Your Floor Buying Toolkit

All the tools, tips and information you need to choose, plan and buy your perfect COREtec floor.

Why COREtec?

Style

We’re obsessed with styling innovations like Embossed In Register technology for grain patterns you can feel, enhanced beveled edges for a more realistic appearance and integrated grout lines in perfectly coordinating shades.

Strength

Our waterproof, kidproof, petproof floors are engineered to withstand real life with thick wear-layers and strong cores. That’s why they’re backed by lifetime residential warranties.

Simplicity

We make COREtec floors easy to install and a breeze to care for. Even our Encore floor cleaner is a time saver because there’s no need to rinse.

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How Much Flooring Do You Need?

Start with the basic square footage of your room(s) by multiplying length times width. Don’t try to be too precise – round up to the next foot. Then add in closets. Trust us, you’ll be glad you put in the little extra effort every time you open your closet door.

Approximately how many square feet do you need?

Sq. Ft
Add wiggle room

Now, choose a floor that speaks to you.

  1. aden oak

    aden oak

    COREtec Enhanced

  2. alabaster oak

    alabaster oak

    COREtec Classics

  3. aldergrove oak

    aldergrove oak

    COREtec Pro Plus Enhanced Planks

  4. alford oak

    alford oak

    COREtec Premium

  5. allegiant walnut

    allegiant walnut

    COREtec Premium

  6. allured oak

    allured oak

    COREtec Premium

  7. amaya

    amaya

    COREtec Stone

  8. ambienta

    ambienta

    COREtec Stone

  9. andromeda pine

    andromeda pine

    COREtec Pro Galaxy

  10. angelic oak

    angelic oak

    COREtec Premium

  11. angelina

    angelina

    COREtec Stone

  12. ankara travertine

    ankara travertine

    COREtec Classics

  13. ansley walnut

    ansley walnut

    COREtec Advanced+

  14. antique marble

    antique marble

    COREtec Classics

  15. appalachian pine

    appalachian pine

    COREtec Enhanced

  16. arubani

    arubani

    COREtec Stone

  17. arvon oak

    arvon oak

    COREtec Enhanced

  18. ashani

    ashani

    COREtec Stone

  19. ashton woods oak

    ashton woods oak

    COREtec Classics

  20. aurora oak

    aurora oak

    COREtec Enhanced

  21. aver walnut

    aver walnut

    COREtec Premium

  22. axial oak

    axial oak

    COREtec Enhanced

  23. barnwood rustic pine

    barnwood rustic pine

    COREtec Premium

  24. bastion elm

    bastion elm

    COREtec Pro Plus XL Enhanced HD

  25. bay oak

    bay oak

    COREtec Enhanced

  26. baywood oak

    baywood oak

    COREtec Classics

  27. bedford oak

    bedford oak

    COREtec Pro Plus XL Enhanced HD

  28. bella

    bella

    COREtec Stone

  29. belmont hickory

    belmont hickory

    COREtec Pro Plus

  30. berkshire elm

    berkshire elm

    COREtec Pro Plus XL Enhanced HD

  31. berlin pine

    berlin pine

    COREtec Pro Plus XL Enhanced

  32. biscayne oak

    biscayne oak

    COREtec Pro Plus

  33. blackstone oak

    blackstone oak

    COREtec Classics

  34. blended caraway

    blended caraway

    COREtec Premium

  35. blended cocoon

    blended cocoon

    COREtec Premium

  36. blended praline

    blended praline

    COREtec Premium

  37. blended sienna

    blended sienna

    COREtec Premium

  38. blended umber

    blended umber

    COREtec Premium

  39. blonde oak

    blonde oak

    COREtec Premium

  40. bosc oak

    bosc oak

    COREtec Premium

  41. bravado pine

    bravado pine

    COREtec Premium

  42. brawley chestnut

    brawley chestnut

    COREtec Classics

  43. briar oak

    briar oak

    COREtec Premium

  44. brockport oak

    brockport oak

    COREtec Classics

  45. buckingham oak

