Lifeproof Flooring Vinyl Plank Review Tools In Action 2021

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Lifeproof Flooring Vinyl Plank Review Tools In Action 2021

Lifeproof is a very popular brand of vinyl flooring, mostly due to the fact that it’s on the lower end of the price spectrum and that it’s sold by Home Depot. Since vinyl itself is already an affordable option, it can be tempting to save even more money by going with something like Lifeproof, but it may not be your best bet. Sold exclusively by Home Depot, Lifeproof vinyl is a cheap alternative to hardwood. Pictured in restored wood.

When you’re thinking about the price of flooring, there’s more to keep in mind than just the raw upfront cost.

  • How long will it last?
  • I How good will it look at first, and how well will it hold up over time?
  • How much will it cost to replace?

Lifeproof Flooring Vinyl Plank Review Tools In Action 2021

These are all important questions when you’re installing a new floor in your home. Lifeproof flooring has a lot of the same benefits as other brands of vinyl plank, however there are some downsides that explain why it costs less. These may not be deal breakers for you, in which case this is a good way to save a few bucks, but in most cases we would steer you towards a different option.

Related: 10 Reasons Vinyl Is Great For Bathroom Floors

THE BENEFITS OF VINYL PLANK FLOORS

Here are some of the benefits that apply to all planks, including those offered by Lifeproof.

Affordability

Compared to hardwood, stone tiles, and other popular options, you can get a new floor for a lot less money. Wood can get damaged easily and needs to be sanded and polished occasionally, something you can only do a finite amount of times. Stone can crack. Both of these require major renovations to install, whereas vinyl plank can usually just sit right on top of an existing floor, further bringing down the labor costs of installation.

Selection

There are only so many different styles available with certain types of flooring, but with vinyl you’ve got many to choose from. Along with different looks and patterns of vinyl, you’ve also got different tiers of quality, which we’ll discuss more in-depth.

Durability

Generally speaking, vinyl floors are quite durable. They’re resistant to most spills, they don’t stain easily, and even scratches from a pet’s claws are very rare. They should last many years, and they’re quite easy to maintain.

That’s in general, which brings us into some of the issues we have with Lifeproof…

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THE PROBLEM WITH LIFEPROOF

Lifeproof is a brand that’s sold exclusively at Home Depot. It’s safe to assume that Home Depot has a strong relationship with them, and is possibly incentivized into steering people towards their products when they visit the store to look at flooring. There’s nothing inherently wrong with this, the real problem comes down to quality and the time honored saying…

…you get what you pay for.

Yes, Lifeproof are very affordable, and you’ll see them recommended a lot, especially in-store. The problem with this is the fact that they’re not super durable.

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The product itself is thinner and lower-quality than some other options out there, so if you’re already saving some money by going vinyl, you should look at higher-quality options.

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Having said that, there is a time and place where something lower-end might be okay. If you have an addition to your home, like a spare room or a sunroom or what have you, this can be an affordable option for lower-traffic areas. You don’t always need the best, sometimes cheap and good enough is, quite frankly, good enough.

As long as you realize that Lifeproof isn’t a high-end, top-quality option, and you use it accordingly, you should be all set. The problem is when people use it for their kitchens, bathrooms, entrances, and other high-traffic areas in their homes and then notice it starting to wear out too quickly, or the colors starting to fade, or that it’s scratching too easily, or other issues of durability.

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LIFEPROOF ALTERNATIVES

For alternatives to Lifeproof, we’re going to be sticking to other brands of vinyl. Of course, there are many other non-vinyl alternatives out there, but we’ll assume you’ve already made up your mind on vinyl and you’re just looking for a higher quality option.

A good indicator is price. More expensive doesn’t always mean it’s better, but it’s a start. With many of the options in the $1-$2 per square foot range, you’re missing out on important features like scratch resistance and waterproofing.

Another thing to look at is the thickness of the tile. Lifeproof isn’t the worst when it comes to this, there are cheaper brands that that can be insanely thin. The thickness of the planks can vary depending on the style you choose, and thicker is generally a better option in terms of quality and durability. Also, the thicker ones can have additional protective layers, which help them last longer.

There are Lifeproof planks that are quite thin, and thicker ones, which demonstrates that it’s important to look beyond just the brand name. Having said that, if you’re looking for some alternatives, here are some other brands that are worth checking out:

Lifeproof Flooring
Lifeproof Flooring

Armstrong Vivero

Kingston Walnut

The Vivero line of products comes in 3 different durability options, so that you can choose according to your needs and where you’re putting it. It’s 100% waterproof, super durable, and comes in a number of styles.

