Do you know how much your supermarket floor costs? The two most common supermarket flooring materials used today are ceramic tiles and vinyl tiles. Working with life cycle modellers we have explored the costs associated with owning, maintaining and replacing these materials over a 25 year life cycle.
The popularity of vinyl tiles within Australian supermarkets has risen massively over recent years, due to the low initial costs. A life-cycle analysis of vinyl however, demonstrates significant ongoing costs in cleaning, maintenance and more frequent replacement requirements. This coupled with the environmental impact of high chemical use and the non-degradable nature of vinyl once disposed, warrant a detailed analysis of competitor flooring products, in particular ceramic tiles.
The chart below shows the life-cycle cost between vinyl and ceramic tiles. Whilst the initial purchase price of vinyl is much cheaper, the inherent cleaning and maintenance cost (based on 2,500sqm supermarket floors) is over $1.3 million dollars more than a ceramic tiled floor over a 21 year period. Within 3 years vinyl tiles become more expensive due to cleaning requirements.
German tile manufacture Agrob Buchtal has been manufacturing tiles since the 18th century. Agrob Buchtal understands that floors in supermarkets need to be attractive, safe, easy-to-care and extremely durable. Their tile range offers stain and bacterial resistance, in a variety of thicknesses and surfaces suiting any supermarket application.