WPC engineered vinyl flooring is a wood plastic composite product. It’s still a relatively new concept in the UK but, in America, it’s one of the fastest growing surface sectors.
WPC is waterproof and renowned for being stable and rigid. It is made up of calcium carbonate, thermoplastics and wood flour. In our PRO-TEK™ engineered vinyl flooring, the WPC element makes up the fifth layer of the floor. It sits below the UV layer, wear layer, décor layer and luxury vinyl top layer. It is the thickest layer and it forms the core structural layer, incorporating a glueless locking joint. Underneath the WPC layer is an attached IXPE foam underlay.
The WPC structural layer makes PRO-TEK™ much thicker and more rigid than traditional vinyl and it can laid directly onto a subfloor with little or no preparation. In comparison, traditional vinyl tends to be more flexible and is prone to ‘telegraph’, i.e., any irregularities in the subfloor distort the surface, creating gaps and an uneven appearance. In traditional vinyl installations, subfloors generally have to be screeded or boarded out to create a sufficiently flat surface but, even then, some distortion is often visible.
The waterproof features of PRO-TEK™ WPC flooring make it suitable for bathrooms and the built-in underlay makes the surface comfortable to walk on, as well as providing sound insulation up to 24db. Our designs are also phthalate-free and all materials used are 100% recyclable, so there are eco-benefits too.
In America, many retailers offer WPC as an alternative to luxury vinyl tile and laminate, as it combines a natural aesthetic with the benefits of vinyl, and provides additional benefits too. Its popularity has also been driven by the demanding US commercial sector and it’s widely specified in new build, healthcare, retail, education and hospitality sectors, with growing interest from the consumer market too. Closer to home, stick-down LVT has enjoyed strong growth in the UK and this, in turn, looks set to fuel interest in PRO-TEK™ WPC.
To find out more, please visit www.pro-tek-flooring.com and contact Paul Heatley, General Manager UK, Ireland & Europe on mob. 07470 876 026, , or tel. 020 3917 5550.