Frequently Asked Questions
We have listed below a list of the most frequently asked questions. If your question/s not answered below, please contact us. We are happy to help.
- What are Flexi-Tiles made from?
- What colours and finishes are available?
- How do I know how many tiles do I need for my floor?
- Can I order single tiles or do I have to purchase in case quantities?
- How much time do I need to put a floor
- Where can Flexi-Tile interlocking floor tiles be used?
- Are the tiles suitable for forklift, pallet trucks or vehicular traffic?
- Are there any environmental benefits to be gained?
- Are the tiles easy to cut?
- Can I install over an old floor surface?
- What floor preparation is required before installing Flexi-Tile?
- How do I install Flexi-Tile tiles?
- Are corners and edges available?
- Is an inside corner available?
- Do I need adhesive for installing the floor?
- Are the tiles resistant to compression marks?
- Can this product be installed outdoors?
- What is the best way to clean the tiles?
- Do the tiles require a sealer?
- Can Flexi-Tile be installed in areas subject to extreme hot or cold temperatures?
- Can water get underneath the tiles?
- Would there be a smell if water got under the tiles?
- Are Flexi-Tiles resistant to plasticizer migration by vehicle tires?
- Are there any special features for use in a hairdressers?
- What about applications with animals?
- Are there any anti-static and dissipative and Flexi-Tile products?
What are Flexi-Tiles made from?
The Flexi-Tile range is injection moulded from 100% recyclable PVC and is quick and easy to install.
What colours and finishes are available?
There are 4 surfaces (studded, textured, checker look, slate design) depending on the product and about 10 standard colours to choose from. Special colours available on request from 100 sqm. The standard colour selection can be found on the product page.
How do I know how many tiles do I need for my floor?
Measure length and width of the floor. Length x width gives the surface area in square meters. – or you can use our tile calculator. There are 4 tiles per square metre for all types of tiles except for our Homestyle range where there are 4.8 tiles per square metre.
Can I order single tiles or do I have to purchase in case quantities?
No, only per square metre. On request we can send you sample in advance.
How much time do I need to put a floor?
For a standard floor of approx. 35 m2, it takes about 2-3 hours, including ancillary works. An experienced floor layer can install a space of around 200 square meters and more during the day.
Where can Flexi-Tile interlocking floor tiles be used?
The Flexi-Tile range has products which are suitable for almost every industrial, commercial, domestic and public flooring applications. The tiles are available in a soft or hard material and also anti-static versions are available. The choice of product is dependent on each application. Contact us for technical advice and product recommendation.
Are the tiles suitable for forklift, pallet trucks or vehicular traffic?
Yes, Flexi-Tile tiles are the ideal solution for high use trafficked floors. See also the technical specifications and instructions.
Are there any environmental benefits to be gained?
Flexi-Tile is a 100% recyclable and 100% reusable product. Flexi-Tile does not require removal of existing flooring therefore minimizes waste and dust and reduces use of landfills. At the end of its service life the Flexi-Tile tiles can be lifted and granulated for recycling and manufacturing into recycled products. Please contact us on conditions of taking back old Flexi-Tile tiles.
Are the tiles easy to cut?
Yes, a sharp knife with a heavy blade (soft tile) / jig saw or band saw (hard tile). Additional installation instructions can be found on our installation pdf.
Can I install over an old floor surface?
Yes you can install over old flooring. Flexi-Tile can be installed over virtually any existing substrate including timber, concrete, resin, quarry tiles, terrazzo and linoleum as well as damp floors, sub floors with no damp proof membrane. (any moisture will evaporate up through the joints). However carpet should be removed in advance. The subfloor should be clean, flat and firm. Flexi-Tile provides an easy, rapid solution to covering damaged and contaminated floors and is an extremely resilient, ergonomic flooring system.
What floor preparation is required before installing Flexi-Tile?
Normally it is sufficient simply sweep. Clear the work area of free standing equipment, and ensure that the floor has been swept clean of any loose debris and any high points removed. Any major cracks or holes should be filled prior to installing the tiles. Long-related uneven floors are not a problem because the tiles will adapt themselves to the contour of the floor surface. Please refer to our installation guidelines or contact us for technical assistance.
How do I install Flexi-Tile tiles?
Flexi-Tile tiles are easy and fast to install. Begin by laying tiles in the middle of the room and work uniformly to the walls. All you need to do is align the joint edges, clip the tiles together and finish by using a rubber mallet to secure the interlocks. In loose lay cases the tiles are not glued down they can easily be altered, added to or reconfigured at any time. If you cut a fixed point (wall, machine, etc.) approach, the tiles so that a 0.6 cm (¼ inch) wide spacing at this fixed point appears. This is to leave room for expansion caused by temperature fluctuations or slight contractions. The expansion may be hindered in any way. Use access ramps at entrance points to reduce trip hazards and aid vehicle movement. Please refer to our installation guidelines or contact us for technical assistance.
