VCT tile (short for “Vinyl Composition Tile”) is a specific flooring type used for both residential and commercial buildings. Originally composed of asbestos, modern VCT is composed of PVC chips formed into solid squares by applying heat and pressure. This type of floor tile is typically used in high-traffic areas due to its low cost and durability.
VCT has a high resilience to impact making them easy to maintain, and to make it even better, VCT is fairly easy to remove making it easily replaceable when damaged.
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Originally vinyl was referred to as “Vinyl Asbestos Floor Tile” due to the fact that it was formed using asbestos. This lasted up until the early 1980’s before it was understood that asbestos materials were hazardous. Tile Contractors Virginia Beach, Floor tiles that contain asbestos can be determined by the combination of the appearance and product age. Not all tiles manufactured before 1980 contains asbestos. To be on the safe side, be sure to purchase tiles made after 1980, or to research the chemical compound and be sure that asbestos is not an ingredient in those particular tiles. VCT Tile Virginia Beach
PEI (Porcelain Enamel Institute) is more of an outline for different tile types along with their suggested usage. The PE rating looks into details as far as heavy traffic patterns or general foot traffic. Here is a look at the PEI Rating Guide.
PEI 1 – Very Light Traffic
These tiles would be ideal for indoor wall applications like bathrooms or countertops. This can include bathroom flooring however it is suggested to be avoided in any area that will have any constant or heavy foot traffic.
PEI 2 – Light Traffic
These tiles can be used on all Interior Wall Applications. This includes all interior countertop uses as well as light traffic residential interior floors. Avoid using this type of tile in areas such as kitchens, entry ways, stairs, or areas with heavy traffic.
PEI 3 – Moderate Traffic
Light the lower PEI ratings, this tile can also be used in all interior wall applications or interior countertop applications, but it can also be ideal for typical residential use. This basic use includes hallways and places of general use. PEI 3 tiles are not a good option for commercial use.
PEI 4 – Moderate to Heavy Traffic
These tiles can be used on all Interior Wall Applications as well as all countertops applications and residential floors. This does also include light commercial use such as restaurants or lobbies. The only thing this tile type should not be used for is heavy commercial use.
PEI 5 – Heavy Traffic
This is the tile that can be used for almost all applications. This includes interior walls, interior countertops, residential interior floors, and all heavy commercial applications such as airports, shopping malls, supermarkets, etc. This is the tile type that would be excellent for industrial applications where extreme durability is required.
A tile is a manufactured piece of material such as stone, metal, ceramic, or even glass. Tiles are typically used for flooring but can also be used for walls or roofs, and even tabletops.
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