The specialized division „Flooring“ focuses on wooden and laminate flooring. Aside from the assessment of general properties relevant to the serviceability of wooden and laminate floors also testing for classification and initial type testing for CE marking are performed. Development and optimisation represents an important part of this field of work.
Significant performance characteristics of wood flooring and parquet are the resistance to fire, the formaldehyde emission and the content of pentachlorophenol (PCP). Results which were obtained by testing a wide range of products available on the Austrian market form the basis for new developments which are also planned to be incorporated into European regulations. Ecological data from the production, the utilisation and the disposal was also determined and serve as decision-making aids for designers and consumers.
A particular emphasis is placed on the dimensional stability of laminate flooring in use under differing climatic conditions. Products show considerable potential for improvement in this particular area.
Wooden flooring – quality criteria (finish, chair castor resistance, edge bonding)
The specialized division „Flooring“ holds accreditations for a number of test methods for wooden and laminate flooring:
Aside from general characteristics such as thickness, lengths, width, squareness, element flatness, surface layer straightness, opening and height differences between elements are also acertained. Furthermore tests of resistance to abrasion, impact, cigarette burns and chemicals plus the castor chair tests are conducted for classification purposes. The dimensional stability as affected by dry and humid conditions is evaluated based on the requirements set in the standard as well as with respect to specific in-use conditions.
On the basis of an assessment of facts at the site and/or laboratory testing of damaged flooring, the possible causes for damage are elaborated and upon request remedial actions are proposed.