There’s a lot of important technical information that you need to know about resilient flooring products. It affects everything from installation to safe removal of your flooring So, at RFCI, we’re bringing all these technical guidelines together in one place to make it easier for you to access the facts you need, whenever you need them.
Static Load limit testing determines how well flooring withstands and recovers from indentation by heavy objects like household furniture or commercial equipment. A overview can be found in the static load limits section.
Beautiful resilient flooring is the result of proper installation. RFCI member companies have developed detailed instructions for installing each of their flooring products to ensure customers will be satisfied with the finished installation. These installation instruction should be followed closely. To obtain installation installations go to the “Members” section to connect to the flooring company from which a product has been purchased. Member websites will also provide information on the correct procedures which should be followed to properly maintain a flooring product.
If you’re remodeling or otherwise need to take up your current flooring, you’ll want to read over this comprehensive guide on the recommended practices for the removal of resilient flooring. Have tile flooring? Sheet flooring? Stubborn adhesives? Wood underlayment? We’ve got the step-by-step instructions you need to remove your flooring properly.
Resilient flooring – a category of flooring products including luxury vinyl tile, linoleum, rubber and more – has a well-deserved reputation for its impervious surface that is affected very little from surface spills, heavy wet-mopping, and more.
Resilient flooring is such a popular choice, because it offers so many unique benefits, from major cost savings and exceptional versatility to true sustainability. If you haven’t looked into resilient flooring recently, you’ll also discover a world of new developments and designs that are making it an even more attractive choice. You can find out more about topics such as installation, maintenance, standards, and specifications by browsing our Knowledge Center right now.
During installation and curing, rooms should be well ventilated to minimize VOCs and ensure that proper indoor air quality is maintained. Use fans and open any doors or windows to increase fresh air flow.
Some installation materials may also be highly flammable. We recommend that open flames and other potential sources of ignition be avoided during the installation process.
This EPA link provides information related to the April, 2000 EPA ruling requiring the use lead-safe practices and other actions aimed at preventing lead poisoning. Under the rule, beginning April 22, 2010, contractors performing renovation, repair and painting projects that disturb lead-based paint in homes, child care facilities, and schools built before 1978 must be certified and must follow specific work practices to prevent lead contamination.
We’ve already highlighted some key points that will make your installation a success. But we also recommend that you check out the links below :
If you are a retailer or flooring contractor and your installers need the required training regarding the removal of flooring that may contain asbestos, follow this link to a network of RFCI licensed trainers.
Or, follow this link to visit our member websites for product-specific installation guidelines.
Or, need technical assistance regarding adhesives? Follow these links to RFCI Associate member sites:
ASTM International is one of the largest voluntary standards development organizations in the world-a trusted source for technical standards for materials, products, systems, and services. Known for their high technical quality and market relevancy, ASTM International standards have an important role in the information infrastructure that guides design, manufacturing and trade in the global economy.
ASTM International, originally known as the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM), was formed over a century ago, when a forward-thinking group of engineers and scientists got together to address frequent rail breaks in the burgeoning railroad industry. Their work led to standardization on the steel used in rail construction, ultimately improving railroad safety for the public. As the century progressed and new industrial, governmental and environmental developments created new standardization requirements, ASTM answered the call with consensus standards that have made products and services safer, better and more cost-effective. The proud tradition and forward vision that started in 1898 is still the hallmark of ASTM International.
ISO (International Organization for Standardization) is the world’s largest developer and publisher of International Standards. Standards ensure desirable characteristics of products and services such as quality, environmental friendliness, safety, reliability, efficiency and interchangeability – and at an economical cost. When products do not perform well it often is because they have not met the requirements of a standard.
Members of the Resilient Floor Covering Institute (RFCI) have been participating in the development of ISO Standards for resilient floor covering since 2001. The purpose of these ISO resilient flooring standards is to establish standards which are accepted worldwide. There are several types of standards. The standards which ISO Technical Committee #219 (Carpet, Resilient & Laminate flooring) has been developing are primarily test method standards and product specification standards.