    buckingham oak

    COREtec Pro Plus XL Enhanced HD

  46. cairo oak

    cairo oak

    COREtec Pro Plus XL Enhanced

  47. calypso oak

    calypso oak

    COREtec Enhanced

  48. cambridge elm

    cambridge elm

    COREtec Pro Plus XL Enhanced HD

  49. canterbury elm

    canterbury elm

    COREtec Pro Plus XL Enhanced HD

  50. capetown maple

    capetown maple

    COREtec Pro Plus XL Enhanced

  51. cardinal stone

    cardinal stone

    COREtec Classics

  52. carolina pine

    carolina pine

    COREtec Classics

  53. cartwheel oak

    cartwheel oak

    COREtec Pro Galaxy

  54. caspian oak

    caspian oak

    COREtec Classics

  55. centaurus oak

    centaurus oak

    COREtec Pro Galaxy

  56. cerith oak

    cerith oak

    COREtec Premium

  57. chandler oak

    chandler oak

    COREtec Pro Plus

  58. charter oak

    charter oak

    COREtec Advanced+

  59. chesapeake oak

    chesapeake oak

    COREtec Pro Plus

  60. cheshire elm

    cheshire elm

    COREtec Pro Plus XL Enhanced HD

  61. cigar oak

    cigar oak

    COREtec Pro Galaxy

  62. claverton pine

    claverton pine

    COREtec Advanced+

  63. conch ash

    conch ash

    COREtec Premium

  64. conway oak

    conway oak

    COREtec Pro Plus Enhanced Planks

  65. copano oak

    copano oak

    COREtec Pro Plus

  66. coretta oak

    coretta oak

    COREtec Premium

  67. cyril oak

    cyril oak

    COREtec Premium

  68. dakota walnut

    dakota walnut

    COREtec Classics

  69. deep lake oak

    deep lake oak

    COREtec Classics

  70. deep smoked oak

    deep smoked oak

    COREtec Classics

  71. dodwell oak

    dodwell oak

    COREtec Classics

  72. dora walnut

    dora walnut

    COREtec Premium

  73. draco oak

    draco oak

    COREtec Premium

  74. dublin pine

    dublin pine

    COREtec Pro Plus XL Enhanced

  75. durban pear

    durban pear

    COREtec Classics

  76. duxbury oak

    duxbury oak

    COREtec Pro Plus

  77. edinburgh oak

    edinburgh oak

    COREtec Pro Plus Enhanced Planks

  78. egeria

    egeria

    COREtec Stone

  79. elliptical oak

    elliptical oak

    COREtec Pro Galaxy

  80. eloquent oak

    eloquent oak

    COREtec Premium

  81. emersed oak

    emersed oak

    COREtec Premium

  82. enderby oak

    enderby oak

    COREtec Enhanced

  83. explorer oak

    explorer oak

    COREtec Enhanced

  84. ezra oak

    ezra oak

    COREtec Premium

  85. fairweather oak

    fairweather oak

    COREtec Enhanced

  86. feronia

    feronia

    COREtec Stone

  87. fidalgo oak

    fidalgo oak

    COREtec Classics

  88. flagstaff oak

    flagstaff oak

    COREtec Pro Plus

  89. flaxen ash

    flaxen ash

    COREtec Premium

  90. fortress pine

    fortress pine

    COREtec Pro Plus Enhanced HD

  91. fresno chestnut

    fresno chestnut

    COREtec Classics

  92. galathea oak

    galathea oak

    COREtec Enhanced

  93. galveston oak

    galveston oak

    COREtec Pro Plus

  94. garamond oak

    garamond oak

    COREtec Advanced+

  95. gold coast acacia

    gold coast acacia

    COREtec Classics

  96. gracious oak

    gracious oak

    COREtec Premium

  97. grande aleta oak

    grande aleta oak

    COREtec Premium

  98. grande ellidy oak

    grande ellidy oak

    COREtec Premium

  99. grande empire oak

    grande empire oak

    COREtec Premium

  100. grande goldin oak

    grande goldin oak

    COREtec Premium

  101. grande lotte oak

    grande lotte oak

    COREtec Premium

  102. grande makkah oak

    grande makkah oak

    COREtec Premium

  103. grande marina oak

    grande marina oak

    COREtec Premium

  104. grande petronas oak

    grande petronas oak

    COREtec Premium

  105. grande vista oak

    grande vista oak

    COREtec Premium

  106. grande willis oak

    grande willis oak

