The most important specification for determining the durability of vinyl flooring is the thickness of the wear layer. The best wear layers are made of thick, clear virgin PVC, which covers the paper print-film that gives the floor its unique appearance. Once the wear layer wears through, the paper is damaged and the floor will need replacement.
Most vinyl floors come with an 8-12 mil wear layer (0.2-3 mm). The top commercial specs in the industry are higher, at 20-22 mil (0.5 mm). A select few manufacturers offer a “super” commercial spec of 28 mil (0.7 mm).
For Modin Signature, we decided to set a new standard: 40 mil (1.0 mm) of premium virgin PVC. This allows us to offer an industry-leading 20-year Commercial Warranty (Lifetime Residential), compared to nearly all other commercial vinyl floors’ 10-year Commercial Warranty.