What is SPC flooring?
Updated: Nov 3
Why is everyone switching to SPC flooring？
When it comes to home renovations, what flooring options do you consider? Are wooden floors and ceramic tiles the first things that come to your mind? Well, besides these "popular" choices, do you know that there's another type of flooring called "SPC"? It is easier to clean and maintain compared to wooden floors and is just as durable as ceramic tiles.
What is SPC flooring?
SPC stands for Stone Plastic Composite or Stone Polymer Composite. Simply put, it is a type of composite flooring primarily made from a mixture of stone and plastic materials, with a thickness ranging from 5 to 8 millimeters.
What's inside SPC flooring?
Let's explore further! SPC flooring consists of four layers. The top layer is a wear layer that resembles a transparent film, typically ranging from 0.3 to 0.5 millimeters in thickness, providing a certain level of slip resistance. (Note: In Hong Kong, the most commonly used slip resistance standard is the German standard (DIN), which has five levels ranging from R9 to R13. R13 represents the strongest slip resistance and is used in places such as markets and swimming pools. For residential or office use, an R9 slip resistance rating is generally sufficient.)
The second layer is an printed vinyl layer (commonly known as a decorative paper) that gives the flooring the appearance of concrete or natural wood grain, hence why it's also called imitation wood flooring.
The third layer is the core of SPC flooring, as mentioned in the first paragraph, which consists of the main components—stone and plastic. This layer provides the strongest advantage of SPC flooring, as it ensures durability and minimizes issues related to thermal expansion and contraction.
The final layer, which is also one of the selling points of SPC flooring, is a cushioning layer. Yes, a cushioning layer! It acts like a primer in cosmetics, absorbing slight unevenness in the subfloor and providing a buffering effect to reduce noise impact on the lower floors. The thickness of the cushioning layer may vary depending on the brand, resulting in different effects.
Is SPC flooring good？
Most of the SPC flooring available in the market is interlocking, creating a seamless effect when installed. SPC flooring is easier to repair compared to wooden floors and ceramic tiles. You only need to remove the damaged portion and replace it with new flooring. Additionally, SPC flooring has a certain thickness or comes with a built-in cushioning layer, allowing it to be directly installed over existing flooring (depending on the condition of the existing floor or subfloor, as long as it is sufficiently flat). This saves time on removing old flooring and allows for color changes based on personal preferences.
Where is SPC flooring suitable for use？
Apart from homes, offices, schools, and shops, I've noticed that the hotel industry has also started using SPC flooring, moving away from traditional carpets. I'm sure you can guess some of the reasons behind this choice. As mentioned earlier, SPC flooring is easy to clean, offers a wide range of styles, is durable, and even provides sound absorption.
Next time you plan a renovation, why not consider SPC flooring for its high cost-effectiveness?
Creatic Flooring, with years of experience in providing high-quality SPC flooring and installation services, has countless satisfied customers. If you're interested, feel free to inquire about Creatic Flooring to learn more!
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