Waterproof flooring has 3 main categories; Luxury Vinyl Plank (LVP), Wood Plastic Composite (WPC), and Stone Plastic Composite (SPC).
Luxury Vinyl Plank (LVP)
LVP was the first product introduced under the waterproof category. It has been used commercially for a while. It slowly worked its way into the residential sector. It is made out of PVC with a picture printed on top, and coated with a urethane ware layer to protect it.
LVP is generally 1-4 millimeters thick. In most cases it is best to glue it down. It needs to be installed on a level well-prepped floor.
Wood Plastic Composite (WPC)
To reduce the need for floor prep, WPC came out. It is thicker, more rigid, and floats over your floor. It has 4 main layers: underlayment, WPC rigid board, a vinyl design layer, and a protective layer.
Vinyl Design Layer and Protective Layer: This part is virtually the same as LVP. It’s vinyl that’s been printed on, embossed, and given a protective layer that is glued to the WPC board.
WPC Rigid Board: The WPC board is where these products differ from regular LVP. They make the board with wood pulp, plastic, and binders to make a rigid board. This is where the locking mechanism will be cut into.
Underlayment: The underlayment can either be cork or foam and will either be attached to the boards or come in rolls. Its main purpose is to keep the floor from slipping around. It also gives the floor a little cushion.
WPC is a great option if you want LVP but for applicable reasons can’t glue it down.
Stone Plastic Composite (SPC)
The most recent type of waterproof flooring is SPC. SPC is very similar to WPC except they use stone dust instead of wood pulp. This eliminates the need to acclimate the floor. These products are even more rigid than the WPC products.
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