How to spot a good quality interlocking floor tile
Too much choice!
In our global economy we can choose from a huge range of products. Whether we’re shopping for a small household item or making a serious investment for our business our options can be overwhelming. But how to tell the difference between good quality products from reputable suppliers and cheap knock offs that will fall apart in a few weeks? Anyone can create a convincing website these days!
This is a problem our customers face on a daily basis when researching interlocking tiles. We’ve created this checklist to help identify an interlocking tile you can rely on. Choosing the wrong tile could cost you money and put your employees’ health at risk.
Ask to see the product
The most important thing to do is get full size samples of the tiles you’re considering for comparison. You’ll immediately want to throw a few of them away because they smell so awful. Unscrupulous manufacturers will use plastic that is contaminated with dangerous chemicals because it’s cheap and plentiful. Poor quality material will produce tiles that shrink or deform over time. Furthermore, the smell given off from these tiles can cause serious health problems so you should avoid them at all costs. To be on the safe side you should ask for evidence that the tiles are made from REACH compliant PVC and check what their BREAM rating is.
The sample tiles will also allow you to check the quality of the manufacturing process. Do the joints connect tightly? When you knock them together there should be some resistance but you shouldn’t have to do it more than once. The joints should be tight and secure and the tiles will stay locked together even when you lift them off the ground. There should be no excess plastic (flash) around the joints which indicate that the mould needs replacing.
What does the tile look like when you cut it down the middle? Another common way of skimping on PVC is to use cheap fillers such as chalk so you will see a layer of white running through it. The colour of a good quality tile will be consistent right the way through and this is very important if you are using oils and chemicals. Once the chalk starts to absorb any liquids in the area they will deform and pull apart so you will have to replace your entire floor which is expensive and time consuming.
The proof is out there
Once you’ve narrowed down the choice of tiles with these physical tests you can check the manufacturer has the required accreditations to give you peace of mind. Make sure you ask to see the following test certificates that prove you’re dealing with a reputable supplier;
Lucinda O’Reilly, Exports & Marketing Director is an integral part of the team that has grown Ecotile Flooring in to the successful manufacturing business it is today. Over the last 20 years she has successfully employed her skills in sales and marketing to ensure Ecotile Flooring is recognised as the market leading manufacturer of PVC interlocking floor tiles. Lucinda’s love of travel means the Ecotile brand is dominant all over Europe, North America, the Middle East, Asia and India.
To ensure compliance with export regulations Lucinda has gained accreditations from the Chamber of Commerce in Incoterms & Export Licence Controls and Export Procedures & Documentation and has completed the Institute of Export course on Incoterms 2020. She is a member of the Institute of Export, was a finalist in the Natwest Open to Export competition in 2018 and was instrumental in Ecotile Flooring winning a Queen’s Enterprise for International Trade in 2017. Lucinda has recently been interviewed by BBC News and Channel 4 News for her insights on Brexit and is an Export Champion for the Department for International Trade.