What are all these letters in my floor tiles?

Plastics used in flooring and matting go by several different acronyms – PE, PP, PVC, LDPE, MDPE, HDPE, PEX. What does it all mean? And why should I care?

There are three commonly-used thermoplastics in the flooring industry. (Thermoplastics become soft and moldable upon heating and solidify again when cooled.) The three most commonly produced thermoplastics are polyethylene (PE), polypropylene (PP) and polyvinyl chloride (PVC). Each of those thermoplastics also have variations that affect their intended use. Here’s how it works.

PVC Outdoor Patio Tiles are waterproof and slip resistant

Waterproof qualities of PVC make it a popular material for outdoor flooring tiles.

Polyvinyl Chloride

PVC can be rigid (RPVC) or flexible. RPVC is usually used for piping, doors, windows, bank cards and non-food packaging, but it can be brittle. With the addition of phthalates (chemicals used to soften plastics), RPVC becomes softer and more flexible, making it suitable to replace rubber in many instances which is where it becomes useful in flooring. PVC flooring is inexpensive and versatile. Chlorinated PVC is resistant to fire, oils and many chemicals. It can also withstand extreme environmental conditions. In the flooring industry, PVC is popular due to its ability to prevent dirt buildup and fend off breeding of microbes in areas that need to be kept sterile. Its waterproof properties make it a popular material for outdoor patio tiles and sports courts.

Note: There is some concern over phthalates’ health effects on humans as some studies have shown certain phthalate exposures to coincide with changes in hormone levels and increased birth defects in rodents. Phthalates typically do not persist in outdoor environments due to biodegradation, photodegradation and anaerobic degradation.

polypropylene garage floor tiles are resistant to high heat and chemicals

Durability and load rating properties make polypropylene an ideal plastic for garage flooring.

Polypropylene

PP is free of bisphenol A (BPA), a common chemical in use for making plastics since the 1960s that has been found to seep into food or beverages, causing concern over possible health effects on the brain and prostate glands. PP is lightweight, strong and flexible and resistant to high heat – up to 200 degrees Celsius. It is also resistant to corrosion, chemicals and moisture. Polypropylene has a wide variety of uses, including packaging, thermal underwear, carpeting, laboratory equipment and automotive components. In the flooring industry, PP is often used for garage floor tiles, due to durability and load rating properties.

Polyethylene

PE is the most common plastic and comes in several different densities. Medium and high density polyethylene (MDPE and HDPE) have a melting point range of between 120 and 180 degrees Celsius. Low density polyethylene (LDPE) melts between 105 and 115 degrees Celsius. LDPE, MDPE and HDPE are all resistant to strong acids and bases as

cross linked polyethylene foam combines durability and shock absorption

Cross linked polyethylene foam is commonly used in gymnastics mats.

well as gentle oxidants and reducing agents.

One third of all toys are manufactured from HDPE which has high tensile strength. Cross-linked Polyethylene (PEX) foam used in gymnastics mats generally uses HDPE and provides a firm and strong closed-cell material. This material does well rebounding to its original shape, providing bounce, cushion and/or shock absorption.

MDPE has good shock absorption and is more resistant to notching and stress cracking than HDPE. MDPE is often used for gas pipes, bags and packaging film.
LDPE is more likely to deform under tensile stress. It is commonly used for both rigid containers and plastic films.

As you can see, there are both good and bad sides to each kind of plastic, making it important to think carefully about how and where these materials should and will be used.

