As a consumer, it can be challenging to know and understand the various types of flooring available on the market. With new technology helping products advance in the marketplace, we see a recent trend toward to LVP floors. Now if you are not a flooring guru, your first thought may be “what even is LVP?” If you are unfamiliar with this acronym, it is okay! Today, we are going to dive deep into four popular flooring choices that may be a bit unfamiliar to you. That being said, they are products you should know and consider for your next project. Let’s take a look!
How the Products Relate
LVF (Luxury Vinyl Flooring) has three subcategories: SPC (Stone Polymer Composite), WPC (Wood Polymer Composite), and LVP (Luxury Vinyl Planks)/LVT (Luxury Vinyl Tile).
To begin, we are going to discuss the ever-so-loved flooring product: LVP. LVP stands for Luxury Vinyl Planking, and it is one of the most popular products in the flooring industry. Although it is newer to the flooring scene, it did not take long for LVP to be loved by many. LVP gives you the gorgeous look of hardwood or tile (LVT – Luxury Vinyl Tile) with incredible durability, waterproof and scratch-resistant features as well as unmatched beauty. Homeowners love this product for their active households. From families with pets to families with children, LVP stands the test of time with its impeccable wear layer. Plus, it is easy to install in almost any space – giving homeowners options they never thought possible (i.e., the look of hardwood floors in the bathroom).
SPC, also known as Stone Polymer Composite, has a limestone core mixed with a stabilizer and PVC dust. Due to its components, consumers will find that SPC has a dense body. Since it is dense, SPC gives homeowners impact- and scratch-resistance. It is the perfect options for homeowners looking to install in rooms with extra sunlight, due to its stability properties. Additionally, where SPC has durability, it does not fall short in looks. This gorgeous flooring option can help you create a decorative landscape in any sunroom or home design by providing a durable yet breathtaking finish.
On the other hand, WPC, also known as Wood Polymer Composite, is composed of a light-weight polymer core. Since the core is light-weight, it does have air pockets and can become damaged by indentations from heavy furniture. That being said, with WPC, you do not have to acclimate it to the room like you would with hardwood floors. It gives homeowners the beautiful wood-look they desire with the option for incredible designs and patterns.
Now, a product that a lot of consumers pair together with the previous three is laminate. Although laminate seems to match the idea and look of the other three flooring options, it differs a lot from them. For starters, laminate is not recommended to be installed in moisture-driven areas like bathrooms or basements. Additionally, laminate has to acclimate, whereas, generally, LVP does not have to acclimate to the room’s temperature. That being said, similarily to LVF, Laminate features a snap-in installation method for easy installs.
To help you learn even more about each product, we are going to spend the next four weeks diving deeper into the above flooring products’ features. You will not want to miss it, so be sure to check back at All About Floorz for more insight. Thanks for reading!