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Flooring Reviews on COREtec Plus Original - the Original Waterproof Polymer Core (WPC) Floor
Here at Floor City we’ve compiled a list of commonly asked questions, success stories and COREtec reviews that overall reflect what our team hears from our customers everyday.
Why choose COREtec Plus Original Flooring? First off, you should know COREtec single-handedly invented, brought to market, and popularized the hottest and most game changing category in luxury vinyl flooring today: Wood Polymer Core (WPC) flooring. Think about it. For a new-to-market product; if it wasn't great it wouldn't have become so popular, so fast! It’s an amazing success story, with great reviews and forever advanced how we think of vinyl flooring.
Jane Swift of Marysville, WA said “To be honest I was initially attracted to COREtec because of its looks. As a mom with four busy kids, two cats and a dog, I wanted the look of hardwood, but of course, in reality I needed something waterproof, durable, and really easy to clean. COREtec checked all of those boxes for me. We did the whole first floor of the house and the results were perfect and far exceeded my expectations. My houseguests tell me how great the floor looks, and I love that it’s easy to clean with just a swiffer most of the time. I wholeheartedly recommend COREtec.”
The “Core” of COREtec - Waterproof Polymer Core (WPC)
What makes COREtec Plus different? It starts with their innovative Waterproof Polymer Core (WPC). Think of each floor plank as several sandwiched layers. The “core” is the foundation the other components of the floor (cork padding, luxury vinyl top layer, decorative design, and protective wear layer) are attached to.
From a materials science perspective COREtec has combined multiple attributes into a single material: Firm, yet flexible. Won't chip or break. No expansion or contraction due to humidity or temperature changes. Resists scratches, scuffs and stains. Easy to clean. 100% waterproof even if submerged in water.
Bob Sheppard of South Florida said “We have a lot of heat and humidity down here and combined with air conditioning, which constantly cools and dehumidifies, you have a recipe for disaster for a solid wood floor - this killed my mother in law's expensive solid hardwood flooring. Our installer recommended we look at COREtec because it's dimensionally stable no matter the temperature and its 100% waterproof. I was sceptical at first, but when I saw the samples I was really impressed with the looks and especially with the matching wood grain pattern - this was important to me because I wanted a natural looking floor. Fast forward a year and the floor is still perfect, it hasn't loosened or shifted and looks as great as it did when we got it. I’m very pleased with our decision to go with COREtec.”
Attached Cork Underlayment Backing
Genuine cork is used as the backing (they call this an attached underlayment). Cork was chosen because it resists mold and mildew, is sound deadening and is quicker to warm up. So unlike a tile floor for example, you have less of that cold floor feel when walking barefoot or in socks.
In addition, and this is important from a floor prep and installation perspective, the cork backing minimizes the telegraphing of subfloor imperfections. You’ve probably seen this at some point where you can see humps, bumps or floor seams subtly showing up through the floor. The attached cork underlayment saves time in floor prep and contributes to a solid, finished floor installation that will provide years of service.
Jim Atkinson, a professional house flipper in Boston, MA, said “We deal with a lot of old triple deckers here in South Boston, many have undergone multiple rehabs over the years - some not so great. Once we pull up the old carpet or vinyl sheet, we run into some crazy situations. I only use COREtec, not only because it's a great selling point on quality, but because it minimizes our floor rehab times. We take pride in professionally repairing and stabilizing all subflooring to code, but with COREtec we don’t have to worry about minor subfloor imperfections transfering up and showing through the flooring at install time. Our buyers love it. It looks great every time and we’ve never had a call back on it!”
The Wear Layer Protects your Floor from Scratches
COREtec features a commercial grade, low gloss wear layer up to 20 mil thick. What’s a wear layer and why is it important? It's the top most layer of the floor. Think of the wear layer as your floor's armor protection; it's permanent, transparent, very durable and has an important job to do: protect your floor from all manner of scratches, scuffs, and stains. The wear layer helps to maintain the good looks of your floor and makes it very easy to clean. In addition it offers a degree of UV protection, but take note: prolonged, strong exposure to sunlight will damage any material.
A word of caution, it's recommended that heavy furniture have felt pads attached and use floor protectors for office chairs with caster wheels. The wear layer protects the floor, but any floor is susceptible to scratches, even tile and cement. Most people just sweep and use a dust mop to keep their floors looking great. Unlike a hardwood floor no wood cleaners, conditioners or polishing is needed.
