Rigid Core

Description

An entirely new class of stepped-up LVT products referred to as Rigid Core or Multilayer flooring has emerged which adds features and benefits to the many design and performance benefits of flexible vinyl LVT products. Rigid Core/Multilayer flooring is defined as modular flooring with a rigid polymeric core, a decorative top surface and an optional soft underlayment pre-attached to the bottom of the product. Rigid Core products are produced in many realistic visuals and in tile and plank formats. Look for the ASSURE CERTIFIED™ badge for smart, durable and responsibly made Rigid Core flooring.

Composition

There are two Rigid Core product constructions, Expanded Polymer Core (WPC) and Solid Polymer Core (SPC).

  • WPC features an expanded polymer core that is light in weight and provides underfoot comfort with excellent acoustical qualities.
  • WPC’s thicker construction provides the ability for creating realistic textures.
  • WPC is most often used is residential applications although these products generally include a light to medium traffic commercial warranty.
  • SPC is made with a solid polymer core, which makes it denser, providing additional benefits due to its hardness.
  • SPC products have greater resistance to indentations, improved dimensional stability, and superior temperature stability.
  • Both WPC and SPC constructions feature rigid cores that are waterproof.
  • A pre-attached cork or other acoustical underlayment is often applied to provide added warmth and sound absorption as well as reduced subfloor preparation.
  • Both WPC and SPC are offered in a variety of wear layers. The application and related wear layer, and the budget are determining factors for choosing WPC or SPC.
  • SPC products are generally more suitable for high-performing commercial uses.

Structure

Rigid Core WPC Luxury Vinyl Tile and Planks

Rigid Core SPC Luxury Vinyl Tile and Planks

Advantages of Rigid Core Luxury Vinyl Tile and Planks

  • Unique locking systems enable installation as a floating installation for residential and light-commercial applications – no adhesives required.
  • Because of its rigidity, products can often be installed without any need for acclimation.
  • Require minimal, time-consuming subfloor preparation.
  • No telegraphing of minor subfloor irregularities or imperfections.
  • Waterproof for installation in water prone areas such as bathrooms, kitchens, laundry rooms and entryways.
  • Rigid Core products provide greater resistance to humidity and temperature variations.
  • Can install over most existing hard surfaces, including ceramic tile.
  • Added cushioning and sound absorption with attached underlayment.

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