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Flooring Trend 2022 Rigid Core LVT

Flooring Trend 2022 Rigid Core LVT

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(Summary description)The LVT market continues to see new products launched every day. As products and preferences continue to evolve, there is an increasing demand for more rigid, Waterproof Core WPC also referred to as Expanded Polymer Core and Solid Polymer Core SPC type products.



What are the differences between Waterproof Core (WPC) or Solid Polymer Core (SPC) and how they are different from traditional LVT?

Flooring Trend 2022 Rigid Core LVT

(Summary description)The LVT market continues to see new products launched every day. As products and preferences continue to evolve, there is an increasing demand for more rigid, Waterproof Core WPC also referred to as Expanded Polymer Core and Solid Polymer Core SPC type products.



What are the differences between Waterproof Core (WPC) or Solid Polymer Core (SPC) and how they are different from traditional LVT?

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The LVT market continues to see new products launched every day. As products and preferences continue to evolve, there is an increasing demand for more rigid, Waterproof Core WPC also referred to as Expanded Polymer Core and Solid Polymer Core SPC type products.

 

What are the differences between Waterproof Core (WPC) or Solid Polymer Core (SPC) and how they are different from traditional LVT?

 

WPC, which was the first rigid core LVT, is characterized by its thick, extruded foamed vinyl core, topped with an LVT cap and backed with an acoustical pad, while SPC products are typically thinner (and more affordable), with a denser extruded vinyl core laminated directly with the print film, though some also feature vinyl caps and others feature digital printing directly on the core. Both WPC and SPC almost always feature click systems.

However, it’s worth noting that these are transient definitions at best. As new products are developed, the clear line between WPC and SPC starts to blur, and on top of that, there are innovations like magnesium oxide cores that seem to be begging for a third category. And there’s a growing body of rigid core producers that are creating their acronyms as part of their marketing effort to distinguish their products, or are using the existing acronyms to attach their own definitions-while SPC is generally understood to mean solid polymer core, some call it a stone polymer core. The result is just more market confusion, and all these acronyms are hurtling toward obsolescence anyway.

 

Rigid Core LVT, just like traditional LVT, is offered in a wide range of styles, colors, textures, and formats. Rigid Core LVT and traditional LVT are typically cheaper than hardwood and ceramic tile.

The ASTM (American Society for Testing and Materials), has established rigid core products to meet the specifications outlined in ASTM F3261.

 

Products, either tile or plank form, within the ASTM F3261 specification need to meet the following:

 

  • Printed with clear transparent/translucent wear layer, Class I
  • Have either a smooth surface Type A, or embossed surface, Type B
  • Grades classify the total wear layer thickness, Grade 1, Commercial, with a minimum wear layer of 0.020” (0.5 mm) or Grade 2 covers products with a wear layer of less than 0.020” (0.5 mm)
  • Backing classes indicate if there is an attached underlay backing, Backing Class A no attached, underlay backing, Class B includes attached, underlay backing

 

Rigid core products have a few key elements that make them different from traditional LVT. Rigid core products are becoming well defined, based upon the ASTM F3261 criteria, along with their applications and experience in the marketplace.

 

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