spc flooring, The Advantages and Disadvantages of SPC Flooring
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The Advantages and Disadvantages of SPC Flooring

The Advantages and Disadvantages of SPC Flooring

 

SPC flooring is becoming more and more popular thanks to all its remarkably desirable traits and features. However, how much do you really know about SPC flooring? Nothing is perfect in this world, it is no surprise that SPC flooring also carries some downsides with it.

It is only fair enough if you are made known of the pros and cons of SPC flooring before you join the SPC fanatic troop.

Here are the lists of SPC flooring pros and cons.

SPC Flooring
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What is SPC Flooring?

Rigid core luxury vinyl flooring, also known as SPC flooring, is the most durable waterproof vinyl flooring option on the market. It has a similar construction to WPC, but it comes with an ultra-tough core, which is where the name “rigid core” comes from.

So what does SPC stand for? As it turns out, it stands for a couple of terms that are used interchangeably: stone plastic composite or stone polymer composite. It refers to the make-up of the core. The SPC core is what makes this flooring so incredibly durable, maintaining its form even over uneven subfloors.

That means you can install SPC rigid core luxury vinyl flooring on any level, over almost any existing (hard surface) subfloor and for any amount of traffic.

 

Advantages of SPC Flooring

 

SPC Flooring - Floor N More Southlake
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Wide Range Of Style And Selections

This huge variation of styles gives you abundant freedom to come out with the pattern and arrangement you like. If you are a risk-taker, have fun mix-and-match with different colors to create your desired look. Just let your creativity flow!

Real Wood-like Design

A timeless design mimicking the beauty of nature is in fact what makes SPC flooring so popular. Some brands are even able to achieve the real-wood likeliness that is difficult to tell the difference from far. You can proudly say that it is a ‘wood’ flooring without all the drawbacks of real wood. Isn’t it wonderful?
SPC Flooring
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Budget-Friendly

Generally, SPC flooring is way more affordable than hardwood flooring and yet it’s able to provide the same natural wood-look effect you desire. The installation cost is also inexpensive. You can even save up the labor cost by going DIY the installation. Needless to say, it is definitely an alternative to expensive wood flooring.

Able To Sustain High Traffic

Don’t be surprised that SPC flooring is able to handle high traffic activity better than another type of flooring. In fact, this feature is one of the main reasons why SPC flooring is so popular. It can sustain lots of foot traffic which is very suitable for large families or active people.

Durable And Long-lasting

Don’t be surprised to find SPC flooring can actually last 20 years over if it’s well maintained. The quality range of SPC and ways of manufacture are the determining factors of how well your SPC flooring lasts. Speaking of quality, here are the SPC material with a prominent durable feature that you should not miss.

 

  • Solid and composite SPC: These are the homogeneous type of SPC having high resistance against scratches and surface damage.
  • Fiber-glass reinforced SPC: It is one of the most durable types as fiber-glass is great for its strength and flexibility. This type of SPC material is extremely durable and able to sustain heavy-duty usage.

 

What is Everyone Using SPC Flooring?

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Not easily stained and scratched

SPC flooring is extremely durable and able to sustain a high traffic environment. These features allow it to be widely used in commercial areas like offices, retail shops, and restaurants.

Pet lovers shouldn’t be worried about your flooring as it is also not easily stained and scratched.

Not just that, certain brands provide years of warranty for it which makes it even more ideal for both residential and commercial purposes.

 

Le Dalmar Karson 9" x 60" x 7.5mm Oak SPC Luxury Vinyl Plank | Wayfair
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Sound Proof

These special features absorb noise from outside helps make you’re surrounding a peaceful and serene place to stay. With the feature of reducing indoor noise, you will not have to worried if your neighbors were affected by any noise.

 

Stain Resistant

There is one type of SPC flooring that is famously known for stain-resistant. It’s the printed SPC tiles or sheets. The theory behind this is the wear layer on the SPC surface that acts as a protective barrier against spillage and stains.

Since not all type of SPC flooring has strong stain-resistant, you might want to avoid composite or solid SPC if this feature is your main concern.

Water-Resistant

SPC flooring that is well-installed is almost seamless which makes it difficult for water to sips in as it is water resistance material. This interesting benefit allows it to be installed in almost every area of your house including the bathroom and laundry area.

 

spc flooring, The Advantages and Disadvantages of SPC Flooring
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Easy To Clean And Maintain

If you are not a homemaker or not having much time for house chores, SPC flooring might be what you need. All you have to do is to sweep and damp mop occasionally and it will be sufficient to keep your house clean.

Even if you found any damaged pieces or tiles, you can simply replace each individual piece without having to remove the entire flooring. You will soon find that maintaining the condition of SPC flooring is much easier compared to other types of flooring.

 

Disadvantages of SPC Flooring

 

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No Extra Resale Value Added

Many might thought that installing SPC flooring in your property will help elevate the resale value. But here’s the cold harsh truth… unlike hardwood flooring, SPC flooring is not providing any extra value if you plan to resell your property.

Difficult To Remove Once Installed

You would need time and patient if you are planning to remove installed SPC flooring yourself. Depending on the type of SPC flooring installed, removing adhesive type would definitely cause you a mess.
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Susceptible To Sharp Objects

Heavy furniture, pet paws, sands, or any sharp objects will leave scratches and abrasion on the SPC flooring surface.

Extra care is needed when it comes to contact with sharp and abrasive objects. Always remember to cover SPC flooring with a layer of felt, mat, or rugs to keep your flooring surface smooth.

Sensitive To Moisture

Don’t be confused. Not all SPC flooring is sensitive to moisture. However, SPC flooring of lower grade may swell or discolor when contact with moisture in a long term. Moisture that traps under the SPC floor will encourage the growth of mold and causing odor.

However, there is some type of SPC flooring suitable to be installed in high moisture areas like bathrooms. Just check with your SPC flooring supplier on its functionality before making any purchase.

 

spc flooring, The Advantages and Disadvantages of SPC Flooring
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Unable To Be Refinished Or Repair

Despite that SPC flooring is generally known for its high durability, some low-quality SPC flooring is easier to worn out or tear. Once it’s damaged, it is difficult to repair and the worse is no refinish work can be done. The only option is to have that particular piece replaced.

SPC tile or plank is much easier to replaced compare to SPC sheet in most cases. So you should definitely put this to consider before choosing the type of SPC flooring best fits your use.

Is SPC Flooring a Good Choice?

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If durability, longevity, and ease of installation are important to you, SPC flooring is a great choice. This luxury vinyl flooring can reproduce the look of natural materials without the extra cost and upkeep. However, if you are looking to add value to your home, natural stone such as marble, quartz, or granite flooring is a better choice. 

 

 

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