This specification establishes the material, manufacturing, physical, and performance requirements for resilient flooring, typically in tiles or planks format, or both, that are surface decorated or printed and protected by a clear wear layer. The product is a laminated resilient flooring structure that utilizes a polymeric rigid core as part of the product structure and is intended for use in commercial and residential buildings. This type of floor covering may also be manufactured with or without an attached underlay backer for better noise reduction and to help with accommodating minor subfloor irregularities. The wear surface of the resilient tile(s) or plank(s) shall be composed of binder, filler, and pigments compounded with suitable lubricants and processing aids. The binder consists of one or more polymers or copolymers of vinyl chloride, other modifying resins, plasticizers, and stabilizers. The polymers or copolymers of vinyl chloride comprise at least 60% of the weight of the binder. Any copolymer of vinyl chloride used shall contain at least 85% vinyl chloride.
Physical requirements cover binder content, size, thickness, squareness, flatness, openings, and ledging, whereas performance requirements cover residual indentation, surface integrity test, dimensional stability, resistance to chemicals, resistance to heat, resistance to light, and static load resistance. This specification also covers sampling for tests, conditioning, inspection, and certification, as well as workmanship, finish, and appearance, and packaging, packing, and marking.
1.1 This specification covers resilient flooring, typically in tiles or planks format, or both, that are surface decorated or printed and protected by a clear wear layer.
1.2 This type of floor covering utilizes a polymeric rigid core as part of the product structure.
1.3 This type of floor covering may utilize an attached underlay backer for reduced noise and for reducing issues concerning minor subfloor irregularities.
1.4 This type of floor covering is intended for use in commercial and residential buildings. General information and performance characteristics that determine serviceability and recommended use are included in this specification.
1.5 The values stated in inch-pound units are to be regarded as standard. The values given in parentheses are mathematical conversions to SI units that are provided for information only and are not considered standard.
1.6 This standard does not purport to address all of the safety concerns, if any, associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety, health, and environmental practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use.
1.7 This international standard was developed in accordance with internationally recognized principles on standardization established in the Decision on Principles for the Development of International Standards, Guides and Recommendations issued by the World Trade Organization Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) Committee.