What is WPC?
What is WPC?
The word "wood" in the name is a misnomer - most WPC's do not contain wood. WPC is a composite material made if thermoplastics and calcium carboanate. Extruded as a core material, it is waterproof, rigid and dimensionally stable. Like SPC flooring, WPC is often referred to as enhanced vinyl plank, luxury vinyl flooring, or waterproof vinyl. Waterproof, rigid, & stable, WPC floors are appropriate for situtations where laminate should not be used.
How does WPC differ from LVT/LVP?
Traditional vinyl floors are flexible, meaning any uneveness in the subfloor will likely transrfer through the surface. Compared to traditional vinyl products, WPC products have distinct advantage because the rifid cores hide subfloor imperfections. In addition, the ridig core allows for longer, wider formstd. With WPC, it is not necessary to worry about the preparation LVT would require for use over cracks and divots in concrete or wooden subfloors.
How does WPC differ from laminate?
WPC is waterproof, while some laminate are engineered to be water "resistant". Big difference! Proponents of WPC say it is more suitabsle for environments in which laminate shouldn't normally be used - typically bathrooms and basements that thave potential moisture infiltration. In addition, WPC products can be installed in large rooms without an expansion gap every 30 feet - a long etablished requirement for laminate floors. Also, the vinyl wear layer of WPC provides cushions and comfort qhile absorbing impact.
-Can be laid over most subfloors with little preparation
-Rigid Cores allow for longer and wider format options
-Eliminates the worry of preparation for use over cracks or divots in subfloors.