Over the past two years (2016) we have seen several of the flooring manufacturers start to offer SPC flooring. So what really is SPC Flooring and is it really waterproof flooring? SPC stands for Solid Polymer Core which is the main component of SPC Flooring and how it got its name.
What is SPC Flooring?
The manufacturing process combines virgin PVC (about 25%) with calcium carbonate (about 75%) and are compressed into a very dense solid core. A high definition film print layer and a wear layer are glued on top of the solid core. The print layer incorporates a very high dpi film that can create tremendous realism in wood, stone or other visuals. The wear layer on top of the print film generally ranges from 6mm to 20mm thick and protects the print layer from damage.
Advantages of SPC Flooring
SPC Flooring is truly waterproof flooring due to its solid core construction. It is also very dense which makes it more indentation resistant. It’s ideal for medium to heavy commercial indoor applications as well as residential. The SPC Flooring is faster and easier to manufacturer than WPC Flooring, so it is less expensive to produce. Both WPC floors and SPC flooring are both dimensionally stable versus the other LVT flooring types. Because of its rigid core SPC Flooring will not telegraph slight imperfections from the subfloor underneath. Although it can be used in any room within the home it is not as comfortable to walk on as WPC Flooring which has a foam core.
SPC Flooring Differences
Be aware, you get what you pay for. Some manufacturers use recycled PVC instead of virgin PVC to keep the costs down, which means you never really know what is in the recycled PVC. The thickness of the wear layer and the quality of the print film will also have an effect on the cost of the flooring as well.
If you are looking for a dense, commercial grade floor that looks like real wood or stone be sure to check out the various SPC Flooring options at your local flooring stores.