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Traditional LVT vs SPC Vinyl flooring Differences
Jan 28, 2019

Construction – A traditional LVT and SPC vinyl are going to have the most differences due to the construction of each plank. A vinyl floor has a simple PVC core that makes it flexible and soft. The SPC vinyl planks have a core made of a stone plastic composite, which gives it a rigid construction and less pliable feel.

Plank Thickness – SPC vinyl floors tend to be as thick or thicker than a standard LVT vinyl. SPC vinyl flooring usually ranges from 4mm to 6mm, while a traditional LVT will be 4mm or less.

Sturdiness – This is another significant difference due to the core construction. A vinyl floor will not add much support under foot. An SPC vinyl will feel significant under your foot and also prevent against dents and wear.

Appearance – While digital imaging has improved across the board, the look and feel of each plank will be very different. An SPC vinyl will have a realistic look, possible texture and a denser feel. A traditional vinyl may have a realistic look, but they tend to be less advanced than an SPC vinyl.

Subfloor – Both a traditional LVT and an SPC vinyl can be installed over plywood, cement and existing floors, but a traditional vinyl will not be forgiving with any subfloor imperfections. If you have any dents or protrusions, a traditional LVT will take on the shape. An SPC vinyl will not change shape as easily as a traditional vinyl in this sense.

Installation – You can find traditional LVT planks with a glue down, loose lay or click lock installation. The SPC vinyls on the market will be a floating click lock, tongue and groove system that is DIY friendly.

Dent Resistance – Traditional LVT floors are soft and pliable, which means heavy furniture can easily dent the material. A SPC vinyl will be more resilient when it comes to dents and abuse. It is a great option for commercial settings due to this reason.

Price –  SPC vinyl is one of the more affordable options in the rigid core category, however, it will generally still be more expensive than a traditional LVT floor.

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