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1. (WO2018037270) DENSIFIED FOAM CORE (DFC) TILE WITH IMITATION GROUT LINE

Pub. No.:    WO/2018/037270    International Application No.:    PCT/IB2017/000852
Publication Date: Fri Mar 02 00:59:59 CET 2018 International Filing Date: Tue Jul 18 01:59:59 CEST 2017
IPC: E04F 15/10
Applicants: ALFIERI, Michele
COUREY, Stephen
Inventors: ALFIERI, Michele
COUREY, Stephen
Title: DENSIFIED FOAM CORE (DFC) TILE WITH IMITATION GROUT LINE
Abstract:
A flooring tile having a plurality of sides and comprising at least a top layer, a core layer and an exposed portion that extends outwardly along one side of the tile with a textured surface that imitates a grout line. The top layer of the tile can include a top surface defined by a wear layer, a polyvinyl chloride (PVC) layer having an optimal density and a dye or colorant (s), and a decorative layer. The core layer is made of a densified foam material. The exposed portion and textured surface may be formed on the PVC layer below the top surface of the tile at a depth of between about 0.9 to 2 millimeters, or more, so as to extend into the core layer, and will have a width of generally between 2 millimeters to 5 millimeters. The overall thickness of the tile preferably ranges from 4 to 8 millimeters.