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Rigid core luxury vinyl flooring is a vinyl floor that has been engineered with a core construction to give it added stability. This makes the plank or tile less pliable and sturdier. It is an innovation to traditional vinyl flooring making them feel even more like wood or tile floors. Rigid core luxury vinyl flooring comes in a few different varieties like WPC (wood plastic composite), SPC (stone plastic composite) or hybrid.
Rigid Core Vinyl Flooring is an engineered vinyl floor that has an enhanced rigid core construction for dimensional stability. A rigid core vinyl will be a solid plank that has less pliability, giving it a sturdy feel to install and under foot. This floor is an improved version of traditional vinyl floors that adds more of a wood floor feel to a vinyl.
This unique composition within rigid core vinyl flooring is what sets it apart from a regular vinyl floor, giving it extra durability and stability. Another bonus to a rigid core is that the vinyl is 100 percent waterproof. This stability also helps give it the look of hardwood or tile. This dense layer allows the manufacturer to create a more craftsman-like feel to each plank or tile. Also, the flooring’s thickness, the rigid core luxury vinyl is more comfortable and absorbs more sound.
There are several types of rigid core flooring that you may come across on your vinyl floor shopping experience. The most popular rigid core vinyls on the market are WPC vinyl, SPC vinyl and Hybrid vinyl flooring. Vinyl floors may be advertised as just rigid core, or include the abbreviation to describe the type of core construction.
WPC vinyl flooring is a vinyl floor with a wood plastic composite core. You can learn more about WPC vinyl flooring here.
SPC vinyl flooring is a vinyl floor with a stone plastic composite core. You can learn more about SPC vinyl flooring here.
Hybrid vinyl flooring is a vinyl floor that has been engineered to include laminate and vinyl features. You can learn more about hybrid vinyl flooring here.
Rigid core floors may be different depending on the type of rigid core floor you choose. Below is a general construction of what you’ll find with a rigid core vinyl.
Wear Layer – The wear layer is the top coating on the vinyl floor that is transparent. This adds scratch and stain resistance to the vinyl plank.
Vinyl Top Coat – A rigid core vinyl will have a thin layer of vinyl on the top of the core.
Rigid Core – The rigid core can be made of several different materials, such as WPC or SPC. This is what will set the stability and durability apart from a regular vinyl floor.
Attached Underlayment – Not all rigid core floors will include underlayment, but it is a popular option with these floors. An attached underlayment will give you extra cushion under your foot and absorb sound.
Our Rigid Core Vinyl items come with a 1 mm attached foam backer that will help smooth minor subfloor imperfections, will act as an extra sound barrier and will cushion the planks, making the vinyl planks more comfortable to walk on.
NO obvious repeating patterns
Beautiful, natural layout
Easier to install
Frequent, noticeable repeating patterns
Waterproof: All rigid core vinyls will be 100% waterproof. Moisture and humidity will not damage or cause the planks to swell.
Appearance: Rigid core vinyls are available in a variety of colors, textures and styles. These vinyls mimic real hardwoods and tile looks.
DIY Installation: Rigid core click vinyls will feature a DIY installation with a tongue and groove system, much like traditional vinyl or laminate.
Comfort: A rigid core vinyl is going to feel more sturdy and cushioned under foot than a traditional vinyl due to the dense core and thickness of the plank.
Sound: With the dense core, these plank tends to have a quieter sound. You should not hear a hallow sound when you walk on a rigid core vinyl.
Affordability: Rigid core vinyl plank flooring is very budget friendly. Depending on the type of rigid core, brand and features, there are low end to high end rigid core vinyls on the market.
Easy Maintenance and Cleaning: Just like a traditional vinyl, rigid core vinyls are just as easy to clean and maintain! Simple maintenance and regular cleaning will be enough to keep these floors looking great.
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