ProCore Floors is a flooring brand that is currently available at most local Lowe’s stores, they specialize in Vinyl Plank flooring that is 100% waterproof. ProCore flooring is known for being affordable but is it also durable? In this ProCore Vinyl Flooring Review, we will examine all aspects of the brand’s flooring range including Pricing, Durability & Online Reviews. Let’s start by having a look at the flooring range ProCore has to offer.
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Looking at the Procore flooring range, we can see that the brand offers a total of 20 different products, visually they are mostly real wood-look, grey, and tile designs. The different lines can be split into three different ProCore categories; Procore, Procore Plus, and Procore Pro. Below you can find Key features of each category.
- Only 2 Designs in total; Heirloom Oak and Legacy Oak.
- Plank size of 35.75″ x 5.75″.
- Overall Plank Thickness is 3.2mm.
- Wear Layer stands at 6Mil.
- No Attached Underlayment Pad
- This line is fully waterproof.
- Stain and Scratch Resistant.
- Mainly Oak look designs.
- Easy Click and Lock Installation. (floating)
- 10 Real wood-look Designs and 2 tile-look ranges.
- Plank Size is 47.75 x 7 inches.
- An Overall Plank Thickness of 5mm.
- 12Mil Wear Layer.
- Comes with Attached Underlayment Pad.
- Easy Click and Lock Installation (Floating Method)
- Fully Waterproof.
- Scratch and Stain Resistant.
- 5 Year Light Commercial Warranty and Lifetime Residential Warranty.
ProCore Pro consists of six beautiful wood-look designs all available in 3 different Plank Types. The 3 different plank types can be separated by overall thickness and installation method.
Procore Pro (2mm Glue-Down Planks)
- Overall Thickness of 2mm.
- 48 inch by 6 inch plank sizes.
- 8 Mil Wear Layer thickness.
- Glue-Down Installation
- Do not come with attached underlayment.
(2.5mm Glue-Down) Procore Pro Planks
- Overall Thickness of 2.5mm
- 48x 6 inches Plank Size.
- Wear Layer thickness is 20Mil.
- Glue- Down Installation.
- Don’t come with attached underlayment pad.
Procore Pro Rigid 5mm Vinyl Plank
- Overall Thickness of 5mm
- Plank Size is 47.75 inches by 5.75 inches.
- 12 Mil Protective Wear Layer Thickness.
- Easy, Click and Lock Installation. (Floating Method).
- These Planks come with attached underlayment pads.
When examining the Durability of Vinyl Plank flooring we mostly look at the overall thickness and wear layer thickness. 60% of the ProCore flooring lines have an overall thickness of only 2-2,5mm which is very thin compares to other Vinyl Plank Brands. Additionally, you have to be very careful with 2mm Planks during installation as they can break very easily.
However, Procore Flooring also has thicker lines such as the ProCore Pro (Rigid Vinyl Plank) which has an overall thickness of 5mm (Industry Average). This would probably be the best choice if you’re looking for something durable from ProCore.
The Wear Layer is a clear protective layer on the top of Vinyl Planks. It acts like a screen protector on phones, protects the floor from scuffs and scratches. The Industry Standard for very durable Vinyl Plank floors is a Wear Layer of at least 20MIL.
When looking at Wear Layer Thickness Procore Flooring doesn’t exactly shine either, most Procore lines only have wear layers of 6-12 MIL and only one line has a 20 MIL wear layer.
It seems like you get what you pay for when looking at ProCore Flooring Pricing. The thickest and most durable lines price at $2.50-3.30 per square foot which is quite affordable compared to other brands. Contrary to that the prices on the thinnest lines (ProCore Pro (2mm) & Procore (3.2mm)) are super-low at $1.19 – $1.46 per square foot.
Procore Flooring is one of the cheapest Vinyl Plank options on the flooring market. Only the Home Decorators Collection Vinyl Plank flooring can really compete on price with Procore. However, you should know that the cheapest isn’t always the best option with Vinyl Plank flooring.
|ProCore Line||Price Per Square Foot||Overall Thickness||Wear Layer||Underlayment Pad?||Installation Method|
|ProCore Heirloom Oak & Legacy Oak||$1.46 per Sq. Ft||3.2 mm||6 Mil||No||Floating|
|ProCore Plus||$2.49-$2.59 per Sq. Ft||5.0 mm||12 Mil||Yes||Floating|
|ProCore Pro (2MM)||$1.19 per Sq. Ft||2.0 mm||8 Mil||No||Glue Down|
|ProCore Pro (2.5MM)||$1.99 per Sq. Ft||2.5 mm||20 Mil||No||Glue Down|
|ProCore Pro (Rigid Core)||$3.31 per Sq. Ft||5.0 mm||12 Mil||Yes||Floating|
ProCore Flooring can be purchased at your local Lowe’s store, alternatively, you can shop online on the Lowes website and have the flooring delivered to your home.
