Each year, millions of homeowners turn to vinyl flooring for their remodeling projects. There are more options to choose from today than ever before, and you can purchase styles that have been manufactured from all around the world.
IVC Floors is a global company with a strong U.S. presence, and a brand you may be familiar with if you’ve visited a flooring showroom in the past 20 years. While not as prolific as their parent company, Mohawk, they have some interesting alternatives which we’re going to take a look at in this review.
IVC Vinyl Flooring
IVC has a fairly expansive line of vinyl flooring, although they are more known for sheet vinyl than luxury vinyl planks or tiles. While you can find some different options available around the web, at present they only have 2 LVP collections and around 8 collections that feature wood and stone patterns on large vinyl sheets.
IVC Luxury Vinyl Flooring
Of the two luxury vinyl collections from IVC, the Flexitec Cliffdale Collection is the most varied. There are wood-like styles with Dark Mire, Lakeshore Trim, and Weathered Drift which vary from light, medium, and dark. Their tile patterns are all distinct from one another as well with the light silver, Polished Pearl, Slate Touch, and Burl Mirage.
All of the flooring from this collection measures 6”W x 48”L and is 2.5mm thick with a 20mil wear layer. It requires a glue-down installation and is rated for 10 years of light commercial use or 30 years when installed in residential homes. If you prefer the look of wooden flooring to stone, the Flexitec Crawford Collection may be a better choice.
With this collection, you’ll find 8 wood-like styles including a few grey hues in Sterling Shimmer and Steely Sky. Their Tawny Straw pattern will bring a rustic charm to a room while Ashen Smoked has a distinct look. These boards have a shorter warranty and are a bit shorter themselves at 6”W x 36”L. The boards are .5mm thinner and have a 10mil Ultraguard wear layer for protection against everyday life.
The company was vague with the technical specifications on these collections, but they are 100% waterproof and will require a glue-down installation. They are listed as made in the USA and FloorScore certified.
Sheet Vinyl from IVC
The lineup of luxury vinyl flooring from IVC may not be that impressive, but their sheet vinyl collections more than make up for that. All of the flooring in this collection is listed as being 100% waterproof and made in the the United States. Aside from the designs, the main thing separating these collections from one another is the warranty and wear layer.
The largest sheet vinyl collection from IVC is Flexitec Premiere, which features 25 different styles. It has one of the wider sections of tile patterns as well including a parquet design in two hues with Bertram. Condor resembles rough square tile while Chivalry and Kaiser take a more subtle approach in grey.
Styles like Mays and Loraine are ideal for kitchens and bathrooms, but Kendall could be used in a variety of rooms. There are just as many wood styles in this collection as tile including lighter hues like Eaglewood and Trace.
Raleigh is a medium-colored vinyl, and Odessa is designed to invoke a rustic vibe along with two shades of Argentina sheet vinyl flooring. All flooring from the Flexitec Premiere Collection is protected by a SuperGuard wear layer and comes with a 15-year residential warranty.
The next most populated collection of vinyl sheet flooring from IVC is the Flexitec Ultimate Collection. It’s another stone-heavy series with 14 different styles to choose from, although there are a handful of wood-like patterns included as well.
With the right technology, you can mimic the look of almost any natural material including marble. Manhattan and Lazio sheet vinyl flooring is designed to replicate that look, while Virginia takes things in the opposite direction stylistically. Sonora has a smaller pattern in two different colors, and Parador has a puzzle-like appearance.
While outnumbered 2-to-1 in this collection, their faux wood flooring is just as interesting. Styles like Benton and Palisade provide a classic look, while Brentwood is sheet vinyl designed to look like multi-colored boards. All flooring from this collection is protected by SuperGuard wear layer and comes with a 20-year residential warranty.
In the Flexitec Essential Collection, you’ll find 15 different styles almost evenly split between wood and stone designs. There are some familiar patterns in this collection with Rocky and Nero; each with two different colors. Hampton is a standout with its narrow stone-like pattern, and while Folley is more uniform, but has close to a dozen colors in its palette.
The wood tones in this collection are on the dark side with the exception of Baron 754, which is considerably lighter than the rest of the collection. Wales ranges from weathered to warm, and Boone has an interesting mix of grey and brown shades. Laredo 847A is the darkest flooring from this series, although Wales 848 is not far behind.
