SPC (Stone Polymer Composite) is the newest generation of floor covering. It is extremely stable, 100 percent waterproof, and resistant to dents and scrapes. SPC was introduced in 2016 and made an even bigger impact on the industry in 2017. This year, SPC flooring is expected to become even more popular due to its quality, durability, and versatility.
What is SPC flooring made of?
SPC flooring is part of a resilient family of flooring which includes LVT (Luxury Vinyl Tiling) and WPC (Wood Polymer Composite) flooring. It is often used in bathrooms, kitchens, laundry rooms, and even garages and craft rooms because it is durable, waterproof, and cost effective. SPC flooring contains a blend of natural limestone powder, polyvinyl chloride, and stabilizer with a silica core which produces a very stable composite material. Because it is made with completely waterproof materials, it is immune to expansion and contraction, even in areas with moisture. It is safe for use in your home as well as in commercial buildings, since it contains no formaldehyde.
Advantages of SPC flooring
Due to its rigidity, SPC handles weight better than other types of flooring. If you have a heavy pool table or entertainment center for example, consider using SPC flooring to prevent dents in your floors. SPC flooring is the most impact resistant flooring material available.
As with LVT and WPC flooring, you can have any type of texture on your SPC flooring surface. There are also mold design companies who develop new textures continuously. Some of the most popular ones are:
- Deep embossed surface
- Crystal embossed surface
- Marble embossed surface
- Hand-scraped surface
- Embossed in Register (EIR) surface
There is also a new SPC flooring texture that has a real wood veneer. This gives you wood look with the waterproof and scratch resistance advantages of SPC.
SPC can be easily installed on ceramic, concrete, or any existing subfloor other than carpet. Most of the SPC flooring on the market has padding attached to it already. You do not need a floor cutter when you work with SPC. It can be scored with a razor and snapped instead of cut. This greatly reduces installation time and costs.