Your home is an extension of your lifestyle, and the flooring you choose can make a major impact on its overall style, durability, and functionality. SPC flooring is the latest buzz in the flooring world and provides an affordable, high-quality option for those looking for elegance, durability, and healthy living. In this blog, we are going to dive into the world of SPC (Stone Polymer Composite) flooring and show you how to choose the perfect option for your home.
What exactly is SPC flooring, you ask? It’s a type of rigid core vinyl flooring engineered for superior stability, durability, and waterproof product. Made with a mixture of polyvinyl chloride (PVC), limestone powder, stabilizers, and other additives, SPC flooring is available in varying thicknesses (ranging from 3-8mm), wear layer thicknesses, and finishes, making it an ultra-versatile option for any room in your home.
Factors to Consider When Choosing SPC Flooring:
When it comes to SPC flooring, the core material is a crucial factor in determining its quality, durability, and cost.
The Core layer is the thickest and most rigid layer in the SPC flooring. The Core composition is a mixer of Polymer plus Stone powder fused and pressed together, which is why it is entirely waterproof.
Not every SPC Floor company Core is identical, to cut the flooring cost, some companies use recycled material for their Core, resulting in cheaper SPC Flooring and poor quality. There are three types of core materials commonly used in SPC flooring: virgin core material, mixed material, and recycled material.
At Deko Extreme, we only use the highest quality virgin core material in our SPC flooring, ensuring that our customers receive the best possible product. Our commitment to quality and affordability has made us a leading choice for SPC flooring in New Zealand.
The thickness of the core material is a crucial factor to consider when choosing the right SPC flooring for your home. It not only affects the weight of the planks but also the locking mechanism’s firmness, which plays a critical role in ensuring that the planks stay firmly in place.
Thicker SPC flooring is known to be more dimensionally stable, meaning it is less likely to expand and contract in response to changes in temperature or humidity. This stability makes it ideal for high-traffic areas and spaces where there may be fluctuations in temperature or moisture levels. Additionally, thicker SPC flooring provides better noise insulation, acting as a sound barrier that reduces noise transfer between rooms.
While thicker SPC flooring may cost more than thinner options, it is an investment that can add years of life to your flooring. When compared to thinner SPC flooring, thicker options provide more support and comfort underfoot, which can make a significant difference in how the flooring feels and wears over time.
It’s important to note that not all SPC flooring options are created equal. Deko Extreme SPC flooring, for example, is specifically designed to provide a high-quality, affordable option for homeowners who want durable, stylish flooring that is easy to install. Deko Extreme is 8mm thick, it is engineered with a rigid core and a 0.5mm wear layer, making it more durable and scratch-resistant than many other options on the market.
The wear layer is a crucial component of SPC flooring that contributes significantly to its durability and longevity. It acts as a protective shield for the decorative layer underneath and determines the flooring’s ability to withstand daily wear and tear from foot traffic, pets, and furniture.
When choosing SPC flooring, it’s essential to pay close attention to the wear layer thickness, which can range from 0.2mm to 0.7mm. A thicker wear layer provides better resistance to scratches, stains, and scuff marks, ensuring that the flooring stays looking new for a more extended period.
In particular, a wear layer of 0.5mm or higher is highly recommended for areas with high foot traffic, such as hallways, living rooms, and kitchens. With this thickness, the flooring is highly resistant to scratches, scuffs, and stains, making it an ideal choice for busy households or commercial spaces.
Another significant advantage of a wear layer of 0.5mm is that it provides a maintenance-free finish, reducing the need for regular cleaning or polishing. This feature adds to the overall cost-effectiveness of SPC flooring, as it can last for many years with minimal maintenance.
At Deko Extreme, we understand the importance of a thick wear layer, which is why our SPC flooring range come with a wear layer of 0.5mm, providing our customers with the highest level of durability and protection.
Toughest wear and tear on hybrid floors
Picture this: you’re enjoying a beautiful day out in the sun, but you’re smart enough to wear sunscreen to protect your skin from harmful UV rays. Did you know that SPC flooring can benefit from similar protection?
