Armstrong Vinyl Plank Flooring Reviews

Armstrong makes more than 200 vinyl plank flooring options, one of the largest collections available.

This flooring is also called luxury vinyl flooring, LVP (luxury vinyl plank) and LVT (luxury vinyl tile).

This Armstrong vinyl plank review goes deeper than most. It includes an overview of the collections and their cost. A table makes for easy comparison of the Armstrong luxury vinyl flooring lines. We create tables like it for all our brand reviews – Mohawk, Shaw, LifeProof and more.

Special features plus Armstrong vinyl plank flooring pros and cons are included.

Armstrong Vinyl Plank Flooring Reviews

Armstrong makes 5 Collections of vinyl plank flooring and 4 “looks” or styles.

The looks are Distressed Wood, Traditional Wood, Specialty Wood and Stones & Naturals:

  • LUXE Plank: All looks
  • LUXE Plank with Rigid Core: All looks
  • Vivero Best: All looks
  • Vivero Better: Distressed, Traditional, Specialty
  • Vivero Good: Distressed, Traditional

Here is a summary table of the Collections and what they offer. Cost is included.

Line

Thickness

Wear Layer

Cost/sq. ft. (1)

Warranty (2)

LUXE Rigid Core

8mm

20 mils

$2.49 - $3.59

30/10

LUXE Plank

4mm

12 mils

$3.35 - $3.99

30/10

Vivero Good

2 & 4mm

6 mils

$1.49 - $2.99

15/5

Vivero Better

2 & 4mm

12 mils

$2.40 - $4.25

30/10

Vivero Best

2.5 & 4mm

20 mils

$3.65 - $4.70

Lifetime/15

(1) Cost: Vivero Good/Better/Best glue flooring cost is at or near the low end of the spectrum. Locking flooring cost

(2) Warranty: The first number is the residential warranty. The second is the commercial warranty.

Notes:

1. Pricing in the table is for the flooring only.

2. Installation cost for vinyl plank flooring, including installation supplies and labor is $1.50 - $2.75 per square foot depending on the size and complexity of the job.

3. Discontinued Items: Many shops and online sellers still have stocks of LUXE Good, Better and Best Collections. Most of these have been discontinued or included in the newer Vivero Collections – Good, Better and Best.

Armstrong LUXE Planks

While this sounds like it is the very best vinyl plank flooring Armstrong makes, it is actually second-best behind Vivero Best.

There are a couple dozen colors across all options – Distressed, Traditional, Specialty and Stones & Naturals.

The key difference between this collection and Vivero flooring is that LUXE plank flooring is installed with FasTak peel and stick method. You feel off the tape to expose a tacky surface like sticky notes that can be set, removed and adjusted until the plank is in proper position.

FasTak Installation

LUXE can be installed over most subfloors that are in good condition. A dust-free surface is essential for the tacky surface to stick to.

Best used: LUXE vinyl plank flooring with FasTak tacky backing is made for DIY installation. It sticks best to surfaces like sheet vinyl or tile that can be made very clean and free of dust. The Vivero Better Collection is about equal in quality and a better fit for wood subfloors. LUXE is a good choice for residential and light commercial installations.

Armstrong LUXE Planks with Rigid Core

Rigid Core is a tough, ground stone and polymer core, also called an SPC (stone plastic core). Other lines, such as the Shaw Floorte Pro, use an SPC core. The purpose of the Rigid Core construction is to make the flooring more resistant to dents. It also keeps grout lines, spaces between OSB boards and minor imperfections from “telegraphing” through the flooring and showing. As a result, the Rigid Core collection can be installed over a wide range of subfloors. Raised or cupped edges of OSB or plywood should still be sanded down. Wide gaps should be filled.

Rigid Core Technology Installation

LUXE with Rigid Core is available in all the “looks,” but in a more limited selection. It costs less than the standard LUXE Collection too.

This flooring uses a locking type of installation rather than the FasTak used in the standard LUXE products.

Best used: This is ideal flooring for installation over tile and over wood flooring that is in less-than-perfect condition.

Armstrong Vivero Best Vinyl Plank Flooring

This is Armstrong’s best vinyl plank flooring, backed by lifetime residential and 15-year commercial warranties. The collection is large with nearly 20 different wood and stone colors to consider.

All looks are available including stone Travertine and those with a concrete appearance.

Each color is produced in a locking or full-glue option. This allows you to choose the right type for your subfloor and whether you want to DIY (locking) or hire a pro (most glued floors are professionally installed).

Best used: This is premium luxury vinyl plank flooring. It is popular in upscale homes, shops and office suites. If you want to pay a little more for longer durability, Armstrong’s best LVP is worth the money.

Armstrong Vivero Better Vinyl Plank Flooring

This midgrade flooring is all 6” wide plank flooring in a wide range of colors and all the looks accept Stone. Colors range from warm honey and reddish hues to cooler grays in a spectrum from light to dark.

