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What is LVF, LVP, LVT, SPC and WPC waterproof flooring?

Hailo Flooring enjoys a 5-star Yelp rating and, as the tagline on our website reads: “Done once, done right.”

"I’m owner Kevin Enriquez. With 20 years’ experience in the flooring industry, I soon gained a reputation as a highly experienced flooring installer. That led to the inception of Haile Flooring in 2010. When it comes to waterproof flooring, it can get pretty confusing, what with all of the initials. I’m happy to explain it all to you. Our showroom is in Rancho Cucamonga, CA. We service the Inland Empire, which is the Southern California region adjacent to Los Angeles, as well as San Bernardino and Riverside Counties. Be sure to ask us about our estimate!"

What are all the initials about?

LVP and LVT stand for luxury vinyl plank and tile. They both fall under the umbrella of luxury vinyl flooring (LVF). As the first generation of LVF, they are thicker than standard vinyl and waterproof with the typical core of vinyl composites.

For ultra-protection

You can get LVF with more advanced cores, SPC (stone plastic composite) and WPC (wood plastic composite.) The difference is timing. While LVF stays waterproof for several hours, SPC and WPC cores won’t peel or ripple ever, no matter how much water and no matter how long. It’s also thicker still.

While SPC and WPC are fairly similar, SPC has a more rigid feel. Up until recently, SPC was used primarily in commercial applications (and we know how much punishment those floors take) but, with the increase in design options, both are now frequently used residentially. It comes down to whether someone prefers the more rigid feeling or the softer, more flexible one.
Waterproof flooring in San Bernardino County from Hailo Flooring

Why waterproof if I’m not in an area prone to tropical storms?

We create plenty of water and moisture in our own homes. Here are just some examples:
  • Appliance floods. Broken dishwasher seals and corroded washing machine hoses can dump several hundred gallons of water in a short time.
  • Roof leaks.It doesn’t even have to be broken or missing shingles; a chimney can leak as well.
  • Burst pipes.
  • Leaky air conditioners.

They can all create enough water to damage, not just the room in which it happened, but adjacent ones too. We know someone who had a burst pipe in the bedroom and also had to replace the living room furniture.