Wood Plastic Composite (WPC) flooring is emerging as one of the most popular flooring categories today. With this flooring product gaining so much popularity, many people are asking what it is, and why it is so popular. To get you started with WPC, here are a few answers to some key questions.
So, what is WPC?
While the word “wood” is in the name, the majority of WPC products do not contain wood. WPC is a considered a composite material, typically waterproof, rigid and stable. WPC products are commonly referred to as enhanced vinyl plank, luxury vinyl flooring or waterproof vinyl.
Does WPC have advantages over laminate?
The biggest difference between WPC and laminate flooring is that WPC is often waterproof and appropriate for situations where laminate shouldn’t be used, such as bathrooms. The vinyl wear layer of WPC offers more cushion and absorbs sound to make it a quieter floor.
How is WPC different from LVT?
This biggest difference is that WPC is waterproof, so it can be laid over most subfloors with little preparation. A typical traditional vinyl floor has flexibility that will show any unevenness in the subfloor. The rigid core of WPC flooring allows for longer and wider format options. Additionally, you do not need to worry as much about preparation of for use over cracks or divots in subfloors.