4 Common Myths About Plastic Flooring
As industrial materials go, plastic has suffered a pretty bad reputation in the past. Many consider it to be a material that has a negative effect on the environment, or that it’s cheap and therefore would be easy to assume that plastic flooring is of poor quality.
Truth is, these assumptions are incorrect. Plastic/PVC flooring has far more benefits than other flooring alternatives.
Here’s a look at truth behind 4 common plastic flooring myths:
1. Plastic flooring is uncomfortable to walk on
Workers from industry assume that plastic is hard and doesn’t have the ‘give’ of rubber or foam. In fact, plastic PVC tiles are incredibly flexible and provide far more effective cushioning than rubber flooring.
It’s well known about the long term health effects of standing on hard floors such as concrete for long periods of time. Consequently, softer flooring such as foam can also be too soft, offering no resistance and have limited stability.
Plastic flooring offer the best of both worlds: strength and resilience needed for heavy duty traffic, while providing the right amount of cushioning for anti-fatigue purposes.
2. Plastic flooring is slippery
High shine surfaces such as polished concrete becomes slippery when wet. Plastic flooring provides a smooth surface with anti-slip properties and is a safer choice for work areas exposed to oil, grease, dust or water. For areas with a greater amount of spillage, raised disk PVC tiles provide even more protection.
3. It burns!
Chlorine molecule ingredients used to make plastic flooring makes it fire retardant. If a fire does occur, plastic flooring will release less combustion heat and rather than spreading the fire, will char and burn out, helping to keep the fire under control.
4. It’s not Eco-Friendly
Since PVC plastic is a man-made material, it can’t be good for the environment, right?! Wrong! Researchers places a particular emphasis on its safety, plastic is less reliant on non-renewable resources such as gas and crude oil in its production.
PVC floor tiles are 100% recyclable and their durability means they have a longer life cycle, which in turns means they have a lower carbon footprint than other types of recyclable materials.
For more information on the benefits of PVC plastic flooring, contact Ecotile today.
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.