ISO standards provide the assurance that U.S., Canadian and Mexican resilient flooring products will be accepted worldwide if they meet the requirements in the ISO standards. Conversely specifiers in North America are assured that flooring products produced outside North America meet the same requirements as North American resilient flooring products.
Technical Committee #219, Working Group 2 (Resilient Flooring) has developed the standards shown below. Additional standards are in the process of being developed. These standards are available for purchase and can be accessed by clicking the ISO links below.
ASTM Committee F06 on Resilient Floor Coverings was formed in 1968. F06 meets twice a year, usually in May and November, with approximately 50 members attending two and one half days of technical meetings capped by a discussion on relevant topics in the Resilient Flooring industry. The Committee, with a membership of about 150, has jurisdiction of over 42 standards, published in the Annual Book of ASTM Standards, Volume 15.04. F06 has 6 technical subcommittees that maintain jurisdiction over these standards. Information on this subcommittee structure and F06’s portfolio of approved standards and Work Items under construction are available from the Lists of Subcommittees, Standards and Work Items at the ASTM link below. The various standards are listed along with the associated cost for obtaining the documents. These standards have and continue to play a preeminent role in all aspects important to the industry of resilient floor coverings and related products, including linoleum, vinyl, vinyl composition, asphalt, rubber, cork, and the like, in which the wearing surface is non-textile.
One of the most popular features of resilient flooring is that it’s so easy to clean. Resilient flooring is moisture resistant and doesn’t trap dirt and dust the way other surfaces do. It’s also naturally stain resistant. Spills just wipe away. That’s the good news.
But, since we haven’t developed a self-cleaning product just yet, we’ve got some general maintenance tips to help keep your flooring spic-and-span. By following these few, simple tips, you can extend the life of the flooring, help protect the environment, and keep your premises looking great.
Some resilient flooring manufacturers are claiming extremely high (PSI) static load limit ratings for their flooring products. This has led to confusion in the market place where architects, specifiers, designers and end users are led to believe that they are better protected against indentation and damage to the flooring products they have chosen than they are in reality. The purpose of this document is to explain static load limit testing and ensure that the end users, expectations of indentation resistance and recovery from indentation are realistic.
Static load testing, as it relates to resilient flooring generally refers to ASTM Test Method F-970, titled Standard Test Method for Static Load Limit. This test method is designed to evaluate the ability of a flooring product to withstand or recover from indentation. In the test method, a load for example, 175 pounds per square inch (PSI), is applied to the flooring for 24 hours. The load is then removed, and the material is allowed to recover f or another 2 4 hours after which the amount of residual indentation is measured. The pass/fail criterion is a residual indentation of no greater than 5 mils.
Static load limit is one characteristic of a floor’s durability; others include i.e., stain resistance, puncture resistance, and ease of maintenance. No flooring product is indestructible. Misleading product claims that do not reflect a floor’s performance relative to the intended use does the entire flooring industry a disservice by potentially leaving a customer dissatisfied because of unfulfilled or mismatched expectations.
There is work under development within ASTM to address the issue of potential damage that can be caused by shifting heavy loads on the surface of a floor. Ideally ASTM will be successful in developing a static load test method utilizing an installed assembly and/or the development of a dynamic load test to evaluate the ability of the floor to withstand movement under a load. Until new testing methodology is developed, the best advice is to judge the technical information and merit of a flooring product upon what is ultimately covered or not covered by a floor product warranty.
To resolve any problem or question related to your flooring installation, the best first course of action is to work through your flooring retailer or contractor. Or, if you are a retailer or flooring contractor you may encounter situations where you need help. Should a situation arise where you need specialized services, there are a wide range of independent technical consultants available. RFCI is providing several contacts based on the recommendations of our member companies. However, neither RFCI or our member companies warrant or in any way guarantee any services that you may contract for.
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