Most people see vinyl flooring and picture the retro sheet flooring from grandma’s kitchen. That is not the case these days. Vinyl plank flooring now comes in gorgeous wood-look grain patterns and tile-like impressions and is more durable than ever before.
During your online searches for the perfect vinyl flooring, you have likely come across the acronyms LVP, SPC, WPC, and LVT. Upon first glance, the differences may not be visible to the average consumer.
However, each has distinct composition characteristics that separate it from its counterparts. With so many options available on the market, how can you be sure you choose the best vinyl flooring composition for your space?
While the experts on our team have decades of flooring knowledge under their belts and can provide solutions while answering any questions you may have, knowing the differences beforehand can help speed up the shopping process.
In this article, we cover:
LVP vs. LVT
Luxury Vinyl Planks (LVP) cover every type of vinyl flooring designed to mimic wood while providing unique benefits. Luxury Vinyl Tile (LVT) describes vinyl products that mimic tile or stone.
When you call or visit flooring showrooms, you will find that LVP is a catch-all term. However, it is worth pointing out that not every vinyl plank is LVP.
LVP Flooring Wear Layer & Your Home
When shopping for LVP flooring, the wear layer thickness may be a factor in your selection process. Thinner wear layer planks are for residential flooring, and thicker wear layer planks are for commercial floors.
For residential flooring, vinyl plank floors under 12 mil in thickness are best. The most common vinyl plank thickness found in homes is 6 mil.
WPC and SPC Flooring Wear Layer Info
As with LVP flooring, WPC and SPC vinyl flooring are available in many plank thicknesses.
Since the core layer of WPC vinyl plank flooring consists of a wood composite and the core layer of SPC vinyl plank flooring consists of a stone composite, each thickness will vary. With SPC vinyl plank flooring, you will receive a thinner side profile of 3.2 to 7mm vs. a side profile of 5 to 8 mm with WPC vinyl plank flooring.
Particular Vinyl Plank Flooring Brands
Are you looking for something particular?
As an authorized dealer of Mohawk, Shaw, Provenza, and more, we carry LVP, WPC, and SPC vinyl plank flooring in various shades, grain patterns, and textures. Visit your favorite retailer websites to check out the products that await you in our showroom.