Patent Number: 8,512,848

Title: Adhesiveless decorative floor tile

Abstract: A decorative floor tile including at least one decorative layer and a backing layer having an array of resilient annular projections. Each annular projection includes a concave top surface, an outside wall surface, and an inside wall surface. The inside wall surface defines a central, blind passageway area. When the decorative floor tile is installed over an underlying surface, and pressure is applied to the decorative floor tile, a vacuum is created within the blind passageway and the underlying surface. The vacuum increases the amount of frictional drag between the surface covering and the underlying surface, and thus allows the surface covering to remain in place without the need for an adhesive.

Inventors: Reichwein; David P. (Elizabethtown, PA), Pocock; Keith A. (Shanghai, CN)

Assignee: GIP International Limited

International Classification: B32B 3/00 (20060101); B32B 3/28 (20060101); B32B 3/30 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 2021-08-20 0:00:00