Before Flexisurf, swimming pool covers, industrial roofing membranes and huge quantities of automobile upholstery trim scrap were landfilled. These materials are made of PVC plastic with Polyester strands added to increase overall product rigidity and physical strength. Commingled plastics such as these are practically impossible to separate for recycling but as Flexisurf, they each continue as important components in the new material's quality and durability.
Used material is collected and sorted by color so that a reasonably predictable color of feedstock can be achieved. The material is then granulated and fed into a sheet extruder where color pigment is added. The color is thoroughly blended into the molten plastic before it is extruded as a sheet material.
When heated, the granulated scrap is extruded. This process produces minimal off-gassing because it is tightly controlled. Like all materials, Flexisurf off-gasses slightly after installation but after a few weeks, it becomes indistinguishable from surrounding materials. Sealing and finishing Flexisurf with typical floor care products inhibits any further off-gassing. In a properly ventilated space, indoor air quality is not compromised. Flexisurf is available with a factory applied UV cured urethane finish.
Installation: Flexisurf can be cut with a knife, saw, router, die, water-jet and laser. It can be applied bonded to any flat, clean, hard and dry surface. It can be applied unbonded on any surface, even when wet. Seams can be welded chemically or by heat to produce watertight joints.
Flexisurf rivals conventional flooring in price and appeal and exceeds in quality and durability.
Concerned about PVC? There are two major concerns with PVC, Polyvinyl Chloride. The first is its production and the second is its disposal. PVC is the third-most produced plastic in the world. It is used in a great many areas of modern life. The primary concern is the release of the toxic chemical dioxin into the environment during its production. Additives to PVC such as phthalates among others for a wide variety of products, can also leak into the environment.
PVC is difficult to recycle and thus, much of it ends up in landfills. This is where Flexisurf is helpful by intercepting a used, already existing material, and converting it into a useful material - extending its life. Flexisurf can potentially delay the typical PVC disposal in landfills by as much as 50 years. Perhaps in that time, technologies will have been developed to safely and completely recycle all PVC and safer materials may have been developed to replace PVC.
Attributes: Flexisurf will not shrink, buckle, warp or crack. Flexisurf is easy to clean and maintain. It is stain, chemical, weather, impact and puncture resistant as well as non-corrosive. Flexisurf is treated with Vinyzene® fungicide to resist mold and bacterial growth. The non-skid, resilient surface reduces noise. It is a relatively safe, non-toxic material that causes no harm to the environment during its remanufacture or use.
Flexisurf is a superior flooring material. Commercial, industrial, institutional and residential are all appropriate applications for Flexisurf flooring. It is also used in exterior applications such as sports, recreational, animal, truck beds, and other high traffic areas. Flexisurf is self-healing and can be used as a cutting surface. Flexisurf is used for stair treads and tabletop laminate.
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