Some confuse quartz-vinyl tiles with conventional PVC (polyvinyl chloride), and therefore believe that this material is not too eco-friendly. Why is it so, it's not very clear, after all, we all grew up on PVC floors, with which Soviet apartments were finished and nothing, all living-healthy.
Read the article and you will find out how harmful the quartz-vinyl floor tile is to health, what it is in general, and also, what is its difference from other floor coverings.
What is quartz-vinyl tile made of?
As shown in the photo, the quartz tile consists of three layers and polyvinyl chloride, which everyone is terribly afraid of - at the very bottom. Then comes quartz sand, the thing is very safe and eco-friendly, and this "sandwich" polyurethane film covers.
So, what's the most worthwhile fear? This is the very film of polyurethane. But is it worth it? After all, this material is used everywhere, not only for the manufacture of building and finishing materials, but even clothing (for example, eco-leather for jackets) and condoms, and for those people who are allergic to latex.
Yes, if you seriously delve into and lay out the material on Mendeleyev's table, you can be frightened. See what elements are there:
- Tertiary amine
This is so, not even a fifth of the whole "batch". But, if we go further, it turns out that all these substances can be harmful in one case: if the material is heated to 200 degrees. And how is this possible in a normal apartment? Already in any way.
Even with the best heating in the winter, the air temperature will not rise to a critical point at which evaporation from the polyurethane will start to emit and kill you.
The same applies to polyvinyl chloride itself. It is also safe until the moment it does not heat up, then phosgene and cyan are released. So, do not just heat it up to 200 degrees, and everything (the system "warm floor" also does not give out such a temperature).
What is its difference from conventional PVC?
Surely, many of you remember the Soviet-made PVC tiles: pink and green squares, with which all the new buildings of that time were finished. It was a very durable coating, you must agree.
The only thing that was bad in this tile - it burned out and was afraid of hot. That is, if you accidentally leave a hair curtain on the floor - the coating melted.
But the quartz-vinyl tile is fire-resistant and it certainly does not deform from the fuse. As for the burnout in the sun - everything depends on the manufacturer and on the availability of a protective, ultraviolet layer. If you take the tile solid company - it will be twenty years old to preserve its original appearance (however, the Soviet PVC-tiles also burned out very quickly).
Myths about quartz-vinyl tile
In addition to fears about the "ecology", quartz-vinyl cover is overgrown with myths. This is not surprising. Any new material on the market is a sickle attack on ... competitors. So they are spreading rumors at an incredible speed, in order to neutralize the enemy who encroached on their part of the clientele.
Therefore, before you believe any popular opinion, it is worthwhile to read and search the information properly, and then draw conclusions.
So, what are the myths about quartz vinyl on the people's ears?
Myth 1: quartz vinyl is short-lived and soon sand is poured from the surface.
That's just plain nonsense. Sand is sand, but it comes from stone sand, quartz. And quartz - the most durable mineral in the world, after diamonds, of course. And it is pressed with plasticizers that do not break down for 15 years, at least, or even all 25. Is this a short service life of the flooring?
Myth 2: this coating is cold, because it consists of stone.
But in addition to the stone, the same substrate - PVC (half-rubber), quartz sand there - a very small layer and on top it's all covered with polyurethane. That is, to the screed is not quartz sand, but rubber, which means that it can not hold all the cold of the concrete up.
And from above, such a tile can not become cold in any way, since the temperature in the room is usually 25 degrees and the material "collects" just this temperature, and not cement.
Quartz-vinyl tiles even heat laminate!
Myth 3: quartz-vinyl tiles are incompatible with heated floors.
Everything there is compatible. To warm up the vinyl before the evaporation goes, it must be set on fire! And if we are talking about the fact that it deforms from the temperature drop - this is also past, as this material is plastic, unlike the same wood that is jarring from heating and frost.
Myth 4: this tile is also easily scratched, like linoleum ...
...and in general, quartz-vinyl is the same linoleum, only cut into pieces.
No. These are completely different materials and compare them incorrectly. Quartz-vinyl tile is very durable, it is not "afraid" of heels, scratches and furniture legs, unlike linoleum.
According to the fortress, this coating, rather, can be compared with a laminate. That is, such a tile is a soft laminate, roughly speaking.
Myth 5: such a tile can burst from impact.
So they think, because it consists of pressed stone sand. But, thanks to the fact that sand is mixed with plasticizers, there is a soft substrate underneath, and on top is a strong protective film, these tiles are simply impossible to break. And from the blows they do not crack.
As you can see, in all respects, quartz-vinyl tiles are just a wonderful choice for the kitchen.
She is not afraid of strikes, scratches, or water.
And the cost goes a little cheaper than ceramics, and walk it nicer.
Myth 6: it is difficult to lay yourself.
No, it's very easy to put it. It has a lock design, like a laminate, but it bends and can be cut with a simple construction knife.
What to focus on when choosing
Choosing quartz-vinyl tiles for kitchen, first of all, pay attention to the manufacturer. If you take the goods of an unknown firm (Chinese, for example, from the market), then such a tile can be not only substandard, but also harmful.
Because, in the case of China, one can never be sure of what their "quartz-vinyl" is made of. It can be a completely different composition, superficially similar to quartz-vinyl, which poisons you with phenol and without any heating.
See the certificates, buy in the building market, give preference to firms that are not in the market for the first ten years, for example, Tarkett, Finefloor. These factories produce quality floor coverings for decades, therefore, they should be trusted.
Quartz-vinyl tiles - a good choice for finishing the kitchen floor and in the apartment, and in a private house. If you are planning a repair, be sure to consider this option, because, judging by the reviews - this is a worthy thing.