With the rise of new vinyl products being introduced into the market, it can be hard to figure out which type of floor is best for your project. Traditional luxury vinyl plank flooring has been the choice of consumers for years, but products such as SPC vinyl are making waves in the industry. If you’re torn between traditional LVT vs SPC vinyl, this comparison will walk you through the key similarities and differences between the floors.
Construction – A traditional LVT and SPC vinyl are going to have the most differences due to the construction of each plank. A vinyl floor has a simple PVC core that makes it flexible and soft. The SPC vinyl planks have a core made of a stone plastic composite, which gives it a rigid construction and less pliable feel.
Plank Thickness – SPC vinyl floors tend to be as thick or thicker than a standard LVT vinyl. SPC vinyl flooring usually ranges from 4mm to 6mm, while a traditional LVT will be 4mm or less.
Sturdiness – This is another significant difference due to the core construction. A vinyl floor will not add much support under foot. An SPC vinyl will feel significant under your foot and also prevent against dents and wear.
Appearance – While digital imaging has improved across the board, the look and feel of each plank will be very different. An SPC vinyl will have a realistic look, possible texture and a denser feel. A traditional vinyl may have a realistic look, but they tend to be less advanced than an SPC vinyl.
Subfloor – Both a traditional LVT and an SPC vinyl can be installed over plywood, cement and existing floors, but a traditional vinyl will not be forgiving with any subfloor imperfections. If you have any dents or protrusions, a traditional LVT will take on the shape. An SPC vinyl will not change shape as easily as a traditional vinyl in this sense.
Installation – You can find traditional LVT planks with a glue down, loose lay or click lock installation. The SPC vinyls on the market will be a floating click lock, tongue and groove system that is DIY friendly.
Dent Resistance – Traditional LVT floors are soft and pliable, which means heavy furniture can easily dent the material. A SPC vinyl will be more resilient when it comes to dents and abuse. It is a great option for commercial settings due to this reason.
Price – SPC vinyl is one of the more affordable options in the rigid core category, however, it will generally still be more expensive than a traditional LVT floor.
100% Waterproof – Traditional LVT and SPC vinyl are 100% waterproof. Spills and humidity will not cause any damage to these types of vinyl flooring options.
Availability – Both traditional LVT and SPC vinyl floors are available in a variety of colors, decors, patterns, textures and plank widths. You can find each type of floor in a variety of styles, from modern to rustic.
Application – Like most vinyl flooring options, traditional LVT and SPC vinyl can be installed below, on and above grade. They are great flooring options for kitchens, baths, laundry rooms and businesses like restaurants or cafes.
Maintenance & Cleaning – All vinyl flooring options are very easy to clean and maintain. It just takes a little effort to regularly sweep and deep clean occasionally