Laminate floor and SPC floor are very similar in terms of apperance, installation and performance, however the difference mainly come in terms of material compostion and advantages that come about as a result of the difference in the make-up of these floor tiles. Let’s look into the differences between the two.
Material composition: Laminate flooring is a multilayer synthetic flooring product fused together through a lamination process designed to look just like the wood flooring. It’s main body is made of high quality high density fiber board, that is fused together with a balance later at the bottom & wear lyer and design layer to the top. SPC flooring (Stone Plastic Composite) refers to its composition, which is more rigid than that of traditional vinyl because its core is made of limestone and stabilizer and this is also fused together with the wear & design layer at the top and a balance layer to the bottom.
Water resistance: SPC has a higher water-resistant nature than that of laminate flooring. They are water resistant it is waterproof and can be installed all over the house including the wet areas such as the bathroom and the kitchen. SPC flooring is made of PVC and natural lime powder, which are 100% waterproof and fireproof. Laminate flooring is not waterproof and is widely used in the living room and bedroom due to its low resistance to water. It is not suitable to use laminate where it tends to be wet or water in it.
Thickness: The average thickness of laminate flooring is around 8mm to 12mm. Due to the structure of layers and materials used, laminate flooring is generally much thicker than SPC flooring. The thickness of SPC flooring can be a maximum of up to 5mm. Heavy-duty SPC flooring will normally have a thickness up to 5mm and it also comes with a thicker wear layer.
Sound absorption: As laminate flooring is not made of sound-proof material, noise from any movement on the floor is not able to be absorbed efficiently. The solid core material mentioned on the SPC helps reduce noise level and make walking sounds less noisy. However, you should always remember the wide variation of quality range that can be found in SPC flooring.
Maintenance: Laminate flooring is also easy to clean, but requires a little bit more maintenance than the SPC floor. When maintaining the flooring it is good to remember that l aminate floorings are affected by water and moisture. For this reason, cleaning laminate floors using dry methods or vacuuming is advised. It is very easy to clean and maintain it does not require a lot of cleaning materials or procedures to maintain the cleanliness of the floor. Can be cleaned by use of water as it is water resistant in nature.
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