When you are building a new space, one of the biggest decisions you have to make is the flooring. Should it be concrete? Ceramic tiles? Stone Tiles? Bamboo?
The list goes on and on, and it can be mind-boggling. One material that is seeing a lot of attention lately is hybrid flooring, and one of the most common hybrid flooring materials is SPC or stone polymer composite.
Laminate Plus Vinyl Equals Hybrid
You are probably familiar with hybrid cars, but how about hybrid flooring? In simple terms, the word “hybrid” describes something that is a combination of two other things.
In the case of flooring, it is laminate and vinyl. Laminate flooring has several thin layers of resin and wood laminated together (hence the name), so it is not purely synthetic. Because laminate has some wood components, it can mimic the look and feel of wood.
On the other hand, vinyl flooring is 100% synthetic. Most have fibreglass as the base layer. Since vinyl is purely synthetic, it can also be waterproof, but these traits tend to make it more expensive than laminate.
Hybrid flooring combines the best of both worlds from laminate and vinyl flooring. However, besides wood, you can also have stone for hybrid floorings.
One of the best is stone polymer composite or SPC. Although the main material of SPC is limestone, SPC hybrid flooring can also look like wood. Whether it mimics stone or wood, SPC hybrid flooring can look and feel authentic because of its laminate component. Moreover, it also has the superior moisture resistance characteristic of vinyl.
Strong and Durable
Not only is SPC hybrid flooring pretty to see, but it is also durable. It can withstand lots of heavy foot traffic. If you will put this flooring for your home, it is great for the kitchen or the living room. For more public spaces, like a corporate building, this flooring material is great for lobbies.
Its strength and durability also mean that it can handle large temperature fluctuations. Its robust core keeps it from expanding during hot summers and contracting during cold winters.
The moisture resistance of SPC hybrid flooring makes it perfect for the bathroom and kitchen. Its waterproof traits also make it hygienic. You do not have to worry about moisture accumulation that may result in mould growth.
Since floors take up so much area in space, cleaning them is hard work. So anything that will make the experience easier is heaven-sent. When you clean SPC hybrid flooring, you may feel like it was a gift from above.
It does not take much to clean the surface. You can easily remove particulate matter with just simple sweeping. You can also get rid of spills and stains with a typical mop with detergent.
If your building has several floors, hearing noise from the upper floors can be annoying. Some SPC hybrid flooring has a cork backing. This material can absorb soundwaves and reduce noise pollution.
You do not have to be a professional home builder to install SPC hybrid flooring. Any DIY homemaker will find the installation intuitive. Some require adhesives, while others have a joining mechanism that clips and locks the planks together.
Whether you are building a home or a commercial space, the floor is an essential component that you have to consider. With the right choices, hybrid flooring can upgrade both the aesthetics and function of your space.