LifeProof Vinyl Plank Flooring Reviews

LifeProof vinyl plank flooring is sold exclusively at Home Depot, available in stores and online. It is referred to as LifeProof luxury vinyl plank and tile.

The two most important factors when considering LifeProof LVP and LVT are the affordability of most styles and the waterproof rigid core.

This LifeProof vinyl plank review allows you to compare this brand to leaders like Shaw, Armstrong and Mohawk vinyl plank flooring. Read on for:

  • LifeProof Vinyl Plank Flooring Reviews that discuss the styles, features and best uses for each.
  • Our exclusive LifeProof summary table that starts the Review section compares this brand’s lines and their costs – and it is useful for comparing top brands like Shaw and Armstrong as well as other low-cost brands we’ve reviewed.
  • The Features section goes deeper into what makes each line unique, plus their pros and cons.

LifeProof Vinyl Plank Flooring Reviews

Sterling Oak 8.7 in. x 47.6 in. Luxury Vinyl Plank Flooring

The first thing to note about LifeProof LVP is that the brand isn’t divided neatly into categories like UniClic & glue-down (Mohawk) or Floorte & Floorte Pro (Shaw).

In short, there are no easily discernable collections.

We’ve separated them by wear layer thickness and price, and that’s not a bad way to go. The wear layer is one of the most important features of any vinyl flooring—it determines how long it will last and, not surprisingly, the length of the warranty.

Here is the summary table. We’ve created tables for Shaw, Armstrong, Mohawk, NuCore and the other LVT/LVP brands we’ve reviewed.

Thickness (1)

Wear Layer

Cost/sq. ft.

Warranty (2)

Installation

6mm & 7mm

6 mils

$2.59 - $3.09

Lifetime/5

Locking

8.5mm

6 mils

$3.29 - $3.59

Lifetime/5

Locking

8mm

12 mils

$2.79 - $3.59

Lifetime/10

Locking

8mm

22 mils

$4.09 - $4.39

Lifetime/15

Locking

(1) Thickness: This is total plank thickness.

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

Price: The table shows price for the flooring only. Trim and transition strips, if needed, are an additional cost.

Installation: LifeProof is DIY-friendly flooring with its easy locking design. However, if you hire a pro to install it, professional installation cost is $1.50-$2.75 per square foot.

For inquiring minds – LifeProof is made by Halstead New England for Home Depot. This arrangement reduces distribution layers and costs, and it allows Home Depot to sell the flooring at competitive costs.

The manufacturer also makes Allure and TrafficMaster flooring. The brands are similar. Very similar… but not identical.

6 Mils Wear Layer

Most LifeProof luxury vinyl flooring has a 6 mil wear layer. Its warranty is lifetime for residential and 5 years for commercial use.

The wear layer is urethane with ceramic beads for toughness. But still, 6 mils, which is .06 inches, is pretty thin. It is considered an entry-level or builders grade flooring.

There are pros and cons: This category of flooring costs more than competing brands, but it also has a better warranty.

For example, Mohawk vinyl plank flooring with a 6-mil wear layer costs 25-50% less but has a shorter warranty too – 15 years for residential use and NO commercial warranty. That’s just one way LifeProof compares to other leading brands.

A 6-mil wear layer is available, as you can see in the table, on a wide range of flooring from 6.5mm to 8.5mm planks and tiles.

Styles include classic hardwoods like oak in a dozen or more colors from light, whitewashed hues to rich chocolate browns and plenty of charcoal shades. Distressed and weathered wood, herringbone parquet and stone looks complete the wide array of choices.

Where to Use 6-Mil LifeProof Vinyl Plank Flooring

We recommend this flooring for residential use and very light commercial use. It is built better than 6-mil flooring from many other brands, and it costs more too.

If you’re sprucing up a home to sell or installing the floor where it will get very little use (like a guest room or vacation home), then we suggest going with a cheaper 6-mil vinyl floor like low-end Mohawk or Armstrong Vivero Good vinyl plank flooring.

12 Mils Wear Layer

The warranty is lifetime for residential and 10 years for commercial settings. That’s a better warranty than most brands offer on LVP and LVT with a 12-mil wear layer.

This is a small selection of 8mm thick flooring in planks and a few tiles sizes. Most are standard wood planks, though a few parquet looks are mixed in.

