The Next Generation of Flooring: Rigid Core

Published: October 23rd, 2017

We’ve been in the flooring industry for more than 30 years. In that time, we’ve seen many changes. Flooring manufacturers continue to push the envelope with new technology. One of the most recent advancements in the flooring industry is rigid core. We believe this is the next generation of flooring!

What is rigid core?
Rigid core flooring, also known as vinyl composite core, combines the best features of both laminate and luxury vinyl. The boards are rigid planks with a joint system that clicks together like laminate, but they are constructed from a water-resistant vinyl composite material that gives them the “install it anywhere” flexibility of vinyl flooring.

Rigid Core Flooring Twin CitiesWhat are the benefits of rigid core flooring?

  • Durability
    Rigid core flooring is made to withstand heavy use. Its strong core allows it to have greater indentation resistance than other luxury vinyl. The flooring is also enhanced with protective polyurethane allowing it to resist scratches and dents.
  • Waterproof
    Water won’t penetrate rigid core flooring! Liquids bead up on top, allowing you to mop it up and prevent any damage or staining.
  • Easy Installation
    Rigid core flooring requires much less floor prep than other types of flooring. It has the ability to hide subfloor imperfections. The planks easily click together and can be cut with a utility knife. It’s an easy installation for either a professional or an avid do-it-yourselfer.
  • Dimensional Stability
    With its unique core design, rigid core flooring provides flexibility to adjust to tight spaces while maintaining the necessary rigidity to allow for use over imperfect floors.

Where can it be used?
Rigid core flooring is a great option for both residential and commercial spaces. Due to its durability and resistance to indentation, this flooring is ideal for commercial spaces with high foot traffic and active homes. It can stand the abuse of daily wear and tear while still looking great.

What types of rigid core flooring are available?
At Hopkins Carpet One, we currently have three manufacturers with rigid core flooring.

  • ProGen by Tarkett
  • Evoke by Kentwood
  • Set In Stone by Shaw

Each of these manufacturers creates various colors, textures and looks in a variety of lengths and widths. You can get the look of stone or wood. You are sure to find a rigid core flooring that can match your design and décor.

If you are ready to try to the next generation of flooring, come visit our showroom. One of our experienced flooring professionals will be happy to show you the rigid core flooring samples we have available and help you find the perfect fit for your home or business. If you would like more information, give us a call at 952-933-8944.