Republic Flooring Review 2022 – Durability, Cost, Our Rating

republic Flooring Review

Republic Flooring is another US-based flooring brand we are reviewing here at HomeFloorExpert. The brand specializes in SPC and WPC vinyl plank as well laminate flooring which is sold online and in stores across California and Texas. Republic Floors states that they aim to provide flooring of the highest quality. We are going to test this by examining all aspects of the brand including Price, Thickness, Style, and Republic Flooring Reviews found online.

Table of Contents

    Flooring Range

    Republic offers four different flooring ranges, these are Pure SPC, Pure SPC Max, Pure Grout, and Laminate Flooring. The first three are vinyl plank flooring.

    All Republic vinyl plank lines are 100% waterproof and come with a pre-attached 1.5mm acoustic and anti-bacterial underlayment. They can be installed straight over most subfloors.

    Pure SPC

    SPC stands for Stone Plastic Composite, it is basically stone-reinforced Vinyl Plank Flooring. Republic Floors states that they are the pioneers of waterproof SPC flooring. This SPC Core makes Vinyl Planks stronger and more stable.

    The Pure SPC range offered by Republic flooring consists of 8 separate collections, these are; California Oak, Mountain Oak, Oregon Oak, Coastal Oak, The French Islands, Carmel By The Sea, Countryside, and Tasmania. Some of these collections come in extra long and extra wide planks sizes.

    The overall thickness in these collections ranges from 6mm to 8mm and all of them have a respectable 20 mil wear layer.

    Pure SPC Max

    The Pure SPC Max range is supposed to be the strongest SPC line that Republic Floors offer. It has an even stronger core than the Pure SPC line as it has a better density by 40%. This line is 100% waterproof, Republic even states that it will never shrink or expand.

    The overall thickness of Pure SPC Max is 6mm and a solid 20mil wear layer. The range features 10 unique hardwood-look collections in standard and XXL sizes.

    Pure Grout

    The Republic Pure Grout line was made with the intention to mimic the look of ceramic and stone tiles but are easier to install therefore a good option for Kitchens and Bathrooms.

    This luxury vinyl tile collection consists of 6 different ranges; Siberian River, Wood Stone, Victoria Falls, Nature Stone, Western Amber, and Magnolia Brook.

    The overall thickness of Pure Grout tiles is 7mm, this is topped by a 20mil wear layer. The tiles themselves come in rectangular and square shapes of varied sizes.

    Laminate

    As well as the vinyl plank, Republic Floors also offer laminate flooring products. Their laminate range consists of over 11 hardwood-look collections, with some great-looking designs within them.

    The eleven collections are; Malta Islands, Frontier, Platinum, European Plus, European Lite, Fortress, Fortress (random-length), The Glens, Big Oak, and Urbanica.

    Republic laminate flooring varies on overall thickness (8-12mm) depending on the collection. The Frontier collection is one of the thickest with an overall thickness of 12.3mm which is very respectable for a laminate product.

    The collections come in varying sizes with some extra- wide and long sizes available. Additionally, Republic offers random-length planks with their Fortress Random Length collection, not something many flooring brands offer. It is also important to note that laminate flooring is not waterproof.

    Republic Floors Online Reviews

    As with all flooring brands, online reviews are important for their credibility. We analyzed the Republic Flooring Reviews in detail. We discovered that the overall impression of the brand online is average with many mixed reviews. However, a large percentage of the reviewers are impressed with their experience with Republic Floors.

    The brand scores 3 out of 5 stars from 12 unique reviews on yelp.com and 3.7 out of 5 stars on womply.com.

    The largest amount of discussion about Republic flooring can be found on a houzz.com post we found that has over 587 comments from consumers. In this Houzz post, we found many happy customers who outlined how beautiful their Republic floors are.

    We also found that some of the people commenting on republic flooring in this post reported scratches. Scratches are something that can be avoided if the right care and maintenance rules are applied.

    One of the happy reviewers stated;

    We had republic floors (eastern cottonwood) installed in November in the living room and in March in the family room, kitchen and laundry room. They get dirty just like any other floors but we don’t find them hard to clean. A lot easier to clean as compared to the tile floors we used to have. They do search but not as easy as hard wood floors. We have a 3 year old and a dog, no issues with floors except for minor scratches which are expected. We get a lot of comments on the floors how great they look. So far so good. Our contractor also installed the same floors in his house.

    source – houzz.com

    Overall, from our analysis, Republic Flooring has a decent online reviews profile. The public assessment of the brand is not amazing but also not bad, average in summary.

    Pricing

    These prices were sourced from regalfloorcoverings.com, this website stocks the most Republic flooring products online, they offer all Republic ranges.

