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The UPEC classification of premises helps to know which materials to use in the layout of premises, including floor coverings.

What is the point of a classification of flooring?

The UPEC classification makes it possible to choose floor coverings adapted to the conditions of use of each room. A well chosen flooring must last for about ten years, and wear out gradually.

Four notions are taken into account to evaluate the relevance of the use of a floor covering:

  • U: Wear. This is the measure of wear caused by walking. The letter U also measures the fouling of the material, its change of appearance, its settlement...
  • P: Puncturing. The letter P concerns the wear caused by the weight of the furniture, the rolling stock, the falling objects.
  • E: Water resistance. The letter E measures the resistance of the flooring to water.
  • C: maintenance and chemistry. The letter C relates to the frequency of contact between the flooring and chemicals.

Each letter of the UPEC classification is generally in the form of numbers ranging from 1 to 4. The higher the number, the higher the degree of requirement.

How to know the classification of a floor covering?

The criteria taken into account in the UPEC classification can also be included as pictograms on the packaging of your flooring. They make it easier to identify the characteristics of a floor covering. The UPEC system is used to classify floors, but also rooms in the house or room.

For example, a library floor can be classified as follows: U3P2E1C0. We often walk there, linear or shelves represent a weight that requires the floor covering a certain resistance. Contact with water is occasional (just for room maintenance) and the floor of a library is not supposed to be in contact with chemicals. For example, a PVC floor suitable for frequent passage will be provided.

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