Don't Be Fooled By PVC Interlocking Floor Tiles

When you own a workshop or industrial shed, the need is always to provide proper flooring.

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A flooring that is able to guarantee safety for the workers and resistance to continuous loads and stresses.

Common enemies of industrial floors are then grease stains, liquids, scratches and temperature changes. A custom-made floor covering in manufacturing plants, as well as warehouses and simple machine shops, must be able to contain moisture, withstand forklift and machine traffic, absorb stains and cushion the fall of objects and blunt objects as much as possible.

Not exactly an everyday enterprise.

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The most common problems with an industrial floor

Traditionally, the most common industrial floors are those made of concrete and epoxy resin. Concrete, strong and sturdy, finds uses somewhat in all fields and, in "heavier" environments, is often reinforced with metal mesh, quartz powders and non-slip paints.

Epoxy resin, on the other hand, is a more modern solution. It is essentially a thick thermoset, to be applied to ready-made, well-sanded surfaces, even on concrete itself. It adds greater resistance to scratches and abrasions to the substrate, as well as a valuable decorative touch. In environments particularly exposed to sunlight, polyurethane resin is usually used, which has the advantage of not yellowing.

However, both concrete and resin industrial floors have strong structural limitations, which more modern coating technologies could actually solve. Concrete, in particular, is porous and suffers from moisture accumulation, which causes unpleasant mold, as well as expansion, cracking, and warping. Resin, on the other hand, ages easily, especially when subjected to sunlight, and has a surface that is often too slippery and unsuitable for work practices.

Innovative industrial flooring systems, as mentioned, come to the rescue. Among them, we would like to mention PVC, registered as PolyVinylChloride, a thermoplastic material ideal for industrial and particularly busy environments.

PVC industrial floors: between practicality and convenience

PVC is not even too new a technology. Vinyl (to use a synonym of more recurrent use) has already been used for years to make faux parquet and high-strength laminates for domestic and commercial use.

But the industrial one is perhaps the most successful application. The reasons are many and quite intuitive. First of all, the format.

PVC industrial floors are composed of flexible, square-shaped interlocking tiles that can be assembled together with extreme practicality. Simple to install, these tiles resemble the pieces of a jigsaw puzzle and give, for this reason, free rein to DIY. They do not require the intervention of skilled labor but, as we shall see, are installed quickly and easily with the help of just a few tools.

Impeccable also from a technical and aesthetic point of view. PVC is a particularly resilient material, capable of absorbing loads and stresses without denting, scratching or deforming. It is also water-repellent, hygienic, and does not require protective glazes or impregnants to ensure long-lasting durability. The tiles are also available in different shades, making it possible to achieve colorful and customized industrial floors without the use of paints and varnishes.

But from theory, let´s turn to practice.

Industrial PVC: tips for do-it-yourself installation!

Substrate preparation

An industrial PVC floor can be laid on any surface, without the need for specific sanding or etching treatments. Therefore, the coating can be applied in new construction, as well as on old resin, quartz, concrete and granite floors to be renovated.

However, the floor of the shed or workshop must be prepared for installation by double cleaning and leveling. Dust, dirt or grease stains can be wiped away with the simple help of a vacuum cleaner and detergents. To smooth out cracks and other imperfections, however, it is necessary to apply grout to the damaged areas. PVC interlocking tiles act as a thermal (and also acoustic) insulator, so there is no need for additional work to prevent moisture.

In the case of particularly worn and damaged floors, however, it is a good idea to insert an underlayment or to intervene with a coat of primer.

It must be said that the tiles should be adapted to the environmental conditions of our workshop, so before working with the installation, remember to store them still packed and at room temperature for about 24 hours.

The installation of PVC interlocking tiles

The actual installation is, if you will, even simpler than the preliminary stages. The tiles, as mentioned, are attached to each other with a practical yet ingenious interlocking system. The weight of these tiles is just over 2 kg, while the thickness is even less than 10 mm. This also explains the dual reach of an industrial PVC floor tile: soft, flexible and light, yet stable and sturdy.

Having taken the appropriate measurements, it is recommended to start from a corner of the area you intend to cover. Once the first tile is laid (near a wall, remember to leave a few millimeters of space) the floor takes shape, row after row, and all in a few hours: in less than 60 minutes it is possible to cover as much as 46 m2 of surface! A rubber gavel can help in the task, as it is ideal for promoting perfect pressure between the joints.

Near the opposite wall, the squares can also be cut with the help of a precision grinder and then sized according to the gap to be filled. In many cases, however, special industrial PVC corners designed for these situations can be requested.

In conclusion

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PVC solves the typical problems of concrete and resin industrial floors in a practical and convenient way. It does not necessarily go to replace these solutions, most of the time, on the contrary, it goes on top of them to provide permanent and lasting protection.

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Moisture, scratches, cracks and typical grayness of industrial environments are finally a distant memory.

Then, from what has been said, one last fundamental aspect can be guessed. Such a solution involves no installation expenses and, most importantly, no production downtime. The floor is assembled in a few hours and, once installed, is immediately walkable by people and machinery.

If it is true that time is money, industrial floor coverings have found a convenient ally!