    Republic LinePrice per Square FootOverall ThicknessWear Layer Thickness
    Pure SPC$3.39 – $4.59 SFT6mm – 8mm20 Mil
    Pure SPC Max$3.39 – $4.09 SFT6mm20 Mil
    Pure Grout$4.59 – $4.99 SFT7mm20 Mil
    Laminate$3.09 – $3.39 SFT8mm – 12.3mmN/A
    Republic Floor Pricing

    Republic Vs Best Vinyl Plank 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

    Compared to competing Vinyl Plank brands Republic Floor is very affordable, starting at $3.39 per square foot its cheaper than most brands in their thickness spectrum. The pricing is good value considering the respectable 8mm plank thickness and a 20mil wear layer of Republic Flooring.

    Durability

    We consider Republic Pure SPC to be fairly durable flooring. The main aspect that highlights durability is the Stone Plastic Composite Core which is much denser and stronger than a normal Vinyl Plank core.

    The second major aspect of Republic flooring that hints at good durability is the overall thickness of their products. Many Republic Laminate flooring ranges have a great overall thickness of 12.3mm. The Republic SPC Vinyl Plank flooring goes up to 8mm in the overall thickness and has a respectable 20mil wear layer.

    These figures are very similar to some respectable brands such as Armstrong Luxe Plank, Mannington, or NuCore. However, Republic can’t compete on thickness with brands like Coretec or Cali Bamboo which go up to 12mm in overall thickness but are more expensive. Generally speaking, the thicker the flooring, the more durable it is, and the more it costs.

    Additionally, Republic Flooring comes with a 25-year Residential and 10-year Commercial Warranty. Most of the Laminate offered by Republic floors is AC4 grade meaning its suitable for high traffic residential use and moderate commercial use.

    Installation

    Republic Flooring can be installed using the float method, which is the common installation method for vinyl plank flooring. It is done by locking the planks together using a Click and Lock installation system. No glue or nails are required.

    Republic Flooring Pure SPC comes with a pre-attached layer of underlayment to each plank and does not require additional underlayment. The brand’s laminate flooring on the other hand does require underlayment for proper installation.

    Republic flooring should be acclimated in the rooms in which it will be installed by letting the packages of flooring lie flat on the floor for at least 48 hours prior to installation.

    The major rule for good installation is a suitable subfloor. The subfloor should be structurally sound, level, and free from moisture. For more information on installation go to the Republic Flooring website.

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    Maintenance

    Care and Maintenance are key to the durability and performance of your floor. To extend the lifetime of your vinyl plank floor and prevent damage you can follow these recommendations;

    Regular Maintenance

    • Regulary sweep/vaccum and mop the floor to remove any particles which can cause scratching.
    • Use a damp mop to remove spots.
    • 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.

    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.

    Dont’s

    • Do not use all purpuse or multipurpose cleaners.
    • Don’t use vaccums with rotary beater bars.
    • Do not use Vinegar, Bleach.
    • Don’t use wet sweeper pads.
    • 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.

    Prevent Damage

    • Attach Foam Pads under furniture legs, these can be found in most local DIY stores. Ask for furnture leg pads.
    • Place rugs in high traffic areas such as workstations and family sofas.
    • Avoid walking on the floor in shoes. Wear socks.
    • Use door matts.

    Pros & Cons

    As with all floor brands Republic Flooring has its Pros and Cons, let’s discuss these in detail starting with the brands’ positive side.

    Republic Flooring Pros:

    • Affordable Pricing – Starting at $3.09 per square foot, Republic is an affordable option considering its thickness.
    • Good Thickness – Republic flooring is quite thick for vinyl plank flooring and also has a respectable 20mil wear layer. Some of their Laminate lines are 12mm in overall thickness.
    • Strong SPC Core – The brands flooring has a strong stone and plastic composite (SPC) core. SPC Vinyl Plank have a denser core than regular Vinyl Planks.
    • 100% Waterproof – The brands Pure SPC lines are 100% Waterproof and can be installed in Bathrooms and Kitchens.
    • Wide Range of Styles – Republic offers over 30 unique flooring collections consisting of both hardwood-look and tile-look styles.
    • Attached Underlayment – Republic Vinyl Planks come with pre-attached underlayment, this saves costs on installation.

    Republic Flooring Cons:

    • Mixed Online Reviews – The Brand doesn’t have the best online reviews profile, we found both positive and negative republic flooring reviews on the web.
    • Not as Thick as Leading LVP Brands – Republic Flooring isn’t as thick as some of the top LVP brands such as Coretec or Cali Bamboo.

    Our Verdict

    Style – 8.5 out of 10 stars

    The brand has a wide range of collections with some great-looking hardwood and tile vinyl plank designs to be found.

    Durability – 8 out of 10 stars

    Republic Flooring is definitely on the thicker side on the Vinyl Plank thickness scale. The brand offers 8mm vinyl planks and 12mm Laminate.

    Affordability – 8.5 out of 10 stars

    Compared to other brands that offer the same thickness specifications Republic Flooring is quite affordable. Starting at just over $3 per square foot.

    Overall Score – 8.1 out of 10 stars

    Overall Republic Flooring scored 8.1 out of 10 stars in our Review and this is a solid score. The brand has good thickness specifications, appealing designs and is quite affordable. The only aspect where it slightly lacks is Republic Flooring reviews found online which are of mixed opinion.

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

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