Introduction

There are a number of elements to consider when looking at floor vinyls for your space. In this post we will look at each surface type and what you need to keep in mind when you are purchasing floor graphics.


First things first

The main questions you need to answer in the initial stages are:

– How long will it be in place for?

– How durable will it need to be?

– Will it stick to the surface I have?



With safety being of the upmost importance there are ratings in place to ensure floor materials are at the highest possible standard. These ratings come in the form of an R VALUE. R Values range from R9, Which has a small degree of slip resistance, right up to R13 which is the highest slip resistance.



Floor surface types

There are generally 4 main floor types and this is the starting point for deciding which vinyl you need:


Sealed Floors

These are usually found in supermarkets, schools, hospitals and other high traffic areas. Common materials in this category include ceramic tiles, wooden floors, linoleum and PVC tiles.

Vinyls for these surfaces are suitable for high traffic areas and can withstand floor cleaning machines. They are for medium term application lasting around 3 years and will remove in one piece.

Unsealed Floors

A high end, expensive surface, usually marble or granite that requires extra care and attention.

The vinyl choice here needs to be robust when it comes to cleaning and must offer solvent seep resistance. The last thing you would want to happen is to leave stains or ink marks when removing a vinyl on this surface.

Carpets

These are usually found in supermarkets, schools, hospitals and other high traffic areas. Common materials in this category include ceramic tiles, wooden floors, linoleum and PVC tiles.

Vinyls for these surfaces are suitable for high traffic areas and can withstand floor cleaning machines. They are for medium term application lasting around 3 years and will remove in one piece.

Outdoor

In this situation the emphasis is on a high tack vinyl to allow it to grip to the rough and rugged surface. Whether it is asphalt or concrete at petrol stations, car parks and warehouse entrances.

These are great for sporting events, outdoor markets or creating vehicle zones where it can withstand heavy machinery driving straight over it.

Being exposed to the elements slip resistance is key and an R12 rated laminate will be a perfect choice, especially if it is being used on pathways.

 


As we always find, every project is different and will have it’s own particular set of boxes to tick. With over 70 years of experience as a company and hundreds more with the combined knowledge of our staff, you can rest assured we will find the right solution for you. Feel free to contact us over the phone, through email or stop by to our warehouse for some samples.

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