Learn More About Vinyl Flooring
Q. What is WPC Vinyl flooring? (Or Engineered Vinyl flooring, Wood Plastic/Polymer Composite flooring)?
A. WPC Vinyl flooring is the next generation LVT. It is a composite material made of thermoplastics, calcium carbonate, foaming agent, etc. Today the WPC vinyl planks that the industry insiders talk about may not contain wood fiber, although the “W” in “WPC” stands for “Wood”. The basic structure is wear layer + vinyl top layer + extruded WPC core + underlayment(optional).
Q. What’s the difference between PVC and WPC?
A. WPC vinyl flooring is thicker than PVC. WPC uses the extruded plastic core that has lower density than vinyl core. Therefore, the planks can be made thicker. Also, because of the thickness and rigidity, WPC vinyl flooring can tolerate more subfloor imperfections and boasts higher dimensional stability. In addition, since WPC vinyl flooring is usually thicker than traditional LVT, the click lock tenors are bigger so the planks are easier to snap together and stay tight.
Q. Can the WPC vinyl flooring be used outdoors?
A. Yes, it is said on Floor Covering News that “WPC is also suitable for large open areas (basements and Main Street commercial areas) because it doesn’t need expansion moldings.”
Q. Is there any health issue related to PVC flooring?
A. While formaldehyde is a big concern over laminate flooring, phthalates is a serious concern over vinyl flooring. Phthalates are used to make plastics more pliant, yet they are endocrine disruptors, and some are even classified by EPA as possible carcinogens.
However, please rest assured that Eco-Pro Planet vinyl flooring is phthalates free. This is achieved by a combination of using 100% virgin PVC and excellent control over the product formulation.
Q. is WPC different from LVT?
A. This biggest difference is that WPC is waterproof, so it can be laid over most subfloors with little preparation. A typical traditional vinyl floor has flexibility that will show any unevenness in the subfloor. The rigid core of WPC flooring allows for longer and wider format options. Additionally, you do not need to worry as much about preparation of for use over cracks or divots in subfloors.
Q. Who should choose WPC flooring?
- Parents. WPC vinyl is great for parents who want their home to look beautiful and not worry about the kiddos ruining their floors.
- Pet owners. WPC vinyl won’t cause your pups to slip and slide the way laminate can. It’s 100% waterproof so accidents are easy to clean and it still looks as gorgeous as hardwood.
- Business owners. Have you ever looked down at the floor in your doctor’s office, restaurant or even grocery store? You’ll see gorgeous wood-look flooring that somehow looks fantastic no matter what’s gone on there recently. Chances are it is WPC vinyl. We have some in our office and we find that business owners absolutely love it.
- Everyone! There’s no wrong person when it comes to WPC vinyl!
Q. Why WPC not Laminate?
A. The answer is simple. Our WPC vinyl is 100% waterproof and made from recyclable materials. Traditional vinyl and laminate floors are not.
Q. What is PVC?
A. Polyvinyl chloride (commonly abbreviated as PVC) is a widely-used plastic. Globally, more than 50% of all PVC manufactured is used in construction. As a building material, PVC is budget friendly and easy to assemble. PVC is replacing traditional building materials such as wood, concrete and clay.
Q. How to cut PVC planks?
A. The PVC planks can easily be cut by a utility knife or a saw. No heavy tools are needed.
Q. Can I install Eco-Pro Planet products by myself?
A. Yes. EPP LVPs are easy to install by the average do-it-yourself consumer. All our flooring product are using click lock, which is non-glue and easy to attach together .
Q. What are the surface requirements for PVC planks installation?
A. All our flooring product are using click lock system, which does not need glue for installation. PVC flooring can be installed onto smooth surfaces such as plaster or plasterboard or even to existing tiles!
Q. Do your products emit toxic fumes? Are your products hazardous when inhaled indoors?
A. No and No. All our products contain ZERO formaldehyde and all our products are classified as A+ (very low emission of pollutants), which is the best rating for indoor wall cladding. This means you can use our products in your house with no harmful effect on your health at all.
Q. What size planks do you have? What designs are available?
A. Our PVC planks are available in various thickness, the most popular ones are 4.5mm and 5.5 mm. We also manufacture WPC planks with a thickness of 6.5mm and 7mm. The standard sizes are 47.2”x6.5”x.2” and 48.0”x7.1”x.26”. More information about colors and motifs can be found on the brand pages.
Q. Can Eco-Pro Planet products be recycled?
A. Yes! Our products are made from recyclable material, and it can be recycled and be taken to any plastic recycling facility.
Q. Are there any (specific) underlayment required when installing the LVP (Luxury Vinyl Planks)?
A. No. Underlayment is optional for our products. You do not need them for installation. The underlayment enables the flooring to be installed on various types of substrates and slightly uneven surfaces.
Q. What is the warranty for Eco-Pro Planet products?
A. We offer a limited residential and commercial warranty of 25 years. To register your product and get your warranty online, Click here for more information.
Q. Can LVPs be used outdoors?
A. No. Even though our LVP products are hard-wearing and waterproof, it is an indoor flooring and cannot be used outdoors.
Q. Is Finesse environmentally friendly?
- Yes, for several reasons:
First, all our products are partially made from recycled materials, and after been brought to a recycling facility, they can be recycled again. Second, our products do not contain formaldehyde.
- Third, LVPs can be reused somewhere else. When you move, simply unclick the planks and install them again at your new house.