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Everything You Need to Know About Rigid Core
February 1st, 2021

What is rigid core vinyl?

SPC rigid core vinyl flooring is a type of luxury vinyl tile (LVT) that’s set apart from other vinyl flooring types thanks to its uniquely resilient core layer that makes this flooring extremely durable and hard-wearing. Boasting all the benefits of LVT such as being easy to clean, pet-friendly and 100% waterproof, our rigid core vinyl range has a lot to offer.

Vinyl has made a huge revival in recent years and has quickly become a household favourite thanks to its versatility and practicality. Read on to explore just how rigid core flooring is stealing the hearts of many homeowners.


What is rigid core flooring made from?

Rigid core vinyl, also known as Stone Plastic Composite (SPC) is composed of several layers, including: a limestone rigid core for enhanced durability, luxury vinyl print to provide the desired look and effect, and at the very top a wear layer which is made up of a quartz enhanced urethane coating for added protections.

Now we’ve explored a little more about what rigid core vinyl is, we’d like to introduce to you our brand-new LiFE Vinyl range and share a snippet of what it stands for:

“Variety truly is the spice of LiFE when it comes to our rigid core vinyl range. No room is out-of-bounds for this versatile and durable flooring. 100% waterproof and effortless to maintain, LiFE is more than ready to meet the daily demands thrown at it.”

Sound exciting? Explore our whole range today.

Is rigid core vinyl flooring waterproof?

Just like the rest of our luxury vinyl range, rest-assured rigid core vinyl is also 100% waterproof and is in fact the most water and moisture-resistant floor type you can find.

What are the benefits of rigid core vinyl?

Our range of rigid core vinyl boasts a whole host of features and benefits you won’t want to miss out on. For starters, vinyl is ideal for busy homes looking for a fuss-free floor – being pet-friendly, complete with an easy-to-clean surface and improved scuff-resistance this floor is well equipped for the demands of a busy home.

Unlike other flooring types, rigid core vinyl prides itself on rapid acclimatisation – it’s ready to be fitted after only 12 hours, meaning you can have your dream floor installed in no time at all. Simple to install, our rigid core vinyl is also part of our Easy DIY range, making it the perfect project for DIYers of varying abilities.

Constructed with a 70% limestone core to enhance durability, it’s no surprise our entire offering ranges from an AC4-AC5 rating – making for the perfect addition to any high-traffic area in your home. Want to know more about this? Check out our AC Rating guide for more information. Because of its enhanced durability, you're guaranteed at least a 25-year residential warranty.

This stylish flooring option is available in both planks and tiles with authentic finishes – from wood planks and herringbone to large format marble tiles and stone, your floor is sure to make a statement when laid. Made with up to 50% recycled materials, this practical and sleek flooring is also environmentally friendly.

What rooms are suitable for rigid core vinyl?

Suitable for underfloor heating systems up to 27oC and 100% waterproof, this exquisite floor can be used in any room in your home. From your bustling living room to your serene bathroom, rigid core vinyl can handle it all.

Having all achieved an AC4 or AC5 rating, you can rest assured this floor will stand up to the demands of day-to-day life.

Can you have rigid core vinyl in a bathroom?

Yes, it’s 100% waterproof so would be confidently recommended for use in your bathroom, en-suite or cloakroom.

Can you have rigid core vinyl in conservatories?

Yes, rigid core vinyl is ideal for use in conservatories, as its limestone rigid core prevents any unwanted warping making it a perfectly suitable choice for rooms that are exposed to plenty of sunlight i.e. conservatories and sunrooms. It can also withstand surface temperatures of up to 60°C so you won’t have to worry. What’s more, it’s compatible with underfloor heating systems of up to 27°C, so no matter the weather, you’ll feel the warmth from your head to your toes.

How do you install rigid core vinyl?

Installing our rigid core vinyl range couldn’t be simpler thanks to its easy-to-install click system and clean joins that require no prior DIY experience, adhesives nor an extensive toolkit.

After acclimatisation, the room temperature should not be below 10°C or above 50°C ready for subfloor preparation. This includes levelling out any bumps or high spots and ensuring the subfloor is free of moisture. This flooring can be installed over most hard coverings if they’re clean, dry and structurally sound.

It is then time to begin installation, ensuring an expansion gap of 6mm-8mm is left around the edge before laying the floor. Then depending on which type of rigid core you’re planning to install will depend on the next steps, for more information make sure to check out our guides below. Alternatively, these can also be found on the relevant product pages of your future floor.

See Rigid Core Herringbone Installation Guide

See Rigid Core Plank Installation Guide

See Rigid Core Tile Installation Guide

How do you clean rigid core vinyl?

As rigid core vinyl is incredibly stain-resistant, you won’t have to worry too much about keeping it looking its best. All it takes is a regular mop or vacuum to keep on top of it, and any spillages or dirt spots should be attended to as soon as possible to ensure a clean surface. It can also be steam mopped on a low setting with domestic steam mops.

For a more thorough clean, we advise using a PU cleaner with a damp mop and a neutral detergent followed by a clean water rinse. You can shop everything you need for your vinyl floor after care within our accessories category.

See Rigid Core Maintenance Guide

How to acclimatise rigid core vinyl flooring

Acclimatisation is the process of familiarising your flooring to its new environment. It's a very easy step in the process of getting a new floor in your home and involves leaving your floor in its original packaging at room temperature for a certain period – this differs between flooring types.

Acclimatising rigid core vinyl is extremely rapid, requiring a maximum of just 12 hours. In fact, it only needs acclimatising if the floor has been stored in extreme temperatures (below 10°C and over 40°C).

For more on how to acclimatise your flooring, check out our handy step-by-step guide to walk you through it.

What is the difference between rigid core and other vinyl?

There are several factors that set apart our new rigid core vinyl range to our current LVT range. One of the main differentiators is their composition, see our nifty infographic below for an easy-to-see breakdown of both rigid core vinyl versus traditional LVT:

To find out more about our available vinyl ranges you can check out our What is Vinyl? Blog for an in-depth overview.

Rigid core vinyl cost

Sitting within a similar price bracket to our current vinyl range, there’s something for every budget with our selection of rigid core vinyl floors. With a variety of finishes, thicknesses and styles available, you won’t have to break the bank to make your dream floor a reality.

What does rigid core vinyl look like?

Available in a variety of stone, marble and wood effects to suit every personal style. With a mix of modern, classic and contemporary looks, as well as different finishes ranging from a stunning gloss to a subtle matte, you’ll be sure to find the right floor for you and your home.