SPC flooring with UV coating offers protection against fading, stains, scratches, and scuff marks. It’s like sunscreen for your floors! But if you really want to go the extra mile, double UV coated flooring with ceramic beads provides extreme protection against fading and staining, making it easy to maintain and keeping its original look for years.
Now, we all know that New Zealand is blessed with incredible natural beauty and one of the thinnest ozone layers in the world. While that’s great for our views, it means we’re exposed to higher levels of UV radiation than other places on the planet. That’s why it’s especially important to choose SPC flooring with the right level of protection.
Investing in SPC flooring with UV coating is a no-brainer. It’ll keep your floors looking like new, and you won’t have to worry about stains, scratches, or fading ruining your home’s style. Deko extreme Double UV coated flooring with ceramic beads, you can rest easy knowing your floors are protected to the max. Trust us, your floors will thank you for the extra protection!
Longer & Wider Planks
It’s interesting to see how longer and wider planks have become a popular trend in flooring across the globe. The use of high-definition visuals and rich surface textures provides a more natural appearance, which is desirable for many homeowners.
The plank length varies from 1.2m – 1.8m and width from 190mm – 228mm wide. The longer and wider planks are more dimensionally stable and can also help create the illusion of a wider and more spacious room, especially when used in open plan areas such as living rooms, or kitchens. This can be particularly beneficial for smaller homes or apartments where space is limited.
The Deko Extreme SPC planks, which are 1.8m long and 228mm wide, are a great example of this trend. The rich surface textures add depth and interest to the flooring, while the wider planks help to create a more open and spacious feel.
Choosing the right underlay for your SPC flooring is crucial as it can significantly impact the sound insulation, impact resistance, and overall comfort of your flooring. Fortunately, SPC flooring comes with pre-installed underlay, which means you won’t have to worry about buying extra underlay like you would with laminate flooring.
The underlay is made of either IXPE or EVA and varies in thickness from 1mm to 2mm. The thicker the underlay, the better it is at blocking out sound. Plus, a firmer underlay provides excellent impact reduction, which results in softer and more comfortable flooring for your feet and joints.
IXPE underlays can be used with underfloor heating, but it is important to follow the manufacturer’s recommendations. Some manufacturers may use cheap EVA underlay to cut costs, but this type of underlay is unsuitable for heat retention. In fact, increased temperatures can cause EVA underlays to emit toxins called formaldehyde, which are carcinogenic and can leave a foul odour in your home. On the other hand, IXPE underlays are non-toxic and do not emit any gases even when exposed to underfloor heating or higher temperatures. Plus, IXPE is resistant to mould and mildew, ensuring healthier and warmer floors for everyone.
Deko Extreme SPC flooring uses a 2mm IXPE acoustic underlay that provides extra softness under your feet. This underlay is extremely quiet, making it perfect for upper-level flooring use, and has excellent impact resistance. Plus, it has achieved level E0 formaldehyde emission, making it safer and healthier for your home.
When it comes to SPC flooring, the core material and wear layer are important factors to consider, but don’t forget about the underlay. With the right underlay, you can enjoy a comfortable, durable, and quiet flooring experience. So, choose wisely, and enjoy the benefits of SPC flooring with Deko Extreme!
Looking for a flooring option that provides both affordability and high-quality functionality? Look no further than SPC flooring! With its durability, stability, and water resistance, SPC flooring is engineered to be a long-lasting solution for any room in your home.
But when it comes to choosing SPC flooring, there are a few key factors to keep in mind. First, consider the core material – whether it’s virgin, mixed, or recycled – as this can impact both the quality and cost of the flooring. Next, think about the thickness of the flooring, as this can affect its sound reduction, dimensional stability, and overall comfort underfoot. The wear layer is also crucial, as a thicker wear layer will provide greater durability and protection against scratches, stains, and scuff marks and adds years to your flooring. Finally, don’t forget about the importance of UV coating, especially in areas with high levels of UV radiation like New Zealand.
By taking all of these factors into account, you can choose SPC flooring that not only matches your lifestyle but also provides elegance, durability, and healthy living. So why wait? Invest in SPC flooring today and enjoy a long-lasting flooring solution that you can enjoy for years to come!