Rigid Core, SPC, WPC, Luxury Vinyl Plank. What do all these names really mean?
Rigid core refers to the rigid inner core of luxury vinyl plank which gives it strength and durability. There are three types of rigid core vinyl plank, SPC, WPC and Hybrid Mix. Stone Plastic (Polymer) Composite- SPC, is made of a mix of 60% calcium carbonate or Limestone, polyvinylchloride and plasticizers. Wood Plastic Composite – WPC, is made of a mix of polyvinylchloride, calcium carbonate, plasticizers, foaming agent and wood like or wood material such as wood flour. Hybrid mix is any combination of the above materials to make the core of the vinyl plank stronger and less plyable as traditional vinyls were.
Which one is right for you?
Manufactures have the ability to design SPC and WPC in any shade, texture and pattern. From wood planks in various lengths and widths to Tile, Stone, and Marble designs.
SPC’s limestone core gives it a higher density compared to a WPC, although usually thinner. SPC also offers better protection from scratches or indents from heavy items. It is also less susceptible to extreme temperature changes.
Originally created for the commercial market, rigid core vinyl quickly became a home owner favorite because of its click lock system. Traditional vinyl plank from before had to be glued down which usually pushed DIY customers away and into Laminate. Another plus with rigid core vinyl plank is they do not require as extensive sub-floor preparation prior to installation as a glue down vinyl would require.
WPC is generally more comfortable under foot and is less dense than an SPC due to the foaming agent. WPC is a great option for areas where patrons or employees are standing for long periods of time. Along with the comfort WPC’s foaming agent also absorbs more sound for a quieted environment.
Both WPC and SPC come in at similar price points. Both can be purchased with attached pad making DIY installations less expensive and quicker to install.
Which product comes out on top? SPC or WPC? It really depends on your intended application and what you want out of your flooring. If you are still unsure don’t hesitate to give us a call to discuss your needs. 604-474-1722