For the longest time, homeowners and business owners have been using vinyl floors because they are cost-effective, durable, and affordable. They also feature noise-reducing capabilities, which make them the ideal choice for high-traffic areas.
However, technology is constantly evolving. Today, you can buy hybrid flooring, which allows you to enjoy all the benefits of vinyl flooring and more. First, you need to understand the difference between the two products. Generally, they share the same characteristics, except for the way the products are manufactured. For instance, they are classified as engineered flooring, but it is what is under the hood that matters.
In hybrid flooring, which is also called SPC or stone plastic composite, the core layer is a blend of polyvinyl chloride, natural limestone powder, as well as stabilisers. For the vinyl floor – also called wood plastic composite or WPC – the core material is manufactured from plastic composites and recycled wood pulp.
They both have the same amount of layers:
- The top layer – The top layer is coated to provide ample protection to wear and tear, as well as resistance to stains and scratches
- Vinyl layer – The vinyl layer will feature the design and intricate patterns that make the flooring unique
- Core – The core, whether SPC or WPC, is completely waterproof
- Base – The base of the material is constructed from cork or EVA foam
Here are some advantages of choosing hybrid flooring over WPC flooring:
- It is more durable – In terms of thickness, WPC floors are thicker compared to SPC. For example, WPC measures from 5.5 mm to 8 mm at the plank while SPC only caps at 7 mm. However, it does not necessarily mean that it is less durable, thanks to its core layer manufactured from limestone.
- Flexibility – Since it is more durable, you can install hybrid flooring on areas in the house or commercial space that require heavy use or absorb heavy foot traffic. For example, you can install them in the kitchen, basement, hallway, or even the bathroom. You can install them as an overlay on concrete or any other hard surface. The rigid core allows the floor to mask the imperfections in case of uneven surfaces.
- A wide array of choices – Whether you are trying to mimic the look of stone or wood, SPC floors have got you covered. People will have a hard time differentiating between genuine stone and hybrid floors. The designs are elegant and will immediately enhance the look of any space.
- Reduce sound – While not totally soundproof, the rigidity and density of the core eliminate that “hollow” sound when walking on wooden vinyl. It is the reason why they are popular in bedrooms, study rooms, and playrooms. You will also find that it is more comfortable and it feels softer to walk on SPC floor than on WPC floor.
- Lasts longer – SPC is extremely low maintenance and has a longer lifespan compared to WPC. The product is 100% waterproof, resistant to scratches, mildew, and mold. As an added benefit, hybrid flooring is also environmentally friendly.
It may surprise you to know that WPC flooring can be more expensive compared to hybrid flooring. Although, overall, vinyl floors are cheaper compared to hardwood, engineered timber, or stone. Finally, SPC floors are very easy to install, so you do not even need a contractor to do it.