How can you get a hardwood look and be waterproof?

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Home Builder with The Flooring Girl

Hardwood flooring is all the rage these days.  And, it's not going out of style.  But what if you want a hardwood look in an area that's prone to water or moisture?  What if tile won't do it for you?  (Because it's hard on your feet and cold in the winter).

 

 

 

Well the good news is that there is a new solution, and it's called Coretec Plus.   This product is made by US Floors and it's been around for 4 or 5 years, and we absolutely love it!  And, so do our customers.  Even the installers love it!

 

It's perfect for areas where you may have more moisture such as basements, kitchens and bathrooms.  They are 100% waterproof.  So, you don't need to worry if you have water intrusion, or if something overflows or if your furry friends make a mess with their water bowls.

 

Please note that this article contains affiliate links.  You can read my full disclosure in the right side bar (scroll down a bit).

 

What is Coretec Plus?

Coretec Plus LayersCoretec Plus is a high quality luxury vinyl that looks like hardwood.  (They also have options that look tile tile and stone, but the hardwood selections are much more popular).  They are individual planks that click together (similar to a laminate).  But, they look and feel way better than a laminate.  They are 8mm thick and look like engineered hardwood.  But, unlike laminate and engineered wood, Coretec Plus is waterproof.

 

Most of my customers are stunned at how real this product looks and feels.

 

The top layer is a clear wear layer (.5 mm) which protects the floor from wear and tear.  Then, you have a layer of luxury vinyl and then a sturdy layer made from recycled limestone, wood and bamboo dust.  On the bottom, you have an attached cork underlayment.  All 4 layers are waterproof.

 

In addition, the cork underlayment gives you a bit of cushioning, insulation and sound absorption. It also helps camouflage minor imperfections in the floors (and reduced the need and cost for floor prep.

 

Advantages of Coretec Plus

  • Coretec Plus Hudson Valley OakLooks very real (way more real than laminate, and I often more real than engineered wood). 
  • Feels (and sounds) more real (especially vs laminate)
  • Easier on your feet - a bit softer and warmer
  • Waterproof
  • Can go on top of concrete or tile (or virtually any hard/flat surface)
  • Doesn't require plywood subfloor, nor acclimation
  • Doesn't crack (like tile does)
  • Very easy to clean

 

How is Coretec Plus installed?

Coretec Plus Mission OakCoretec Plus is a floating floor, so it clicks together like a laminate floor would.  (But, unlike laminate which absorbs moisture like a sponge, Coretec Plus is waterproof).  For many that are handy, this is a good do-it-yourself product.  If you feel you can install laminate, then you can also install Coretec Plus. 

 

Note: you can see more details on how to install Coretec Plus, including a video and tools you need in my full article here:  Coretec Plus full product review.

 

What colors are available?

Coretec Plus comes in a variety of hardwood shades, from light to dark.  There are mid tone and red/cherry colored options as well.  And, they have a wide variety of grays and white washes from light to mid to dark grays.

 

 

Most of the luxury vinyl planks are 5" or 7" wide and 4 ft long.  They also have some longer and wider options, but these cost a bit more.

 

Coretec Plus is also available in tile, slate, concrete and other stone options.  Most of these come in 12 x 24" or 18 x 24" options (and you have the option to stagger them and install on a brick lay which both looks nicer and makes your space look larger.

 

How much does Coretec Plus cost?

Coretec Plus Red River HickoryObviously, this is going to vary based on where you buy, where you live (cost of labor) and which line you buy.  As the name implies, luxury vinyl isn't cheap.  It's high quality material that is durable and looks great.  But, generally, it costs less than hardwood and less than glue down luxury vinyl (as it's clickable and doesn't require adhesive nor much floor prep).  And, of course, if you are doing this yourself, it will be much less expensive vs. paying an installer.

 

Luxury Vinyl costs more than most laminates...because most laminates are cheap and flimsy and don't last long.  They will often delaminate just from cleaning and fluctuations in humidity.  But, Luxury vinyl is probably comparably priced vs high quality laminates.

