If you are in the process of building or renovating your home, you might have come across some abbreviations such as LVT and SPC flooring - and if you are wondering what is SPC flooring, you are reading the right article. SPC is an abbreviation for Stone Plastic Composite and is also known as Hybrid flooring.
An SPC Hybrid floor is a specifically engineered luxury plank that combines stabilisers and limestone to create a quite durable core. It is 100% waterproof, stable, dent-resistant and shares a similar structure to earlier generation luxury vinyl plank flooring.
The Construction of SPC Vinyl Flooring
SPC Hybrid Flooring has several layers, including:
Wear Layer: this layer is the top coating on the floor and it is transparent. This is what makes the floor stain and scratch-resistant.
UV Top Coat: each SPC floor has a very thin layer of vinyl attached to it. This layer not only serves as a waterproof barrier but also contain textures and patterns that mimic the look and feel stained timber flooring.
- SPC Core: the core is made from limestone powder and stabilisers that create the extremely high strength and stable "Rigid-Core" waterproof core.
- Acoustic Underlay: Our entire range of SPC Hybrid flooring includes factory-attached, high-quality rubber underlay which helps with sound reduction while giving a "soft-feel" to the floor.
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The Benefits of SPC Flooring
This is one of the biggest benefits and factors of SPC flooring. It is entirely waterproof, which means that this flooring can be installed in bathrooms, kitchens, restaurants, and laundry rooms without worrying about water or moisture.
Remains Stable in Temperature Fluctuations
With its stone construction, the SPC Hybrid core remains stable even in extreme environments that experience substantial fluctuations in temperature and humidity. This means SPC can even be installed in direct sunlight or in places where temperates remain below zero.
Real Wood Charm
SPC Hybrid flooring comes in a wide range of textures, designs, colours and styles. High quality SPC flooring is difficult to distinguish with real timber flooring and with surface embossment technology (EIR) it even feels like real timber!
Easy DIY Installation
SPC doesn't require expert installation in most cases and comes together effortlessly via the click-lock installation method. It is joined together in a similar way to laminate and vinyl utilising tongue and groove installation. No expensive tools or messy glue to clean up afterwards is an added bonus. SPC floors can also be installed on existing tiles and some imperfect subfloors.
IXPE Underlay Comfort
SPC Hybrid Flooring feels more cushioned and sturdy under your feet than previous generation vinyl because of the plank thickness and "Rigid Core". The thicker the plank - the more comfortable the floor. With the added cushioning of the underlay, SPC flooring is replacing carpet in many homes.
Due to the core density, the planks are almost silent to walk upon.
SPC flooring is more expensive that laminate and vinyl but substantially cheaper than timber hardwood flooring. Taking into account the ease of installation and expected lifetime, SPC flooring finds the perfect balance between budget and quality.
Easy Maintenance and Cleaning
SPC flooring has similar maintenance requirements as other hard surfaces except these planks won't scratch, dent or warp whether you choose to mop, vacuum or sweep.
SPC floors with good quality of wear layer will last 15-25 years in domestic environments. High quality SPC Flooring is covered by 25-30 year warranty against defects and can be used in high traffic areas such as commercial settings.
The main raw material of SPC flooring is poly-vinyl chloride, which is an eco-friendly, non-poisonous and renewable resource. It has commonly used in daily life for making things like dinner sets and medical equipment.