Imperfect tiles produced offshore result in ugly installations, costing time and money.

In a survey of large flooring contractors, we asked them to list their biggest complaints with conductive and static dissipative vinyl flooring produced offshore. Every response included major concerns about:

  • Squareness, and shrinkage – resulting in gaps between seams – and call backs
  • Economic liability for the contractor, the janitorial service and ultimately the owner, due to tile shrinkage and lack of squareness

Less than perfect tile costs installers and owners time and money

Vinyl tile made in the USA is squared in line using a CNC process. Most imported tiles, on the other hand, are merely die cut. Since consistency in squareness and thickness are the key metrics contributing to a seamless installation, tiles need to be precision manufactured.

When tiles are imperfect the installer has to sort and cut tiles in order to make them fit properly. They also need to buy extra tile to compensate for tiles they can’t use. After installation, the owner is harnessed with permanent maintenance problems, including gaps in seams and ongoing shrinkage. Gaps collect dirt and compromise the visual appeal of a floor that was supposed to look like an operating room in a hospital.

Vinyl tile made in the USA is squared in line using a CNC process. Most imported tiles, on the other hand, are merely die cut. Since consistency in squareness and thickness are the key metrics contributing to a seamless installation, tiles need to be precision manufactured.

When tiles are imperfect the installer has to sort and cut tiles in order to make them fit properly. They also need to buy extra tile to compensate for tiles they can’t use. After installation, the owner is harnessed with permanent maintenance problems, including gaps in seams and ongoing shrinkage. Gaps collect dirt and compromise the visual appeal of a floor that was supposed to look like an operating room in a hospital.

Unusual Sizes

Size also matters. Many offshore companies supply unusually-sized tiles that are only available from them. 12″ x 12″ and 24″ x 24″ are US standards. When tiles are specified in unusual sizes – such as 18.5″ x 18.5″ – they are imports. The one-of-a-kind size makes replacement difficult. 

Environmental hazards

Offshore vinyl flooring can differ greatly from flooring products produced in the USA. US manufacturers are held to higher standard for material content and VOC emissions.

AmeriWorx ESD vinyl tile is precision milled for perfect, gap-free installations

What makes AmeriWorx better than offshore tile?

Offshore vinyl flooring can differ greatly from flooring products produced in the USA. US manufacturers are held to higher standard for material content and VOC emissions.

What makes AmeriWorx better than offshore tile?

Offshore vinyl flooring can differ greatly from flooring products produced in the USA. US manufacturers are held to higher standard for material content and VOC emissions.

AmeriWorx ESD vinyl tile meets all ESD Association (ESDA ) standards. 

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