Beginning with the outside, the Stonecor® LVP (SPC) is both more visually and texturally similar to hardwood than regular LVP. SPC is also more dent resistant and pliable so heavy furniture or high traffic won’t damage the planks as easily as regular LVP.
The biggest differences between the Stonecor® and regular LVP happen with the construction of the planks. Regular planks have a simple PVC center that is flexible. The SPC vinyl planks have a rigid core made of stone polymer composite. The SPC plank is more durable than regular LVP making it an ideal flooring for commercial and high traffic areas and a safe solution for kitchens, bathrooms, and basements. BONUS: Ambient's Stonecor® LVP also includes an acoustic underlay which will help absorb sound more than regular vinyl!
The high-density SPC core allows for a thinner plank without sacrificing durability, stability or comfort. The stone polymer also helps prevent expansion and contraction.
The SPC core offers a sturdier plank that feels comfortable to walk on but is also solid and stable. A regular LVP floor will not provide as much support.
Both SPC and regular LVP can be installed over plywood, concrete, and other existing flooring, however regular LVP will require more subfloor preparation as it is not as rigid as SPC. Regular LVP tends to take on the shape of any imperfections of the subfloor and SPC is not likely to take on the shape.
Stonecor® Ambient's Stonecor® LVP flooring comes in all click lock (loose lay) planks, which means they are installed using the fast and easy "floating" method. Because our LVP has an attached accoustical underlayment pad, no underlayment is required and they can even be installed directly on top of concrete, and there is no acclimation period.
Stonecor® LVP and regular LVP have many similar applications. Both can be installed on, below, or above grade. They are an excellent option for an entire house including kitchens, baths, and laundry rooms. Because of their durability, they are also ideal for high traffic businesses like restaurants, medical facilities, and retail shops.
SPC and regular LVP are both waterproof and safe from spills, moisture and humidity. They are ideal for wet environments like bathrooms and kitchens, and also hold up well to pets.
All grades of vinyl flooring are made for easy maintenance and cleaning, just sweep regularly and use a light wet mop. The LVP grade of vinyl flooring allows for deeper cleaning because of its rigid core.
From the inside out, the innovative construction of Stonecor® luxury vinyl plank flooring is made to last. It is an investment worth making and your long-term flooring costs are greatly reduced because of it.
The construction includes three layers beginning with an underlayment to absorb sound and add comfort. The rigid core layer is made with waterproof stone polymer composite to accommodate for uneven subfloors and add durability. The luxury vinyl print layer provides ultra-realistic hardwood imagery and is topped with a protective aluminum oxide poplyurethane finish to help protect the floor from stains, scratches, dents, and other damage.
Buying flooring is a big decision and it can be expensive. It’s also why both homeowners and commercial property owners turn to luxury vinyl flooring as an affordable, high quality solution. If you are considering investing in LVP, review the pros and cons below to help affirm your buying decision.
100% Waterproof – It may sound too good to be true, but in this case it isn’t. LVP flooring is 100 percent waterproof, making it the perfect flooring for the entire home including basements, kitchens and bathrooms.
Commercial Grade Wear Layer – LVP lasts longer because of the quality construction which includes a protective wear layer to protect against stains, scratches and dents.
Rigid Core Construction with SPC – Rigid core vinyl planks are engineered planks with a waterproof rigid core layer made of stone polymer composite (SPC) for extra durability. The rigid core layer is covered with a thin layer of vinyl with a hyper-realistic wood look.
Easy Installation – There are a variety of installation options with LVP including glue down, floating or lock click. The simple click and lock installation makes LVP an especially DIY-friendly project.
Easy Maintenance and Cleaning – LVP is low maintenance and easy to clean by sweeping regularly and mopping weekly. Determine how often to clean LVP by considering the traffic the floor receives. It is important to sweep LVP floors regularly to help prevent scratches. We recommend mopping with a micro-fiber mop and a pH neutral cleaner or the manufacturer’s recommended cleaner.
Affordability – LVP flooring is less expensive than hardwood. it’s an even more affordable flooring option considering the added durability, 100 percent waterproof, and scratch and dent resistance.
Removal– When using glue down installation, LVP can be difficult to remove.
Damage – If hit with a sharp object the wear layer can be punctured. Heavy appliances, furniture, and pets can leave dents if enough weight or force is applied.
UV – If there is excessive exposure to sunlight, UV damage and/or fading may occur.
As vinyl technology continues to advance, consumers will find more types and grades of LVP flooring on the market. The best luxury vinyl plank flooring is the brand that meets consumer’s needs from design, quality construction, features, pricing, and warranty. Independent customer reviews from highly respected sources like Yelp, Google and Angie's List are excellent tools for help choosing a supplier. If you have questions, talk to a floor expert.Questions? Call a flooring expert now at (866) 710-7070!
LVP flooring is extremely low maintenance. For residential homes, sweep or vacuum flooring once a week or more often in heavy traffic areas. Clean up spills right away. Use a light mop as needed for a deeper clean.
For high traffic commercial businesses, sweep or vacuum LVP flooring every evening, and wipe up spills right away. To clean dirt left behind from sweeping or vacuuming, use a mop dampened with warm water. If using soap or a cleaning agent is necessary, however, ensure the cleaner is designed for LVP flooring.
Stonecor® luxury vinyl plank flooring is easy to install with its click and lock construction. Flooring can be installed directly over many types of subflooring including cement, plywood, tile, laminate and other subfloors. The base layer of Stonecor® LVP includes an underlayment designed to help with uneven subfloors. If the subfloor is extremely uneven, leveling may be required. Read below for a list of materials required for installation and download our complete installation guide with illustrations.
For successful installation of your Stonecor® luxury vinyl plank flooring, follow the instructions and guidelines listed here.
Before you begin installment of your flooring, be sure you have access to the following list of tools:
To avoid scratching your floor, be sure to use felt pads when moving furniture, appliances, or other heavy objects.
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