What is slip resistance rating and why is it so important?

June 18, 2017By adminArticles

Floor slip resistance testing is the science of measuring the coefficient of friction (or resistance to slip accidents) of flooring surfaces, either in a laboratory (before or after installation) or on floors in situ.

The following table show the level of slip risk associate with different R-Numbers as defined by the German Ramp Test and DIN 51330. If a floor is likely to be wet then R13 is best. Only R12 or R13 should be considered for swimming pool surrounds or changing areas. R11 may be suitable for transitional areas of floor i.e. floors that can become wet despite efforts to keep it dry such as the entrance to a shopping mall or dry changing room floor. R10 may be suitable for areas of floor that can normally be kept dry and R9, the lowest value should only be considered for floors that can never become wet or have very few people using them.

  • DIN51130 for R9
    Slip Angle: 6 – 10 deg
    SlipAlert Test Value (STV): > 180
    Wet Slip Risk: High Risk
    Suitable for Dry Areas
  • DIN51130 for R10
    Slip Angle: 10 – 19 deg
    SlipAlert Test Value (STV):161 – 179
    Wet Slip Risk: Manageable
    Suitable for Areas kept largely dry

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Having a non-slip or slip resistant finish is important for any flooring application, whether it be in the home, commercial premises or industrial warehouses and factories. The reason? Safety. The avoidance of any trip or slip incident depends greatly on a slip resistant floor, in a nutshell that’s why floor slip resistance tests are so important.

Do you have an elderly or young kid in your home? There are times when you mop your vinyl floor, and its damp, so choose LG Hausys Decoclick Vinyl Flooring, with a R10 slip resistance.

 

Definitions of PU and PUR surface

June 18, 2017By adminArticles

Polyurethane (PU) is a coating applied to floor coverings in order to enhance the appearance, protect the product and make floor maintenance easier and more cost-effective. Polyurethane enhancement in commercial vinyl flooring has become so popular and widely used in recent years, thanks to the easier maintenance and related cost savings it allows, that it is difficult to find ranges that do not incorporate polyurethane.

Typically, there are PU and PUR categories – but recently we have also begun to see an increase in the number of branded surface treatments which claim to be “better than PU or PUR”. The commonly accepted difference between PU and PUR is also being clouded by claiming PUR on ranges of very different qualities and performances.

PU – this is a lighter weight of polyurethane that protects the floor during the construction process and allows for easier post-construction cleaning by giving the floor “a head start” after installation, in essence an initial sacrificial layer. However, PU ranges almost always require a polish/sealer at some time in the future to protect them and keep them looking like new, especially in commercial applications.

PUR – this means the polyurethane has been reinforced by applying a higher-weight, top-quality polyurethane, that has been UV-cured and cross-linked, to the product. The significant difference lies in the fact that a PUR floor should provide a polish/sealer-free maintenance regime for the life of the floor. It is important to note that this is very distinct from the promises made by manufacturers of a “maintenance-free” regime, as there is no such thing as a maintenance-free floor.

PUR coatings = polish/sealer-free, that’s as good as it gets

The most critical aspect and obvious benefit of PUR coatings is that it is polish/sealer-free. If you cannot clearly see a statement that the so-called PUR range you are buying can be maintained without the use of a polish/sealer for the life of the floor, you have to ask if the PUR tag is being applied a little too freely to an under-performing product.

Both PU and PUR treatments should provide a defined cost saving. This may vary from one application to another, but the manufacturer should clearly state in black and white what the maintenance savings are and show exactly how these are calculated. Because PUR ranges are polish-free for life, they will offer customers more maintenance savings than PU ranges which may later require a polish/sealer. However, manufacturers should be able to give you the proven savings figures for their products. If they are unable to back up their cost-saving claims, you are advised to treat them with the suspicion they deserve.

In conclusion, PUR is defined by the benefit that it delivers, i.e. polish/sealer-free maintenance. Be sure to get the specified maintenance procedures from the manufacturer and you will immediately be able to tell if the coating is a genuine PUR, or actually just a PU coating, and whether the investment will be worth your money in the long run.

How to avoid Phthalates?

June 18, 2017By adminArticles

LG Hausys uses its definition of Green Identity in developing eco products. Our top priorities in product development are ‘Eco-Friendly’ products that are made from eco-friendly materials to deliver more natural and enjoyable living spaces as well as ‘Zero-Emission’ products that are highly efficient and adopt renewable energy to help minimize GHG emissions. These principles guide our endeavors to develop new green products.

LG Hausys Decoclick is resilient vinyl flooring with Easy Click Technology. It uses 100% Phthalate Free plasticizer only, and it is free of 6 types of harmful phthalate plasticizers DOP, BBP, DBP, DIDP,Dn0P, DINP.

Link to Huffinton Post on what is Phthalates.