Mohawk Vinyl Plank Flooring Reviews

Mohawk has a selection of 200+ luxury vinyl plank and tile flooring! As a result, you’ll find multiple options to consider as you choose the perfect floor for your home or workplace.

The flooring type is also called luxury vinyl flooring, luxury planks (LVP) or tiles (LVT). You might also see it called Mohawk SolidTech vinyl flooring.

This Mohawk vinyl plank flooring review sorts out all those options to help you narrow your search.

A summary table, features, pros and cons will assist you in comparing Mohawk vinyl plank flooring to Armstrong, Shaw and other top-selling brands. We’ve reviewed them all.

Mohawk Vinyl Plank Flooring Reviews

This brand offers two types of vinyl planks – those that lock together with tongue & groove edges and those you glue down.

Locking flooring costs a little more because it is thicker and the manufacturing process is more complicated. However, that “con” is offset by easier DIY installation than gluing, so you might save money in the end.

The other “pro” of locking vinyl plank flooring is that it is easy to remove when changing floors – or to take up a few pieces to replace just a single damaged plank.

Mohawk makes locking planks with wood and stone looks. Glue-down planks are all wood look.

Here is the summary of Mohawk vinyl plank flooring, features and cost.

Line

Thickness

Wear Layer

Cost/sq. ft.

Warranty (1)

UniClic

3.4mm

6 mils

$1.65 - $2.70

15/None

UniClic

4.4mm

6 mils

$2.00 - $3.00

15/None

UniClic

5.5mm

8 mils

$2.30 - $3.10

20/3

UniClic

6.5mm

12 mils

$3.40 - $4.25

25/6

UniClic

6.5mm

20 mils

$3.50 - $4.40

Lifetime/10

UniClic

7.5mm

20 mils

$3.00 - $4.09

30/10


Glue Down

2mm

6 mils

$0.95 - $1.80

15/None

Glue Down

2.5mm

12 mils

$1.15 - $2.10

25/6

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

Notes:

1. Flooring: The vinyl plank flooring costs in the table are for the flooring only.

2. Accessories: You might also need transition strips between flooring types, trim and, if you choose glue-down flooring, adhesive and tools to spread the glue. Those costs add $25-$100 for most jobs.

3. Installation cost for luxury vinyl planks and tile is $1.50 - $2.75 per square foot based on the size and complexity of the job. Cost of living in your area will impact price too.

Mohawk Locking Vinyl Planks

This is a large selection of flooring that gives you almost 200 options for color, cost and durability.

These are floating floors.

Plank Thickness

As you can see from the summary table, thicknesses range from 3.4mm to 7.5mm – that’s a difference you can feel when walking on the floor.

The pros and cons of thicker floors starts with what is beneath. If there are even slight imperfections in the subfloor, then you will have to repair them or use one of the 6.5mm or 7.5mm planks. If you don’t, those imperfections might eventually show through. That’s a problem called “telegraphing.”

Secondly, the thicker flooring designs have thicker wear layers – that’s the tough, clear coat on top of the flooring that protects against normal wear and light scratches.

Warranties

Commercial warranties are not offered on all of the locking plank flooring. The best warranties are very good – Lifetime or 30-year residential warranties and a 10-year commercial warranty.

The Mohawk luxury vinyl plank warranty protects against manufacturer defects and covers the UniClic locking system, exposure to normal amounts of water, resistance to stains and pet accidents.

As with any warranty, it pays to read the details to find what exactly is and isn’t covered.

Most Mohawk locking plank flooring has a wood look, but there is a decent selection with the appearance of stone – granite, travertine and similar.

Mohawk UniClic Blended Tones

Where to Use Locking Planks

There is a flooring for every purposes.

For residential use, the longer you intend to stay in your current home, the more sense it makes to buy planks with a longer warranty.

If you have a busy, active home with pets and/or small kids, then a more durable floor is recommended too.

The cheaper vinyl plank flooring is popular for putting in a fresh and affordable floor to sell a home. It’s also used for guest apartments, vacation homes and other locations that don’t get heavy use.

The commercial-grade flooring is best used in “light commercial” settings like retail shops, office suites, restaurants and similar. It’s not ideal for manufacturing or repair facilities.

Basements: We recommend a locking floor for basements. The reason is that moisture coming up through the concrete slab will damage any type of flooring. It won’t rot the vinyl, obviously, but it can discolor and stain it.

