SPC Flooring VS Laminate Flooring

When it comes to home and office flooring, customers have more choices than ever. Whether they are looking for beautiful, durable flooring for their homes or offices, they can choose ceramic tile, carpeting, luxury vinyl tile, hardwood, laminate or SPC flooring.

Elegant, modern and durable, stone composite flooring or SPC, is also known as luxury vinyl planking. It is the number one selling commercial flooring in the United States! Laminate flooring is also a popular choice. Both are durable options that are available in a variety of colors and textures, including those resembling natural hardwood flooring. So, what’s the difference between the two types of flooring?

Stone plastic composite flooring is made from a base of vinyl, mixed with ground limestone. The limestone gives the flooring a rigid core. It is both thicker and tougher than luxury vinyl tile, making it ideal for high-traffic areas.

Laminate flooring, on the other hand, is made from layers of wood composite, wood pulp and paper. Both heat and cold can cause changes in the flooring because of the wood pulp in it.

Why choose SPC over laminate flooring? It’s 100% waterproof! Laminate flooring is easy to damage if any water gets in between the planks or into the many layers of the product. Because there’s natural wood fiber in laminate flooring, it will swell with any moisture. It’s far from ideal for bathrooms, kitchens, gyms, spas, salons or any other high-moisture environment.

SPC flooring is also easy to clean and maintain and has natural antibacterial properties because of the limestone in it. That makes it ideal for hospitals, clinics, dentists’ offices, childcare facilities, rental properties and pet care centers. SPC flooring can even lower maintenance costs for hotels and restaurants because it’s so easy to care for and clean when a lot of people are walking on it.

Both laminate and SPC are lower cost than other high-quality types of flooring, such as finished concrete, carpeting, and ceramic tile. Both work with a lot of existing floorings as the underlayment and are relatively easy to install, even for DIY’ers. But SPC lasts a lot longer than laminate, mostly thanks to its water-resistant properties and resistance to dents and dings. It’s much harder to scratch than laminate is.

Because it’s so durable and stain-resistant, SPC doesn’t require expensive professional cleaning treatments. It’s UV-resistant too, so it won’t fade like other types of flooring can. All of that adds up to a gorgeous floor for years to come! If replacement planks are needed, they can also be installed easily. Laminate repairs are difficult and may require pulling up a large section of the existing floor.