A lot of people use these words interchangeably, and that is not correct. Waterproof floors mean the product is entirely impenetrable. Made of waterproof materials, there are no special coatings, and these floors can be submerged or spilled on without consequence.
When something is water-resistant, it will repel liquid for a short time but, unless wiped immediately, it will break through the barrier to soak the core and stain the flooring.
SPC and WPC cores: the highest level of moisture resistance
Stone plastic composite (SPC) and wood-plastic composite (WPC) cores are technologically advanced and will not peel or ripple no matter how much water there is or for how long. However, while both offer the same superior waterproofing, the difference is in the feeling underfoot. While SPC cores make the surface feel solid, firm, and rigid like a hard surface such as wood or stone, WPC is warmer and more flexible like a resilient flooring.
Today’s waterproof flooring options include:
1. Waterproof flooring: This is a more advanced version of luxury vinyl (LVF), engineered to be thicker, more durable, and constructed with either the SPC or WPC core. It has all the same style as LVF.
2. Luxury vinyl: This offers true-to-life images of wood, stone, and tile with micro beveling and embossing to add depth, dimension, and textured looks. It can be cut into planks or square, tile-sized, groutable squares. The core is made up of waterproof vinyl composites, PVC.
3. Porcelain tile: Composed of a non-porous clay together with sand and glass, this is entirely waterproof whether or not it's glazed. Ceramic tiles, too, are waterproof when they are glazed.
4. Waterproof laminate flooring: A different version of the original laminate features a non-wood construction, making it spillproof.
Whether you’re considering waterproof flooring, residential or commercial carpet, hardwood, or some other surface, the award-winning Mike's Quality Flooring is your go-to for all things floors. Come into our showroom in Monroe, MI, for a free quote, especially if you live or work in or near Dundee, Newport, Carleton, Erie, or La Salle.