A Guide to Resin Flooring
There are so many different types of flooring to choose from, so it can be hard to make a decision. If you want a flooring system that is durable, cost effective, and customisable – then resin flooring might be the perfect choice for you.
We’re going to give you an insight into the different types of resin flooring epoxy resin flooring, polyurethane flooring) to determine which would be best for you.
What is resin flooring?
Resin flooring is a flooring system that uses a mix of synthetic resin with a hardener when applied, which is then cured to leave strong resin coating. There are different resin products you can choose, and they all have different cure times.
Resin floors can come in different colours. You can also add a flake finish to the flooring to customise it. This is where they add small pieces of coloured vinyl during the installation process. Flake finish floors are very popular in commercial and domestic floorings.
Typically, a resin flooring will need around 1-3 coats depending on factors such as the desired effect and what the floor needs to withstand.
Why is resin flooring better than concrete flooring?
A resin floor can be customisable and resistant to chemicals. For many industries, chemical resistance is a fundamental requirement for flooring. On top of this, resin flooring is less likely to need as many repairs as concrete. Also, with resin flooring you can add aggregate, which aids in the grip of a floor.
What types of resin flooring are there?
To choose the right resin flooring for you, you will need to know what you want from your flooring. Various types of resin flooring have different benefits.
The food industry, breweries, and distilleries would all benefit from having a Polyurethane resin floor, as they are not affected by chemicals which are used in some processes. If you used an epoxy resin in a dairy factory, the lactic acids used could corrode the flooring and yellow it’s appearance.
Here we outline some of the main properties of each resin flooring:
Why choose Epoxy Resin Flooring?
- water based, solvent based, or solvent free
- high elasticity to withstand heavy loads
- chemical resistant
Epoxy resin bonds very well with concrete, so it’s ideal if you already have a concrete floor that you want to change.
Epoxy resin floorings have a low odour, are vapour permeable, and have dustproofing properties, making them a hygienic floor option.
Epoxy resin is customisable and has a wide variety of decorative effects and colour options. It is a functional, easy to maintain option which is great for garage floors!
Epoxy resin flooring can be made extra slip resistant, which creates a safer floor to work on – hand for many industries. They are also easy to repair, you can repair just a part of the floor without having to replace the entire floor, making it cost effective.
Why choose Polyurethane flooring?
- can be water based or solvent based
- wide temperature resistance
- fast installation
- high chemical resistance
Polyurethane flooring has a high resistance to impact, abrasion and lots of chemicals. It has a high temperature resistance, so it is unaffected by hotter environments. This is good for industries such as food production.
Polyurethane, like epoxy, can be made slip resistant, which can be vital in places where liquids are used.
Why choose Polyaspartic resin coating?
- fast curing
- high chemical resistance
- UV stable
A Polyaspartic flooring still holds the same durability as the others, but requires a significantly less curing time – making it the fast track resin option.