You love the texture and natural beauty of wood flooring, but you are on a tight budget and have a strict deadline. Immediately, you think of stylish laminate flooring and innovative SPC flooring (Stone Plastic Composite) as possible alternatives, but you are not sure which is a better fit for your home. What are the advantages of each product and how do they differ? Which will last longer? Let’s take a closer look . . .
About SPC Flooring
Combining the fashion of hardwood with the benefits of resilient flooring, SPC delivers toughness and elasticity that can handle foot traffic, spills, and dropped items. SPC is comfortable underfoot, resists dents and cracks, and provides inherent water resistance at a cheaper price than real wood. With improved texture and visuals, SPC is thriving thanks to its affordability and versatility when it comes to installation and maintenance.
About Laminate Flooring
As a long-time favourite option for capturing hardwood aesthetic, laminate planks are composite wood products with quality multi-layered construction. In addition to affordability, laminate is also prized for its long-lasting durability and ability to handle moisture better than hardwood. The realistic textures and deep embossing on laminate planks gives homeowners and designers the look and feel of real wood.
Homeowners cherish both SPC and laminate for the ease of installation. They are tremendously easier than installing hardwood floors! Not only does SPC have easy to use locking systems for floating floor installation, these floors can be installed in high-moisture, high-traffic and below-grade areas. Laminate products can often be installed as a floating floor, but it’s important to verify the installation requirements of your product before assuming it can go where you envision the finished floor.
With both laminate and SPC flooring, you can have hardwood allure in areas that are not a great fit for real wood. Whereas some laminate products are water-resistant, SPC is waterproof which makes it a better option for bathrooms or laundry rooms which see continued exposure to water or possible standing water. Also, some laminate products are not suitable for below-grade rooms, but SPC would be fine for these locations. However, for kitchens, dining rooms, bedrooms and living rooms, laminate will lend outstanding durability with less expanding and contracting than true wood floors during seasonal change. Both flooring types are great for active homes provided the manufacturer’s recommendations are followed.
Although you won’t be able to wet mop your laminate floors, clean-up is still easy and effective by sweeping, dust mopping and vacuuming with spot treatment when necessary. Since SPC floors are waterproof, you can mop with warm water whenever needed. In the unfortunate event that a section of your laminate or SPC floor becomes damaged, you will be able to repair both types of floor quickly and efficiently.
With Urban Flooring you can capture realistic, durable hardwood beauty with either flooring option. We can help you match the right colour, style and budget for your project!