Hands down the most popular flooring trend today is most often referred to as LVT (Luxury Vinyl Tile). However, the most popular version of it is LVP (Luxury Vinyl Plank). Most often people use the term LVT when they are wanting LVP. Regardless, we can help you. Here is some important information to know:
LVT and LVP are made out of vinyl.
SBC stands for (Solid Polymer Core) which is the same concept of LVT and LVP, however it is not only waterproof but offers much more stability against contraction and expansion. *The key to look for is how much stone is in the core. A product we carry called Gemcore by Reward flooring is one of the best performing and best price. Aladdin Commercial by Mohawk is a fast up and coming competitor in this style.
WPC stands for (Wood Plastic or Polyer Composite). Up until SBC showed itself to be superior, WPC was the way to go. WPC offered a thicker and often more solid core, however some mills had air infused it the core which allowed the floor to get dents. Also, contraction and expansion were still issues.
The keys to look for when choosing which type of Plank or Tile to choose are:
The wear layer is key depending on the amount and type of traffic. The higher the mill layer the more resistance to scratches and scuffs you will see. You will see some as low as 4mil and then (residential) as high as 30mil. The price is well worth it and we suggest anything outside of a laundry room should have 20mil. Even a bathroom or Laundry room should have less than 12mil.
The core thickness is described as gauge. You will find some 2.0 up to 4.0 or more in residential. Remember, just because a core is thick does not mean it is more stable. The stability comes down to what the core is made out of. Though some WPC’s can be a true solid and not dent, does not mean all come that way. So ask us about the quality of the core (if air infused) and to greatly increase core stability just go with a SBC.