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06Nov
06Nov

WPC Flooring

It’s not every day that a new technology starts to transform and take over the flooring industry… Believe it or not, floors have been largely the same for quite a while. However, with the introduction of wood polymer composite (WPC) flooring the industry has been shaken up.

If you feel a bit lost already or don’t know what WPC really means for you then don’t worry. I’m here to help.

First, let’s discuss why wood polymer composite or WPC is so ahead of the curve. WPC was created by USFloors for their COREtec line. It’s a vinyl plank that can mimic the look of almost any hardwood species, but is 100% waterproof and very durable.

The secret lies in its four layers.

WPC Flooring

 

Compare it to regular laminate pictured below and you may start to see why it’s so superior.

WPC flooring

 

 As you can see, the biggest difference is the core structure layer which has been completely overhauled from what is used in traditional vinyl flooring. The WPC core is solid, waterproof and won’t ripple, swell, or peel no matter how much liquid you introduce it to.  

The wear layer has also been beefed up to make this a very tough and durable flooring option. It is very resistant to scratches and dents.

This durability and toughness make WPC flooring ideal for businesses and rental houses, but still a great option for any house with a lot of traffic, children, or animals. Plus, the 100% waterproof guarantee makes this especially perfect for kitchens, bathrooms, basements, and showrooms.

Additionally, WPC flooring is a perfect choice for families with pets and small children. The flooring is scratch and stain resistant, great if you have allergies, and a breeze to clean and maintain. WPC flooring also has the added benefit of being softer to walk on. If you have pets, this should be a top contender when you are shopping for floors.

Take a look at what happens when the WPC flooring is subjected to a serious red wine test.


WPC panels are also surprisingly easy to install, just like typical click and lock flooring panels. As an added bonus due to the planks being thicker and more durable than other flooring types, they can be placed down on slightly uneven or rough subfloors without the need to adjust it first. This can save some valuable time and money in addition to making the whole project much more DIY friendly.

Here is a video by USFloors showing how to quickly install click and lock WPC flooring.

Finally, the most important part of WPC vinyl is that it looks great. It can convincingly mimic almost any species of hardwood or even stone tiles while being cheaper in price, offering a far tougher and longer lasting option.

As far as cons go… There really aren’t any, other than it’s higher price point compared to vinyl titles and some hardwood options.

WPC is an amazing new product that is sure to become an industry leader in no time. However, if you thought that this would be the end of innovation then you’d be wrong.  There is an even newer luxury plank product on the market called stone polymer composite (SPC). SPC replaces the wood (the W) in WPC with Stone (the S) to beef up the flooring even further.

SPC is even more durable, and now offers the very real bonus of being fire resistant in addition to the same waterproof protection that WPC offers. Not only that, but it can even be cheaper than WPC due to more companies being able to produce it.

The only downside so far with SPC is that it’s still very hard to find on the market. We hope to change that in a few months and will make sure to let everyone know when it becomes available from Hardwoodbargains.com.

There you have it. Everything you never knew you wanted to know about WPC and SPC vinyl floors. Let us know any thoughts questions you still have on these products in the comments below. To shop our amazing selection of WPC and other vinyl floors please click here. Thanks for reading!

26Sep
26Sep

When it comes to beautiful hardwood flooring, it’s not just about the wood. Okay… It’s mostly about the wood which is why it costs what it does, but there are other things you need to do to make sure that the flooring is installed properly and will last for years to come.

One of the big extras that most people don’t think about is underlayment. Underlayment is a thin piece of foam that is placed on top of the plywood or concrete subfloor. Why might you ask? Well, it just so happens that I have five good reasons why you might want to install underlayment before you install your brand new wood flooring.

  1. A good, long-lasting floor requires stability. The foundation you put your new flooring on should be rid of all major imperfections when it comes time to install, but it can be really hard to get every small or minor imperfection out. That’s where underlayment can make all the difference. Using underlayment will aid in smoothing out all of your subfloor imperfections and help your new flooring stand the test of time.

  2. Underlayment also acts as a layer of cushioning for your new floors. This helps protect them while also making it surprisingly more comfortable to walk on. If you plan to walk on your new floors for years to come, then this is a great long-term investment in the comfort of your home.

  3. One of the major criticisms of hardwood floors is that they can be noisy. While underlayment won’t erase this issue, it does wonders in addressing and reducing it. If you have kids running up and down your hallways or all around your living room, then this is a must-have for you.

  4. Underlayment will also protect your brand new investment of wood flooring by helping to keep the moisture under control. The underlayment will prevent moisture from building up and causing long-term damage to your new floors from humidity and spills. This is especially true if you also install an attached vapor barrier.

  5. Finally, the underlayment will keep your floors warmer. If your winters get cold, then you are going to really want this option. Nothing is worse than getting up at the crack of dawn and stepping on flooring that has been on top of a cold foundation all night. Now, this isn’t as big a problem in the south, but even in Texas, there are a few days that you’ll be happy you have it.

Putting down a layer of underlayment is a painless job that will add longevity and comfort to your brand new hardwood floor for years to come. Like all preparedness, you’ll find that every minute you put in at the beginning saves hours in the end.