Luxury Vinyl Tile (LVT) has been the go-to affordable and durable flooring material on the market, but now… there’s a new kid in town, and his name is Stone Plastic Composite (Pure SPC).
Word on the street is that Pure SPC is supposed to be the next-best option to real wood or ceramic tiles. However, we actually think it’s better than the real thing! Today we’re spilling all the details on why you should consider using Pure SPC for your next project. Let’s get started…
What is Stone Plastic Composite (SPC) Flooring?
Pure SPC flooring is made with three layers that create strong yet attractive flooring. The top layer is made of high-quality vinyl. Manufacturers use the most advanced embossing and etching technology to create a gorgeous look.
The middle layer is a plastic composite with natural stone additives for a solid core (virtually indestructible). Finally, the last layer includes a balancing paper that absorbs the subflooring imperfections and creates a moisture barrier.
What does all that mean? Pure SPC is an uber strong flooring that is completely waterproof… oh, and looks super high-end!
Pure SPC vs. LVT
While LVT is a great option for rentals and family homes, because it replicates the look of natural wood or stone and is much easier to maintain, we think Pure SPC is an even better option. Here’s how the two compare across a variety of categories:
Appearance: Manufacturers make Pure SPC with much more advanced technology for creating stone or wood-like surfaces. LVT, although it looks realistic, doesn’t feature the thickness and texture of Pure SPC.
Price: Although Pure SPC is a fairly affordable option, it is more expensive than LVT. However, that investment is put to good use, as you are paying for sturdier core material.
Installation: Pure SPC is easy to install with a click-and-lock system. Some LVT flooring options do come with the same system as well, while others may require glue or nails to install.
Water resistance: Pure SPC and LVT both score high in the water-resistant category. They are equally great options for high humidity areas or splash zones, like kitchens, bathrooms, and laundry rooms. (Note: While Pure SPC flooring is guaranteed to be 100% waterproof, you will still want to be sure to clean spills promptly to prevent the possibility of mold or mildew growth, which can happen on any surface!)
Dent Resistant: Pure SPC outperforms the softer LVT material in being dent-resistant, largely thanks to the natural stone additives in the core.
Extra Benefit: Pure SPC is also sturdier underfoot, forgiving to subflooring imperfections, and reduces the echo in your home. And yes, it does all this without compromising on style. We love it!
FAQs on Pure SPC
Q: What are the best rooms for installing Pure SPC?
A: The best place for Pure SPC is in residential and commercial projects. Install it throughout any space in your home, especially bathrooms and laundry rooms, where its moisture resistance will keep your investment well protected.
Q: How easy is it to install Pure SPC flooring?
A: Pure SPC flooring snaps into place, making it much easier to install and less expensive than natural wood flooring. It uses a click-and-lock system that doesn’t require messy glue or nail installation. We can hear your sighs of relief from here!
Q: Can I install my new SPC flooring on top of a heated floor system?
A: You can install Pure SPC floors over a variety of in-floor heating systems. The key is to follow the instructions from the in-floor heating supplier. The sub-floor temperature or the heat radiating from electric heating mats should not exceed 84°F (29°C). Just another reason why Pure SPC is the best option for your bathroom!
Q: Does my new Pure SPC flooring come with a warranty?
A: Pure SPC flooring carries a limited 25-year residential warranty (yes, you read that right) and a limited 10-year commercial warranty under proper usage and maintenance conditions. Great performance aside, a warranty this good fills us with confidence.
Now you know why we love Pure SPC over LVT. Can you blame us — look at all of these benefits wrapped into one beautiful floor!
If you’re looking for the best flooring for your home, Pure SPC or not, we’d be happy to help you. Contact us here or head to our showroom in Lafayette, CA to consult with our in-house designers and get your project started!
Until next time,
The Luxe Home Team