    COREtec Premium

  107. grandure oak

    grandure oak

    COREtec Premium

  108. gusto oak

    gusto oak

    COREtec Premium

  109. halsman oak

    halsman oak

    COREtec Premium

  110. hampshire oak

    hampshire oak

    COREtec Pro Plus XL Enhanced HD

  111. harmonia

    harmonia

    COREtec Stone

  112. hastings walnut

    hastings walnut

    COREtec Advanced+

  113. havanna hickory

    havanna hickory

    COREtec Pro Plus XL

  114. hayes oak

    hayes oak

    COREtec Enhanced

  115. hempstead walnut

    hempstead walnut

    COREtec Premium

  116. heyward oak

    heyward oak

    COREtec Advanced+

  117. highlands oak

    highlands oak

    COREtec Classics

  118. hobbs oak

    hobbs oak

    COREtec Pro Plus

  119. hudson valley oak

    hudson valley oak

    COREtec Classics

  120. icon pine

    icon pine

    COREtec Premium

  121. iona

    iona

    COREtec Stone

  122. irene walnut

    irene walnut

    COREtec Premium

  123. irvine chestnut

    irvine chestnut

    COREtec Classics

  124. ivory coast oak

    ivory coast oak

    COREtec Classics

  125. jakarta hickory

    jakarta hickory

    COREtec Pro Plus XL Enhanced

  126. jerome oak

    jerome oak

    COREtec Enhanced

  127. kendal bamboo

    kendal bamboo

    COREtec Pro Plus Enhanced Planks

  128. kent oak

    kent oak

    COREtec Pro Plus XL Enhanced HD

  129. keystone pine

    keystone pine

    COREtec Premium

  130. kingswood oak

    kingswood oak

    COREtec Classics

  131. klondike contempo oak

    klondike contempo oak

    COREtec Premium

  132. laguna beach oak

    laguna beach oak

    COREtec Classics

  133. laguna oak

    laguna oak

    COREtec Pro Plus

  134. lancet oak

    lancet oak

    COREtec Pro Plus Enhanced HD

  135. laurent oak

    laurent oak

    COREtec Premium

  136. leisure oak

    leisure oak

    COREtec Premium

  137. lorez

    lorez

    COREtec Stone

  138. lucent oak

    lucent oak

    COREtec Pro Plus Enhanced Planks

  139. lucetta

    lucetta

    COREtec Stone

  140. ludlow oak

    ludlow oak

    COREtec Advanced+

  141. luxe oak

    luxe oak

    COREtec Premium

  142. lyric oak

    lyric oak

    COREtec Pro Plus Enhanced Planks

  143. madrid oak

    madrid oak

    COREtec Pro Plus XL Enhanced

  144. maffei cherry

    maffei cherry

    COREtec Pro Galaxy

  145. magellanic oak

    magellanic oak

    COREtec Pro Galaxy

  146. manila oak

    manila oak

    COREtec Enhanced

  147. mari

    mari

    COREtec Stone

  148. marianas oak

    marianas oak

    COREtec Enhanced

  149. marsh oak

    marsh oak

    COREtec Classics

  150. midnight oak

    midnight oak

    COREtec Premium

  151. midway oak

    midway oak

    COREtec Classics

  152. miles oak

    miles oak

    COREtec Enhanced

  153. mist oak

    mist oak

    COREtec Premium

  154. mont blanc driftwood

    mont blanc driftwood

    COREtec Premium

  155. monterey oak

    monterey oak

    COREtec Pro Plus

  156. montrose oak

    montrose oak

    COREtec Classics

  157. morningside oak

    morningside oak

    COREtec Advanced+

  158. mornington oak

    mornington oak

    COREtec Enhanced

  159. murcia

    murcia

    COREtec Stone

  160. nantucket oak

    nantucket oak

    COREtec Classics

  161. nares oak

    nares oak

    COREtec Enhanced

  162. newton oak

    newton oak

    COREtec Premium

  163. nicola oak

    nicola oak

    COREtec Pro Plus Enhanced Planks

  164. niland chestnut

    niland chestnut

    COREtec Classics

  165. noble oak

    noble oak

    COREtec Premium

  166. northwoods oak

    northwoods oak

    COREtec Classics

  167. norwegian maple

    norwegian maple

    COREtec Classics

  168. norwood oak

    norwood oak

    COREtec Advanced+