Like the Vivero Best, you have full-glue and DIY-friendly locking options in most of the colors.

Best used: We recommend this for residential use in moderate to high-traffic homes. It works well in offices, shops and other light-commercial settings. You have a range of styles to choose from – Traditional, Distressed and Specialty woods like Driftwood and Onyx (nearly black wood look).

Armstrong Vivero Good Vinyl Plank Flooring

This is Armstrong’s most affordable LVP flooring, and it is produced in Distressed and Traditional looks.

As with the other Vivero styles, the Good range can be selected in a full-glue or locking installation style. Armstrong suggests that the locking type is an easy DIY project while the glue-down floor is a mid-range project in terms of difficulty.

Armstrong Vivero Glued Down Installation

Whichever method you choose, read the installation guide thoroughly before beginning, and follow it closely.

And if you prefer pro installation, feel free to use our Free Estimates offer to get competitive quotes from local, experienced and pre-screened flooring contractors.

Best used: This Armstrong LVP is chosen when budget considerations call for an affordable option. It is also popular in lightly used areas such as vacation or guest homes. If you’re refreshing a home that you know you’ll probably sell in less than 5-7 years, Armstrong Vivero Good Collection flooring is a wise choice.

Special Features of Armstrong Vinyl Plank Flooring

These are features and their pros and cons to consider as you compare Armstrong luxury vinyl flooring to Shaw, Mohawk and other leading brands.

Installation Over Most Subfloors

This is a big “pro” for Armstrong LVP (and most other brands). It can be installed over concrete, wood underlayment, tile, sanded OSB and sheet vinyl. Be sure to read the installation instructions, since not all types can be laid over all subfloors.

The point is, you will likely find an Armstrong vinyl plank flooring for the subfloor you have.

Waterproof

All Armstrong luxury vinyl flooring is waterproof because none of the material will absorb water. When properly installed, normal amounts of moisture (minor spills, stepping out of the shower) will not penetrate to the subfloor.

Install Anywhere: Because the flooring is waterproof, it can be used in bathrooms, laundry areas, mudrooms and basements.

FasTak Installation

This is a unique option on the LUXE flooring. A backing covers a strip of tacky glue cover part of the plank. The glue is like a sticky note – tacky, but the plank can be taken up and repositioned during the installation process.

This is an easy method of DIY installation. The downside, the “con,” is that the floor must be very clean. The tacky strip won’t adhere if the underfloor is dusty. Planks not sticking firmly produces an unstable floor.

Locking or Glue-down

All the Vivero lines offer locking or full-spread glue installation. There are pros and cons to each. The locking types are DIY floors, or can be if you’re inclined to do it yourself. The advantage is ease of installation plus these are floating floors that can be taken apart for repair if needed.

Glue-down floors hold in place more securely, but they can’t be taken apart without destroying the planks.

Low-VOC FloorScore Certified

FloorScore measures VOC emissions and certifies flooring that will not harm indoor air quality.

28% Vivero Recycled Content

All the Vivero lines use 28% recycled content, so they are more ecofriendly than sheet vinyl. However, most vinyl plank flooring is not recyclable.

Made in the USA

Armstrong produces the flooring in America using domestic and globally sourced material.

Armstrong Vinyl Plank Flooring Pros, Cons and Ratings

Armstrong is considered a Top 5 flooring company, as you’ve probably gathered from the review to this point. Here’s how it stacks up.

Pros:

Armstrong makes a huge selection of LVT and LVP in many different lines, as outlined above. All the bases are covered from wood-core residential to stone-core and rigid core lines that are useful for residential and commercial applications.

All the “looks” are available too – Traditional, distressed, hand scraped, etc.

The LUXE planks with FasTak peel and stick offer a quality material in a category of mostly cheap vinyl plank flooring.

Armstrong Vivero Best is our top-rated Commercial Vinyl Plank Flooring. It is made in the US, and most lines use about 30% recycled content.

Finally, you can float or glue down any of the collections. That gives you more options for the specific installation needs.

Cons:

The residential warranties for LUXE are 30 years. Most competitors offer a “lifetime” warranty for products in this price range. But frankly, whether it is lifetime or 30 years, you can expect 15-20 years of use in most cases.

Ratings:

  • Range of color/style options: 5
  • Quality: 4
  • Ease of installation: 4
  • Green/Low-VOC: 5
  • Overall Rating: 4.5 out of 5

The Bottom Line

Armstrong is one of the best values among premium luxury vinyl plank and tile lines. For example, the Vivero Best line is every bit as good as Shaw Floorte Plus, but costs less. 

It’s commercial warranties are better than Mohawk’s and among the best of any brand. 

You’ll be satisfied with the best lines of Armstrong if high quality at a good price is your goal. And if you want cheap/affordable LVP, then Armstrong Vivero Good is well worth considering.