Coretec Grande Review 2022 – The toughest Vinyl Plank?

Coretec Grande Review

Coretec is one of the market-leading brands when it comes to vinyl plank flooring. The brand is known for durability and innovation. Coretec Grande is one of the newest Coretec lines and it took Vinyl Plank limits to new heights. After comparing over 20 main flooring brands on the overall thickness and wear layer thickness, we chose Coretec Grande as the best vinyl plank line of the year. In this review, we are going to go through all aspects of the flooring including Durability, Pricing, Style, Coretec Grande reviews, and more.

Keep reading to find out What makes Coretec Grande stand out from all the other luxury vinyl planks products on the market.

Table of Contents

    Styles and Specifications

    The Coretec Grande collection consists of ten unique lines which have almost an identical look to Hardwood flooring. The 10 designs are; Willis Oak, Goldin Oak, Petronas Oak, Khalifa Oak, Makkah Oak, Lotte Oak, Empire Oak, Marina Oak, Hamra Oak, and Vista Oak.

    Coretec uses advanced paint bevels, embossing, and ultra-realistic visuals to make their planks look very similar to real hardwood flooring whilst being 100% waterproof.

    The Grande line features multi-layer construction with a strong WPC Core. The Planks come in XXL sizes, up to 82 inches long and 9 inches wide, probably the longest and widest plank available on the market. This also makes Coretec Grande look and feel like real hardwood.

    What makes Coretec Grande truly stand out is the thickness of the planks from this line. Coretec Grande is 15mm thick, which is thicker than any other Vinyl Plank on the market. Additionally, Coretec Grande has a 30mil wear layer which is also industry-leading.

    Furthermore, Coretec Grande comes with a pre-attached 3mm Cork underlayment that is naturally resistant to odor-causing mold and mildew.

    Pricing

    Starting at $10.99 per square foot, Coretec Grande is one of the most expensive Vinyl Planks on the market. However, it is also the thickest and probably the most durable option in 2022. You may find it cheaper at some independent retailer stores. In summary, you have to pay a premium for the high quality of the Grande collection.

    Coretec vs Other brands

    Brand / LineOverall ThicknessWear LayerPrice per Square FootWarranty
    Residential / Commercial
    Coretec Grande15 mm30 mil$10.99 per sq. ftlifetime / 10 year
    Shaw Floorte Plus12 mm30 mil$6.99 per sq. ftlifetime / 20 year
    Coretec Plus Premium12 mm20 mil$7.00 – $7.50 per sq. ftlifetime / 10 year
    Cali Bamboo Legends12 mm20 mil$6.49 per sq. ft50 year / 15 year
    NuCore Rigid Core 8mm8 mm22 mil$3.79 per sq. ftlifetime / 15 year
    Republic Pure SPC6 – 8 mm20 mil$3.39 – $4.59 per sq. ft25 year / 10 year
    Provenza MaxCore8 mm20 mil$4.99 per sq. ftlifetime / 15 year
    Mannington Adura Max8 mm20 mil$5.50 – $6.00 per sq. ftlifetime / 10 year
    Armstrong Luxe Plank7.8 mm20 mil$4.39 – $5.39 per sq. ft30 year / 10 year
    Smartcore Ultra XL7.5 mm12 mil$3.89 per sq. ft lifetime / 5 year
    LifeProof 7mm LVP7 mm20 mil$4.00 – $4.99 per sq. ftlifetime / 15 year
    Mohawk SolidTec Plus6 mm20 mil$4.35 per sq. ftlifetime / 10 year
    Paramount Keystone XL5.5 mm20 mil$5.00 – $5.50 per sq. ftlifetime / 15 year
    LVP Price and Thickness comparison

    Availibility

    Coretec Flooring is sold mainly at independent online and in-store retailers, you can find retailers using the (find a retailer tool) on Coretec’s website or by simply searching Coretec flooring on Google Shopping.

    Durability

    Durability is what Coretec has always been known for as a brand. However, with the Grande line, Coretec created their best and most durable vinyl plank yet and blew away the competition again.

    At 15mm, the Grande line is incredibly thick, the thickest of all vinyl planks at the moment. It beats all its competitors including Shaw Floorte and Cali Bamboo on thickness. This is accompanied by an industry-leading 30 mil wear layer.

    Wear layer thickness has a big impact on how long a vinyl plank lasts. Generally speaking the thicker the vinyl plank is, the more durable and sturdy it is.

    Coretec also states that their flooring is waterproof meaning it can be installed in Bathrooms and is also Petproof, highly resistant to pet scratches. All this is backed by a Lifetime Residential Warranty and a 10-year Commercial Warranty.

    In terms of Vinyl Plank products, Coretec Grande is probably the best option on the market for Durability and Longevity.

    Coretec Grande – Marina Oak – image sourced from coretecfloors.com

    Coretec Reviews

    We took some time to research all the Coretec Grande Reviews online and found out that the Overall Reviews are positive. As a brand Coretec has always been respected and known for durability in the eyes of the flooring community.

    Most of the Coretec Grande reviews we found came from a Houzz.com post which has over 112 unique comments from customers. The overall impression of the brand in this post is positive, most people are impressed with Coretec Grande.

    One of the Reviewers stated:

    No problems at all. The only problem is that it is so gorgeous and durable and easy to clean that I want it in every single room of my entire house but can’t afford it! As aforementioned, the installers said it was and is tough to install. And it seems to take a long time to install because it’s so thick and difficult to work with.

