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What is resin flooring?

The above is a very general term which can describe any system comprised of liquid resins, mixed together and applied to a suitable substrate. The mixing process starts off a chemical reaction that hardens the compound forming a tough, seamless coating.

The products we supply are produced for application in industrial or commercial environments. All resin floors offer a degree of durability & chemical resistance. Some will be used to provide protection against heavy footfall or light wheeled traffic. At the other end of the scale we could be providing a floor for use in a chemical transfer area that takes constant fork lift traffic & heavy impacts!

To cater for the various needs of industry we supply & apply hundreds of different products every year, each differing slightly in appearance, thickness, chemical resistance, slip resistance & durability. Let’s look at some systems…

What is epoxy resin flooring?

Epoxy floors are probably the best known, and the type that we’ve described at the top of this post. Generally smooth, glossy & very hard they provide a durable floor finish. The four main types of epoxy flooring would be:

1) Epoxy coatings – applied in two or more coats between 0.15mm and 1mm thick
2) Epoxy multi layer (or sandwich) systems – a combination of epoxy coatings used in conjunction with an aggregate or PVA flake.
3) Self smoothing epoxy – generally 1mm to 3mm thick
4) Quartz epoxy screed flooring – generally 3 to 6mm thick.

Although we’ve already described epoxies as generally smooth & glossy, all finishes can be customised to suit. If you prefer a matt finish then a further seal coat could be applied to provide this (although probably not using an epoxy!) Surface texture can also be customised to provide varying degrees of anti-slip. This can range from a light texture (as shown in image below) for use in low risk environments up to systems which offer the highest degree of slip resistance for use in commercial changing & shower facilities.

 

What is polyurethane resin flooring?

Polyurethane or PU flooring isn’t quite as well known as epoxy. Our biggest selling product ranges are heavy duty and resistant to a larger range of chemicals than epoxies. These are generally more textured, matt finish and although not quite as hard as epoxies, even more durable! Whilst polyurethane coatings are available we tend to only use these as top coats on other systems, so we would say our main types PU flooring are:

1) Very heavy duty polyurethane screed – 6mm to 12mm thick, matt finish and always textured.
2) Heavy duty self smoothing polyurethane – 4 to 6mm thick, generally smooth with matt finish but much more slip resistant than a glossy epoxy.
3) Polyurethane multi layer systems – 4mm to 10mm thick, always textured, sometimes flexible & heavy duty.
4) Polyurethane resin comfort flooring systems – 2mm to 8mm thick, usually smooth, durable yet aesthetically pleasing & always flexible.

As with epoxy systems there is a degree of customisation available with the above systems. For instance in one environment we may specify a quartz aggregate for use with a multi layer system whilst a harder aggregate, such as bauxite, may be needed. The below image shows bauxite being cast onto a PU base layer.

 

Other Types of Resin

Other resin systems are available! They’re less well common but they have their place usually due to very specific characteristics.

Vinyl ester resin flooring for instance offers very high chemical resistance to certain chemicals. It is the only product we know that is resistant to glacial acetic acid. This stuff will eat straight though your concrete & other resin systems don’t stand up to it either! It also offers the best resistance to heat, coping with temperatures up to 160 degrees C!

Polyaspartic resin coatings are fast curing, UV stable seal coats. Great for the fast application of a multi layer system or for quickly turning a job around.

MMA (methyl methacrylate) resin flooring another fast curing resin, used to bind aggregates & seal systems. Commonly used for multi layer quartz systems.

We hope that this post has given you some insight into the types of products on the market. We’ve not covered every available product or possible environment so if you have a specific problem or requirement please call us and discuss with a member of our experienced team.

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