The core isn't something you give a lot of thought to. When you shop for waterproof floors, your main interest is that it's impervious to liquid, durable, and stylish.
But here's why you should know about the core
Waterproof flooring is impenetrable because it's constructed with waterproof materials. But, unfortunately, there are no special coatings that help it.
The core keeps it from penetrating, soaking, staining, and peeling. The core is always vinyl, WPC, or SPC.
While tile is one of the waterproof flooring options, the water absorption level is determined by the type of clay. An example would be porcelain, which can even be used outside.
Also, understand the difference between waterproof and water-resistant
The words are often used interchangeably, and that is not correct. We want you to know just what you're getting.
Waterproof means impenetrable. Water-resistant products have a different core and repel water but soak and stain quickly.
WPC and SPC: the highest level of moisture protection
You’ll hear these initials when you shop for waterproof flooring options. Neither core will ever ripple, no matter how much water there is or how long it stands.
The only difference between the two is the feeling underfoot. Both are thick, durable, and commercial-grade.
SPC, however, is made of a combination of vinyl, stabilizers, and polymers. This gives it the feeling underfoot of a hard surface like hardwood and is also a little more durable.
Flooring experts that are the best in the business
We'll help you find the ideal waterproof floors at Mike’s Quality Flooring. We’re an award-winning company with decades of industry experience and a highly trained, friendly staff.
Visit our showroom in Monroe, MI, where you’ll also get a free waterproof flooring quote. We work on residential and commercial projects in Dundee, Newport, Carleton, Erie, and LaSalle.