Procore Flooring Reviews
Most ProCore flooring reviews online are found on Lowe’s website, there we found that the Procore Plus lines score an average of over 4 out of 5 stars from over 250 unique reviews. This is a very good rating overall. On the other hand, one of Procore’s cheapest lines; Heirloom Oak scored an average of only 3 out of 5 stars from over 700 unique Procore flooring reviews.
One of the random Procore Plus reviewers wrote;
This flooring looks amazing and was so simple to install. I’ve never laid this type of flooring before yet I was able to cover three different rooms with no transition strips between them and they make a matching bullnose. My house went from drab to eye popping in just a few day. I couldn’t be more pleased with this product, I highly recommend it if you’re wanting a easy make over.5/5 stars
Also, a random Procore Legacy Oak reviewer stated;
The floor is beautiful but it is cheaply made, it’s easy to put together but it is also easy to break the locking edges. It’s been a month or so since my wife and myself installed it in our kitchen, dining room, and living room and the floor is separating from the joints I guess you get what you pay for3/5 stars
Procore Flooring can be installed using 2 different methods floating (click) and glue-down. The method varies with each Procore Line.
The floating method is when the flooring is not fixed to the subfloor but just laid over it, the planks are locked together using a Click to Lock system. This method is the most common with Vinyl Planks and is the easiest to do for a DIYer.
The Glue-Down installation method is obviously when the planks are glued down to the subfloor. There are two types of adhesive (glues) that can be used to this, pressure-sensitive and hard set. The pressure-sensitive glue is better if you want to replace individual planks in the future.
Overall the Floating method is much easier to execute than the Glue-Down method. This goes for both the DIYer and Professional Fitter, in fact, most flooring fitters will charge less for installing a floating floor.
Maintenance & Care
Care and Maintenance are key to the durability and performance of your floor. To extend the lifetime of your vinyl plank floor follow these recommendations;
- Regulary sweep/vaccum and mop the floor to remove any particles which can cause scratching.
- Make sure to use a PH neutral flooring cleaner.
- Any spills of acidic liquids such as wine, juice and soft drink should be avoided and cleaned immediately.
- Avoid any spills of other harmful chemicals such as paints and dyes.
- Use a damp mop to remove spots.
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.
- Place rugs in high traffic areas such as workstations and family sofas.
- Avoid walking on the floor in shoes. Wear socks.
- Attach Foam Pads under furniture legs, these can be found in most local DIY stores. Ask for furnture leg pads.
- Use door matts.
- Do not use all purpuse or multipurpose cleaners.
- Don’t use vaccums with rotary beater bars.
- Do not use Vinegar, Bleach.
- Do not use a steam cleaner.
- Don’t use steel wool or scouring pads for cleaning.
- Do not use cleaning products containing Wax, Oil or Polish.
- Don’t use wet sweeper pads.
Pros & Cons
ProCore Flooring Pros
- Price – By far the biggest benefit of purchasing ProCore flooring is the cost. It is one of the most budget-friendly flooring brands.
- Decent Online Reviews – The Procore flooring reviews online average at 3-4 out of 5 stars which is pretty good considering the budget price.
- Style – Some of the Procore designs are beautiful, they look very similar to real hardwood flooring.
- Available Locally – Procore is available at all Lowes stores throughout the US, good for customers who prefer to see and feel the product before buying.
Procore Flooring Cons
- Durability – The clear downside to Procore Vinyl Plank flooring is Durability. Some lines are only 2-3mm thick overall with slim wear layers also.
Style – 8 out of 10 stars
Affordability – 10 out of 10 stars
Durability – 7 out of 10 stars
Overall Score – 8 out of 10 stars
Good Alternatives to ProCore Vinyl
Coretec Vinyl Plank – Coretec is one of the leading vinyl plank brands on the market. Their floors are known for their outstanding durability and style. Their LVP products are 100% waterproof and have very thick wear layers, such as their Coretec Grande line, which has a 30mil wear layer and is 15mm thick overall. If you want a vinyl plank floor that’s built-to-last, Coretec is undoubtedly a worthy contender. In addition, Coretec is relatively affordable with options starting at $4.39 per square foot.
TritonCore Vinyl Plank – Rated as our Best Value vinyl plank of the year, TritonCore is an affordable vinyl product sold only at FlooringInc stores. If you want something that’s pocket-friendly and good quality, TritonCore is the perfect option. Their vinyl plank floors are priced at $2.79 per square, making them one of the cheapest rigid core vinyl products on the market. Despite the low price, TritonCore is 8mm thick and has a respectable 20mil wear. In addition, this product is fully waterproof, meaning you can install it in bathrooms and kitchens.
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Q and As
Q. Does ProCore Flooring need Underlayment?
A. Yes and No, some Procore Flooring lines come with attached underlayment while some do require the additional underlayment to be laid down prior to the Vinyl planks. Concrete and uneven floors should have a plywood subfloor of at least 6mm installed prior to the vinyl planks.
Q. Is ProCore Flooring Waterproof?
A. Yes, Procore states that their flooring is waterproof but is not a fully waterproof barrier in their installation manual. We recommend not to install over-shower heads in showers where there is constant moisture.