As with the Ultimate Collection, all sheet vinyl flooring in the Essentials line is has SuperGuard protection to combat scratches, scuffs, and stains. The warranty on all the styles from the Essentials Collection and its sub-series are listed with a 10-year residential warranty.
The last relatively large collection from IVC’s sheet vinyl lineup is the Champion Collection. It’s another series with a solid mixture of wood and stone styles including one of the more interesting options in the company’s catalog.
While IVC and most manufacturers tend to concentrate on familiar patterns and styles, Raeburn is completely different. This flooring has geometric patterns with alternating colors ranging from white to medium grey. It’s unique, and so is Previa which comes in two interesting colors. Vanderbilt also stands out, but for entirely different reasons.
The most interesting wood pattern from this lineup is Brentwood, which features two-toned planks. Vintage Oak lives up to its namesake with rich, dark tones, and Toronto is a warm brown. Majestic Oak comes in two tame styles while Noblesse will add a touch of class to a room. All of these styles are listed under the @Work Collection, so they sport a 20mil SuperGuard wear layer and have a 10-year commercial guarantee.
Other styles from IVC
In addition to the company’s main collections, there are four smaller series in the Flexitec family with Astro, Aterra, Millwright, and Planet. The largest, but least varied of these is the Planet Collection which is available in five styles that mimic marble flooring. Modus has a similar vibe, but different colorways, while the Arterra Collection brings bold patterns to the forefront.
Kahlo and Serra are two classic patterns that are perfect for kitchens. Banksee is a more modern style, and to say Popova is unique would be an understatement. The Arterra and Planet Collections are rated for 20 years residential use and 10 years light commercial. You’ll get the same guarantee from flooring in the Millwright Collection, albeit in completely different styles.
This collection consists of 5 wood-like patterns including the dark grey-brown Charlton and Sumter which has a more natural hue. On the opposite end of the spectrum is Techno, which looks like colored marble in shades of light pink, grey, or blue. This collection is listed with a QuickClean wear layer while the Millwright Collection has SuperGuard.
The Green Factor
We’re always on the lookout for companies that take environmental practices seriously. While it’s not hard to find flooring that has been FloorScore certified in the United States, some brands go above and beyond when it comes to sustainability.
IVC’s manufacturing process contains a closed-loop water system and their recyclable scrap is used locally for automotive floor mats. Their inks are all water-based, and all of their branded adhesives are GREENGUARD certified as well. Needless to say, the company is CARB compliant and meets or exceeds all the important criteria for flooring manufactured in the states.
IVC Flooring Warranties
As you can see from our product breakdown, the type of warranty you’ll receive from IVC flooring largely depends on the collection you choose. While we were unable to obtain some information in regards to wear layers and warranties on certain lines, the company has documentation online if you want to read the fine print.
IVC luxury vinyl flooring and tile under the Flexitech umbrella that is 2.5mm thick is guaranteed for 30 years of residential use and 10-year light commercial. If the collection is 2.0mm thick, the warranty drops down to 15 years residential and 6 years for commercial use.
With their sheet vinyl collections, the following styles are rated for both residential and commercial usage. The Arterra and Planet collections are rated for 20 years residential and 10 years light commercial. Astro is in the same tier but at 15 years residential and only 5 years commercial.
The Ultimate and Millwright collections have a 20-year residential guarantee, while Premier is listed at 15 years and Essential at 10 years. The Champion collection is only rated for commercial usage with a 10-year warranty, but would obviously last longer when installed in a residential setting.
IVC Vinyl Flooring Pricing & Availability
Tracking down pricing on IVC flooring proved challenging as the products in their online catalog are generally found through local showrooms. You can find several of their sheet vinyl styles and LVP online but will need to contact the dealer directly for pricing.
While that may be disappointing if you’re looking to gauge pricing before you shop locally, the good news is their products are available nationwide. You won’t have an issue finding their vinyl flooring across the U.S., and retailers like Lowes and Home Depot often have several styles of IVC residential sheet vinyl in stock.
IVC is an interesting brand, especially compared to the other manufacturers under its parent company’s umbrella. Whereas luxury vinyl flooring and tile are the most popular styles with homeowners today, they tend to focus on sheet-based flooring. Their products are best sourced locally through dealerships, but you can check out their samples or get more information from the company’s official website.