 

Can you believe it's vinyl?Also, things get tricky when you just look at the product cost itself.  Coretec Plus has an attached cork underlayment; for laminate, you usually need to add the cost of the underlayment (which could be an additional .35-.65 cents per square foot.  So, always be sure to look at total delivered costs, not just the cost of the product.

 

Oh, and I would recommend staying away from their cheaper line called Coretec One.  This is an inferior product - it does not have a cork underlayment and the patterns don't look as real.  Yes, you get what you pay for.

 

Where can you buy Coretec Plus?

  • In most local flooring stores (but not in big box stores such as Home Depot)
  • Amazon has a few colors available (and very reasonably priced)
  • Fast Floors (has a wider selection and also reasonably priced)

 

Coretec Plus Luxury VinylYou can order some samples from Amazon or Fast Floors.  I believe there may be a nominal charge for samples (e.g. $1).

 

You can read more about Coretec Plus my full article here:  Coretec Plus full product review.

 

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Nina Hollander
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Have not seen this used in my market as yet, Debbie... but sounds very interesting... and maybe more attractive than wood-style laminate.

Jan 08, 2017 03:07 AM #1
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Debbie Gartner
The Flooring Girl - White Plains, NY
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Nina Hollander You may have seen it and not realized it.  Oh and yes, it looks infinitely better vs. laminate.  Sales have been rapidly rising.

Jan 08, 2017 03:35 AM #2
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Nina Hollander
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Debbie Gartner ~ I'm definitely keep it in mind for clients who will be updating homes for sale.

Jan 08, 2017 03:54 AM #3
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Harry F. D'Elia
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That would be a slam dunk in my real estate market.

Jan 08, 2017 05:12 AM #4
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Dorie Dillard
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.346.1799 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good morning Debbie Gartner ,

I have not heard of this product before and will be checking it out for clients in my area. Always something new and different! Thank you for introducing it to us.

Jan 08, 2017 05:32 AM #5
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Richard and Beth Witt
Long Island Cash Home Buyer - Massapequa, NY
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I always love your information filled posts Debbie... this Coretec Plus sounds like something that Rich needs to know about for the houses he rehabs... Have a great day and thanks again for all the valuable information... 

Jan 08, 2017 05:42 AM #6
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Debbie Gartner
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Harry - Yes, perfect as you are over a slab.

Dorie - You're welcome.  Yes, it's such a great option.

Beth - Oh yes, it can help him.  We are definitely a hardwood market, but this is great for bathrooms and basements.

 

Jan 08, 2017 05:46 AM #7
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Ed Silva
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There are many areas of a home where the waterproof feature is a plus.  So many entryways for instance

Jan 08, 2017 06:08 AM #8
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Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
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I learned something new from your post. I will share this information with others.

Jan 08, 2017 06:32 AM #9
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Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
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Good morning Debbie. Never heard of this product so your post opened my eyes! Thanks! Enjoy your day!

Jan 08, 2017 06:39 AM #10
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Ginny Gorman
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Such great information, Debbie for the consumer and Realtors to know about!

Jan 08, 2017 06:50 AM #11
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Debbie Gartner
The Flooring Girl - White Plains, NY
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Ed - Yes, very true.

Gita - Thx.  Glad to hear it.

Wayne - Glad I was able to share something new.

Ginny - Thank you.  I appreciate it.

 

Jan 08, 2017 06:57 AM #12
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Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

You do know that you can just throw a tarp over it?  Blue is popular now, but my old Boy Scout tarps are greenish.  They don't exactly have that hardwood floor look, but they sure are waterproof!

 

Jan 08, 2017 07:34 AM #13
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Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
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Most people reading that who don't know me may not know I'm kidding.

Which suits me fine...

 

; >)

Jan 08, 2017 07:35 AM #14
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Kathleen Daniels
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
San Jose Homes for Sale-Probate & Trust Specialist

Debbie, I am among those who are stunned at how great these products look.  I recently visited a client that has this in their home.  When they told me it was not hardwood … I reached down and touched the floor …in total disbelief.

Jan 08, 2017 04:30 PM #15
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