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RigidMax™ Luxury Vinyl Plank Flooring Review

As technology advances and the Flooring industry continues to evolve ever more innovative and attractive flooring solutions for your home, Rigid Max™, is a recent entry into the arena that is going to provide stiff competition to current industry leaders in the home-flooring market.

Rigid Max represents the next revolution in Luxury Vinyl Waterproof Flooring. The patented construction of Rigid-Max features an innovative Rigid-Core structure, making it the perfect waterproof flooring choice for the most challenging rooms in your home. These Waterproof Luxury Vinyl Planks can be installed quickly on all grade levels and over most existing floors and subfloors. The result is a beautiful, durable, quiet and comfortable Waterproof Rigid Core Luxury Vinyl flooring that can be enjoyed in your home right away.



What makes Rigid Max such a durable surface for your home? The secret is RigidMax’s SPC Rigid-Core construction!

 What is an SPC core?

stands for Stone Plastic Composite, a core comprised of calcium carbonate (limestone), polyvinyl chloride (PVC) and plasticizers. SPC does not have foaming agents added, giving it a stronger, and more robust core.

Because SPC’s core layer is comprised of limestone and PVC composite, it has a higher density in comparison to Wood Plastic Composite (WPC) products, such as USFloors Coretec® line. This makes it more durable compared to WPC. Its high density offers better impact resistance to dents from furniture or heavy items being placed or dropped on top of it.

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Rigid Max™ is FloorScore Certified

We spend most of our time indoors, so breathing healthy air where we live, work and play is critical for your family’s health. Children are especially vulnerable to the harmful effects of indoor air pollution. Many flooring products emit harmful amounts of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in the air that can include dust, allergens, and even formaldehyde emissions, all of which are potentially carcinogenic.

It’s important to shop for flooring that has been FloorScore Certified, ensuring low VOC emissions that are not harmful.

Products with the FloorScore label meet the indoor air quality emissions criteria of the US Green Building Council’s Leadership for Engineering and Environmental Design (LEED); Collaborative for High Performance Schools (CHPS); WELL Building Standard, Green Guide for Healthcare, and other leading green building standards.

What is EIR Embossed-in-Register Flooring?


If you look closely at a sample of Rigid Max flooring, you’ll see something remarkable. There are fine indentations that exactly match the underlying image of the wood grain. The embossing that creates the indentations must align perfectly with the image of the wood to achieve this extremely realistic 3-dimensional appearance. This precise alignment is known as Embossed-in-Register (EIR). The embossed physical grain of the wear layer matches precisely the underlying image.

Why Is This Important?

The textured EIR Embossed Wear Layer creates an ultra-tough extra top layer for added protection against scratches and added protection and durability. Your floors will hold up better and look newer, longer.

Also, it creates a level of realism that can’t be achieved in any other way. The perfect match between the wear layer embossing and image creates a depth of realism that cannot be matched by a flat surface. Flooring manufactured with random or no embossing never looks natural.

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Rigid Max luxury vinyl planks are easy to install without the need for messy glue, mortar or perimeter bonding like other floor types. With it’s Unilin patented glueless Uniclic® lock & fold installation system, Rigid Max uses a floating flooring method that makes for the easiest possible installation. The simplicity and ease makes this the perfect choice for the DIY enthusiast, and also means big savings on installation costs if you decide to go with a local professional.

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The SPC-core composition of Rigid Max means that this product is 100% waterproof. You can use this Rigid Max flooring throughout your entire home or business, in any room, on any level, in areas of the home where hardwood and other moisture-sensitive flooring types are not typically recommended, such as laundry rooms, basements, bathrooms, and kitchens.

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With its Stone Plastic Composite construction, Rigid Max has more robust impact and dent resistance than similar WPC products. This means your floors can withstand the most challenging environments, will be more durable, and will look newer, longer.

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Because of their dense SPC core, Rigid Max Flooring planks are warrantied to never expand or contract under normal circumstances. This means your floor is inert and dimensionally stable, and will never need expansion strips in large rooms, ensuring your installation is reliable for years to come. Also, no acclimation is required prior to installation, so your floor can be installed right away

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Rigid Max is denser, stiffer, and sturdier than other floor types. This means you can install these planks over most existing hard surfaces, such as ceramic tile or hardwood. The Rigid Plank Technology helps to eliminate ripples and waves that are often caused by uneven subfloors, and also minimizes the need for extensive prep-work and leveling compounds that other installations might require.

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With its waterproof core and scratch-resistant 20mil wear-layer, Rigid Max can stand up to whatever punishment your pets can dish out. Whether accidents or nail marks from running and playing, Rigid Max is built to handle it. It’s also less slippery on those little puppy paws than most of the laminate options.

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Rigid Max has a attached ultra-quiet pad backing, which 1) provides an effective sound barrier, and 2) eliminates the need for a separate underlayment during installation. In independent product testing, Rigid Max™, with its attached foam padding, performs considerably higher than the competition both in sound insulation (STC 68 – blocking exterior sounds) and sound transmission (IIC 73 – attenuating walking and impact sounds).

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When it comes to scratch resistance, all vinyl flooring products depend on their outer wear-layer for durability. The thicker the wear-layer, the better your floor will hold up. Rigid Max has the same 20mil EIR Embossed-in-Register wear-layer as industry-leading products that can cost up to twice as much.  You simply can’t find a harder, more durable surface for your most challenging rooms.

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