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Known for its quiet, warm and sustainable benefits, Soft Step is an innovative new attached underlayment available on select styles in COREtec’s portfolio of comfortable waterproof flooring products. This new underlayment option is made from recycled materials, is GREENGUARD Gold certified for indoor air quality and has the best acoustic ratings of any product in our portfolio (or any competitive product we’ve measured it against).  


Testing shows Soft Step is 70% better in reducing sound and 46% better in increasing warmth underfoot when compared to other luxury vinyl flooring products.

Flooring Designed to Meet New Lifestyle Demands

One of the most significant consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic is that it forced homeowners to focus more on ensuring their living spaces were able to accommodate a variety of new activities now taking place inside the home. Homeowners began placing greater emphasis on maintaining a more functional and comfortable lifestyle. 


“As we conducted research after the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic about what people expect and need from their floors to accommodate their various lifestyle demands, we learned that while homeowners still prioritize style and design, there was a heightened desire for durability, sound reduction and comfort,” said Nicki Rayburn, Vice President of COREtec. “Since COREtec floors are already the gold standard in durable waterproof flooring, we created Soft Step to further reduce sounds, increase warmth underfoot and enhance overall comfort of the floor to address the shifting performance needs of our customers.” 


Soft Step is available as an attached underlayment on select styles from the COREtec Originals collection.

*A version of this article was initially published in Floor Covering News on October 3rd, 2022.