Stone Plastic Composite Flooring (SPC)
In a previous blog post, we went over the most popular types of flooring you can install in your home.
Tiles, laminate, hardwood etc., each have unique features that can complement your home in different ways.
Recently however, a relatively new and lesser known type of flooring has been increasing in popularity due to its durability, easiness to install and long list of advantages.
We’re talking about SPC flooring. SPC stands for Stone Plastic Composite, often called rigid core luxury vinyl flooring. It consists of five layers designed to resist wear and tear. The five layers include the PVC balance layer, SPC core layer, decorative layer with designs that can mimic wood, tile or other materials, a wear layer with super strong vinyl, and the final UV protective layer.
SPC flooring gives you the strength of stone without compromising on design or aesthetics. As a result, this type of flooring can last for decades.
The benefits of SPC flooring are extensive:
SPC flooring resists almost all types of damage including scuff marks, fading, peeling, stains, mold and mildew. This makes it a breeze to keep clean and perfect for areas where there is heavy foot traffic. SPC is also resistant to swelling and contraction, whereas some flooring material like wood may expand and contract depending on the temperature. This movement can result in unsightly cracks or chips in the surface of your floor. However, SPC will hold up in both hot and cold climates. SPC will also resist indentations from heavy furniture and scratches from dragging furniture around. It truly is among the toughest materials and most reliable when it comes to durability.
Easy to clean
All you need to clean your SPC floor is your regular broom and mop, a vacuum or a damp cloth to keep your floors looking fabulous. It doesn’t require any harsh chemicals or frequent polishing or maintenance.
One of the major benefits of this type of flooring is its resistance to water and fluid. It won’t absorb spills like wood or other porous materials. This feature makes it perfect for areas where moisture is expected like kitchens and bathrooms or homes where there are young children. SPC is also anti-slip so even when wet, it won’t become slippery and dangerous. This is a great feature especially in homes where there are elderly people. The waterproof feature also makes this type of flooring ideal for homes located in flood-prone areas. Should your home become flooded, as is always a concern during Trinidad’s active rainy season, you won’t have to worry about replacing your floors because of water damage.
SPC has the added bonus of being fire retardant, making it a safer option for kitchens. Flame will out within seconds of coming into contact with this flooring and won’t produce harmful gases or fumes. If there are smokers in your home, you won’t have to worry about cigarette burns on your floor either.
Nowadays, with more and more focus being placed on environmental protection, people are always seeking ways to make their homes more environmentally friendly. SPC flooring meets this requirement as it uses an eco-friendly formula. It does not contain heavy metals, phthalate, methanol, and other harmful substances like formaldehyde which is often found in other types of flooring. This is a suitable option for homes with small children who will likely crawl and be in constant contact with the floor.
The various layers of SPC can create a noise-cancelling effect. This helps to soften the noises generated by footsteps, dropped objects, etc. This makes this type of
flooring ideal for large multi-storey, commercial buildings as it helps to insulate rooms from noises coming from above or around.
Wide range of designs
With thousands of colour patterns, including wooden designs, stone design and carpets design, you are guaranteed to find something that suits your tastes. Whether you are looking for something modern or something more traditional and antique, you will no doubt find it with SPC. SPC can also mimic wood so perfectly, it is often mistaken for hardwood floors. The look is incredibly realistic and convincing.
Ease of Installation
SPC flooring can be installed over existing floors with minimal preparation. This means if you already have a tiled floor, you don’t need to rip out the old tiles. SPC can be installed directly on top of it with no hassle. This makes it not only easy to install but less time consuming and less costly.
SPC flooring, when first introduced, was a bit pricey. But now, as more and more companies are manufacturing this material, it has resulted in a significantly reduced cost. SPC, which can mimic hardwood, is also considerably cheaper than hardwood or luxury materials like marble and granite. In short, SPC can give you a luxurious feel without the hefty price tag.
With every type of flooring, there are drawbacks. However, SPC comes as close to perfect as possible. The only drawback is that SPC may be pricier than laminate or tile flooring. However, you save on installation costs as it requires less time and effort to install.
Now that you know all about SPC, if you decide this is the right type of flooring for you, TriniHelper is standing by to provide you with the expertise and experience you will need for your project.
Don’t hesitate to give us a call as we are here to guide you through the process of transforming your floors.