LVP is short for Luxury Vinyl Plank. LVP covers all vinyl designed in planks, giving the look of wood floors with all the features and benefits of vinyl. You may occasionally hear people use the term “LVT,” which stands for Luxury Vinyl Tile.
Besides real hardwood and natural stone flooring, there is a vast selection of engineered flooring options. One of today's most popular is waterproof flooring; Long-lasting, durable, comfortable, and waterproof it comes in every style you can think of.
When shopping for waterproof vinyl flooring, you may encounter several terms you may consider:
- LVT - Luxury Vinyl Tile
- LVP - Luxury Vinyl Plank
- WPC - Wood Plastic Composite
- SPC - Stone Plastic Composite
- Waterproof Hardwood
- Waterproof Laminate
- Wear layer - This is a thin, transparent layer that protects the flooring against scratches and stains.
- Vinyl layer - The vinyl layer is where the design is printed. WPC and SPC come in a variety of styles to mimic natural stone, hardwood, and even exotic tropical hardwoods.
- Core layer - The rigid core layer is what makes this floor waterproof, and is either composed of wood and plastic (WPC) or stone and plastic (SPC).
- Base layer - The bottom layer is either cork or EVA foam.
The beauty of real hardwood, in a completely waterproof package? Yes!
Waterproof hardwood flooring will stand up to everyday traffic. The new waterproof hardwood floors will be moisture resistant and won’t swell if they get wet. Water will not enter waterproof hardwood flooring and cause it to swell, or discolor over time, as solid wood floors may.
Because of its unique construction, engineered hardwood flooring is stronger and more durable than solid wood. It is more resistant to pets and children in an active home. Today’s active families want to find flooring that is durable and waterproof while providing the look of hardwood. Waterproof hardwood flooring works well, in high-traffic areas and any room of your home, especially in the kitchen and family room or even your bath.
Waterproof - Because both WPC and SPC vinyl flooring are completely waterproof, you can use them in places where you normally couldn't use hardwood, such as bathrooms, kitchens, laundry rooms, and basements (outside of South Florida).
Durable - Both WPC and SPC flooring are incredibly durable and long-lasting. They are scratch and stain resistant and work well in high traffic areas. For even more durability, choose a flooring with a thicker wear layer.
Thickness - WPC floors tend to have a thicker core and overall plank thickness (5.5mm to 8mm), versus SPC (3.2mm to 7mm). The additional thickness also gives WPC a slight advantage in terms of comfort when walking on it, sound insulation, and temperature regulation.
Durability - Because SPC core is made of stone, it is denser and slightly more durable when it comes to everyday traffic, major impacts, and heavy furniture.
Stability - Because of SPC's stone core, it is less susceptible to expansion and contraction that occurs with flooring in climates that experience extreme temperatures.
Waterproof hardwood flooring is real, so if you’ve been wanting that authentic hardwood floor in your bathroom to compliment the rest of the floors in your home, now manufacturers of hardwood flooring have applied waterproof coatings to otherwise normal hardwood. It’s the same process that creates other types of waterproof floors. True waterproof hardwood floors are made with engineered hardwood. Engineered hardwood floors are in many ways superior to solid wood, and always superior in humid climates. Most retailers in Florida do not even sell solid hardwood floors; it’s just not a good fit in humid regions of the country, often buckling and swelling with humidity.