What are Multilayer Modular Floor coverings (MMF)?

The relatively young category of „Multilayer Modular Floor Coverings“ (MMF)  comprises

  • semi-rigid, decorative floor covering having a multiple layer product structure
  • typically in a plank or tile format
  • consisting of a wear-resistant top layer, a decorative surface layer, a substrate and usually a backer,
  • the planks/tiles having worked edges that allow the product to be joined together to form a larger integral unit
  • installed in so-called ‘floating floor fitting’ using a click connection (thus glue-free).

The European Standard: DIN EN 16511

The European Standard EN 16511 defines multilayer modular floor coverings (MMF) as follows:

“floor panel: semi-rigid decorative floor covering (…) – typically in a plank or tile format – having a multiple layer product structure consisting of a wear-resistant top layer, a decorative surface layer, a substrate and usually a backer, the planks/tiles having worked edges that allow the product to be joined together to form a larger integral unit.”

The “EN 16511 – Loose-laid panels – Semi-rigid multilayer modular floor covering (MMF) panels with wear resistant top layer“ was first published in August 2014.

The document was prepared by the Technical Committee CEN/TC 134 “Resilient, textile and laminate floor coverings”, the secretariate of which is held by the NBN (national standardization body, Brussels).