PVC flooring are a single or multilayer material, all layers of which have the same composition and properties. The durability and wear resistance of this coating depends on the volume of the filler material, its density and constituent parts. Heterogeneous floors consist different layers of materials, where each has its own purpose.
The surface layer is 100 percent pure PVC, which gives the material high durability and strength. The bottom layer is a filler from PVC waste. Between the two layers is a fiberglass layer. The material is not changing in size over time, not opening edges or increasing slots. When selecting PVC for commercial facilities you should pay attention to the thickness of the vinyl.
The thicker and more multi-layered PVC material, the more pleasant and safe to walk on it.
Before and After Installation
In addition, the thick material has good sound insulation properties. Thinner PVC materials require a well-treated undercoat, since all irregularities will be visible. The better the material, the less it has the smell of plastic.
1/4″ thick PVC floors are intended for commercial use only and can be installed by certified installers.
For foodservice and food processing places there are much more wear-resistant plates with vinyl flooring of 1/4 inches. Home coverings are not recommended to be installed in business premises, but nobody forbids installing coverings for other types of premises at home. PVC coatings are very resistant to moisture and wear, and they withstand chemicals well. Therefore, they are recommended for installation in hallways and in the kitchen, as well as in damp areas and on verandas. Compared to stone or laminate, PVC plates are softer and more pleasant for bare feet.
The proposed choice of patterns and colors meets the most exacting taste. PVC is characterized by the restoration of the original form. If you walk on the floor, for example, in high-heeled shoes, then after a while their traces will disappear. PVC materials are sold in square feet in rolls of 6, 9 and 12 feet long. Therefore, the purchase should be calculated so that the seam does not fall in the middle of the room.
Only trained installers can install commercial grade flooring, you can’t install thick 1/4″ PVC yourself. Starting to install PVC coating, you should check that the floor – the foundation is smooth, rather dry and durable, without cracks and free particles, since even a grain of sand left under the material will look like a terrible hill. If the bottom layer is not even enough, it should be covered with a leveling layer. Materials used in the same room should be from the same batch so that there is not much discord in tones. Before installation, the material should be acclimatized indoors for at least 24 hours. Chunks of PVC are cut and glued. At desire edges can be bent and attached to a wall that will allow to avoid installation of plinths. For bonding, use glue specifically designed for PVC coatings. To ensure a dense floor, the seams are welded by hot welding, and coatings on a foam base are cold welded.