Oct. 26, 2021
SPC flooring, WPC flooring, and LVT are three popular types of flooring. Here we will compare each type in-depth to help you determine which type best suits your needs. For many years, traditional LVT has been a popular flooring choice. As consumers continue to demand affordable, waterproof, and aesthetically pleasing flooring solutions, a number of advanced flooring options - such as hardcore vinyl-like WPC or SPC - are hitting the market.
When comparing traditional LVT with options such as SPC or WPC vinyl, there are several key similarities and differences to consider. To understand in detail the differences between these flooring options, it is important to first understand what each type is.
Water-Proof SPC Flooring
LVT (Luxury Vinyl Tile) is an innovative upgrade to vinyl flooring. Its realistic design mimics the look of solid wood, ceramic, or stone flooring while being affordable. This increasingly popular option is also hard-wearing, scratch-resistant, and water-resistant, making it a top contender for any room in a home or commercial space. LVT flooring consists of multiple thin layers for flexibility, durability, and low maintenance.
SPC (Stone Plastic Composite) flooring is an upgraded version of LVT. It is also sometimes referred to as RVP or Rigid Vinyl Plank. SPC flooring is made up of multiple layers: UV coating, wear layer, SPC print layer, SPC core, and a balance layer. The backing may vary due to the wide range of options available, including EVA, cork, and IXPE foam. It has high peel strength, low walking noise, no deformation, no warping, thermal and acoustic insulation, and no harmful emissions. It is also environmentally friendly and completely waterproof.
The core of WPC (wood plastic composite) is usually made up of PVC, a foaming agent, calcium carbonate, wood or actual wood material (e.g. wood flour), and a plasticizer. Originally named after the wood material it is made from, WPC flooring is becoming an increasingly popular alternative to various wood materials with wood plasticizers.
Let's take a look at the similarities and differences between WPC, SPC, and LVT vinyl flooring.
WPC and SPC vinyl floors are produced using the latest digital imaging technology, giving them a realistic look that mimics the look and feel of stone tiles and solid wood. both WPC and SPC vinyl can be found in a variety of textures, colors, and styles. Due to their thin panel construction, traditional LVT flooring tends to have the desired look and feel of vinyl. This is particularly true of the budget LVT option.
Water-Proof SPC Flooring
Traditional LVT flooring is soft and flexible and can easily be dented by heavy furniture. Due to its rigid core structure, WPC vinyl is less likely to dent. However, it is still a softer floor and is not completely immune to the threat of dents. SPC vinyl is mainly composed of stone and has excellent dent resistance compared to LVT and WPC vinyl. This makes SPC vinyl a top contender for commercial applications or high-traffic areas.
As with most vinyl flooring, WPC and SPC vinyl can be installed above and on the ground. They can also be installed in wet areas, such as bathrooms and kitchens, as well as commercial spaces. In general, WPC flooring is more suitable for residential areas, while SPC vinyl is ideal for commercial applications.
Due to its rigid core construction, WPC flooring has the advantage of hiding subfloor defects. Whereas traditional solid locking LVT or glued LVT may transfer any unevenness from the subfloor to the surface, WPC can be used to cover cracks or dents in wooden or concrete subfloors.
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Oriented strand board (OSB) is an engineered wood product that's made with flakes or large chips of wood. The panels are formed from layers glued together with their strands at 90-degree angles to one another. The cross-orientation of the layers adds strength to the panels and makes OSB well-suited for use as a structure board in sheathing and underlayment. It can be cut with all power saws but since it's a structure board, it's not suited to shaping, sanding or other milling operations.
While OSB is mainly used as an underlayment, paint and primer will adhere to it for projects that require finishing. OSB panels are 4-feet-by-8-feet in size with a thickness of 1/4 inch to 3/4 inches. It's also available in tongue and groove panels.
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