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DINP in vinyl flooring gets safe determination

RFCI LogoLaGrange, Ga.—The California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) has issued a Safe Use Determination (SUD) under Prop 65 for diisononyl phthalate (DINP) in vinyl flooring products. The finding is based on OEHHA’s determination that vinyl flooring products containing 18.9% or less of DINP by weight do not expose occupants of residences and commercial buildings to DINP exceeding “safe harbor levels.” Therefore, a Prop 65 consumer warning for qualifying products is not required. DINP has been used as a plasticizer in many products, including vinyl floors, to make them flexible.

The Resilient Floor Covering Institute (RFCI) asked OEHHA in November 2014 to evaluate exposure to DINP in vinyl flooring and issue an SUD after the chemical was added to the state’s Prop 65 list in December 2013. The request was the first SUD sought since late 2007. OEHHA issued the SUD on June 21, 2016.

“We are pleased that OEHHA has reviewed exposure levels of DINP in virgin and recycled vinyl flooring and found that qualifying products do not require a Prop 65 warning,” said Dean Thompson, RFCI president. “OEHHA’s decision confirms that DINP in vinyl flooring not exceeding the 18.9% threshold is safe and appropriate for homes and commercial buildings. DINP is a thoroughly studied compound that enhances the flexibility, resiliency, and long-lasting performance of many vinyl products.”

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Vinyl’s value proposition

Durability, sustainability, versatility are highlighted characteristics

By Jenna Lippin

Volume 26/Number 24; April 15/22, 2013

Aspire, Metroflor’s latest LVT product, is a floating, groutable tile that ‘gives the sensation of walking on a thick, solid, warm floor,’ according to Russ Rogg, president and CEO.

As flooring products evolve and undergo technologic advances, many consumers are turning to vinyl for both first-time installation and remodel because of the value proposition compared to other surfaces. Organizations such as the Resilient Floor Covering Institute (RFCI) recommend the product for a number of reasons, while flooring manufacturers are making significant strides with both design and performance.

Allen Cubell, vice present of residential product management at Armstrong, summed up all the benefits resilient offers. “Vinyl today provides the best combination of beauty, performance and installation options—the ‘big three’ features in flooring [all at a value price point]. From a beauty standpoint, design execution has leap-frogged other categories like laminate and ceramic. Those other categories are all playing catch-up with design. From a performance standpoint, vinyl has always won. Now add on all the installation options with glue-down, floating, loose lay, etc., and there’s every reason in the world to install a vinyl floor.” Continue reading Vinyl’s value proposition

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Tarkett introduces I.D. Inspiration High Performance Resilient Plank

Tarkett's I.D. Inspiration installed in a retail environment.

Expanding on its industry-leading, comprehensive product portfolio, Tarkett, worldwide leader in innovative and sustainable flooring and sports surface solutions, introduces its I.D. Inspiration High Performance Resilient Planks collection. With dynamic design, durability and low environmental impact, I.D. Inspiration is ideal for heavy traffic commercial areas including hospitality, retail, corporate, education and healthcare, among other applications. Continue reading Tarkett introduces I.D. Inspiration High Performance Resilient Plank

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Parterre creates 'Oasis' in everyday flooring

Wilmington, Mass. – Inspiration for flooring designs can come from almost anywhere. In the case of Parterre Flooring’s new Oasis product, the beauty of nature was the jumping off point for the design. The end result is a premium vinyl flooring that provides a calming, stylish atmosphere.

“Focused on creating a flooring with a natural, decorative texture, our product designer was inspired by fern leaves juxtaposed with concrete,” explains T. Fred Roche, Parterre president. “For example, he looked at the way shadows of ferns fall on the sidewalk where he takes his morning walks – even the textures of a fossilized fern. Similarly, inspiration came from Disney World’s Animal Kingdom, where impressions of leaves are included in the cement walkways, becoming part of the ‘flooring’ surface design.” Continue reading Parterre creates 'Oasis' in everyday flooring

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Resilient sales rise, but do not tell whole story

by K.J. Quinn

Understanding the state of resilient flooring is similar to peeling an onion. By carefully removing each layer, one is able to uncover underlying causes impacting the business on many different levels.

“The industry still has a significant amount of unfilled capacity,” observed Dennis Jarosz, Congoleum’s senior vice president sales and marketing. “Combine that with available import products, and the biggest challenge becomes margin, as more producers compete for a market that has shown only slight overall growth.” Excess manufacturing capacity contributed to driving down prices in the mid to lower price points, suppliers say. Continue reading Resilient sales rise, but do not tell whole story