What is SPC Waterproof Flooring?
SPC flooring (solid polymer core sometimes known as rigid core, stone plastic composite or even MLF) is one of the better quality luxury vinyl products and has captured the imaginations of consumers because it is waterproof, offers great performance and outstanding visuals, all at affordable prices.
With all the new innovation we’re seeing in the category, there has been a confusing proliferation of formats and construction techniques that often leave consumers scratching their heads for answers. What is SPC? How does it compare to LVT or WPC? And is it really waterproof?
The term LVT has been used to describe the category overall but it now usually refers to flexible luxury vinyl flooring planks. Think of these as the entry level.
One step above is SPC -- solid polymer core, stone plastic composite, waterproof floor, rigid core, multilayered flooring – whatever you want to call it. Based on a similar construction but with the addition of minerals such as calcium carbonate or a solid polymer core for added dimensional stability and rigidity, these floors represent the next level of product development. Their waterproof capabilities are a result of advanced locking systems that prevent surface spills from seeping into the body of the floor and dimensionally stable core materials that don't react to water, But SPC is more than just waterproof.
It is more resistant to denting than LVT or WPC floors and outperform most LVTs in terms of durability and wear resistance. The rigid core also prevents telegraphing subfloor imperfections. Embossing and high-definition printing make for sharp and realistic graphics, especially when coupled with longer, wider board formats.
For these reasons, SPC floors are definitely preferred for commercial applications, although there are grades specifically designed for residential settings.
SPC floors can also generally outperform WPC (but not always). WPC floors are also generally waterproof, but they do have one advantage over SPC: the ability to deliver more realistic visuals and deeper embossing. Add enhanced edge treatments to keep WPC comfortably at the top of the luxury vinyl flooring heap in terms of price point.
LVT is great; SPC is better, especially for commercial applications; WPC brings it all together offering the best of both worlds for residential settings (but perhaps not quite the same level of performance as an SPC floor). For true waterproof floors, stick with SPC or WPC products.