Thinking about installing a floor graphic in a high traffic area? Floor graphic media is offered in various ranges of thickness, textures, and materials. Choosing the right fit usually begins with determining how durable the graphic needs to be. A floor graphic in a retail setting will obviously need to be a more durable substrate than something used in a home.
Some things to consider:
Is it ASTM rated for floor graphics? The American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) is an international standards organization that develops standards for materials, products, systems, and services. Having this certification will ensure the product you purchase has been tested for the advertised application. It is a good first step to check this out when choosing floor media.
What material is best for you?
Polypropylene overlaminates are offered in a variety of textures and finishes. In addition to added protection and durability, overlaminates can create nice added effects to printed images.
Vinyl (PVC) overlaminates: Vinyl is an extremely versatile overlaminate and is offered in an a wide range of textures, finishes, and in varying degrees of thickness. Vinyl tends to be a softer, more pliable substrate when compared to polypropylene.
Polycarbonate overlaminates are a less common option that can offer incredible durability, yet is not a very conformable option .
Vinyl tends to be the most commonly used floor graphic media. This can be directly printed on and laminated to provide additional protection.