SPC Waterproof Flooring
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What is SPC?
SPC is an acronym for Stone Polymer Core or Stone Plastic Composite and it is one of the latest innovations in waterproof flooring. SPC flooring is available in wood decor planks and a variety of tile shapes and finishes. The rigid core is engineered to enhance the ease of installation through a patented click together locking system. The product comes in a wide variety of dimensions and decors and is available with or without a pad attached. SPC flooring can vary greatly in quality depending on the factory and the level of quality control maintained throughout the manufacturing process. For more information about SPC flooring contact Laminate Warehouse and speak to one of our flooring experts.
How is SPC Flooring Made?
SPC flooring consists of 4-5 layers and is made in a process that is similar to laminate flooring. However, one of the main differences between SPC flooring and what is traditionally called Laminate flooring, is the core itself. Laminate flooring consists of a core that is made with a High-Density Fiberboard (HDF) which is water resistant but not waterproof. The core of SPC flooring is comprised of limestone powder, polyvinyl chloride and stabilizers and provides a core that is 100% waterproof. This waterproof core is then topped with a decor layer, a wear layer and a UV coating. The product is then cut into the desired dimensions and milled to provide a click together locking system.
Benefits of SPC Flooring.
Many of the benefits of SPC flooring come from the density of the core itself which is much denser than most composite core flooring products on the market. This higher density core gives the product superior impact resistance and also provides for much better dimensional stability making it suitable for installations in environments with extreme temperature variations such as sun rooms and 3 season cottages. In fact, some manufacturers even claim that their SPC products will remain dimensionally stable from -40 degrees Celsius all the way up to +40 degrees Celsius and further warrant that their products can be installed in large format installations, 100' by 100', without any transitions. SPC flooring is also 100% waterproof, fire resistant, durable and easy to care for.
Installing SPC Flooring.
SPC is a floating floor and although many floating floors may share similar techniques for the general installation process, it is important to note that each and every locking system has its own unique tricks. It is recommended to carefully read the manufacturer’s instructions for the particular product purchased and to plan the installation carefully. With all flooring installations you should first ensure that the sub-floor is suitable and to prep the area before you begin. It is also wise to begin by first handling and practicing with a couple of planks to ensure you fully understand the unique characteristics of the product you purchased.