Are corners and edges available?
Flexi-Tile is available with a unique corners and edges system (not available in Homestyle range). A mat area can be made as large or as small as required. Available in all standard colours.
Is an inside corner available?
Inside corners can be made simply by cutting two edges (ramps) at a 45 degree angle.
Do I need adhesive for installing the floor?
Under normal conditions Flexi-Tiles are not glued to the substrate and can therefore be loosely laid (floating). For applications with high dynamic point loads, or in areas subject to strong, direct sunlight or high temperature fluctuations, the use of an adhesive may be required. We recommend in this case, a suitable adhesive vinyl. Contact our technical department for further information. See also the technical specifications and instructions.
Are the tiles resistant to compression marks?
Yes. Flexi-Tile tiles are, depending on the product, extremely resistant to compression marks caused by such items as car jacks, engine hoists, cabinets, tables etc. after time the tiles will return to its original form.
Can this product be installed outdoors?
Flexi-Tiles are exclusively for indoor use!
What is the best way to clean the tiles?
Clean tiles with a damp mop or for larger areas use a cleaning machine (a rotary scrubber drier with PVC brush and vacuum). Dilute a small amount of our Flexi-Tile Floor Cleaner detergent (3 to 5%) for PVC floors into water. For Stubborn stains (tyre marks, oil, grease) use a stain remover. Remove stains immediately if possible since certain types of stains settle into the flooring as they age and can then only be removed with difficulty or are impossible to remove completely. Please refer to the manufacturer's maintenance instructions.
Do the tiles require a sealer?
No, but the initial treatment provides the surface with a care film which protects the floor, reduces dirt resilience and facilitates regular cleaning. If Flexi-Tiles are installed in warehouses and industrial halls etc. Initial treatment is not sensible with respect to the type of wear and tear to be expected.
Can Flexi-Tile be installed in areas subject to extreme hot or cold temperatures?
Different temperatures affect PVC tiles. In cold conditions the tiles become more brittle and in hotter environments they become more flexible and subject to expansion. Please note where tiles are in direct exposure to sunlight or intense heat we recommend gluing them down. The temperatures range is between -15 C & 70 C degrees. At very low temperatures the hard PVC can become brittle and can fracture with heavy impact. High very high temperature the PVC stabilizers can degrade. Please contact us for advice on extreme temperature condition applications.
Can water get underneath the tiles?
The interlocking joints of Flexi-Tile are a tight fit but they cannot be classed as waterproof, however any ingress of moisture would evaporate up through the joints. If you do not want that liquids spill under the floor the Flexi-Tile floor must be glued down to the subfloor.
Would there be a smell if water got under the tiles?
In the case of PVC, the polymer itself does not readily provide a source of nutrients for bacteria and fungi and so acts as a biocide against microorganisms which would otherwise make the water smell.
Are Flexi-Tiles resistant to plasticizer migration by vehicle tires?
Staining may occur from car or motorcycle tires, although it is uncommon. This is the consequence of a chemical reaction between plasticizers that are used in many rubber products and in the PVC of the floor. The stain is yellow/brown and on dark gray or black floor tiles is not usually visible.
There are special sealants which counteract this problem. For example the PU Anticolor by the company CC-Dr. Schutz GmbH, or any other manufacturer with the same product.
To ensure that this problem does not occur, you can lay a single tile under the tires. Our colour recommendation for car or motorcycle garages would be dark gray or black where the vehicles are stationary and long standing.
Are there any special features for use in a hairdressers?
Yes. It can cause "unsightly spots" by hair dyes and plasticizers. There are special sealants which counteract this problem. For example the PU Anticolor by the company CC-Dr. Schutz GmbH, or any other manufacturer with the same product.
What about applications with animals?
Animal claws can cause scratches on the Flexi-Tiles. Furthermore stains / spots by animal feces on the Flexi-tile floor may not be removable. If they are removed straight away from the floor it should be no problem however if it is left for a long time the stain may not remove. There are special sealants which counteract this problem. For example the PU Anticolor by the company CC-Dr. Schutz GmbH, or any other manufacturer with the same product.
Are there any anti-static and dissipative and Flexi-Tile products?
Yes. Antistatic and conductive products are available, e.g. for PC work stations, control rooms. (on request)