  169. odessa grey driftwood

    odessa grey driftwood

    COREtec Premium

  170. opulence oak

    opulence oak

    COREtec Premium

  171. parchment oak

    parchment oak

    COREtec Premium

  172. pasadena oak

    pasadena oak

    COREtec Enhanced

  173. pellonia

    pellonia

    COREtec Stone

  174. pembroke pine

    pembroke pine

    COREtec Pro Plus Enhanced Planks

  175. penmore walnut

    penmore walnut

    COREtec Premium

  176. penn pine

    penn pine

    COREtec Premium

  177. phoenix oak

    phoenix oak

    COREtec Pro Plus XL

  178. pierpoint walnut

    pierpoint walnut

    COREtec Advanced+

  179. pinnacle oak

    pinnacle oak

    COREtec Premium

  180. portchester oak

    portchester oak

    COREtec Pro Plus Enhanced Planks

  181. prescott oak

    prescott oak

    COREtec Advanced+

  182. pride oak

    pride oak

    COREtec Premium

  183. privet pine

    privet pine

    COREtec Advanced+

  184. pronto oak

    pronto oak

    COREtec Advanced+

  185. quincy oak

    quincy oak

    COREtec Pro Plus

  186. ralston walnut

    ralston walnut

    COREtec Premium

  187. ravenswood oak

    ravenswood oak

    COREtec Pro Plus XL Enhanced HD

  188. red river hickory

    red river hickory

    COREtec Classics

  189. reserve oak

    reserve oak

    COREtec Premium

  190. rocca oak

    rocca oak

    COREtec Pro Plus Enhanced Planks

  191. rocky mountain oak

    rocky mountain oak

    COREtec Classics

  192. roswell hickory

    roswell hickory

    COREtec Pro Plus

  193. russa

    russa

    COREtec Stone

  194. salton chestnut

    salton chestnut

    COREtec Classics

  195. sand dollar oak

    sand dollar oak

    COREtec Premium

  196. savor oak

    savor oak

    COREtec Premium

  197. savoy oak

    savoy oak

    COREtec Advanced+

  198. sea salt oak

    sea salt oak

    COREtec Premium

  199. semonia

    semonia

    COREtec Stone

  200. sherwood rustic pine

    sherwood rustic pine

    COREtec Premium

  201. shoreline maple

    shoreline maple

    COREtec Pro Plus Enhanced Planks

  202. sirius

    sirius

    COREtec Stone

  203. skillman oak

    skillman oak

    COREtec Advanced+

  204. sleek oak

    sleek oak

    COREtec Premium

  205. smoked rustic pine

    smoked rustic pine

    COREtec Premium

  206. solstice cherry

    solstice cherry

    COREtec Pro Galaxy

  207. somerset oak

    somerset oak

    COREtec Advanced+

  208. sonia

    sonia

    COREtec Stone

  209. southampton oak

    southampton oak

    COREtec Pro Plus XL Enhanced HD

  210. spiral pine

    spiral pine

    COREtec Pro Galaxy

  211. spirit oak

    spirit oak

    COREtec Premium

  212. springfield oak

    springfield oak

    COREtec Pro Plus

  213. stonewall pine

    stonewall pine

    COREtec Pro Plus Enhanced HD

  214. suffolk oak

    suffolk oak

    COREtec Advanced+

  215. sunflower pine

    sunflower pine

    COREtec Pro Galaxy

  216. suva oak

    suva oak

    COREtec Pro Plus XL Enhanced

  217. telford pine

    telford pine

    COREtec Advanced+

  218. tolima pine

    tolima pine

    COREtec Enhanced

  219. trance pine

    trance pine

    COREtec Premium

  220. treasure pine

    treasure pine

    COREtec Premium

  221. trestle pine

    trestle pine

    COREtec Pro Plus Enhanced HD

  222. tulsa oak

    tulsa oak

    COREtec Enhanced

  223. twilight oak

    twilight oak

    COREtec Enhanced

  224. tyro walnut

    tyro walnut

    COREtec Premium

  225. valeria

    valeria

    COREtec Stone

  226. valor oak

    valor oak

    COREtec Premium

  227. venado oak

    venado oak

    COREtec Enhanced

  228. ventura chestnut

    ventura chestnut

    COREtec Classics

  229. vesta

    vesta

    COREtec Stone

  230. vintage taupe ash

    vintage taupe ash

    COREtec Premium

