Home Flooring Pros is a consumer guide that specializes in providing professional advice on different types of home flooring. We're a little hesitant, since there aren't too many reviews regarding the Korlok system. You may have already heard of LVT or LVP, which stands for luxury vinyl tile and luxury vinyl plank. The advantages of rigid core flooring are: The disadvantages of rigid core flooring are: As there are a lot of flooring manufacturers now making rigid core, there is a rigid core range to suit most budgets with prices as low as $1.60 per square foot to as high as $8.00 per square foot. Neither of the Van Gogh series includes tile. Luxury vinyl is also more tolerant to drops, spills, and swings in temperature and humidity. The Korlok collections are more classic, and are going to stand the test of time. While they still have a thinner 20mil wear layer, these boards are thicker at 4.5mm. Almost all rigid core flooring is installed using the floating floor method, which requires some understanding of how that works. ), check out our recent article on the pros and cons of vinyl plank flooring. Assuming you’ve done careful reading and research into the method, have good tools, and correctly prepared your subfloor, most actual rigid core planks are very easy to install using some version of a click lock edging on each plank to secure each plank to the next one. Hi -- my husband and I are debating on installing the Karndean Korlok vinyl planks (Canadian Urban Oak) in our dining room and kitchen. Like a lot of Karndean products, Korlok features a number of elements that help both the speed and ease of install, making it perfect for projects that need completing quickly. With advances in digital photography, you’ll find that most good quality rigid core brands feature authentic images, but one brand that really stands out for this is the Karndean Korlok Select collection. Cleaning vinyl planks is a breeze with just a mop and a pH-neutral cleaner. The top layer is clear PVC embossed wear layer (around 20 mil thick) with an added surface protection coating. With so many different ranges and collections, there is a huge choice of both wood look and stone look styles. PRICE OF RIGID CORE LUXURY VINYL. Here are our top questions to ask so that you can choose the best luxury rigid core brand for you: Here is our round up of the best rigid core brands currently on the market, and why we like them! They say variety is the spice of life. This includes drop and lock technology, minimal sub-floor preparation and no adhesive. After a little digging (and a polite email) we have discovered that it is in fact an SPC! Read our Terms of Use and Disclosures page for more information. Its proprietary, waterproof K-Core technology also provides a rigid core that allows for installation over most existing hard floors. Most other rigid flooring brands tend to focus more on wood look and don’t have nearly as many stone look designs. The highlight for us is the English Character Oak design which has just the right level of grain detail. Armstrong Pryzm has a slight advantage to Karndean Korlok as the Pryzm floors can be installed both using the floating method and the glue down method, depending on the environmental factors of your room. Some manufacturers are rather coy about what exactly goes into their rigid core layer. About Us | Advertise | Contact Us | Website Terms of Use. Mannington Adura Rigid uses a similar system and is also known for being relatively easy to install. COREtec created the original luxury vinyl flooring, and has remained an industry leader in the resilient vinyl flooring industry. Note that NuCore (see above) comes in a pretty good second in this category as they also have a lot of designs – including more on-trend designs (such as distressed, weathered or high gloss looks). Next is a high definition image layer that replicates the look and feel of wood. So, essentially you can think of rigid core as a much improved luxury vinyl. And of particular interest is the COREtec Stone range that has 26 different stone and tile designs! Required fields are marked *. Both Korlok collections are constructed the same way – several waterproof layers adhered together. The average price is $3.00 – $5.00 per square foot and this compares favorably against other “faux” wood and stone products and to the real deal, as you can see from the table below: There are so many EVP floor options now that it can seem overwhelming. Our website is supported by advertising. Read the full Mannington Adura Rigid Review here. Rigid core planks that featured distressed or reclaimed wood patterns can sometimes look a little fake – polymer composite materials just don’t give that real flaky, aged feel that real old wood has. There are a lot fewer designs than NuCore, but what they do have are all very good-looking planks. Read the full Mohawk SolidTech Review here. The Pryzm collection from Armstrong is a case in point, which is simply described as having a hybrid vinyl core. The difference is in the core, as these luxury vinyl planks are more rigid. Over the years they have adapted their products to the new rigid core composition, with all of their ranges now available as either WPC or SPC rigid core. In particular, how to incorporate expansion gap requirements and, if you’re laying a large floor or more than one room, transition strips. SPC rigid core has a somewhat harder feel to it than WPC, and so an underlayment is often either already attached or recommended. Either way, they are both great options – in the end it comes down to looks and needs. As there are a lot of flooring manufacturers now making rigid core, there is a rigid core range to suit most budgets with prices as low as $1.60 per square foot to as high as $8.00 per square foot.. Glue down is the best option for rooms that get lots of prolonged direct sunlight, such as sunrooms. Installing the floor is super quick and easy with the unique 5G vertical click-lock mechanism. With so many designs, there is something for everyone here: rustic weathered planks, authentic hand scraped hardwoods, classic marble, contemporary linear designs. wood, tile, laminate, carpet, etc. Furthermore, there is another brand – SmartCore, available exclusively at Lowes – that uses the COREtec technology. TIA For the most part the following installation aspects apply to all rigid core: For most people the best thing about EVP rigid core flooring is how easy it is to clean and maintain. We work closely with qualified flooring contractors throughout the USA to provide installation and repair services for home flooring products. Read the full Karndean Korlok Review here. Both brands are well respected and get good customer service reviews, and their products are beautifully detailed, durable, versatile and easy to install.