COMPARISON OF FORTELOCK TILES AND CONVENTIONAL FLOOR SYSTEMS

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Frequently Asked Questions and Answers about the Fortelock PVC tiles.

Where can the Fortelock PVC tiles be used?

Thanks to the modern production technology, the high-quality materials and the simple installation system, the tiles are suitable for use in garages, workshops, production halls, warehouses, sports halls and the home gym or in offices as well as many other applications. The subdivision into the product groups  2010/2020  and  2050/2060 takes into account the different uses: the PVC tiles from the 2010 and 2020 series are ideal for the heavily used areas, such as industrial halls, larger garages and workshops, as well as bearings. The abrasion-resistant, 7-8 mm thick PVC tiles hold extremely high Point and dynamic loads (compressive strength 520 kg / m³ according to EN ISO 604-1) – even the use of forklifts or electric pallet trucks can not affect Fortelock 2010/2020.

 

Rooms with less stress, such as the home gym, the small garage or the basement, we recommend the cheaper versions 2050 and 2060. An overview of the applications and case studies can be found in our technical data sheet.

Do the Fortelock PVC tiles withstand oil and other chemicals?

The contact of the floor with oil and other chemicals in the garage, the industrial area or the workshop is hard to avoid. Fortelock is largely chemical resistant thanks to the polymer structure of the material used.

Can water harm the Fortelock PVC tile?

Water is a daily stress factor, whether melting snow from the car roof or moisture that is carried through the footwear in the room. Due to the tightly closing anchoring system of the PVC tiles, a large part of the water can not penetrate and run off easily. However, in order to prevent mould or rot caused by water collecting under the tiles, our PVC tiles also have the AirFlow system, which allows the tiles to “breathe”, so that the residual moisture also flows smoothly through small channels even under the tiles can.

 

Do the Fortelock tiles have heat and sound insulation properties?

Our PVC tiles are both heat- and sound-insulating (for exact values, please refer to our  technical data sheet. A real advantage especially in workshops – the unavoidable noise development at work is significantly reduced!

Are the PVC tiles easily flammable?

No. Thanks to the high-quality materials used in production, our Fortelock PVC tiles are “hardly flammable” according to EN 4102.

Are the Fortelock PVC tiles slip-proof?

At first glance, the surface of the PVC tiles may appear smooth and slippery. The impression is deceptive: According to EN 13893, the tiles are particularly non-slip!

What tools do I need to  install my Fortelock floor?

The great advantage of our PVC tiles is the ingeniously simple installation system: As a rule, the tiles are loosely laid, only in larger rooms, an additional gluing is recommended. This means that you only need a rubber mallet and a knife  or circular saw to cut the wall and corner pieces. How fast and easy Fortelock can be laid in the garage,  shows our video !

How should the substrate be prepared before laying?

Ideally, the substrate should be carefully cleaned and leveled before installation. The elastic construction of the PVC tiles, however, makes it possible to compensate for minor unevenness on its own. For larger bumps, it is recommended with cement or the like. compensate in advance. Contamination residues that can not be removed when sweeping are generally no problem. You will find out more in our installation instructions!

How do you lay Fortelock PVC tiles in the wall area or in the driveway?

When laying, make sure to keep a distance of approx. 5 mm from the wall. Simply cut the PVC tiles with a knife.

If you are laying the tiles in a garage or workshop, just use the color-identical driveways available from us (2015/2025): Simply mount them in the area of ​​the driveway.

How should the PVC tiles be best maintained?

In general, it is sufficient to clean the flooring regularly with water and commercial cleaning agents. If you want to maintain the optical gloss of PVC tiles in the long term, we recommend additionally a treatment with special cleaning agents by Dr. Ing. Protection.

 

Can Fortelock be used outdoors?

Fortelock was designed and tested for indoor use. Outdoor use, however, is not ruled out categorically: this can lead to greater dimensional changes and color deviations!

Can the tiles be replaced individually if damaged?

Yes. If you ever damage one or more tiles or you can simply remove them from the composite and replace one or more replacement tiles.