SPC vinyl flooring is not the only vinyl flooring acronym, so it helps to know what it means! SPC stands for Stone Plastic Composite or Stone Polymer Composite, depending on who you ask. Also, it’s sometimes referred to as rigid core luxury vinyl flooring.
The core of the flooring is comprised of around 60% calcium carbonate (limestone), polyvinyl chloride and plasticizers, or “stabilizers”. This creates an extremely durable core. An SPC vinyl floor is 100% waterproof like other vinyl floors, but with increased stability, dent resistance, and structural strength. This creates a luxury vinyl flooring with top quality features.
There are currently numerous distinct types of vinyl flooring available, with SPC vinyl being one of many. The reasons this option competes with other floorings so well are its luxurious features. It’s beautiful and easy in so many senses of the words. High-performing brands to consider include Sono by In Haus and Aquarius SPC Rigid Core by Medallion.
SPC vinyl planks or tiles are built in a layered format. These include the beautiful surface you see, a strong durable interior, and often an underlayment. Here’s how they’re usually built, from top to bottom:
This is the transparent top coating on a vinyl floor. It’s scratch and stain resistant, and has depth to accommodate wear. This layer protects everything below it.
Vinyl Top Coat
This waterproof layer displays the chosen pattern and texture of your floor, whether it be redwood plank or imitation terra cotta.
Strength and durability come from the core of SPC vinyl flooring. Limestone powder and stabilizers create a dimensionally stable and waterproof core that doesn’t compress, absorb moisture, shift or crush.
SPC vinyl floors don’t always come with attached underlayment. When they are included, it’s to help with sound reduction.
Why Do People Love SPC Vinyl Flooring?
When you need your floors to survive and thrive in water, SPC vinyl flooring is a great choice! It’s 100% waterproof. Perfect for kitchens, bathrooms, laundry rooms and restaurants.
Stability in Temperature Fluctuations
Because of its stone construction, SPC vinyl flooring doesn’t expand or contract like other materials in environments with temperature or humidity fluctuations.
SPC vinyl flooring doesn’t really have one look. It’s surely a hard flooring, but can have many faces. This wide array of aesthetic choices means there is almost definitely an SPC vinyl option you’ll want in your home.
SPC vinyl plank or tile feels sturdier and more cushioned under foot than a traditional vinyl because of the dense core and thickness of the flooring. In the absence of an attached underlayment, you can have an LVT specific underlayment installed over your subfloor.
Sound (or lack of sound)
Are you annoyed by the clippity clomp of loud,hollow floors? With the dense SPC, you can enjoy a quieter walk. No hollow ring or squishy squeek to these.
Whether planks or tiles, SPC vinyl flooring can be very budget friendly. Various brands and features offer an accommodating range of prices to choose from. Features like attached underlayment, unique textures and fancy edges raise prices.
You can clean SPC vinyl floors just like other vinyl flooring, kept beautiful with a regular broom and mop.