WATERPROOF LUXURY VINYL
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
NATURALLY INSPIRED. DESIGNED TO LAST
Luxury vinyl is durable, waterproof flooring that has the look of hardwood, at a fraction of the price. If you are new to Luxury Vinyl Floors, here is what you need to know!
AT A GLANCE
LAYERS OF RIGID CORE LUXURY VINYL FLOORING
SPC (Stone Plastic Composite) Rigid Core Luxury Vinyl Flooring is typically comprised of 4 layers
Wear Layer: Protects your floor from dents, scratches, etc. The thicker the wear layer, the more durable your floors will be. When you are looking at Vinyl Floors, the thickness of the Wear Layer is just as (if no more) important as the plank thickness.
Printed Vinyl Layer: This is the photo imagery that makes the vinyl look identical to natural materials like hardwood. It is widely considered the most realistic look to hardwood flooring on the market.
SPC Core: The ultra-dense waterproof core. It won't ripple, swell or peel no matter how much liquid it is subjected to.
Backing Layer: This is the backbone of your plank
Q. What is vinyl flooring and how is it made?
A. Vinyl flooring is a strong and easy to maintain option that is available in vinyl sheets, luxury vinyl tiles, or planks. Vinyl flooring provides high-end style with the look of natural stone, ceramic, slate or wood.
Vinyl flooring is crafted using a layered construction process to combine comfort and durability (see below). The process includes a top layer to seal and protect the vinyl flooring. The visual layer provides the stunning recreation of real stone, marble, and hardwood, which is coated for easy cleaning and protection. The bottom layers combine fiberglass and foam help enhance the stability and provide water resistance.
Q. What is LVP?
A. LVP is the acronym for luxury vinyl planks. LVP refers to the specific shape of the vinyl flooring shape– plank. Luxury vinyl plank flooring often features a wood-look image and the plank format helps sell the look.
Q. What is the difference between WPC, LVF, and SPC?
A. WPC vinyl technically translates to wood-plastic composite vinyl flooring. However, many people use the acronym as waterproof core vinyl flooring. Both meanings are correct. WPC vinyl flooring is 100% waterproof. It’s known as the best of luxury vinyl flooring, but in the industry, it’s referred to as engineered vinyl flooring.
SPC stands for stone-plastic composite or stone-polymer composite. Both of these terms are used interchangeably. SPC is also sometimes referred to as Rigid Core luxury vinyl flooring. That’s because the stone-plastic composite core in this luxury vinyl is ultra-dense. In the industry, it’s also known as engineered vinyl flooring. SPC is also 100% waterproof.
LVF is the acronym for luxury vinyl flooring. Luxury vinyl flooring is sort of the umbrella term that often encompasses WPC and SPC. Though in the industry, luxury vinyl flooring often refers to vinyl that is not waterproof or rigid core. It has a higher-quality visual, and usually a basic glue down or interlocking installation mechanism.
Q. Where can vinyl be installed?
A. You can install vinyl anywhere in your home because of its superior water resistance and durable construction. It is suitable for kitchens, baths, entryways, basements, mudrooms, laundry rooms and more.
Q. Is vinyl good for households with children and pets?
A. Vinyl is an excellent choice for homes with pets and children because it is so easy to clean and resists stains. It requires little care once it’s installed, making it a forgiving floor that’s easy to live with. Vinyl is also relatively soft and sound absorbent, providing a comfortable surface for playing.
Q. How do I determine how much flooring is needed for a room?
A. Calculating how much vinyl flooring you’ll need for a project is easy. First, determine the total square footage of a room by multiplying the length and width of the floor. Add 5-10% to this number for waste due to additional cuts. Add more if your room has a lot of angles and corners. Next, look at how many square feet are in each box of vinyl flooring. Divide the total square footage of flooring you’ll need by the number of square feet in each box. This will tell you how many boxes you’ll need.
Q. Where can I install vinyl flooring?
Vinyl flooring can be installed in almost any room, over a lightly textured or porous surface, or over a well-bonded, solid floor. We do not recommend that you install vinyl in areas where it will be exposed to long-term direct sunlight, such as in sunrooms or solariums.
Q. Can I install vinyl flooring over concrete?
You can install vinyl flooring over concrete that has cured for at least 60 days prior to installation. Glue down and peel and stick products should not be installed on below-grade concrete surfaces where moisture may be a problem. If you are using a click lock Luxury Vinyl, a vapor barrier will be required, even in instances where there is an underpad attached.
Q. Can I install vinyl flooring over ceramic tile?
Yes, but you will need to fill grout lines with a leveling compound. Subfloors must be even within 3 mm over 1.82 m (1/8″ over 6′)
Q. Can I install vinyl flooring over wood, plywood, particleboard or chipboard?
Yes, Luxury Vinyl can be installed over pre-existing wood floors so long as the floors are clean, in good shape, and even.
Q. Can I install vinyl flooring over carpet?
No, all carpet and padding should be removed completely prior to installation. Rough, heavily textured and/or uneven surfaces may telegraph through the vinyl and distort the finished surface.