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17.11.21 Advice

LVT vs SPC Flooring

Written by: Yarl Christie

Choosing the right floor type is crucial for any renovation project. In flooring materials, you have a lot of choices. There are many types of stone, tile, and wood to choose from, as well as less expensive alternatives that can be used to mimic those materials without breaking the bank.

In the vinyl industry, there has been a lot of debate regarding which material type is preferable to the next. With the increasing number of new vinyl products on the market, it might be difficult to determine which type of vinyl floor is appropriate for your project.

For years, consumers have preferred traditional luxury vinyl plank flooring, but new products like SPC vinyl are causing a stir in the industry. Floors made of SPC (Stone Plastic Composite) and LVT (Luxury Vinyl Tile) are essentially similar. However, as technology advances and breakthroughs emerge, we have more options to pick from. so, here we have detailed the differences betweed LVT and SPC for you to have a better understanding of which is the most suitable for you.

What is LVT Flooring?

Luxury Vinyl Tile (LVT) is a modernized version of vinyl flooring. Its lifelike designs seem like actual wood, ceramic, or stone flooring while remaining cost-effective. These products are a composition of compressed layers of vinyl with a high-resolution image overlaid on top to give them the appearance of a different material.

Bentley Portofino Driftaway Oak Roomset By Stories Flooring - LVT Vs SPC Flooring Product: Bentley Portofino Driftaway Oak By Stories Flooring

Because the shape is like real wood planks, LVT is commonly used to imitate hardwood. However, because of the high-resolution image, vinyl can look like stone, tile, and other materials. The vinyl core of LVT is the most important layer, as it makes the planks both durable and flexible. You can read more about what LVT flooring is here.

What is SPC Flooring?

The updated form of LVT is SPC (Stone Plastic Composite) flooring. RVP, or Rigid Vinyl Plank, is another name for it. There are many layers in this floor option: UV coating, wear layer, SPC print layer, SPC core, and a balanced layer. A variety of backing alternatives are available, including EVA, corkwood, and IXPE foam.

Karndean Van Gogh Rigid Core Blush Oak VGW107T-SCB - LVT Vs SPC Flooring Product: Karndean Van Gogh Rigid Core Blush Oak VGW107T-SCB

Stone polymer composite flooring is similar to LVT in that it contains a high-resolution image printed on vinyl and a translucent wear layer that protects it from scratches, stains, and fading. SPC, on the other hand, is made out of a mixture of plastic and crushed limestone powder. As a result, instead of being soft and pliable, the boards become stiff and unyielding. You can read more about what SPC flooring is here.

SPC & LVT Similarities

LVT and SPC are comparable in many aspects. They are both waterproof, scratchproof, and rather long-lasting. They’re simple to put up without the need for glue or solvents, and they’re simple to keep clean with regular sweeping to remove dust and a quick mop to remove spills. They’re also much less expensive than the materials they’re replacing.

The Differences

So, aside from flexibility, what are the distinctions between LVT and SPC flooring characteristics?

  1. Conformity

Because of its rigid structure, SPC has a few advantages. While they can lay both over almost any solid subfloor, LVT requires that the subfloor be absolutely level and devoid of dents, obstacles. The flexible material will conform to any irregularities, whereas the SPC will maintain its shape should the subfloor not be snooker table flat and will allow a little tolerance.

  1. Durability

SPC is more resistant to dents and other sorts of damage. It will last longer and withstand wear better. The hardness of SPC allows for more support underfoot, but the pliability of LVT offers for a softer, more comfortable walking experience. SPC is also thicker than LVT and has a more realistic texture.

  1. Thickness

Luxury vinyl tiles (LVT) are normally 2 to 3mm thick, though custom thicknesses are available. Stone plastic composite (SPC) is typically available in thicknesses ranging from 4 to 6 millimeters, though you can request a different thickness in specific situations.

  1. Environmental Friendly

A plasticizer is used in the manufacturing of LVT floors (not so environmentally friendly).

If being environmentally friendly is important to you, SPC is the better option. It also contains no adhesive, making it a perfect choice for children and dogs.

  1. Cost comparison

SPC has some benefits over LVT, but it has one disadvantage. It is more expensive than vinyl because of its strong, composite structure. While both are still less expensive than wood, stone, or tile, LVT is certainly the superior option if you’re on a limited budget.

SPC Vs LVT Conclusion

This is simply a quick rundown of the two types of flooring. There are many other advantages and disadvantages to each, depending on your specific scenario. Speaking with a flooring expert here at Stories Flooring will help you ascertain the benefits and each type of vinyl tiles to see which one will best suit your needs and last the longest.