Vinyl Plank flooring mostly called as Luxury Vinyl tile (LVT) is vinyl flooring that is clean, waterproof, and fire as well as wear resistant. There is an additional layer of vinyl in it which protects it against wear and tear and improves performance as well. It comes in long, narrow strips rather than the conventional square tiles.
Luxury plank with rigid core also known as Stone Plastic Composite (SPC) is the innovative new flooring which possesses the natural look of marble or stone. It’s a modern version of vinyl plank flooring. Its waterproof, environmentally friendly, and durable as it is resistant to wear and tear. On top of this, it comes in various exciting colors and patterns.
Luxury plank with rigid core and vinyl plant flooring both are different types of commercial grade vinyl flooring and hence there are quite a few notable distinctions between them.
Following is a comprehensive list of the differences between luxury plank with a rigid core and Vinyl Plank Flooring:
The main difference between vinyl plank flooring and luxury plank with rigid core are the main materials from which they are made.
Vinyl plank flooring is 100% polyvinyl chloride, whereas luxury plank with rigid core is made up of polyvinyl chloride and stone powder that powers its rigid performance. While stone powder is also used in the vinyl plank flooring but its quantity is more than half of what it is in luxury plank with rigid core.
The structure of vinyl plank flooring and luxury plank with rigid core varies. Not only are there different layers in each of them but they are arranged in a distinct way too.
The regular Luxury plank with rigid core is made up of 4 layers.
At the bottom is the Foam or cork can be placed at the bottom as it is optional.
In the middle comes the super strong rigid SPC core.
Decor printing film with an excellent design
At the top end there is UV protective layer.
Vinyl plank flooring, on the other hand, consists of 5 layers.
At the bottom, there is the backing layer which is high resistance and eco-friendly performance.
On top of it is the middle layer which is to provide extra stability and durability to the product.
At the top end there is print film and wear layer with UV coating.
Luxury plank with rigid core is available in multiple designs and colors. As for its appearance, it can mimic hardwood and stone both quite well. This makes it quite versatile and allows oneself to use it to style in any particular way. It is perfectly suited to be used in mobile homes and top of the line vehicles. Vinyl plank flooring is also available in a broad palette of colors, comes in different shapes as well as sizes, and has superior graphics along with an embossed surface which makes is quite appealing.
Vinyl plank flooring is ideal for mobile homes and luxurious vehicles whereas luxury plank with rigid core is perfect for residential and commercial buildings both. Being one-hundred percent waterproof and indentation resistant, luxury plank with rigid floor is the perfect type of flooring for bathrooms and kitchen. Not only can you easily clean any stains on it but you don’t have to worry about any water leakages as well.
Vinyl plank flooring is more flexible than the luxury plank with rigid core.
The flexibility of vinyl plank flooring is worse in winter than in summers whereas vinyl plank with rigid core remains equally flexible or you can say equally rigid in all seasons.
The thermal expansion and shrinkage of vinyl plank flooring are higher than the luxury plank with rigid core which means that luxury plank with rigid core is more stable and can cope better with the changing temperature and humidity.
Luxury plank with rigid core has the characteristics to adapt to a change in temperature (-45°C to 70°C) of the surroundings. It has very low shrinkage which makes it very stable. It has a shrinkage gap of 0.02-0.05 that occurs in 5-10 years in a country like Australia that has a moderate temperature. On the other hand, the shrinkage gap of vinyl plank flooring is around 0.09-0.136m. There is a form to calculate the gap comes after a certain time in different temperature change environment.
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