2nd December 2018
What is resin flooring?
Simply put, resin flooring is a durable plastic surface made up of, at its most basic level, a synthetic resin and a separate hardener. This is considered a resin coating – if you require more durable industrial flooring, then the resin floor will need to become thicker. As this occurs, the list of ingredients gets longer and starts to include components such as aggregates and decorative flakes.
What are the different types of resin flooring?
There are three main types of resin flooring – epoxy, polyurethane and cementitious urethane flooring.
Epoxy is the most well-known and widely distributed resin flooring option in industrial settings and is made up of an epichlorohydrin (epoxy) and an amine (hardener). Epoxy resin floors are recognised for their reliable performance and durability, and totally bonds to the existing subfloor, providing protection.
There are many potential variables to play with in epoxy resin flooring, such as self-smoothing and anti-slip properties to suit your needs.
Polyurethane resin flooring boasts a faster average curing time than epoxy resin floors up to several days, and has an extremely high heat resistance, as well as unrivalled tolerance to chemical spills. This makes polyurethane resin floors the ideal food grade flooring, perfect for bakeries, kitchens and workshops that frequently use ovens or other similar tools.
Cementitious urethane flooring is actually a type of floor coating and is created using a mixture of Portland cement, water, aggregates and modified urethane. The combination of liquid and cement creates a unique surface finish that can provide a number of benefits, including imperviousness to liquids and chemicals and a temperature resistance of between -200°C and +115°C without risk of cracking or crazing.
Also referred to as PMMA (polymethyl methacrylate) - this type of resin flooring is a mix of fine sand and resin. This flooring is a synthetic material which is usually applied in layers. Depending on the substrate, the floor thickness of PMMA is typically between 4 and 4mm. This type of resin flooring has a short curing time, making it ideal for flooring projects that are short for time, as it can cure/dry within two hours, after which it becomes fully usable. Of course, as with most resin flooring, this option is chemically resistant and easily withstand heavy equipment.
If you need further assistance deciding which resin flooring option is right for your establishment, our team of resin flooring installation experts are more than happy to help! Contact us today on 01794 885 996.