Where to Use 12-Mil LifeProof Vinyl Plank Flooring

This is the most popular wear layer for residential use. If you have no plans to move, this flooring gives you good long-term value – a fair price for a floor that should look good for 10-15 years in most homes.

The LifeProof with a 12 mil wear layer is also suitable for offices, lobbies, small retail shops and similar light-commercial settings.

22 Mils Wear Layer

The best LifeProof luxury vinyl flooring is backed by a lifetime residential and 15-year commercial warranty. That’s a warranty comparable to the best available.

There are pros and cons: It’s a great warranty, but you have a limited number of style options – less than 20 in all. Most are traditional styles of oak and other hardwoods. Still, there is enough light, medium and dark color choices that you might find a few to consider for your home or commercial setting.

Another feature worth mentioning is that the 22-mil flooring comes in extra-long 72” planks compared to standard 48” to 54”. This creates fewer butts and transitions from one board to another.

Where to Use 22-Mil LifeProof Vinyl Plank Flooring

This durable flooring is ideal for large, busy households, especially with big dogs that can cause havoc on cheap vinyl plank flooring.

It is also suitable for a wide range of commercial applications including retail, office, educational and institutional.

Special Features of LifeProof Vinyl Plank Flooring

Here are features to consider and compare with other LVP brands you are considering.

Waterproof Construction with ISOCORE

This is what sets vinyl plank flooring apart from laminate – waterproof materials that won’t absorb water.

All LifeProof luxury vinyl flooring is made with a closed-cell waterproof foam core that the manufacturer calls ISOCORE. We’re basically talking about flooring that is made from top to bottom of various plastics and similar material.

  • Pre-attached underlayment: 1mm HDPE plastic, noise-reducing pad with a treatment called Ultra-Fresh that is antimicrobial
  • ISOCORE core: Up to 5mm Rigid, extruded vinyl core
  • Luxury vinyl design layer: Up to 2mm LVT produced from new (not recycled) vinyl
  • Wear layer: Up to 8mm urethane with enhanced ceramic bead (ECB) construction and Ultra-Fresh

Authentic Texturing plus Smooth Too

The design layer of most planks and tiles is embossed. This means a mold is used to create texturing that looks and feels like wood or stone. The method is called embossed in register, or EIR.

A few handscraped wood plank styles are available that give the flooring a hand-worked, rustic look. There are also a handful of smooth planks that have a contemporary or modern look to them. Most of the smooth LVT options have a stone look to them.

Click-together Floating Floors (And Gluing is Forbidden)

Tongue & groove design makes it easy to snap pieces together. No glue is used to join planks and tiles or to fix them to the floor.

There are pros and cons to this. On the plus side, DIY is quite easy for anyone with moderate skills.

The potential downside is that in large areas, especially in commercial buildings, a floating floor tends to shift a little with heavy traffic. This can eventually cause pieces to come apart. Also, some DIY installers find the interlocking fittings a little cheap on the thinner planks, and they can break.

Gluing down the floor voids the warranty! If you want a glue-down floor, see our Armstrong and Shaw luxury vinyl plank flooring guides for glue-down options from those leading brands.

Standard LVP Perks

Like most other luxury vinyl plank and tile flooring, LifeProof can be installed on any level including basements, it does not require acclimation – just buy it and install it, and it is certified by FloorScore to be low-VOC flooring.

No acclimation – that’s what the sign says. However, we noticed that the installation guide recommends acclimating the flooring for two days before commercial installation.

LifeProof Vinyl Plank Flooring Pros, Cons and Ratings

This brand offers bodacious warranties on even its cheapest flooring.

Pros:

A lifetime warranty on all lines including the vinyl plank flooring with a wear layer just 6 mils thick. The wear layer contains ceramic to toughen it, so that gives the manufacturer and the Home Depot the confidence to offer a lifetime warranty.

Cons:

LifeProof costs more than comparable flooring. It’s lines with the 6-mil wear layer are among the most expensive with a wear layer this thick. It’s only available at Home Depot.

Ratings: 

  • Range of color/style options: 4
  • Quality: 4
  • Ease of installation: 3
  • Green/Low-VOC: 4
  • Overall Rating: 4 out of 5

The Bottom Line

The bottom line is that LifeProof is a strong competitor when shopping for midgrade luxury vinyl flooring. Some reviewers give it poor ratings. We disagree.

LifeProof is better than the cheapest stuff, perhaps not as good as premium LVP. But in the middle, it offers good quality, a competitive price and some of the best warranty coverage available.