What is WPC Flooring?
WPC, or Wood Plastic Composite Flooring, is a premium luxury vinyl flooring product that combines the strength of hardwood with the resilience, maintainability, and affordability of virgin PVC. As with other luxury vinyl flooring products, WPC is comprised of several layers: a printed wear layer, virgin PVC core, and high density iXPE foam backing.
Our WPC Flooring Uses Real Wood
Unlike some manufacturers, Stone Barn Floors uses natural bamboo dust in its WPC Flooring. After all, why call it Wood Plastic Composite if there’s no wood? The durability of bamboo is expertly combined with virgin PVC to create a rigid core that guarantees every plank will stand the test of time while looking beautiful for years to come.
Constructed for Quality
All of our WPC flooring products use our hyper-realistic REALFEEL™ EIR embossing process to ensure that the embossed texture of the plank matches the grain of the wood image layer exactly. It’s a level of realism you have to feel to believe! Beneath the wood composite core is a high density iXPE foam backing that inhibits bacterial growth and ensures your floors are a joy to walk on, even when installed over imperfect subfloors.
Constructed for Beauty
Sure, what’s underneath the surface is important, but when you’re choosing a new floor for your home, business, renovation, or large-scale project, looks are everything! We offer our Wood Plastic Composite products in both Select and Rustic planks that will fit with any design scheme or taste profile.
Benefits of Wood Plastic Composite Flooring
First, the flooring is 100% waterproof, making it an excellent choice for a room whose floor would normally be exposed to water, such as the bathroom, laundry room or kitchen. Cleanup is simple: a bit of damp mopping from time to time will keep it looking its best. It also resists spills and stains, which is great news for a business or a busy household with young children and pets.
How WPC Flooring Is Installed
WPC flooring installs just like many other types of luxury vinyl flooring. Stone Barn Floors uses the Valinge2G floating click-lock system to provide a clean seal between each plank, resulting in a stunning floor that can be installed without a headache. And because our WPC flooring comes standard with a lifetime residential and 15-year commercial warranty, you don’t have to worry about your investment.
What is LVP Flooring?
LVP, or Luxury Vinyl Plank, is a durable, affordable, and beautiful alternative to hardwood flooring. It’s well-suited for a variety of residential and commercial applications, and, when installed correctly, perfectly mimics the look, texture, and warmth of real wood. But how much do you know about the vinyl that gives LVP flooring its resilience and strength?
The Early History of Vinyl
Let’s go back to 1872. As a German chemist named Eugen Baumann was experimenting with a particular gas called vinyl chloride, he left it exposed to sunlight. He returned to find what would be called PVC. It was an accidental discovery, but the first step in one of the most widely-manufactured plastics today.
In the early 1900s German companies attempted to use PVC in their products, however the manufacturing process yielded inconsistent results.
It wasn’t until 1926, when American inventor and chemist Dr. Waldo Semon (who is sometimes incorrectly credited with inventing bubble gum!) was trying to bond metal and rubber, that he discovered a formula that would make PVC useful. His formula, which allowed vinyl to remain rigid, yet flexible, would produce what is known today as vinyl.
Vinyl saw use during World War II: the material was used to insulate wiring, but it would soon become available to commercial and consumer markets in the form of flooring – affordable, resilient, and sturdy.
Use of Vinyl in Flooring and the Introduction of LVP
1970 saw the introduction of the first Vinyl Plank Flooring – and décor options for homes grew. Instead of relying on the affordability of generic-looking sheet vinyl, homeowners had the chance to show off their style while staying within a budget, and relying on its practicality.
Today, Luxury Vinyl Plank Flooring is a great alternative to hardwood flooring. A floor is comprised of individual pieces of vinyl that lock or glue together to mimic the look and feel of real hardwood planks.
Benefits of LVP Flooring
While Luxury Vinyl Planks look and feel like real wood, their benefits exceed those of the traditional material.
For one, Luxury Vinyl Planks are waterproof. This means that they maintain their surface look and subsurface sturdiness even with accidental water spills.
Stone Barn’s Luxury Vinyl Planks are also hypoallergenic and eco-friendly. We use no formaldehyde in the process of manufacturing our vinyl flooring products. Our LVP flooring is also phthalate-free! And because the floors can be cleaned with just water and mild detergents, it’s easy to keep them free from dust and any allergen-inducing particles that may lay on the surface.
Our Luxury Vinyl Planks are also slip-resistant, making them perfect for slick areas of the home such as kitchens and bathrooms, and well-suited to high-traffic commercial applications, such as hospitals, cafeterias, retail, and restaurants.
LVP flooring is also customizable. Consumers can choose from glue-down or floating click-locking installation options based on their preference and the qualities of the subfloor. For larger orders, we also offer additional customization: choose your wear layer, embossing, and structure!
Today’s LVP floors are at the top of their game, from their three-dimensional embossing mimicking natural hardwood, to the numerous applications of their resilient structure.