COREtec Vinyl Spotlight
- March 23, 2021
- Posted by: Zoe
- Category: Informational
(Pictured: A few of our COREtec displays)
If you’ve heard about luxury vinyl flooring, chances are you’ve also heard about COREtec.
For those of you who are familiar with luxury vinyl and COREtec, but not necessarily what they are or why they’re important, here is a little background information.
What is Luxury Vinyl?
Vinyl plank flooring, popularly known as luxury vinyl (or LVP), is a cost-effective flooring choice with some amazing benefits. These floors are highly durable, give realistic visuals of hardwood and stone floors, and most importantly, are waterproof.
While LVP is a great option for flooring, and can be installed practically anywhere in your home, there are a few things to keep in mind when considering to purchase it.
Disadvantages of LVP
- Replacement: Replacing LVP is not the most difficult thing to do, but if you manage to scratch a board, it isn’t as easy as just using a stain pen to fix it up. Vinyl is not a natural material, so if you somehow scratch through the visual you will be unable to fix it and will need to replace the entire plank. If you glued down your vinyl, it could also be more difficult to remove, we recommend using something like a hair dryer to try and loosen the adhesive to solve this issue.
- VOCs: Much like carpet, vinyl will emit some level of volatile organic compounds (VOCs). If VOCs are of major concern to you, it is worth asking your flooring supplier if they will hold on to your material for a week or two to ‘air them out’ a bit.
- Eco-Friendliness: While there are a lot of LVP manufacturers that get different ‘green’ certifications, vinyl is not inherently eco-friendly. Most samples will show their certifications along with their other specs, but if not, it never hurts to ask and make sure.
What is COREtec? Why Does it Matter?
From their humble beginning operating out of their founder’s spare bedroom, to now, COREtec has been one of the leading innovators of modern vinyl flooring.
COREtec has a patented construction that makes it highly durable when faced with high traffic or commercial areas. A lot of work has also been put into this product to make it pleasing to the eye, as well as easy to clean and maintain.
Talking further about durability, COREtec has advantage over engineered hardwood. First and foremost, engineered hardwood is not waterproof, and the cost of replacing damaged wood is far greater than a luxury vinyl. The wear layer on top of vinyl is also more scratch resistant than hardwood
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