ASTM F 1303 Sheet Vinyl Floor Covering with Backing

Summary


ASTM F1303 Standard Specification for Sheet Vinyl Floor Covering with Backing

(Supersedes Federal Specifications L-F-475a and L-F-001641)

This specification is issued under the jurisdiction of ASTM International Committee F06 on Resilient Floor Coverings
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Scope: This specification applies to floor covering having a vinyl plastic wear layer with backing. Products may also contain non-PVC specialty performance top layer(s) or intermediate layer(s) or both.

Use:  Commercial, light commercial and residential buildings
 
Classification
: N/A

Type
PVC Wear Layer Binder* Content
Grade
Minimum Wear Layer Thickness**
Class
Backing Type
Type 1 – 90% minimumGrade 1 – 0.020 in. Commercial
Grade 2 – 0.014 in. Light Commercial
Grade 3 – 0.010 in. Residential
A – Fibrous
B – Non-foamed Plastic
C – Foamed Plastic
Type II – 34% minimum Grade 1 – 0.050 in. Commercial
Grade 2 – 0.030 in. Light Commercial
Grade 3 – 0.020 in. Residential
A – Fibrous
B – Non-foamed Plastic
C – Foamed Plastic
* Binder consists of vinyl resins, plasticizers, and stabilizers. Non-PVC composition (specialty performance layer(s) used as the top layers are not described by binder limits.)

**Grades shall be classified by the total wear layer thickness (sum of PVC and non-PVC wear layers).


All types may have a non-PVC top layer(s) with an average minimum total thickness of 0.0004 in.
Non-PVC Top layer(s) thinner than 0.0004 in. may be used but cannot be counted to classify the grade.

Requirements

CharacteristicsType I ProductsType II Products
Wear Layer Composition90% minimum binder content34% minimum binder content
Overall Thickness0.040 in. (1.0 mm) minimum0.040 in. (1.0 mm) minimum
Wear Layer ThicknessSee Grade in above tableSee Grade in above table
Residual Indentation (after 1 hour recovery)< 0.012 in. (0.31 mm)
50 lb load on a 3/4 in. diameter ball tip for 5 minutes
< 0.007 in. (0.18 mm)
75 lb load on a 1/4 in. diameter flat tip for 15 minutes
Flexibility1/4 in. (6.4 mm) diameter mandrel
No cracks or breaks
1 1/2 in. (38mm) diameter mandrel
No cracks or breaks
Static LoadIntended Use/Load/Maximum Residual Indentation

Residential/75 PSI/0.005 in. (0.13 mm)
Light Commercial/125 PSI/0.005 in. (0.13 mm)
Commercial/175 PSI/0.005 in. (0.13 mm)
Intended Use/Load/Maximum Residual Indentation

Residential/75 PSI/0.005 in. (0.13 mm)
Light Commercial/125 PSI/0.005 in. (0.13 mm)
Commercial/175 PSI/0.005 in. (0.13 mm)
Resistance to ChemicalsNo more than a slight change in surface dulling, attack or stain:

5% acetic acid
70% isopropyl alcohol
white mineral oil
5% sodium hydroxide
5% hydrochloric acid
5% ammonia
5.25% bleach
disinfectant-phenol type (5.5% active phenol) unleaded gasoline
No more than a slight change in surface dulling, attack or stain:

5% acetic acid
70% isopropyl alcohol
white mineral oil
5% sodium hydroxide
5% hydrochloric acid
5% ammonia
5.25% bleach
disinfectant-phenol type (5.5% active phenol) unleaded gasoline
Resistant to HeatColor change ΔE ≤ 8 after 7 days at 158°FColor change ΔE ≤ 8 after 7 days at 158°F
Resistant to LightColor change ΔE ≤ 8 after 300 hours exposure to Xenon arc light sourceColor change ΔE ≤ 8 after 300 hours exposure to Xenon arc light source
ProductTypeGradeClassConformance
Bridgeway12AMeets or Exceeds
CushionStep Best12CMeets or Exceeds
CushionStep Better with Diamond 1013CMeets or Exceeds
CushionStep Good13CMeets or Exceeds
Duality Premium Plus11BMeets or Exceeds
Duality Premium with Diamond 1011BMeets or Exceeds
Duality Premium11BMeets or Exceeds
FlexStep Good13CMeets or Exceeds
FlexStep Value13CMeets or Exceeds
Station Square13AMeets or Exceeds
StrataMax Best12BMeets or Exceeds
StrataMax Better13BMeets or Exceeds
StrataMax Good13BMeets or Exceeds
StrataMax Value Plus13BMeets or Exceeds
Updated on September 22, 2022