Different Types of Vinyl Flooring
When it comes to finding a new flooring option for your home, there are several types of flooring you can choose from. If you need a floor though that is both equal parts beautiful and equal parts durable, then vinyl and luxury vinyl flooring is a good option to consider. Vinyl and luxury vinyl may have some of the same properties, but they are definitely two different types of flooring options. FDW Carpet One Floor & Home in Crystal Lake, IL, is your local flooring expert when it comes to flooring and we can help you find the right floor for your home.
What is Sheet Vinyl?
Sheet vinyl is an alternative to natural stone or wood floors in rooms such as kitchens or bathrooms. The layered construction provides stability, comfort, and a protective layer for durability. When most people think of sheet vinyl, they think of outdated products. Sheet vinyl has seen several improvements over the years, and features more realistic visuals than ever. Because sheet vinyl comes in 12-foot-wide rolls, the installation is usually seamless and smooth.
What Makes Sheet Vinyl Different from WPC or Rigid Core?
WPC flooring, or wood plastic composite flooring, is a totally waterproof and incredibly durable flooring option. WPC is made up of four layers: the backing layer which gives the plank stability, the WPC core which will not ripple swell or peel when exposed to moisture, the printed vinyl layer where the realistic images of wood are seen, and the wear layer which protects the planks from dents or scratches. Sometimes you will find LVT/LVP that are also waterproof/WPC, but not always. They mean two different things. Typically, all WPC products will be considered luxury vinyl tiles or luxury vinyl planks, but not all luxury vinyl is WPC.
Rigid core products are considered top of the line luxury vinyl, because of their incredible durability and very realistic visuals. A luxury vinyl product is typically considered something that features thick and durable layers, realistic printing, a durable wear layer, and a textured surface. Both rigid core and WPC fit this mold, but sheet vinyl does not, making it just a vinyl product, and not a luxury vinyl product.