for great sound proofing, so great for busy households, music rooms, kids’ playrooms and so on.
- 15 wood look designs, most of them available in several different colors, resulting in 46 different planks with a full range of colors and styles – from classic deep browns to fashionably weathered grays.
- 10 stone look designs, available in different gray, beige, brown, russet, cream, white tones, and including cement look visuals as well as more traditional natural stone visuals.
- Wood look Adura Max vinyl planks are available either in 6” x 48” or 7” x 48”; whilst stone look options are all available in 12” x 24” tiles, and the Meridian design is also available in longer 6” x 48” planks.
- Adura Max can be installed over most clean and even hard subfloors, including ceramic tile.
- Installed in the floating floor method, and can be installed on, below and above grade, including bathrooms.
- Adura Max is not recommended for rooms that will receive long periods of direct sunlight or extremely high temperatures.
MANNINGTON ADURA MAXAPEX
The Adura MaxAPEX range is constructed just like the Adura Max range, the main difference being more bold, contemporary visuals including two options that replicate encaustic cement tiles and one that is designed to look like as basket weave parquet floor.
- Adura MaxAPEX has an expanded polymer core (also known as WPC).
- 9 wood look designs, most of them available in several different colors, most with a distinct rustic/ weathered/ distressed aesthetic, one parquet design (Loft, available in 4 colors) and with a large number of designs available in trendy gray tones.
- 2 encaustic tile designs, one of which has a patchwork style aesthetic; both designs are available in more than one color option.
- Wood look Adura MaxAPEX vinyl planks are available in different widths and lengths depending on the design – for example the Hampton is 12”x24”, Aspen is 8” x 72 and Hilltop is sold in mixed width 4”, 6”, 8” x 48” packs.
- Adura Max Apex encaustic tile options are available in 16” x 48” slabs.
- Adura Max Apex can be installed over most subfloors, including ceramic tile and cement.
- Installed in the floating floor method, and can be installed on, below and above grade, including bathrooms.
- Adura Max Apex is not recommended for rooms that will receive long periods of direct sunlight or extremely high temperatures.
This is the newest Adura range and is made to be stronger, more rigid (hence the name) and even more resistant to dents and scratches.
Adura Rigid is also better for rooms/ homes that experience wide temperature changes, such as mountain cabins, or sunrooms.
- Made with a solid polymer core (also known as SPC) which gives it greater strength and stability, but is perhaps not quite as comfortable underfoot as the Adura Max and Max Apex. It is more like a porcelain tile in this regard.
- Much better at withstanding rooms with no temperature control or places that get lots of different temperature changes.
- Available in both wood look and stone look designs, and in fact the range has the exact same designs and colors as the Adura Max range.
- Wood planks are 6” x 48” or 7” x 48”; stone tiles are 12” x 24” tiles.
- Adura Rigid can be installed over most subfloors, including ceramic tile and cement.
- Installed in the floating floor method, and can be installed throughout your home, including bathrooms.
Read our more in-depth review of Adura Rigid here.
MANNINGTON ADURA FLEX
The Adura Flex range is Mannington’s more traditional LVT flooring and has been on the market for many years now.
Unlike the other Adura ranges that are installed as floating floors, the Adura Flex is glued down; and the other difference is that the stone look tile version can be installed with or without grout.
- Made in the standard luxury vinyl plank method, with a scratch resistant wear layer, a decorative middle layer and a backing pad at the bottom.
- Available in the exact same wood and stone look designs as the Adura Max range, plus three extra stone look designs that are unique to the Adura Flex range.
- Wood planks are 6” x 48” or 7” x 48”; stone tiles are 18” x 18” or 12” x 24” tiles.
- Installed with the glue down method.
- Because of this installation method you don’t need transition strips, so visually better if you have an open plan living space, and safer for those with mobility difficulties.
- The stone look tiles can also be finished with grout for an extra authentic finish.
- Can be installed over most subfloor types. However, the glue down installation method is much less forgiving, so your subfloor needs to be perfectly even for a good result.
Mannington Adura flooring isn’t sold in any of the big box stores at the time of writing, so to calculate the cost of buying Adura vinyl plank flooring you should contact your local flooring stores for current prices.
Easier still is to visit the online retailer Wayfair.com. They have a good selection of all the Mannington Adura ranges at prices between $3.00 and $5.50 per square foot. We’ve not come across a cheaper price.
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The Adura ranges have abundantly good reviews for the design and quality of the product. The only bad reviews we found were to do with poor installation, or boxes that were damaged in transit. Here’s a sample of reviews we found:
“Absolutely beautiful. I replaced my cold ceramic tile last weekend…Feels great on bare feet in the morning, not cold and hard like the old tile.” Alice
“Fantastic flooring, exceeding our expectations… The [Adura Max] base has a cushioning layer that makes the floor less hard when walking on it so it’s hard/soft like a cork floor, absolutely perfect.” Claire
“Looks great, easy to install, easy to clean!” Bruce
“Really beautiful flooring, seem really tough and was easy to install.” Linda
“It’s great – we love the color and it’s waterproof!” – Hernando
“Great color, good quality and easy to install once you get the hang of it.” – SB
“Good quality for the money” – Leona
“I had to replaced some boxes because they were broken, but the rest were fine and the store were happy to replace.” – Jimmy
“I had to get the installer back to redo some parts as there were gaps between some of the planks after a week. Seems to be OK now.” – Karl
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