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Anyone installed Coretec Grande Petronas or Grande Lotte, Pictures?

suter705
last year

We are getting ready to install LVP throughout our entire 2800 SQ FT home except for 2 bathrooms which will be tile. I would like to get input regarding the Coretec Grande product line in general and pictures from anyone who has installed any of these products: Coretec Grand Petronas, Grande Lotte or Grande Goldin Oak, I also considered Coretec Calypso. The online pictures are very different from the samples! I have a very active Vizsla (sporting dog) and am looking for something with a minimum of a 20 mil wear layer, the Grande line is 30 mil. The Grande line is also embossed in register, so it has a better appearance than many I have looked at and a price to go along with that. I will be having professional installation. What kind of prices did you find per SQ Ft in the market place? We live in SE Virginia in a transitional/traditional 2 story home with an open kitchen, eating area and vaulted family room; everything else is separate rooms. I will be changing my kitchen cabinets to a very light off white (SW Greek Villa which is a close match to all of the off white trim currently throughout my home, cabinets are currently "white washed oak") and installing white ice or Splendor white granite (combo of white, off white, grays & black). I am concerned that the Grande Lotte or Calypso will be too light and make the the rooms have a cold/cool appearance versus having a warmer floor color to ground the off white cabinets and trim. The Penmore Walnut seems less interesting and too dark. Goldin Oak seems to have a lot of gray tones. I could not get a sample of the Calypso Oak.





Pictures are in this order: Penmore Oak, Grande Petronas Oak, Grande Goldin Oak, Grande Lotte Oak taken with natural light from windows. Cherry furniture in bedroom stays.


Comments (134)

  • captain_obvious
    5 months ago

    @kayleston - Coretec is a floating floor and cannot be installed under the cabinets (that’s what I was told by where I purchased this product). Grande is thick (I think 5/8”), so my cabinets were shimmed underneath to allow for the thickness of the floor. There is a small gap between the floors and the edge of my cabinets, which was covered with shoe molding that matches the base cabinets.

  • Sydney Bradbury
    4 months ago

    Where are people ordering their floors? We live in Northern Cali and our small town upcharges on everything. I would love to order somewhere online.

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  • Jill Snoply
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    I agree 100% ... we have a whole home full of grande petronas, and it's definitely not red.  It's warm and looks like really wood.  Love it!  Your pictures are beautiful!

  • Bill & Lynne
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    Wow, the floors look gorgeous!! Thank you so much for remembering to post pictures! I think I’m getting close to convincing hubby that this is the best choice for us! The sample we have really looks and even feels like wood. I have my flooring store guys on alert for any installations that we can actually go look at! That’s what will really convince hubby. 🥰

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    Be careful when you’re painting. The floor has “grain” and I dripped paint and didn’t realize it. It was awful to get dried paint out of the grain.

    No issues with durability so far. It is a very beautiful floor.

  • John Creek
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    Really appreciate your post and feedback thank you !

  • Bill & Lynne
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    Yes, Captain-Obvious, very good heads up - thank you! We’re actually going to be able to see an install of the Lotte in a builder’s home in about a month so I’ll be able to see it in the flesh, even though we like the color of petronas oak, but at least we’ll see the pattern and feel of the brand.

  • John Creek
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    My builder recommended glue down for our engineered flooring for our new build. Our previous home had floating floor and some spots were hollow sound bouncy spots.

  • Louise Stanley
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    I had glued down engineered wood, and replaced with this after a leak ruined a 4x6 area, causing the need to replace the entire floor since engineered flooring could not be matched to patch. I was very lucky that slab in good shape and in walking around so far (without furniture), have not found hollow spots. Interesting that contractor urged you to go that way as contractor responsible for slab being even, no? I do miss my previous gloss, but they are not making gloss engineered floors now, since not in vogue. I must say that this cortex looks more like wood than current engineered wood floors I’ve seen in showrooms. To me,real hardwood,that can be done with any finish, would be first choice, but not an option on slab home.

  • captain_obvious
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    John - I’m not sure if Coretec can be glued down but if it can, I would now consider installing it that way. I have one spot in my kitchen that sounds hollow if I step on the plank just right and it’s likely a low spot on the sub floor. I can live with it though. The way my bathroom was, I couldn’t live with that and it had to be torn out and redone. Fortunately I had one box leftover and we had to use it in the bathroom so I’d also suggest buying an extra box to have on hand just in case.

    Bill & Lynn - the pic of my bathroom is true to the color of Lotte Oak. The camera on my phone tends to make it read yellow with natural light coming in, probably similar to how Petronas is pulling red for others. Everyone that has seen it has thought it was real wood.

  • Bill & Lynne
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    Yes, it really does look like real wood and I’m afraid the more people realize that, the more popular it will become AND the more pricier. Already, the price for the Petronas oak has jumped from 7.89 to 9.19 with one of our local vendors 🤨.

  • captain_obvious
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    Bill & Lynn - If $9.19 includes installation, that is in line with what I paid here in suburban Detroit, Michigan. The material was $6.20 and it was $2 or $2.50 a square foot for installation. Louise - My parents have red oak floors sanded and finished on site and they recently refinished to remove the red/orange tones. When my dad saw my floors, he asked if I was sealing the color as it was or if I was staining it darker 😂 When I told him it was a vinyl product he was blown away!

