There are three commonly-used thermoplastics in the flooring industry. (Thermoplastics become soft and moldable upon heating and solidify again when cooled.) The three most commonly produced thermoplastics are polyethylene (PE), polypropylene (PP) and polyvinyl chloride (PVC). Each of those thermoplastics also have variations that affect their intended use. Here's how it works.
|PVC flooring is best used for outdoor applications.|
|Polypropylene flooring is highly resistant to heat|
|Polyethylene is used to make shock absorbent foam.|
LDPE is more likely to deform under tensile stress. It is commonly used for both rigid containers and plastic films.