Where Do I Find Acid Resistant Floor Tiles?

By Kyle Schurman Created: April, 2021

Acid resistant floor tiles provide a safe type of flooring in an industrial setting or in another workplace that makes use of chemicals. Spills of common chemicals and acids can result in significant damage to flooring that doesn’t have acid proof resistance built into it.

Some of Greatmats’ best options for acid resistant floor tiles and mats include:

  • PlankFlex Floor Tile, consisting of a vinyl top with a plastic base
  • Portable Dance Floor Wood Grain Cam Lock Tile, consisting of a vinyl top with a plywood base
  • Portable Dance Floor Solid Color Cam Lock Tile, consisting of a vinyl top with a plywood base
  • Wearwell 24/Seven Solid Mat, consisting of rubber
  • Wearwell 24/Seven Perforated Mat, consisting of rubber

Why Are Chemical Resistant Tiles and Mats Important?

Certain chemical compounds can cause flooring materials to wear away prematurely, leading to greater cost for replacements, harming the bottom line of the business. If the floorings in use are resistant to corrosive chemicals, they also will protect the subflooring from damage, which prevents unnecessary cost of replacement in the future.

The best acid resistant floor tiles will be inert, meaning they do not react to chemicals, such as boric and sulfuric acids. The corrosive damage from the chemicals could occur instantly, such as with a highly acetic substance or with hydrochloric acid. Other times, the corrosion may occur slowly over time, eventually ruining the flooring.

Vinyl and some rubber tiles made to be resistant to corrosive, acidic, or caustic chemicals and substances will not absorb other liquids either.

Additionally, these tiles should consist of a single layer that has a dense design. With this type of design, even if the floor has a slight gouge or crack in it, it will retain its resistance to chemicals.

If the acid resistant floor tiles rely on a special coating or multiple layers in the construction, a gouge or tear could negate the ability of the tile to resist damage from the chemicals.

Is Acid Resistant Flooring Available With a Wood Grain Look?

Natural wood floors do not handle acids and other corrosive chemical spills well. Finding acid resistant floor tiles that consist of vinyl with a printed wood grain layer over the top can provide the protection required in an industrial setting to guard against chemical spills, while maintaining the look of wood.

PlankFlex Floor TileThe PlankFlex Floor Tile is a luxury vinyl tile (LVT) product that sits atop a modular plastic base. Just use the interlocking edge on the polypropylene base layer to pop the tiles together for a quick and easy installation without the need to use adhesives.

PlankFlex has a low price per square foot compared to other tiles that resist acids and harsh chemicals.

These tiles simulate the look of planks, measuring about 4 inches wide by 3 feet long, creating a realistic look, similar to a natural wood plank floor. Stagger the connections for the tiles if desired to enhance the realistic design of the planks.

Portable Dance Floor Wood Grain Cam Lock TileAnother sharp looking faux wood option for chemical resistant tiles is the Portable Dance Floor Wood Grain Cam Lock Tile product. Each of these panels consists of a vinyl top layer with several different faux wood stain colors available.

The vinyl layer sits over the top of a plywood base to yield stability. Using cam lock fasteners on the plywood keeps the tiles tightly connected. By using these fasteners instead of multiple screws to connect the panels, installation goes quickly, and installers do not have to worry about losing the tiny screws.

The faux wood grain vinyl layer is extremely durable, even when exposed to spills and regular foot traffic. This is a commercial grade product that has been tested against acetic, hydrochloric and sulfuric acids.

Portable Dance Floor Solid Color Cam Lock TileFor those who prefer a solid color in the vinyl layer of this product, the Portable Dance Floor Solid Color Cam Lock Tile is also available. These panels offer either a black or white solid color top layer.

What Are the Best Chemical Resistant Rubber Flooring Options?

Rubber is another highly durable material that resists damage from acids and corrosive chemicals.

Wearwell 24/Seven Solid MatOne of the more reliable options is the Wearwell 24/Seven Solid Mat. It offers grease resistance in addition to boric acid and ethylene glycol chemical resistance, protecting against the occasional spill.

These rubber tiles make use of a hidden interlocking system on the underside of the tiles, which allows for a clean looking installation with straight lines. Other rubber tiles may use a puzzle edge design, which doesn’t result in straight lines in the design and which may not be appropriate in a professional setting.

This 3-by-3-foot mat has 5/8 inches of thickness, meaning it gives those who must stand on it all day for work some anti-fatigue properties, helping them avoid lower leg injuries and pain from constant standing.

Wearwell 24/Seven Perforated MatIn areas of the facility where spills are frequent, a rubber tile with holes that allow the chemicals and acids to drain through to the subfloor may be the better choice - assuming the surface below the finished flooring will not become damaged. The Wearwell 24/Seven Perforated Mat contains holes that extend through the entire 5/8-inch thickness of the mat to allow spills to drain away.

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