Luxury vinyl flooring operates with a lot of abbreviations as you'll quickly come to find out. LVP and LVT, for instance, stand for luxury vinyl planks and tiles, while LVF encompasses all materials with "flooring." The main difference between plans and tiles is the size. Planks are created to look more like wood flooring, while tile takes on the shape and appearance of what you might expect to find in ceramic & porcelain tile flooring.
We did great learning what all those categories mean, but here comes WPC, SPC, and Rigid Core flooring. So what’s the difference in these materials? WPC stands for “wood plastic composite” flooring. This engineered vinyl plank material uses wood pulp that has been recycled along with plastic composite material to create a stronger and more stable backing material than the usual PVC. This flooring is thicker and almost feels like laminate underfoot.
Stone plastic composite, or SPC, is very similar to wood plastic composite, but instead of using recycled wood pulp, limestone is used instead. Combined with stabilizers, this creates a core that offers the ultimate in durability and stability. It’s 100% waterproof, dent-resistant, and adds excellent structure to any luxury vinyl flooring product.
Finally, Rigid Core flooring is a term applied to WPC, SPC, and hybrid vinyl materials that include laminate flooring that has features similar to that of vinyl. With complete imperviousness to water, moisture, and humidity, water damage is never an issue. At the same time, you’ll note that they are incredibly resilient underfoot, even though they’re rigid, offer a quieter flooring experience, and are very affordable.