In order to help customers better understand the quality and implicational scope of Kaindl Laminate and Real Wood Flooring in future the member companies of the European Producers of Laminate Flooring (EPLF) will use pictograms for recommended service categories.
These pictograms will enable the buyer and the end user to classify individual products without difficulty. This will lead to much greater buyer confidence and save customers the confusing study of technical definitions and quality certificates.
On the European level, the classification for the utility classes is defined in the Norm EN 13329, 14354 and 15468.
The classification distinguishes 6 service categories
Categories 21–23 for residential use (see Table)
Categories 31–33 for commercial use (see Table)
|Pictogram||Service Class||Service Area||Intensity of Use||Wear||For Use in e.g.|
|21||RESIDENTIAL USE||light||used seldom or only from time to time||bedrooms, guest rooms|
|22||RESIDENTIAL USE||medium||constant normal wear||living room, dining rooms, passage|
|23||RESIDENTIAL USE||heavy||intensive heavy wear||staircase landings, entrance hall, kitchen|
|31||COMMERCIAL public and commercial use||light||used seldom or only from time to time||hotel rooms, small offices, conference rooms|
|32||COMMERCIAL public and commercial use||medium||constant normal wear||kindergarten, offices, waiting rooms, hotel halls, boutiques|
|33||COMMERCIAL public and commercial use||heavy||intensive heavy wear||corridors, large offices, department stores, multipurpose halls, classrooms|
Thus the pictograms will replace the abrasion ratings (Taber Test) which alone not give an adequate insight into the quality and give no indication of recommended end uses.
Accordingly these abrasion ratings will no longer appear on our products but instead will only be given along with other important criteria such as dimensional stability, fit, impact resistance, light fastness, resistance to household chemicals, etc., in separate data sheets.
Only the Initial Point (IP) will be given here as a uniform feature.