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What is Summit Rigid Core?
Most dealers who currently sell LVT will be wondering what the difference between Rigid Core and LVT actually is. The short answer is: Rigid Core is what they will soon be selling instead of LVT. Rigid Core carries all of the advantages of LVT, while eliminating the short-comings. Traditional LVT floors are thinner and more flexible. This means that unevenness in the subfloor will translate very directly to the finished floor. Rigid Core boasts a much more stout interior structure (a much more rigid core, as it were) which allows it to overcome much of the depth variation of an uneven subfloor. This same structural advantage gives Rigid Core flooring a greatly enhanced ability to withstand indentions caused by drop impact or long-term pressure points (such as the legs of tables, chairs, sofas, etc.)
In addition, Summit Rigid Core offers a much thicker plank versus traditional LVT products. This allows for a significant improvement in wear layer thickness, as well as much more depth allowing for a vastly improved wood grain pattern on the finished side.
Did we mention it was completely waterproof? While the hidden area between the floor and subfloor can still be vulnerable to the dangers of moisture (for instance mold), the actual Rigid Core plank is 100% waterproof from top to bottom. This has a tremendous advantage in that Summit Rigid Core does not need to be installed with an expansion joint every 30 feet, unlike LVT flooring. The interlocking joints also work to prevent water from getting underneath the floor, making them much more suitable for high moisture and likely spill areas, such as bathrooms and kitchens.
In simplest terms, a Summit Rigid Core floor is everything you like about LVTs and WPCs… and then some.