  231. virtue oak

    virtue oak

    COREtec Premium

  232. waddington oak

    waddington oak

    COREtec Enhanced

  233. warsaw pine

    warsaw pine

    COREtec Pro Plus XL

  234. waverly oak

    waverly oak

    COREtec Advanced+

  235. wellington oak

    wellington oak

    COREtec Pro Plus XL

  236. weston oak

    weston oak

    COREtec Premium

  237. wheldon oak

    wheldon oak

    COREtec Classics

  238. whirlpool oak

    whirlpool oak

    COREtec Pro Galaxy

  239. whittier oak

    whittier oak

    COREtec Classics

  240. williamson oak

    williamson oak

    COREtec Enhanced

  241. wiltshire oak

    wiltshire oak

    COREtec Pro Plus XL Enhanced HD

  242. wythe oak

    wythe oak

    COREtec Advanced+

  243. zawn oak

    zawn oak

    COREtec Premium

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Find Your Retailer

COREtec floors are available at friendly, full-service flooring retailers nationwide. For an elevated experience, look for the certified White Glove Service Partner near you. They offer a range of exclusive benefits not available anywhere else.

Installation Tips

COREtec floors are engineered for simple installation - which saves you time and money on professional installation, or lets you take on a DIY project. Check out our demo video, and see detailed instructions for each collection.

Finishing Touches

We offer a full range of trim pieces and transitions for every style of COREtec floors to make sure your flooring project has a clean, professional look.

Cleaning & Care

We’ve made it simple to maintain your COREtec® floors. Of course, they’re waterproof, kidproof and petproof to stand up to real life day in and day out. So all you have to do is follow a few easy tips to keep them looking great.

First Use

Before moving furniture and décor onto your new floor, sweep, dust mop or vacuum the floor. Then lightly damp mop with well wrung mop.

Simple Protection

Wherever possible, use walk off mats at entrances and doorways. Non-staining floor protectors under heavy furniture, chairs, and tables are also a good idea.

Cleaning Dos

Choose a pH-neutral floor cleaner - nothing with a floor polish or detergent in it. We recommend Encore Care for Luxury Vinyl Flooring.
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Cleaning Don’ts

Don't use treated dust mops, they may leave a residue. Don't use vacuums with rotating beater bars on hard surfaces. Avoid using mop and shine products and steam mops.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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BUYING COREtec

  1. Where can I buy COREtec?

    We’re proud of our nationwide network of specialty flooring retailers. Click here to find a retailer near you.

  2. Can I find COREtec in “big box” stores?

    Not at this time. We prefer the full service and expert advice available through our network of specialty retailers.

  3. How many boxes should I buy?

    That depends on which COREtec product you choose. Just click here to open our handy Quantity Calculator.

  4. Do you offer financing?

    Our network of retail flooring partners offers a range of competitive financing options through Wells Fargo to help you complete your project. Visit our retailer locator to find a retailer near you. Or for more details, visit our financing page and conveniently apply and receive a quick credit decision today.

  5. What’s “wiggle room”?

    The perfect solution to an imperfect world. Whether it's flooring, wallpaper or paint, it’s always better to have more than you need instead of needing more than you have. We recommend buying 10% more than your square footage demands to guard against installation errors or other unforeseen circumstances. Just click the Wiggle Room box on our Quantity Calculator and leave the math to us.