You can install these yourself if you have even a bit of DIY experience. Armstrong’s Vivero products come with a lifetime limited warranty for the home, and a 15 year warranty for commercial installations. They can cost upwards of twice as much as Lifeproof, depending on the style of each.

Congoleum’s DuraCeramic

DuraCeramic is like a mixture between vinyl and ceramic tiles. It has the benefits of both, with less of the downsides. The price of DuraCeramic is slightly higher than the pricier versions of Lifeproof, but put them side-by-side and you can tell the difference right away. Congoleum also offers tile and sheet flooring options.

Karndean Designflooring

This brand has been around for decades, and offers high quality vinyl flooring options at somewhat higher prices, in the $4-$8 per square foot range, give or take. They have a 20 year warranty, and a lot of unique designs and accent-pieces that you can use to really bring the look together.

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FINAL CONCLUSION

When it’s all said and done, there are much better options out there than Lifeproof, but it isn’t the worst option out there, either. There are a lot of complaints about it scratching too easily, or not being as durable as advertised, but if you want something cheap, it fits the bill.


Do you ever have that one project in your home and every time you see it you just have to take a moment and admire it?

That’s how I still feel even after living with my LifeProof Luxury Vinyl Plank flooring for a year!

The post that I did initially on the flooring is my number one post for the last year. It’s also the post that gets the most comments as well as the most questions. I have answered a ton of questions in the last year but you guys just keep thinking up more of them!

Before I answer the FAQs I wanted to give my utmost, transparent review of this flooring.Real Life Look at LifeProof Luxury Vinyl Plank Flooring

Lifeproof Flooring Vinyl Plank Review Tools In Action 2021

This was the first lock and drop flooring that I have ever put down. I wasn’t too worried about it but I read and re-read the instructions many times before putting it down.

Let me tell you, it was really easy. After about the first 3 rows I got into a groove and got it done.

One of the main things I love about this floor is that it’s “warmer” to the touch because the subfloor is attached. It’s not a shock when we come out of our bedroom in the morning in the winter like our old laminate was.

It has held up really well with the life of two small children. I have had only one “scratch” on the floor. My son started to push a dining room chair on the floor and even though I have felt pads on all my furniture, as he was pushing I heard a a really loud scrape. I stopped him and saw a white streak on the floor where it was scratch. It must have picked up a small stone under the chair. I took a damp paper towel and went over and it was gone. You cannot see any scratch on the the floor unless you get all the way on the floor and look sideways at

I was scared it was going to be a big scratch but so glad you can’t see it because of the protective layer.

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I can’t say enough good things about this flooring. friends, I am also always flooded with comments from readers about how they have put it in their home and love it so much.

have recommended it to friends and if I ever get around to gutting our bathrooms it’s also the flooring I would put in there.

Life proof seasoned wood

CHECK OUT MY FACEBOOK LIVE VIDEO I DID TO SHOW YOU MY FLOORS IN “REAL LIFE”

So here is my list again of my most FAQ’s:

How do you clean your floor is there streaks?

I just use a gentle green cleaner on the flooring when I mop it. It’s actually a concentrate made by Shaklee. I have never had any streaks using it.

What can I use to make it shine?

This I don’t know. The color that I choose is Seasoned Wood. There is no shine to it. If there was it wouldn’t have the natural wood look that I was going for. So shine is not important to me.

What is the wear layer on the flooring?

As noted on the TDS, it is 6mil (0.15mm) You can see the full Technical Data Sheet here. 

What pattern did you use for your flooring?

I used the second pattern that is noted in the instructions, yet I think I switched it up in places like the hallway.

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Did you use an underlayment on your flooring.

No, there is already an underlayment built in to the flooring. I put it down right on the plywood sub floor.

In your kitchen did you put it under your appliances?

Yes, I pulled out our oven and refrigerator and put it under them. I did not put it under the dishwasher. I put it as close as I could.

Are there transition strips?

Yes. (affiliate) You can purchase them right from the Home Depot website here.

Did you remove your moulding/trim before you put the flooring down?

Yes I did remove it. Then put it back to cover up the gap you need from the wall.

What can I put this flooring over?

Can be installed over most existing surfaces including tile, wood, concrete, and vinyl. You can find the full specs and install guides on the Home Depot website here.

Have you put this flooring in your home? Tell me what you think about it in the comments! Have more questions that I haven’t answered ask me in the comments as well and I will try my best to answer them!

Want to purchase this flooring? Ours is Seasoned Wood and you can find it here. Remember it’s usually free shipping or you can order it online and choose pick up in store so it’s waiting for you!

Want to see all the LifeProof flooring choices? See them here.

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