The demand for waterproof vinyl plank flooring keeps on growing as big-box stores, independent importers and retail flooring stores keep pace.

Many homeowners are renovating their existing dwellings by replacing carpet with hard surface flooring like waterproof vinyl plank.


At one time, plastic laminate was the floor of choice but the drawback was its inability to handle water spills and damp mopping. Ceramic was hard on the feet and wood was too expensive. Waterproof vinyl plank was the perfect product because it could handle liquid spills, was comfortable to walk on and could be purchased at an affordable price. In addition, it was easy to maintain, resistant to stains and fading, and pet friendly.

A homeowner in the Kalihi area decided to go with the Metroflor Genesis brand after seeing it on a commercial and talking to people about it. They looked at samples and decided on a pattern in the Island Collection: Maplelani. They liked the exotic island look and unique wood pattern that would make their floor the showcase in their home.

One-and-half-years later, they recently sold their Kalihi home and purchased a home in Nuuanu. First thing they did was change the existing flooring to Metroflor Genesis’ waterproof vinyl planks. They loved their Maplelani floor so much that they decided to put the same pattern throughout their new home, including the stairwell to the second floor.


They liked how the one-piece stair tread looked without any joint seams on the steps. They also liked the fact that the treads had a 20 mil wear layer, just like the planks. In most other brands, the transition and stair moldings do not have a 20 mil wear layer. Therefore, they will wear out before the planks and do not carry a wear warranty.

The homeowner said they do not intend to move or buy another house for a long time, but if they do, they will definitely put in Metroflor Genesis again. They are always getting compliments of the floor when friends and family come over to visit, and they have no qualms about recommending it to anyone who is looking to change their flooring.

Metroflor Genesis is available at Abbey Carpet & Floor. Please call or visit the company’s showroom to see samples or get help in selecting a floor from one of the friendly and experienced sales staff members.

CONTACT 808-487-6667
ADDRESS 560 N. Nimitz Hwy. Ste. 106, Honolulu