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What is SPC flooring?

 
SPC is the 4th generation upgrade from PVC, WPC, and LVT flooring. SPC, which stands for Stone Plastic Composite, was introduced in 2017 and is comprised of 5 layers:

  • 2 layers of UV film protection
  • Top wear layer: thin and completely transparent, provides resistance to scratches and stains
  • Vinyl layer: durable and strong, this layer is printed with color, pattern, and texture
  • Core layer: mechanically pressed natural limestone powder (calcium carbonate), polyvinyl chloride, and plastic stabilizers
  • Base layer: EVA foam that aids in sound absorption and provides underfoot comfort

It is a floating floor, click-lock system –no glue is required.
 

Is SPC flooring waterproof or water-resistant?

 
It is waterproof...with limitations. Components of the flooring are waterproof. Normal everyday moisture-related issues like towels on the floor, small spills, and pet accidents will not affect the flooring or cause any damage. However, the flooring can be damaged by excessive moisture as a result of improper sub-floor preparation, flooding, appliance leaks, leaking pipes, excessive wet mopping, oil and gas spills, and water leakage through sliding glass doors. Refer to the manufacturer’s warranty for details.
 
 
 
 
 
 

Can SPC flooring be used in the bathroom?

 
Because SPC is moisture-resistant it is perfect for the bathroom, kitchen, and laundry room but is ideal for any room in your home.
 

Will my dog’s nails scratch SPC flooring?

 
Even though SPC has a scratch-resistant surface, no flooring is 100% scratch-proof. Keep your dog’s nails trimmed to help alleviate scratches. Felt furniture pads should be put under furniture legs. It’s a good idea to use a mat under rolling desk chairs
 

Can SPC flooring be installed outside?

 
Even though SPC is water-resistant, it is not suitable for outdoor use – UV rays, heat, sunlight, and sand can cause damage to the flooring over time.
 

Can SPC flooring be installed over existing floors?

 
Yes, as long as the condition of your existing floor or sub-floor is well leveled – flat and smooth, dry, free of dust and dirt, and firmly installed – not loose.
 
 
 
 
Modern SPC flooring in New Haven, CT from Waterville Supply
 
 
 

How do I clean my SPC floor?

 
One of the benefits of SPC flooring is the easy maintenance. Vacuum up any dust, dirt, or debris (it’s best not to use the beater bar). Clean with a damp mop. Wipe up any spills immediately. That’s it!
 

How do I keep my SPC floor looking great?

 
  • Use felt pads under chair and furniture legs and a mat under rolling desk chair to prevent scratching
  • Place doormats at all entrances to prevent tracked in dirt, rocks, moisture, and other debris
  • Do not use rubber-backed mats since they can stain the flooring over time
  • Clean as recommended

Always refer to the manufacturer’s warranty and installation instructions.