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Is SPC, WPC, and luxury vinyl all waterproof?

Author: Site Editor     Publish Time: 2021-04-09      Origin: Site


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Yes, this is all waterproof flooring. An SPC (stone plastic composite) or WPC (wood plastic composite) floor is luxury vinyl, but instead of the traditional vinyl composite core, it has a technologically advanced one that gives an even higher level of protection. Neither SPC nor WPC will peel or ripple, no matter how much water it’s exposed to, or for how long.


Think of it this way: All SPC and WPC are luxury vinyl, but not all luxury vinyl are SPC or WPC. Protex Flooring, a major waterproof flooring retailer, breaks it all down, but feel free to give us a call if you still have questions.


Luxury vinyl (LVF) is an amazingly realistic mimic of natural products, such as wood, stone, or tile.  The vinyl's image layer is taken with 3D photography, so they are clear, accurate, and vibrant. Embossing adds depth and dimension with textured appearances such as wire-brushed, hand scraped, weathered, or distressed. Luxury vinyl can be cut into groutable, square, tile-sized pieces (LVT) or planks (LVP). Finishes come in numerous colors in matte, gloss, and high-gloss.


LVF is protected by a clear, melamine wear layer at the top, safeguarding the surface from scratches, scuffs, abrasions, making it impossible to "walk-off" the image. It also keeps spills from absorbing, so they sit at the top, waiting to be wiped off.


No. The functions are different. The core directly relates to a floor’s waterproof capability, while the wear layer addresses durability, protecting the floor from doesn't address scratches, scuffs, or abrasion.


Although they both have the same level of waterproof protection, they do have a slightly different feeling. SPC is more rigid and firm; in fact, it was once used mainly for commercial installations, but as colors and patterns expanded, it became popular for residential use. WPC cores are a little more flexible and softer and have always been used in homes.


Waterproof floors will change your life! Come in for a design consultation, estimate and learn more about luxury vinyl or any of our other products or services. Visit www.protexflooring.com to look for more details. 

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