In flooring WPC stands for Wood Plastic Composite. WPC flooring was first developed back in 2013 and originally contained PVC, calcium carbonate, some wood particles and some type of foam filler. This forms the rigid core layer with a print film and LVT wear layer glued on top.
Advancements in the print film technology today gives these floors tremendous realism. Add to this the advanced embossing techniques and these floors even feel just like the natural wood and stone products. The WPC core and LVT wearlayer make these floors waterproof. Combined with the amazing visual appearances it is no wonder these floors are becoming so popular with homeowners.
Where to use WPC Flooring
With WPC flooring’s fairly rigid core manufacturers are able to add a click-lock installation system for floating the planks and tiles over the subfloor rather than gluing down the flooring. This means WPC floors can be installed over a much wider variety of subfloors, including concrete slab and some existing floors. Also, these floors will not telegraph imperfections in the subfloor underneath like flexible LVT flooring.
Is WPC Flooring Really Waterproof?
Many manufacturers today no longer use wood particles in the core, instead they compress PVC and calcium carbonate (limestone) with some foaming agents. The wearlayer and rigid core are 100% waterproof, making WPC flooring ideal for wet areas in homes, such as bathrooms, laundry rooms and kitchens. Manufacturers recommend these floors for residential and light commercial use. Although, WPC flooring is not as indent resistant as SPC flooring.
US Floors Coretec Plus flooring is by far the most popular today of the WPC Flooring / waterproof flooring sold in the USA. Coretec Plus is offered in several different plank widths and has an attached cork backing. The backing helps to deaden the sound as people walk over the flooring. The cork backing also makes it more comfortable to stand on.