  • Bill & Lynne
    3 months ago

    No, that is for material only - installation is an additional 2.50. Other vendors in my area are charging less for materials, 7.80 is the least I’ve seen with 1.25 installation. But they all say these prices will go up again.😔

  • Bill & Lynne
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    I’m in South Florida.

  • Erin S.
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    Wow, that’s quite a savings! Do they take returns if there are any damaged pieces?

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    Bill & Lynn - I used to live in SE Florida (wish I was still there!) and used Dolphin Carpet and Floors in Pompano to install Coretec Plus in my previous home. I had a really good experience with Dolphin. I didn’t have sub floor issues being it was a concrete slab and was very happy with the product holding up in FL humidity and in/out from the pool.

  • Erin S.
    3 months ago

    Yes, you are supposed to contact them within 3 business days after receiving the delivery to report damage and initiate a damage claim. We had 2 boxes that we could see had a small amount of damage externally, so we opened and found a few of the planks had a little bit of damage, so we are planning to call tomorrow and request replacements. The rest of the boxes look good from the outside, so hopefully when we open them prior to our installation, the floors will be in good shape on the inside.

  • Bill & Lynne
    3 months ago

    Erin, are you installing them or did you hire someone?

  • Bill & Lynne
    3 months ago

    Captain_Obvious, we live about an hour north, in Stuart, but there a couple good local companies that have good reputations so I feel confident we will be ok, once we get to that point. Thanks for the recommendation, though!

  • Kristi
    3 months ago

    Erin, apologies just seeing your message. I did a stained quarter sawn oak for the island cabinets. I’m so glad you like it, thank you! It took forever to get the color just right on the island. I took a sample of the floor to my cabinet guy and had him mix up a couple options to try and match the darker hues in the floor to help create contrast but still make it look like they go together.

  • Kristi
    3 months ago

    Just a couple pics to show the place with the finished remodel. 🤗

  • Louise Stanley
    3 months ago

    Finally, with furniture. I have a traditional home, and I am pleased with the grande petronas. I was afraid it would look too rustic, but works well for me.

  • Bill & Lynne
    3 months ago

    Looks so pretty! Thanks for sharing the pics - I am trying to convince my husband to go with this!

  • Erin S.
    3 months ago

    Bill & Lynne, We are having someone do our remodeling projects including installing the floors.


    Kristi, Thanks for the info about your island and sharing your photos. The color of your island and other wood areas look great!

  • Jennifer Pearson
    3 months ago

    Louise, thanks for sharing those pictures! It's amazing how different your floors look from the pictures of the Grande Petronas on the COREtec website. I like the look of yours, but I don't like the way it looks on their website. We're planning on Grande Lotte Oak on the first floor of our walkout ranch, but I want a darker, warmer feeling floor in our basement. I'm considering the Grande Petronas after seeing your pictures.

  • Robin Gray Kister
    3 months ago

    Kristi, did you put Coretec on your stairs?

  • lobrochta2667
    2 months ago

    Hi. We are planning on using Coretec Grand Petronas in a coastal house in SC. The local flooring store said they will float the floor over the tile in the bedrooms. The rest of the house will be just slab after they remove the carpet and exsisting wood.

    They claim that they will gradually slope it so its not even noticable. Has anyone else heard of this or done this? Or should I find someone who will remove the tile first? Thanks

  • captain_obvious
    2 months ago

    Lobrochta, my flooring store required the subfloor to be completely even otherwise they would have had to use transition moldings where the floor was uneven. I wanted a continuous floor (no moldings) so I removed the old flooring and made sure the sub floor was in good shape. That said, I had one area where the sub floor was uneven (one piece of plywood subfloor was 1/4 inch higher than the piece next to it) and the installer laid right over it. It created a horrible squeak and flexed when I walked on it. The installer had to remove planks, plane the subfloor, and reinstall and glue down those planks. Having gone through that, I’d be very nervous to install without removing your old tile. I’d want to know more how they do it (perhaps they build it up with mortar??) and what they will do if you have an issue. Personally, I think the right way to install is to remove the old tile and after my experience, I would push for that or find a new installer.

  • Louise Stanley
    2 months ago

    Check the Cortec site. I think it says you lose the manufacturers warranty if installed over an existing floor. I had my contractor remove my engineered floor before installing. Other folks in my neighborhood have installed over existing floors and have yet to have issues. I’d rather do it right and maintain warranty.

  • kayozzy
    2 months ago
    last modified: 2 months ago

    @lobrochta2667 Yes, you can gradually slope a floor without any issue. It just depends on how much. Here is what the installation instructions say:

    All subfloors must be clean, flat, dry, and structurally sound. The correct preparation of the subfloor is a major part of a successful installation. Subfloor must be flat: 3/16" in 10' or 1/8" in 6'.

    And here's what it says about what you can install it over:

    C. EXISTING FLOOR COVERINGS

    Flooring can be installed over most existing hard–surface floor coverings, provided that the existing floor surface is fully adhered, clean, flat, dry, structurally sound and free of deflection.

