SFI Vinyl Flooring Review 2021

Southland Floors has been a mainstay in the flooring industry since 1974. This family-owned company carries an extensive line of floor coverings including laminate, hardwood, tile, and vinyl. Their vinyl lineup consists of luxury vinyl products and sheet vinyl; two collections we’re going to discuss in our SFI vinyl flooring review.  

Southland Floors Luxury Vinyl Collections

Collection

Colors

Thickness

Installation

Size

Waterproof

Warranty

Brussels

9

5mm

Floating

8”W x 52”L

Yes

Lifetime/10

Wildwood

10

2mm

Glue-down

6”W x 48”L

No

15/5

Grandstand

13

2.5mm

Glue-down

8”W x 48”L

No

25/10

Cyrus

8

5mm

Floating

7”W x 48”L

Yes

Lifetime/6

Berkeley Plus

4

0.79mm

Glue-down

7”W x 48”L

No

10 years

Equinox

6

5.5mm

Floating

7”W x 48”L

Yes

30/3

Summit Plus

7

7mm

Floating

4.8”W x 47”L

Yes

Lifetime/10

Meridian

8

7mm

Floating

7”W x 47”L

Yes

30/3

Paramount

4

4.2mm

Floating

7”W x 48”L

Yes

20 years

Citadel

4

6mm

Floating

8.9”W x 60”L

Yes

Lifetime/10

Southland Floors entire vinyl lineup covers well over 100 different styles across several collections including their sheet vinyl series. All of their main LVP lines have unique characteristics which set them apart, and we’re going to start with their largest selection of flooring which has close to 20 collections.

SFI Grandstand Collection

Grandstand Collection

The Grandstand Collection from SFI features planks that measure 8”W x 48”L. They are durable with a fiberglass-reinforced core, although one of their thinner collections at 2.5mm. The wood-look styles include light browns like Natural Oak, Mahogany, and Cherry alongside Flint, Good Gray, and Silver Oak which are all silver or gray.

SFI Grandstand Collection2

SFI Grandstand Collection

You can find three stone patterns as well on 12”W x 24”L tiles, all of which have a urethane top coat. Flooring from this collection is covered with a 25-year residential warranty and a 10-year commercial guarantee. SFI’s Wildwood Collection doesn’t include any tile, but there are 10 unique colors to choose from.

SFI Wildwood Collection

SFI Wildwood Collection

Tanglewood has a dark, classic style while Touch of Sand or Almond Roca will lighten up a room. There are several gray hues as well, and interesting alternatives like Fired Clay and Nearly Brown. All flooring from this lineup is 6”W x 48”L and 2mm thick with a 6mil wear layer.

Berkeley Plus Collection

Berkeley Plus Collection

The Berkeley Plus Collection has double the wear layer of the previous lineup at 12mils but is listed at only 0.79mm thick. There are four styles in this with Sagamore Sienna, Idlehour Oak, Vintage Beauport, and Clayton Smoke. Berkeley Plank is also an option with 7.2”W x 37.4” textured planks in 9 colors including Scarlet Teak and Burled Oak.

One of our favorite lineups is the Equinox Collection, which sets itself apart from other collections in this series in more ways than one. The boards are all multi-tonal with a range of tones but are also 100% waterproof. As they use the company’s mechanical locking system, they are far easier to install than the company’s thinner glue-down planks.

Equinox Collection

Equinox Collection

Whether you choose Townsend or Astoria, you can look forward to a 30-year residential warranty on styles from this collection. These boards are beveled on four sides and 5.5mm thick with an embedded ceramic bead wear layer. The Meridian Collection has a similar feel, is waterproof, and still has pre-attached padding, but with thicker 7mm boards.

SFI Citadel Collection

SFI Citadel Collection

Two more waterproof collections are Citadel and Summit Plus. Planks from the Citadel Collection are thinner but come with a premium EVA pad attached. They also have a 20mil cured aluminum oxide wear layer, which is why you’ll get a lifetime residential guarantee from this lineup. While there are only four styles with Sawyer, Oakmont, Sutton, and Suncrest, they are all wide and long at 8.9”W x 60”L.

SFI Summit Plus Collection

SFI Summit Plus Collection

You’ll find more styles in the Summit Plus Collection with the dark Shaughnessy and lighter tones like Sherbrooke, and Barret Oak. They have a similar construction and durable wear layer, but the biggest difference in the size as these planks are narrow measuring 4.8”W x 47”L. Flooring from the Paramount, Cyrus, and Brussels Collections are also 100% waterproof with pre-attached padding.

SFI Sheet Vinyl Flooring

In addition to Southland Floors luxury vinyl plank and tile collections, you can also purchase sheet vinyl flooring from the company. While it’s considered an acquired taste by some homeowners, it’s the best option when water and moisture are a concern. SFI’s sheet vinyl collection comes in two formats with residential and commercial products.

As with their LVP lineup, the sheet vinyl from SFI is broken down by collection. There doesn’t seem to be much variance between them outside of their general classification, so you can simply shop by color and style. If you’re partial to wood, the Truman II Collection has several styles with Barnwood, Beechwood, Light Walnut, and Cottage Oak.

SFI Sheet Vinyl Flooring

SFI Sheet Vinyl Flooring

The Roosevelt Collection is another option with 7 attractive wood-like patterns, while Soprano from the Ambition Collection is designed with a classic slate-like appearance. Other stone patterns include options from the Kennedy Collection which has some interesting choices along with the Coolidge Collection and styles like Georgia Brick.

The Green Factor

SFI flooring may not be as large of a brand as Mohawk or Shaw, but you don’t have to worry about IAQ when installing their vinyl flooring in your home. All of the luxury vinyl planks and tiles we checked were listed as FloorScore certified. We also noticed GreenGuard certification on a variety of products, although some are made in the USA while others are imported from China.

SFI Vinyl Flooring Warranties

Some flooring distributors and manufacturers keep their warranty policies fairly uniform, but that isn’t the case with SFI. We found that the warranty can vary significantly between collections, even if they have a similar style and construction. That’s because it also depends on who manufactures the vinyl flooring.

Berkeley Plus is listed under Daejin America and only has a 10-year residential warranty while Equinox is an Inhaus product rated for 30 years. While our table provides all the information we could find on their current product lines, you can dig deeper through their warranty policies on the company’s official website.

Conclusion

There is no shortage of vinyl flooring to choose from through SFI with over 100 styles in both the residential and light commercial class. Their site is easy to navigate, although you will need to contact the company for any information in regards to pricing. 

Given the size of the company, we felt their overall catalog was impressive, even if you don’t get some of the options found with bigger brands. If you’d like to learn more about SFI’s lineup or get pricing, you can do so through the link below.

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