We’re not talking just about cracks in concrete – Concrete allows moisture to pass through it even when it isn’t cracked. So, in basements, put down a vapor barrier at least 6 mils thick. Tape the edges and seams. Then install your locking vinyl plank floor.

Concrete slabs on the first floor present the same problem. Install a locking floor over a vapor/moisture barrier for best long-term results.

Since locking floors are thicker than glue-down planks, they also give you a little more cushion when installed over concrete.

Mohawk Glue-down Vinyl Planks

This is a more limited collection, but it certainly has its purposes.

On the pro side, glue-down flooring costs a lot less than most locking vinyl plank flooring. And when it wears out, you can lay new flooring on top of it. You can’t put a second layer on a floating floor.

The negative part is that most homeowners choose pro installation, so labor cost is higher. Even if you DIY, gluing a flooring is messy and takes some practice to get the hang of doing it properly.

Thicknesses

These are thin planks, so best used over a wood (soft) subfloor compared with concrete or tile.

Warranties

The most affordable glue-down vinyl planks have a relatively short residential warranty and no commercial warranty.

For better durability, choose the thicker flooring with the 12-mil wear layer. The 20 to 30 extra cents per square foot will be money well spent.

Where to Use Glue Down Vinyl Planks

A clean subfloor in good condition is required for installation of glue-down.

Wood is the best subfloor material. If it is plywood or OSB, and gaps more than 1/32” should be filled. Any raised or cupped edges should be sanded smooth.

Glue-down floors are more stable. They don’t shift, obviously. This makes them a good choice for large rooms, since a floating floor can shift in large spaces – something 20x20 feet or larger.

Special Features of Mohawk Vinyl Plank Flooring

Here are the notable features of Mohawk luxury vinyl flooring.

Waterproof Design

The warranty on Mohawk plank flooring protects you against common amounts of water. Flooding is not covered.

SolidTech Construction

This is Mohawk’s waterproof core. It is called solid plastic core construction, or SPC. It is slightly different than Shaw’s stone plastic construction, but the effect is the same – durable rigidity that is impervious to moisture.

Obviously, a plastic floor has pros and cons. Besides being waterproof, the floor can be textured and colored to closely resemble wood, stone and tile. It’s tough and long-lasting.

While the flooring is low-VOC, plastic isn’t as environmentally friendly as genuine hardwood, stone or ceramic tile. Sure, the flooring can be recycled when you’re done with it, but most plastics still end up in landfills.

Installs Over Most Subfloors

There are options for installation over concrete, wood and even other flooring types such as hardwood, tile and glued-down sheet vinyl. This saves the $1-$2 per square foot required for subfloor material and labor.

UniClic

The locking flooring planks use proprietary technology called UniClic. The design locks very tightly to prevent moisture penetration.

Low-VOC

All Mohawk vinyl plank series are certified by FloorScore to have a low-VOC content. They won’t off-gas dangerous pollutants and lung irritants in your home.

Low-maintenance

Like all luxury vinyl flooring, Mohawk is easy to maintain. We recommend using a microfiber head, either dry for light sweeping or slightly damp for general cleaning. A spray bottle with a white vinegar and water mix can be used with a soft cloth to spray and remove stuck-on dirt.

Mohawk Vinyl Plank Flooring Pros, Cons and Ratings

This brand is one of the top 3 flooring brands in North America in terms of sales and reviews. It tops our list for Best Selection of any vinyl plank flooring brand. 

Pros:

A good mix of both interlocking/floating and glue-down flooring options are available from affordable to premium. In fact, Mohawk is rated #1 in our Best Brands Guide for selection. You’ll have good style and color choices for any project in your home or commercial setting. 

Cons:

Warranties are pretty good, but not among the elite in the market. There’s only one line, the UniClic 6.5mm flooring that has a lifetime warranty. 

Ratings:

  • Range of color/style options: 5
  • Quality: 4
  • Ease of installation: 4
  • Green/Low-VOC: 4
  • Overall Rating: 4.25 out of 5

The Bottom Line

Mohawk gives you more options than most other brands. 

There is a good mix of cheap, mid-grade and premium floors. This gives you cost and quality options for your project. 

If you plan to glue down your floor, then Mohawk makes it easier. Brands like NuCore and a few others can be glued, but there isn’t a specific glue-down product, only locking floors. Instead, you lock the floor together and then glue it down. Mohawk glue-down LVP doesn’t lock, so the job goes more quickly.

Leave a Comment