INSTALLATION

  1. Can I install my COREtec floor myself?

    Yes. Our rigid planks and tiles allow for “Floating Installation” over many existing floors, and the Angle-Tap installation is suitable for the average DIY installer. Click here for installation instructions.

  2. Do I have to install my COREtec floor myself?

    Of course not. Your local COREtec retailer will be happy to provide professional installation services. And our Angle-Tap, floating installation will keep installation costs lower than many other types of flooring.

  3. What tools will I need to install COREtec floors?

    The necessities are a hammer, tapping block and a pull bar. We highly recommend using ¼ inch spacers and a crosscut power saw with a blade suitable for plastics. Other basics to have on hand include a pencil, chalk line, tape measure and 3M Scotch Blue™ 2080 Tape.

  4. Where can COREtec floors be installed?

    Our 100% waterproof planks and tiles can be installed in any room of your home, from basement to top floor. COREtec is an interior product and must be stored/installed in a temperature-controlled interior environment, maintained between 55 and 85 degrees F (13°- 29°C).

  5. Can COREtec floors be installed over radiant heat?

    Yes. Please see the installation manual for detailed instructions and considerations.

  6. Can I install COREtec floors outdoors?

    No. Well, technically you could. But you could also cover your deck in suede. Installing COREtec outdoors will negate any product warranty.

  7. Do I need to leave expansion space?

    Yes. While COREtec is a very dimensionally stable product, it can experience some contraction and expansion with temperature fluctuations. The same can be said for your home's walls or any adjacent flooring. That’s why we require leaving ¼ inch space next to walls and adjoining flooring to allow for the contraction and expansion that a homes construction materials experience.

  8. Can I install COREtec floor on my walls?

    Yes. COREtec floors can now be installed on walls to create stunning room accents. Most COREtec styles are approved for wall installation, with the exception of our Plus Premium, Plus Grande and Stone collections. Click for wall installation instructions.

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MAINTENANCE

  1. When the last piece is installed, what’s next?

    First of all, sweep, dust mop or vacuum the floor to remove all loose dirt and grit. Then lightly damp mop with well wrung mop. Always use plywood or heavy cardboard when moving furniture or other heavy objects across the floor.

  2. How do I clean my COREtec floor?

    Simply sweep or run a dry dust mop over it to get up the dirt, dust and grit. Avoid treated dust mops as they may leave a residue behind which can dull your floor over time. For a more thorough clean, you'll want a ph neutral cleaner, so nothing with a floor polish or detergent in it. We recommend Encore Care for Luxury Vinyl Flooring. Follow label instructions. Always pre-vacuum or dust mop before any type of wet cleaning.

    Do not use vacuums with rotating beater bars on hard surfaces. Stay away from steam mops, as the heat can cause the vinyl layer to curl up and peel off. Avoid using mop and shine products.

  3. How do I remove spots & spills?

    As with any flooring surface, you’ll want to absorb wet spills as quickly as possible by blotting with paper or cloth towels. Rinse with water if necessary and blot dry. Dried spots should be removed by gentle agitation and rinsed with water. Blot dry.

    For stubborn spots that water or Encore Care for Luxury Vinyl Flooring don’t remove, use simple rubbing alcohol (isopropyl alcohol) with a clean white cloth. Do not use detergents or abrasive cleaners since these products can leave a dull residue.

  4. How do I keep my COREtec floor looking good?

    The single greatest cause of damage to any flooring or floor finish is abrasion from dirt and grit. Wherever possible, use walk off mats at entrances and doorways. If mats are placed directly on COREtec floors, use mats without latex or rubber backings to avoid possible discoloration.

    Use non-staining floor protectors under heavy furniture, chairs, and tables. Use appropriate window coverings, as direct sunlight may fade the color of the flooring over time.

  5. Will my COREtec floor need polishing?

    Maybe. Over time floors may begin to lose their luster and may require an application of floor polish. If and when you apply floor polish will depend on the traffic the floor receives. A good quality floor polish like "Hilway Direct" can provide up to a year of protection in a high traffic area. Thoroughly clean your floor, then apply 2 to 3 coats of polish following label directions and allow floor to dry overnight before heavy traffic use.