The latest resilient product category that everyone in the industry seems to be talking about is rigid core. Known by many names including WPC, SPC, waterproof core, multilayer flooring and more, this type of product is a close cousin to luxury vinyl in its looks and durability. But there the similarities end. We spoke with several manufacturers to learn the ins and outs of this category, how it performs compared to luxury vinyl and—most importantly—how to install it.
According to David Altman, Metroflor’s director of research and development, the number of names associated with rigid core products has caused “mass confusion” within the industry. The Multilayer Flooring Association (MFA) was formed in 2016 to help bring clarity, he noted.