Have you ever think about the looks of an elevator? Do you actually remember how the floor looked like? According to Livescience, the reason why we forget small details relays on the act of actually crossing a door, or in this case, getting out of the elevator. Short-term memory failure is due to the doorway. The very act of walking through a doorway may hint to the brain that a new scene has started and it should store prior memories away, thereby causing strange memory lapses.
From bright to dark, from colorful to dusk, elevators offer a small waiting time while you reach your high. A few theories affirm that elevators began as simple rope or chain hoists but generally speaking an elevator is essentially a platform that is either pulled or pushed up by a mechanical means. Today elevators consist of a cab or a cage mounted on a platform within an enclosed space called a shaft or sometimes a “hoistway”.
No doubt this is one of the most magnificent creations by humankind. But when it comes to flooring style, what is the first that comes to your mind? There are plenty of options but it might all depend on the type of building you own. For example, the chances of finding carpet on a mall elevator are almost none or porcelain on an industrial cage. For that reason Elevators industry has developed its own set of varieties in order to settled the one that you need.
Elevator Decorative Sheet: Vinyl
Vinyl tiles are our number one choice on commercial elevators. Whether a classic or a casual look you need, vinyl is has it.
Even though vinyl floors are frequently chosen for its versatility due to the manufacturing process of vinyl flooring, aspects, such as, the reproduction of just about any look. Technological advances are also now allowing printing samples that perfectly reproduces wood appearance but also texture of natural elements such as stone, rustic wood and slate.
On the other hand vinyl tiles have high resilience to abrasion and impact damage and can be repeatedly refinished with chemical strippers. Selecting between vinyl sheets and tiles is simply a matter of taste and installation preference. Vinyl flooring products are used mostly in commercial and institutional applications, and elevator areas are no exception. Vinyl flooring products commonly come on tiles and sheet versions. They are available on single rolls of large sheets.
Elevator Flooring Options: Porcelain
Usually selected by customers due to its versatile flooring style, Finish Build porcelain tiles add a shiny floor covering which are specially treated to make them impermeable to water and ingrained dirt. But when it comes to elevators porcelain tiles features are usually thicker and therefore heavier to handle than other ceramic tiles. For this reason, it is generally more expensive and to owners concern it might add an extra weight in cages.
Continuing with the features of Finish build features, another goodness regarding ceramic and porcelain tiles is the flexible decorative aspects. Wide selections of tiles are available at Finish Build online store. So, take your time to decide, our selection range between Africa, Amira, Antalya, Apolo, Asia, Bellagio, Chroma, Coti di sole, Crema de marfil, Dolomite, Hickory, Nutrend, Sonoma is waiting for you.
Best Flooring for Elevators: Rectified Porcelain
Rectified porcelain tiles are generally used to increase comfort in home and business areas, but we thought that since they presentation is lighter than regular porcelain, it might be a suitable choice in the case of elevator. At the present time our catalog have Kronenhahn wood line, wich corresponds to a smooth wood light colors that might agree on a warm look, therefore if the building aims for a more serious style, rectified porcelain can make the job. Our current options are Casona Beige, Casona blanco, Vintage Grey come on 8x 48 cm. Others, such as, Sand, White and Imperial Grey from the same line, come on measures of 9x 36 cm.
Elevators matching Vinyl
While some vinyl products allow you to place the material over old flooring, others require you to install it directly on top of the subfloor or underlayment. The reason why we bet for vinyl products is the weight and the versatility on appearance. Since commercial, passenger or even residential elevators can come on different sizes, and vinyl installation might cross with uneven floors, we suggest placing vinyl on underlayment products.
Vinyl flooring is well known by its reputation of softness and warmness. Finish Build vinyl flooring is comfortable for your feet and is warmer than natural surfaces such as wood or ceramic.Additionally, for commercial purposes, vinyl tiles or sheets provide some sound isolation which absorbs impact noise and sound, which become very handy on elevators.
Easy to sweep and vacuuming Finish Build vinyl floors might just need mopping with warm water and slight detergent to provide a more thorough cleaning.