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StayLock Perforated Tiles


StayLock Perforated Tiles are a great, dry-surface, non-slip wet flooring tile.  This 1×1 ft modular tile is made of soft plastic material and delivers traction and comfort on wet surfaces such as patios, spas, pool surrounds, rooftop decks, and shower floors.  They can also be used in dry areas such as industrial locations, greenhouses, locker rooms, and standing work stations.   They are also great for decks and rooftop areas.
The material for StayLock is specifically designed for outdoor installations and features a 7-year UV stable colorant and anti-fungal additive. Safely install this for institutional outdoor swimming pools and spas or hot tubs.
StayLock perforated non-slip floor tile easily connects together with a tab locking system that will not allow the tiles to separate over time.  This non-slip flooring solution is available in a variety of appealing colors for indoor and outdoor applications.  This modular, perforated floor tile is perfect for pool and spa surrounds because it’s easy on bare feet and durable for tables and lawn chairs. The top surface of this non-slip tile will provide traction when wet as well as comfort and fatigue relief for standing and walking.
Use this modular non-slip floor tile for industrial applications where workers may be exposed to a wet floor. This tile will provide an anti-fatigue benefit for people standing for long periods of time. This PVC tile is naturally resistant to oils, acids and toxic chemicals.  
StayLock perforated non-slip floor tile easily connects together and does not require any glue for installation. Easily cut this modular perforated tile with a sharp utility knife for wall-to-wall installations or to install around poles, table legs, or other obstacles on the floor.
StayLock perforated non-slip floor tile easily connects together with a unique tab locking system that will not allow the tiles to separate over tile. These modular non-slip flooring tile can also be separated and taken up easily if needed.
Consider an aesthetic designer look with colors of terra cotta, forest green, or aqua blue. This non-slip floor tile can be custom ordered in virtually any color desired.
All colors are made from virgin PVC material. Black is made from material with a low percentage of recycled content.

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StayLock Perforated Tiles – Outdoor Tiles

 

Here’s a great flooring solution for residential or industrial wet areas.  Our StayLock perforated wet tiles provide a non-slip surface that’s great for decks, patios, rooftops, spa and pool surrounds, locker rooms, and shower areas.   This perforated 1×1 ft modular tile is made of soft plastic material and delivers traction and comfort.
StayLock perforated non-slip floor tile easily connects with a tab lock system that will not allow the tiles to work themselves apart over time.  This non-slip plastic flooring is available in a variety of appealing colors for indoor and outdoor applications.  It is perfect for pool and spa surrounds because its easy on bare feet and durable enough for tables and lawn chairs. The top of this non-slip tile will provide traction when wet and comfort for standing and walking.
Greatmats Staylock Perforated Tiles Grey Tan Green Terra Cotta BlackThis modular, non-slip plastic floor tile is also great for industrial applications where workers are exposed to wet floors.  This tile will provide an anti fatigue benefit for people standing for long periods of time. This pvc tile is naturally resistant to oils, acids, and toxic chemicals because of the pvc base material. StayLock perforated non slip floor tile easily connects together and does not require adhesive for installation. Easily cut this modular perforated tile with a sharp utility knife for wall-to-wall installations or to install around poles, table legs, or other obstacles on the floor.

These modular non-slip flooring tiles can also be separated and taken up easily when needed.  The tab attachment system is resilient and designed for multiple installations so you can take the floor with you when it’s time to relocate. This non-slip floor tile can be custom ordered in virtually any color desired.

Call Greatmats at 877-822-6622.

 

Tent Flooring

Uniquely designed to be placed directly over uneven terrain, our Tent Flooring will not separate under the most strenuous events.  This tent flooring is created to hold crowds of people for long durations and will hold the weight of heavy equipment, staging, or even a vehicle.   It is chemically resistant and odor-free.  This high impact plastic flooring is designed for temporary installations.  Any plastic that is repeatedly exposed to the sun will begin to expand and contract.  This durable polypropylene plastic construction is UV resistant so it will not get brittle and snap with repeated usage.  It is made of recycled content so it’s environmentally responsible.
The unique hinge design featured in this tent flooring snaps together like no other floor system on the market.  It is remarkably easy to install and requires no tape or adhesive of any kind.  In addition, the flooring can be rolled up at take-down for easy storage and reinstallation.  Each tile is waterproof and has drainage holes which allow water to flow freely through which will prevent rot, warp, or get water-logging.  Its top diamond-pattern finish provides an anti-slip surface.  This can be especially nice if it gets rainy outside and people begin to track water into the tent.   Use our tent flooring on any irregular surface including grass, dirt, stones and sand.
Expand your floor as needed.  You can purchase these temporary floor tiles to fit a smaller tent and buy more if you pick up another, larger tent.  This plastic flooring is also great in other special event rooms like ice arenas or convention centers.  Available in black and gray, this tent flooring can be matched to almost any décor.  Each tile measures 2 feet x 6 inches and weighs 1.2 lbs.
Easily clean with a pressure washer or a damp mop.
Call Greatmats at 877-822-6622.