Demystifying the Choice: LVT Click vs. SPC Click Flooring – Your Essential Guide to Informed Decision-Making

June 1, 2023

A dining area with light brown LVT click or SPC click vinyl flooring


An information you might find useful to know before deciding on which click flooring.

In the below segment, we will share some product findings of LVT Click and SPC Click.

Within the rigid luxury flooring category, LVT (Luxury Vinyl Tiles) was the first to arrive, followed by WPC (Wood Polymer Composite) and now SPC (Stone Polymer Core). SPC are fortified with more stone powder (limestone) and only small quantity of PVC is added, making it more rigid and heat resistance.

Both LVT Click and SPC Click share some common characteristics. Both products are 100% topical waterproof, available in a wide range of styles and are easy to clean and maintain. Both are termite resistant, fire retardant and install without adhesive.

LVT click had failed in many instances in countries with big seasonal changes. The combination of strong daytime sunlight, cold winter nights, and the lack of temperature control within the premises all have played a part in product dimensional failure.

Vinyl is known to be sensitive to heat and constant temperature variation can affect the dimensional stability. Over time, product failure can happen due to dimension instability. This had paved the way for the rising popularity of SPC in those countries.

From our local experience, the temperature variation in our climate had not subject LVT Click to this level of dimensional instability causing product failure. Most product failures here are usually traced to cheap products using inferior raw materials (low quality recycled PVC), improper installation, and poorly managed mills.

It will be comforting to note that LVT Click is the product of choice for resilient flooring in HDB BTO’s projects. They are however subject to a rigorous test regime where more than a dozen performance criteria must be met. Tests will be conducted on goods that have been delivered to the project site to ensure quality, safety, and compliance.

We are pleased to share that ClickPro 5.0 meets and exceeds the stipulated requirements.

The differences can be found mainly in the core structure, one being more rigid and the other more pliant. They can be differentiated when we lift one end of each plank tilting upward. The more rigid (SPC) plank will lift off flatter and the LVT will sag more noticeably. The rigidity means that imperfections in the subfloor will not telegraph onto the SPC surface. This is good for not-too-smooth surfaces but any uneven subfloor should be made level for the best performance results.

We can expect more hollow sound echoing from the rigid floor type, especially when the subfloor is not level or installed without foam backing. Those particular about sound level should ensure subfloor is level. An uneven subfloor may also cause subsequent joints failure. It is also recommended to protect thinner SPC floor with the use of chair with castor wheels.

Check for high moisture in subfloor before installation. The moisture should be within the recommended level This must be taken into account despite both products being marketed as waterproof (yes, topical). Last but not least, we have received some feedback that the contact feel between the 2 types is somewhat different, especially from users who walk barefooted or have children who crawl barehanded.

Would you like to try and feel the difference in underfoot comfort and sound insulation? Why not drop us a message and book an appointment with our Sales Consultants to visit our showroom and experience the product for yourself.


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