Does SPC Flooring Expand?

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SPC vinyl flooring is not the only vinyl flooring acronym, so it helps to know what it means! SPC stands for Stone Plastic Composite or Stone Polymer Composite, depending on who you ask. Also, it's sometimes referred to as rigid core luxury vinyl flooring.



Layers Of Rigid Core Luxury Vinyl Flooring

SPC rigid core luxury vinyl flooring is typically comprised of 4 layers.


Can vary between manufacturers.


Backing Layer: This is the backbone of your plank.


SPC Core: This is the main attraction! SPC flooring contains a solid, waterproof WPC core. It won't ripple, swell or peel no matter much liquid you subject it to. This core is ultra-dense with no foaming agents like you'll find in traditional WPC flooring. It gives you slightly less resilience underfoot, but it makes the flooring a superhero in the durability department.


Printed Vinyl Layer: This is where you get your gorgeous photo imagery that makes the vinyl look (nearly) identical to natural materials like stone and wood. Often, rigid core luxury vinyl flooring is the highest quality vinyl on the market. This means you get the most realistic looks that people will swear are real wood/stone!


Wear Layer: Just like with traditional vinyl, the wear layer is like your bodyguard; it helps protect your floor from dents, scratches, etc. The thicker the wear layer, the buffer your bodyguard. SPC wooden flooring is known for having a buff, beefy wear layer offering more protection. When you look at vinyl flooring, it's just as (if not more) important to look at wear layer thickness as plank thickness.



20-1-Layers Of Rigid Core Luxury Vinyl Flooring

Rigid Core Luxury Vinyl Flooring Thickness Options

This is where things get really different. With rigid core, the thickness of your vinyl really doesn't matter.


Everything you've ever read about the vinyl flooring saysthicker = better.  And that has been true for a long, long time.


But! Now, the flooring manufacturers have thrown us for a loop creating an ultra-thin, super-durable option. Rigid core luxury vinyl planks and tiles are specially manufactured to be ultra-thin and light, usually measuring no thicker than 6mm.


It's funny because you look at the flooring and it looks thin and flimsy and you think"No way that's the most durable vinyl flooring option on the market! But, it is! Just try giving it a bend. It doesn't matter how strong you are. SPC core is stronger.


Popular rigid core luxury vinyl thickness options include:







20-2-Rigid Core Luxury Vinyl Flooring Wear Layer Options

Rigid Core Luxury Vinyl Flooring Wear Layer Options

The wear layer is the top surface of your rigid core vinyl flooring. Like I said earlier, the wear layer is like the bodyguard for your floor. If your options were a scrawny little thing, or a big, bulky, tough and ready-for-battle bodyguard, obviously you'd want the latter.


While no bodyguard (wear layer) is perfect, there are a wide range and great options for every use and price point. Pretty simply put, thicker = better. Yes; for wear layers, this is still true.


The thicker the wear layer (or, the higher the MIL number), the more resistant your floor will be to scratching and scarring. Which wear layer do you need? Well, let's take a look at our options.


12MIL: Although it's the lowest option in rigid core, 12MIL is still pretty thick definitely thick enough for any home and for less busy commercial areas.


20MIL: This is the most common wear layer for commercial environments.


22MIL: The best of the best. 22MIL is as scratch-resistant as vinyl flooring gets, specially designed to hold up in the most intense commercial environments.


As you can see, SPC vinyl flooring earns it's great reputation as a highly rated floor that works anywhere. 


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