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what is rigid core vinyl plank flooring

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Rigid core is click-type plank vinyl flooring that doesn’t require any adhesives, and it’s quickly becoming the top choice for homeowners and business owners because of its many benefits. These budget-friendly options come in a wide range of styles and realistically mimic the looks of both hardwood and tile. They are 100% waterproof, comfortable underfoot, and easy to maintain. They’re also the easiest to install with its tongue and groove system and floating installation, so it’s perfect for DIY projects.


There are several types of rigid core flooring that you may come across on your vinyl floor shopping experience. The most popular rigid core vinyls on the market are WPC vinyl, SPC vinyl and Hybrid vinyl flooring. Vinyl floors may be advertised as just rigid core, or include the abbreviation to describe the type of core construction.

WPC vinyl flooring is a vinyl floor with a wood plastic composite core.

SPC vinyl flooring is a vinyl floor with a stone plastic composite core.

Hybrid vinyl flooring is a vinyl floor that has been engineered to include laminate and vinyl features.


Rigid core floors may be different depending on the type of rigid core floor you choose. Below is a general construction of what you’ll find with a rigid core vinyl.

1. Wear Layer – The wear layer is the top coating on the vinyl floor that is transparent. This adds scratch and stain resistance to the vinyl plank.

2. Vinyl Top Coat – A rigid core vinyl will have a thin layer of vinyl on the top of the core.

3. Rigid Core – The rigid core can be made of several different materials, such as WPC or SPC. This is what will set the stability and durability apart from a regular vinyl floor.

4. Attached Underlayment – Not all rigid core floors will include underlayment, but it is a popular option with these floors. An attached underlayment will give you extra cushion under your foot and absorb sound.

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Rigid core vinyl is becoming a first choice for home and business owners due to the benefits this floor provides. In general, a rigid core vinyl will provide the following benefits:

Waterproof: All rigid core vinyls will be 100% waterproof. Moisture and humidity will not damage or cause the planks to swell.

Appearance: Rigid core vinyls are available in a variety of colors, textures and styles. These vinyls mimic real hardwoods and tile looks.

DIY Installation: Rigid core luxury vinyl tiles and planks are easy to install yourself with most options interlocking and floating over your existing surface.

Comfort: A rigid core vinyl is going to feel more sturdy and cushioned under foot than a traditional vinyl due to the dense core and thickness of the plank.

Extra warmth:Rigid core is known for providing extra warmth,especially compared to cold ceramic tile.

Zero maintenance: All you need is the occasional vacuum and damp mop to keep your floor looking fabulous.

As you can see, rigid core vinyls have many benefits. Depending on your project and needs, it may be the perfect flooring solution!

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