Waterproof Laminate, SPC and WPC Flooring
There are so many things to consider when building or renovating your home. The type of flooring is just one of those hard decisions you will have to make. Choosing the right flooring material is important as it will impact the overall look of your space and can be the difference between a space that looks luxurious and one that looks bland. But flooring is not just about how it looks. It should look great but it should also provide your home with the right functionality and protection. In this blog, we will look at three of the more popular types of flooring and weigh the benefits and drawbacks of each to help you make your decision.
Laminate flooring has risen in popularity due to its ability to mimic the look of real wood. In fact, it was originally developed as an inexpensive alternative to real wood. It gives you the luxurious look of a hardwood floor, without the hefty price tag. Additionally, laminate flooring comes as planks or tiles that snap together easily, making it one of the easiest types of flooring to install. So, it is no wonder that laminate flooring is highly sought after. But its durability in moist areas has been a drawback due to the fiberboard core that damages easily when wet.
Even the best laminate flooring is susceptible to water damage and so not recommended for use in areas like bathrooms, laundry rooms or exposed outdoor areas. That is, until the development of a waterproof laminate.
Manufacturers have now developed a laminate flooring that is highly resistant to water damage due to an application of a thick, waterproof coating to the top and edges of the planks. Some manufacturers have eliminated the fiberboard core of the laminate altogether and offer laminate flooring made entirely of PVC plastic, making it truly waterproof. Waterproof laminate is completely suitable for use in moist and wet areas and maintains its visual appeal.
Waterproof laminate can be installed almost anywhere and is not only resistant to water damage but is generally more resistant to scratches and imperfections. It is easy to install and maintain. Waterproof laminate is maintained in much the same way as the regular laminate flooring. Simple sweeping and dusting should be done
regularly. If planks become damaged, it can be removed and replaced with a new one.
But waterproof laminate still has its drawbacks. You will be limited in the pattern, colour and design as there are fewer choices in waterproof laminate when compared to standard laminate flooring. Additionally, while it is still more affordable than real wood, waterproof laminate is generally more expensive than standard laminate. Waterproof laminate, like standard laminate, can be rather hard underfoot and noisy when walking on.
SPC flooring is another type of flooring that has been rising in popularity. SPC stands for Stone Plastic Composite and it is considered to be an upgrade to LVT vinyl flooring. SPC core is made from a combination of natural limestone powder, polyvinyl chloride and stabilizers. This makes each plank incredibly stable and durable.
If you opt for SPC flooring in your home, you will get the benefit of water resistance as SPC flooring has a completely waterproof core. Like waterproof laminate flooring, SPC can be installed in any area including those prone to moisture and wetness like bathrooms, kitchens, laundry rooms and basements.
SPC flooring is easy to install as most designs simply click into place and do not require any messy glues or adhesives. Another benefit is that SPC flooring can also be installed over many types of existing flooring material so it may not be necessary to remove existing flooring.
SPC flooring, though more expensive than standard vinyl flooring, is still very affordable when compared to other types of luxury flooring like hardwood and stone. Because it is so easy to install, homeowners can do it themselves and eliminate the cost of installation. But only attempt to do it yourself if you are confident that you can.
SPC flooring comes in a wide variety of styles, colours and patterns so you are not limited in your choice. SPC also tends to be more cushioned and comfortable than other types of flooring and the dense layers contribute to a quieter sound when walking across it.
If you choose this type of flooring, you can be guaranteed durability as it is resistant to scratches, stains and other wear and tear. It is even resistant to fading when placed under direct sunlight so you can install this type of flooring in outdoor areas. Cleaning and maintenance are simple and easy as all it requires is regular sweeping and mopping.
SPC flooring does not add any resale value to your home if you plan to resell your property.
There have been environmental concerns raised as well. The material used to make SPC flooring is not biodegradable and can be toxic when burned. It is not recommended to use in areas where there is high heat or fire hazard like in large commercial kitchens.
Although SPC flooring is known for its durability, in the event it gets damaged, it is difficult to repair. While genuine wood can be refinished, a damaged SPC plank has to be completely removed and replaced.
WPC is an acronym for Wood Plastic Composite and this type of flooring generally consists of four layers – a wear layer, a vinyl layer that provides the design, a wood plastics composite core that provides durability and water resistance and an underpad layer designed to provide cushion and insulation. It differs from SPC flooring in that it is softer and quieter underfoot while SPC tends to be noisier due to its stone core. However, both have similar features.
Like SPC flooring, WPC flooring is waterproof and incredibly durable. This is an advantage if you live in areas that are prone to flooding, or for installation in high moisture areas. It can be installed outdoors on your patio and can withstand both rain and sun.
WPC flooring is scratch and stain-resistant and can withstand high traffic. It is also super-easy to install and to keep clean. IT comes in a wide variety of patterns and styles.
WPC flooring can be more expensive than SPC and Waterproof laminate. It, however, adds little to your resale value. Environmental concerns have also been raised due to the non-biodegradable and non-recyclable material used.
How to Choose Your Flooring
The appearance will most likely be a key factor in determining what flooring options are most appealing to you. But how it looks should not be the only thing influencing your decision. Always keep your budget in mind so you know what you can afford. If you have children or pets, this should influence your choice, as well as your flooring, can get scratched from pet claws or children running about and playing. Consider the area where you are installing your flooring, whether its prone to moisture or not and how much maintenance the flooring will require. Finally, contact us at TriniHelper for your supply and installation of All types of flooring options discussed.