If you were to browse the website of a flooring company (such as ours), you will see many abbreviations covering lots of different kinds of luxury vinyl flooring. So many, it can actually get confusing at times! In this blog, we hope to clear up some of the confusion as to what these abbreviations mean.
LVP stands for “Luxury Vinyl Plank.” Luxury Vinyl Plank is our specialty. It is made from, of course, vinyl. This makes it very durable. It allows you to achieve whatever look you want for your floor seamlessly and affordably. It is durable, pliable, versatile, and in most cases waterproof and scratch and stain-resistant. In other words, there are countless uses for this type of floor. LVP is a great choice for businesses and homes alike!
LVT stands for “Luxury Vinyl Tile.” It is similar to LVP only in this case it comes in tile form as opposed to rectangular planks. Generally, LVT is seen in kitchens and bathrooms, but it is great anywhere in the home. Both LVP and LVT can withstand lots of spills, scratches, and foot traffic, due to their durable makeup of heavy plastic laminate.
SPC stands for “Stone Plastic Composite” or “Stone Polymer Composite.” It is a great option if you like a really “hard” floor. Rather than PVC which makes up vinyl flooring, the stone polymer is the core layer of SPC. As the stone polymer is the central component of this type of flooring, it is very sturdy and durable. It’s sturdier in the sense it is made up of more stone (generally limestone) compared to vinyl varieties. It is also great for high-traffic areas or commercial spaces, as it can withstand a lot of wear and tear. Another feature of this type of flooring is as the stone is the main component, it doesn’t retain a lot of heat, and is good if you want to maintain a cool temperature.
Similarly, WPC stands for “Wood Plastic Composite” or “Wood Polymer Composite.” Like SPC it consists of many layers, but this option has wood pulp as its central element or core, as opposed to stone. This a great option for residential areas. Wood is overall hard to go wrong with when it comes to flooring. It’s a classic.
VCT stands for “Vinyl Composite Tiles.” This type of flooring consists of more natural elements, such as stone and wood, than other vinyl varieties of flooring. It too can withstand lots of traffic and is often used in schools, hospitals, and commercial/business areas, especially grocery stores and supermarkets. The materials it is made of allow it to endure years of heavy traffic without any replacement. It is generally quiet when walked on and is also inflexible, meaning it won’t warp or lose shape easily. The main downside is this type of flooring generally requires frequent waxing to retain its glorious shine.
In this blog, we hope we gave you a basis for some of the different types of flooring and what their initials mean. You likely still have some questions. If so, contact us today! Whether you’re looking for flooring for your home, or business, the perfect luxury vinyl flooring awaits.