Engineered LVPs are a new category of products combining Luxury Vinyl Flooring(LVF) with either a WPC extruded core or a SPC(Rigid Core). LVF finished product is either a tile or plank and offers striking visuals and performance attributes that often make it a preferred flooring choice to natural materials like hardwood and stone. WPC stands for Wood-Plastic-Composite.
WPC is a composite material made of thermoplastics, calcium carbonate, and wood flour. Extruded as a core material, the thermoplastics waterproof the product and the composite ensures a rigid and dimensionally stable product. Due to its structural rigidity this product is able to be produced in wider planks than a LVF product with a pvc core.
The main advantage of a WPC LVF over LVF without the core is two-fold. WPC LVF is waterproof and can go over most subfloors without much preparation.
Traditional vinyl floors are flexible and any uneveness in the subfloor will transfer through the surface resulting in telegraphing or pockets of air underneath the flooring maybe resulting in wrinkling later if not installed correctly. WPC products have a distinct advantage because the composite core due to its thickness and rigidity hides subfloor imperfections. It eliminates the preparation that LVF would require for use over cracks and divots in concrete or wooden subfloors.
As a waterproof product it may be used in bathrooms, kitchens and basements and due to its structural rigidity it is resistant to indentation making it suitable for large open areas such as a Main Street commercial area.
The features and benefits of the LVF flooring with a WPC composite core are numerous. Waterproof, kid proof, and pet proof are just a few benefits of this wonderful new category of flooring.