Janet Holmes from Portland, Oregon manages a mid sized accounting firm, she said “COREtec flooring transformed our office and conference rooms into an upscale feel which was an important consideration for the type of clients we work with. The staff was blown away by the transformation. Our cleaning service just vacuums the floors to keep them looking great. We required something that stands up to floor traffic, is simple to clean, and looks fantastic. COREtec nailed it.”
100% Waterproof Flooring
We want to be clear on this point. For several reasons you want a waterproof, moisture and humidity proof floor. Why? For starters a lot of flooring products out there, with the exception of stone and tile, will warp, buckle, disintegrate or expand when water sits on them for a period of time.
Expansion has the worst effect on flooring because it pushes out and buckles far beyond where the original water spill occurred. When this happens replacing the floor is the only option. Understandably, if you've never experienced a major water spill in your kitchen or bathroom, it's hard to imagine this as a possibility. Consequently every year people are surprised to discover their dishwasher, refrigerator, bathtub or sink has sprung a leak and a large puddle of water has developed on and ruined their floor. At that point it's permanent, heartbreaking and requires a time consuming and expensive replacement.
Waterproof flooring is also required if you’re installing a floor covering below grade, for example: basements and homes that are situated on a hillside or valley where water runoff could become an issue. Basements are especially prone to occasional leaking and moisture intrusion, sometimes it is major and obvious, but often it goes unnoticed by the homeowner. We see a lot of this with new homeowners who remodel their basement in the summer only to discover water leakage over the winter and rainy season. COREtec is an ideal flooring solution for basement remodels because it’s 100% waterproof. It won't warp, expand or contract even when submerged in water.
Bill Gorrell of Chicago IL, shared this review with us “We woke up in the morning to discover a puddle of water covering most of our kitchen floor. Immediately we put towels down to soak up the water thinking more about where the leak came from rather than the flooring.
Then I started to notice the floor planks were bowing and buckling and starting to rise up. 'Oh no' is all I could say. My wife said, 'look it’s pushing up all the way on the other side of the floor'. We dried it as best we could hoping when the floor dried out it would somehow return to normal. Of course it didn't.
Turns out the water line to the refrigerator (icemaker/water dispenser) was the culprit. Honestly, I never envisioned this as a possibility, but our insurance agent said it was a common occurrence.
From there it was a long odyssey of insurance, contractors, and installation hassels. The only real good thing that came out of it was we went with COREtec flooring. I always thought of vinyl flooring as having a hollow sound, but this flooring has a wonderful solid, quality feel. Also they look great and oh, by the way, they’re 100% waterproof. Kudos to COREtec!”
Easy to Install - The COREtec Secure Angle Tap System
Whether you are installing your new COREtec floor yourself or having it professionally installed it’s critical the flooring system can be installed in a consistent, repeatable, and quality manner. This is where COREtec really shines. The COREtec angle tap system is a proprietary tongue and groove locking system that is easy to learn, does not require glue or nails, and offers a secure, tight fit that won’t work loose over time.
Homeowners, the DIY (do it yourself) community, and professional installers love the COREtec angle tap system because it’s easy, quick, and won't work loose or separate over time; making for a terrific looking finished product. Installation tools include: carbide-tipped blade, rubber mallet, spacers, measuring tape, tapping block, pull bar, and of course safety glasses.
Sam Gorden, a homeowner in Houston, TX shared his experience installing COREtec in the review “At first I was a little nervous about installing the flooring myself. I’m somewhat handy around the house, but have never done anything with flooring. I kept thinking I needed to hire a professional installer. But as I watched several YouTube videos, my thinking changed and I thought, 'hey I can really do this myself!'. And sure enough it was true. When the flooring arrived I opened several boxes and dry laid out the pattern I thought looked best. After some minor changes and final approval from my wife I started my first row. Just like the videos showed it was easy to install and after a few rows my confidence really shot up. The first transition strip was a bit tricky, but once I had the technique down the whole project went surprisingly quick. It took one day and my wife was freaking out at how great it looked. I was impressed with how quickly the job went. I have to say it looks really good! The floor feels solid all around and just like the brochure said it’s easy to clean. Only problem now is I have people asking me to do install new floors for them. I’ll take that as a compliment. Thank you COREtec for making it easy!”
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