Driftwood Oak Genesis Click Lock Vinyl is a 7″ x 60″ plank with a 20-mil wear layer and 1.5 mm attached padding. It is made out of wood polymer composite vinyl plank or better known as WPC. A WPC vinyl product is manufactured with a wood-plastic composite backing instead of a solid PVC backing. The engineered backing combines recycled wood pulp and plastic composite to form a bond of strength and stability. This is then topped with a standard vinyl top layer. A WPC vinyl is thicker than your traditional vinyl, so you’ll have a similar feel to a laminate.
So, what is a wear layer? The wear layer helps your floor last longer. The wear layer is a clear PVC film that is applied to the photographic layer of your floor. For example, if you rolled around your floor on a desk chair, the wear layer is what is protecting your floor from wearing down to the color. The wear layer adds an extra boost of durability and extends the life of your vinyl flooring. As you may have guessed the thicker the wear layer the tougher the flooring will be.
If you love the texture of real hardwood floors you will want a floor that is Embossed in Register. Embossed in Register is a relatively new technology. The embossing process adds ultimate realism to the look and texture of natural wood or stone material. To achieve this, during the heating process, the manufacturers use a special plate to integrate into the wear layer. This gives it not only texture but the graining as well.
Most chemical exposure in people occurs through the air we breathe in our homes, offices, schools, and other indoor environments. These chemicals are used to manufacture and maintain building materials. You can also find it on interior furnishing, cleaning products, and personal care products. Studies show that many of us spend as much as 90% of our time indoors. If you are breathing poor quality air, you could be facing a higher risk level for a variety of health problems. Studies by the EPA have found that VOCs are common in indoor environments. The levels may be up to thousand times higher than outdoors. As a result, long-term exposure can lead to health issues.
Green Guard Certified means that a third party tested and measured the risk of airborne chemicals. This chemical is referred to as Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs). Products bearing the Green Guard Certification meet the stringent indoor air quality emissions criteria. So, what does that mean to you? It means that your family can breathe easier. Therefore, you should keep Green Guard Certification in mind when shopping for floors.
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