    • Existing sheet vinyl floors should not be heavily cushioned and not exceed more than one layer in thickness. Soft underlayment and soft substrates will compromise the product's locking ability as well as diminish its indentation resistance.
    • Installation is NOT allowed over any type of carpet.
    • Do NOT install over wood floors adhered to concrete.
    • This product can be installed over existing ceramic/porcelain tile products with up to a 1/4 inch wide grout joint. If the grout joint width exceeds 1/4 inch, a cementitious patching compound should be used to fill the grout joint to make it smooth with the surface of the tile.


    Here is a link to all the installation instructions. Good luck! Grande Petronas Oak (coretecfloors.com)

  • lobrochta2667
    2 months ago

    Thank you for your responce.

  • lobrochta2667
    2 months ago

    Thank you for your response

  • Stars2723
    2 months ago

    So for people who have decided between the Lotte Oak and the Goldin, the online photos make the Lotte Oak look yellowish. But in the samples I received the the Goldin appears more yellow to me. Which is a cooler tone? Thanks!

  • suter705
    Original Author
    2 months ago

    I am in the process of having Grande Petronas installed throughout my home. Existing flooring is all being removed (carpet upstairs, vinyl, hardwood and carpet downstairs). The installer wants to know if I want my new kitchen cabinets on top of the flooring (ie., install flooring wall to wall before cabinet installation) or install the cabinets first and put flooring only around the cabinets. I have enough flooring to do it either way. Is there a proper way to do this or is it customer preference? What is usually done in new construction with LVP?

  • Jill Snoply
    2 months ago

    @suter705 that looks amazing, first of all.  Secondly, we did not put our cabinets on top of the flooring, which I believe is the recommendation from Coretec.  Get more opinions than mine, though ;)

  • azeikus
    2 months ago

    @Stars2723 I would say in Goldin is cooler in tone. However it all totally depends on the individual home and the type of natural light you get. In our current home Lotte looks a bit yellow, and Goldin looks perfectly neutral. However in our new build where we will be installing it, lotte looks neutral and wonderful and goldin looks dark and gray!

  • Bill & Lynne
    2 months ago

    Looks great! I have heard that you should NOT put the appliances on top of the flooring because the weight might make them bow, or something like that!

  • captain_obvious
    2 months ago

    Suter, I was told you cannot install cabinets on top of Coretec like you can with real hardwood. It’s a floating floor and the weight of the cabinets can cause issues with the floor. I installed coretec in my bathroom with a furniture style vanity that sits on top of the floor. The weight of the vanity caused the flooring not under the vanity to lift up slightly (kind of like a see-saw). Just looking at it, you couldn’t tell there was an issue but you could feel it flex when you walked in it and there was a squeak. Had I known it was going to create an issue I would have picked a regular cabinet and not run the floor under it.

  • azeikus
    last month

    Hello! For those of you did Lotte Oak, what wood species and stain did you choose for your stairs/railing? My builder is saying that white oak is hard to come by and that red oak would be a close match, but I'm not so sure!

  • Jeanie
    last month

    We are also looking at the Grande Petronas. Would someone who installed the Cortec Grande floors tell us how many repeat patterns are in the boards and what percentage of the boards are 28", 55" and 82"? Thanks!

  • suter705
    Original Author
    last month

    The info on the repeat is on the website. Each box has 6 boards, 2 of each.

  • Erin Paskett
    14 days ago

    Louise Stanley I love these floors. Would you say they read a nice traditional medium brown? Or more orange?

  • Louise Stanley
    14 days ago

    Erin, it depends on lighting. Warm medium brown in some, with a warm orange hue when using soft white lighting. I think you will love them. They look more like wood than many mat wood floors!

  • Becky Knight
    9 days ago

    I love the Coretec Grande Lotte Oak. I have compared them to other WPC LVP and the quality, look and feel is the best! Everyone on the mainland is lucky they don’t live in Hawaii. I was initially quoted $19/sq ft for material only! Then I got it down to $10.85/sq ft. The most shocking thing is I was quoted $42k for labor alone!! 🤯 This is for 2000 sq ft.

  • Scotty D
    8 days ago

    Hi Becky, try and get a few more labor bids, 3$-5$ per ft is reasonable for labor, maybe in Hawaii it could go as high as $7, but $42,000 seems very high.

  • suter705
    Original Author
    8 days ago

    They are finishing my Grande Petronas today!!!! The contractor has told me that because it is the stiffest laminate they have ever worked with that if someone else uses it they will be charged a bit more for labor than I am paying. It is beautiful flooring. They also say that once it is down “it’s not going to float anywhere”. They are getting a workout each day because it is also a lot heavier than most laminate. More like working with hardwood. I will post more pics once things get cleaned up. Waiting for the kitchen cabinets to arrive.

  • captain_obvious
    8 days ago

    @Becky - Admittedly, I’m not familiar with costs in Hawaii, but $42K for labor alone seems excessively high. I’m in the Midwest and paid about $13500 for material and install for 1600 sq ft.

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