Linoleum today is one of the most common floor coverings. It is used in home decoration, office or even industrial premises.
The material is most popular with consumers, due to a number of positive characteristics. These include a variety of colors, ease of installation, a wide price range, as well as durability, wear resistance and ease of maintenance.
Shops of finishing materials offer many types of this coating. To choose the best one, you just need to clearly determine in which room it will be used, what kind of loads to experience.
Today we’ll talk about two types of linoleum: commercial and semi-commercial. We will understand how they differ from each other.
This is a material with a foam or needle-punched base and a multilayer structure. It is reinforced with fiberglass to give greater strength and wear resistance.
- Top protective layer has a thickness from 0.3 to 0.6 mm.
- Weight per square meter makes up from 2 to 2.5 kg.
- The average term of use is 15 years.
Coating used in places with moderate traffic, such as offices, small shops, study rooms or corridors in residential premises.
In its properties and price, this type differs from commercial (industrial), but wins in comparison with household.
IMPORTANT! Do not lay semi-commercial linoleum in bedrooms or children's rooms. For them, it is better to choose more environmentally friendly types of flooring.
It is not recommended to lay the cover in places that directly communicate with the street.
Floor covering with increased wear resistance and durability. It is applied in rooms with high passability: in trading floors, corridors of medical or educational rooms, warehouses and others.
Such a coating made from very dense polyvinyl chloride (PVC) using polymer additives.
IMPORTANT! For laying industrial linoleum will require special equipment.
Abrasion occurs unnoticed due to the fact that the coating is stained uniformly throughout the thickness. Such linoleum able to withstand temperatures from -40 to + 50 ° C. It also withstands point loads, moisture, ultraviolet rays and chemicals.
One of the main advantages is its fire safety. It ignites immediately when ignited and does not release toxic substances.
The service life with proper operation can reach 25 years.
Differences between semi-commercial and commercial linoleum
The main difference between these two types of flooring is their purpose and use.
- Semi-commercial linoleum use in rooms with moderate cross, including the corridors of residential buildings and apartments. That is, in those places where there is no need to lay expensive commercial linoleum. Compared to commercial, he has a more diverse palette of colors and textures.
- Industrial is used in factory premises, warehouses, corridors of medical or state institutions. Due to the fact that the material is completely painted over the entire thickness, and also has a number of protective properties, it is able to cope with the required loads and maintain its appearance for many years of operation.
It is useful to consider these differences when choosing the type of coating. If you plan to use in places with high traffic, you should opt for a commercial one. For less crowded rooms, it is more advisable to purchase a more budgetary semi-commercial linoleum.