    There was additional waste due to the learning curve of them installing it – there’s nothing else as thick on the market. But I have 3 year old twins who are beating this floor to death and you would never know. It is so durable and gorgeous and easy to clean. Spills – no issue. I lived in a home with hardwoods on the entire first floor – never again. LVP for me forever and I have no other experience aside from Coretech Grande Empire 30 mil but I’m so glad I chose it!

    Review by Renee, sourced from Houzz.com

    In Summary, the online customer impression of Coretec as a brand is very good. We wouldn’t worry about durability as this is the key strength of Coretec. 95% of the Coretec Grande Reviews we found are positive reviews.

    Installation

    Installation is simple with Coretec. Like most other Luxury Vinyl Planks, Coretec Grande can be installed using the Float method which is the most common and easiest. This includes using the brand’s angle-tap technology to lock the planks together with no need for glue or nails.

    Coretec Grande can be installed straight over most structurally solid and level sub-floors that are free from moisture. This includes Wood, Concrete, Tile, and more. Coretec Grande should NOT be installed over Carpet. The line comes with pre-attached 3mm Cork underlayment meaning no extra underlay is required.

    Another great thing about Coretec Grande is that it doesn’t require acclimation like most other LVP products and can be walked on straight after installation is completed.

    When installing Coretec Grande you should leave at least a 1/4 inch gap to allow for expansion over time. This gap can be covered by Coretec Finish Trim. They also sell finish trims for stairs and room transitions.

    Because of how thick Coretec Grande is (15mm), it may require electrical tools such as a JigSaw or a Circular Saw to smoothly and promptly cut the planks to size.

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    Coretec Installation

    Maintenance

    Care and Maintainance are Key to your LVP floor’s lifetime and performance. To ensure a long life for your Vinyl Plank flooring follow these main tips;

    • Clean your floors regurarly, at least once a week to remove any existing dirt particles that may cause scratching or staining.
    • Be carefull with office chairs with wheels, they can cause scratches, it is best to put rugs under such chairs to avoid damage.
    • Do not use cleaning products such as multipurpose cleaner, bleach, vinegar, wax, oil, polish or other potentially harsh products.
    • Make sure to use the right cleaning solution for Vinyl Plank Floors. We recommend using Bona Pro Series luxury vinyl floor cleaner.
    • We don’t recommend that you use vacuums (especially with beater bars) on LVP floors as they can cause damage. Instead we recommend gentle sweeping or using a dust pad.
    • For mopping we recommend using a Bona Pro Series Luxury Vinyl Planks Mop. Although some Vinyl Plank Brands allow it, we recommend not using steam mops.
    • Any spills should be cleaned immediately.
    • It is recommended to attach Foam Pads under furniture legs, these can be found in most local DIY stores. Ask for furnture leg pads.
    • Use Rugs in high-traffic workstations such as near computer desks.
    • Avoid walking on the floor in shoes. Wear socks.
    • Use door matts to avoid bringing in dirt.

    Our favorite laminate flooring mop is the Bona Spray Mop by far. We highly recommend it for all Hard-Surface floor types. It’s lightweight and doesn’t oversaturate your floor or require a water bucket. 

    If you’re after a vacuum, then we recommend the Eureka Elevate Cordless Vacuum. It’s our favorite choice, quite affordable, and doesn’t hurt hard-surface floors.

    Pros & Cons

    As with all floors, Coretec Grande does come with its Pros & Cons. However, with the Grande line, it is mostly Pros so let’s start by going through these.

    Coretec Grande Pros:

    • Highly Durable – Coretec Grande is probably the most durable vinyl plank range on the market right now. It beats all of its competitors on overall thickness and wear layer thickness.
    • Waterproof – The Grande range is 100% waterproof just like all other Coretec products. It can be installed in Bathrooms, Toilets and Kitchens.
    • Attached Underlayment – Coretec Grande comes with its own pre-attached Cork Underlayment which is naturally resistant to mold and mildew and makes your floor feel warmer.
    • Hardwood Looks – The Grande range looks almost identical to real hardwood. This is because of its incredible thickness and ultra-realistic visuals.
    • Petproof & Kidproof – The brand states that the Grande range is highly resistant to scratches and denting , meaning its suitable for homes with children and pets.
    • Good Online Reviews – Generally speaking, Coretec is known for their Durability and most customers are satisfied with their Coretec floor.

    Coretec Grande Cons:

    • Expensive – The only downside to Coretec Grande is its price. Starting at $10.99, it is one of the most expensive vinyl plank products on the market.

    Final Verdict

    Style – 9 out of 10 stars

    When it comes to style Coretec Grande impressed us. Although the range only comes in 10 shades of hardwood, the thickness of the planks makes them look very similar to real hardwood.

    Durability – 10 out of 10 stars

    As mentioned before Durability is Coretec Grande’s main strength. It’s probably the most durable vinyl plank range on the market, it gets a ten out of ten from us.

    Affordability – 6.5 out of 10 stars

    The major downside to Coretec Grande is its Pricing. You have to pay a premium for the high quality of the Coretec Grande range.

    Overall Score – 9 out of 10 stars

    Overall, the range scored an impressive 9 out of 10 stars in our Coretec Grande Review. We highly recommend Coretec Grande as it is simply the most durable Vinyl Plank product on the market in our opinion. We actually chose it as the Best Vinyl Plank of the year.

    The only downside is of course the pricing, but if your budget allows it, we think you should go for it. The Grande range will last longer than other cheaper lvp products. It pays back for itself in the long run, we would expect these floors to last at least 10 years, even 20 years with the right care & maintenance measures.

    What do you think of Coretec Grande? Have you had any experiences with the Brand? Feel free to share your thoughts and experiences in the comment section at the bottom of the page.

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