WPC Vinyl vs. SPC Vinyl
They're both vinyl, what's the difference?
WPC (Wood Plastic Composite) Vinyl and SPC (Stone Plastic Composite) Vinyl are very popular types of Luxury Vinyl flooring (or Enhanced Vinyl Plank) -- but which one should you go with?
First, the similarities. Both SPC Vinyl an WPC Vinyl are 100% waterproof, can be laid over most cracks or divots in subfloors with little preparation, and have rigid cores which make them stronger than laminate and traditional vinyl. These features make SPC Vinyl and WPC vinyl ideal for rooms where potential moisture infiltration is more likely -- like bathrooms, kitchens, and basements. They also both have a protection layer (called the "wear" layer) to prevent dents and scratches in the floor. Both are also, usually, less expensive than laminate or hardwood and easier to install. One of the biggest advantages WPC and SPC have over laminate is that it can be laid in large rooms without an expansion gap every 30 feet, like laminate requires. Enhanced vinyl plank also offers more cushion and absorbs more sound making them quieter overall.
SPC is an upgrade to WPC and usually costs less. SPC is 10x more impact resistant than WPC, 20x more impact resistant than base laminates. SPC floors are also fire resistant. Futhermore, SPC vinyls have the extruded core melted into the body. This greatly reduces the possibility of lifting down the line than with traditional vinyl floors.