Floor coverings on board of a ship endure much more compared to floors in ‘regular buildings’. The hydropower of water, heavy objects and work shoes continuously creates an extra high load. In addition, the floors on ships must comply with strict IMO safety requirements. So which floors are most suitable for which areas? We provide a top 3 IMO floor solutions especially designed for the shipping industry.
1) IMO synthetic PU/epoxy flooring
Synthetic floors are strong and reliable floor coverings, which are suitable for heavy mechanical and chemical loads. Applying an (epoxy or PU) floor is a labor-intensive process. The floor is applied in a number of layers, which require drying processes and thus extra drying time. IMO synthetic floors are mainly applied in wet rooms: galleys, shower, dressing rooms and toilet areas.
Advantages of synthetic floors:
- Very strong
- Extremely wear resistant
- Permanently elastic
- Resistant to heavy mechanical and chemical loads
- Long lifespan
2) IMO carpet
Carpet is a warm and comfortable floor covering, providing a cozy atmosphere to an area. New innovations, such as pre-cut carpet and IMO-certified carpet tiles, enables installation of carpet for every use and in every location on your vessel, ranging from narrow corridors to wide public areas. Choose from various types, colors and designs. IMO carpet tiles are often used in crew accommodations and in the corridors of a ship. With IMO carpet tiles you create a soft, warm and comfortable space. In the public areas, mainly on cruise vessels, Axminster woven carpet is mostly applied, for which the designs are infinite and available in any custom-made design possible.
Advantages of carpet floor coverings:
- Comfortable and warm
- Impact noise control
- Easy to apply
- Easy to maintain
- Many design options (custom-made)
3) IMO PVC floors
Vinyl or PVC floor coverings are extremely durable, versatile and maintenance friendly. IMO certified PVC floors are available in 2m wide rolls and in tiles or planks. The available options are endless in patterns, stone or wood-look, prints or uni-colors. PVC floors are available in homogeneous -and heterogeneous materials. The floors are reasonably wear resistant and therefore very suitable for corridors, public areas, crew cabins and stairwells.
Advantages of PVC floors:
- Easy to maintain
- Different designs and colors
- Possible with coved skirting
IMO certified floor coverings from Prolance Marine Flooring
Prolance Marine Flooring has been sailing the right course for many years in terms of the application and supply of flooring solutions. Whether it concerns floors for cruise ships, inland vessels, exclusive yachts or ocean freight vessels. Any color scheme, desired pattern and finish can be provided in our floors. More information about the various certified floor solutions from Prolance Marine Flooring? Contact us!