Resin flooring: ideal for hygiene, safety and resistance
As with walls and ceilings, choosing suitable flooring materials for use in sectors requiring high levels of hygiene, safety and resistance is vitally important. Why is resin flooring advisable? How is it installed and by whom? Discover the answers to these questions with our partner, Flexindus, who assists industrial companies in managing works at their production premises.
What is resin flooring?
Resin floors are laid by covering a substrate with a liquid consisting of two liquid components. A wide range of flooring solutions are based on this principle. It is possible, for example, to add aggregates to this liquid so as to obtain mortar (which is more impact resistant), sprinkle the floor surface with PVC chips for a speckled appearance or give the floor a matt or gloss finish.
The choice of blended resins makes it possible to meet a variety of needs and criteria:
- chemical resistance
- resistance to thermal shock
- UV resistance
- production downtime
Depending on these criteria, the professional will propose a solution on the basis of epoxy, polyurethane, polyurethane cement, methyl methacrylate, polyester, polyurea, polyaspartic resin, etc.
Why opt for resin flooring?
- Hygiene: the formation of rounded skirting boards and the absence of joints facilitate cleaning and eliminate areas where bacteria thrive;
- Protection of concrete: against de-icing salt, engine oil and corrosive products from tanks;
- Slip resistance: in places where the floor is frequently wet or greasy;
- Aesthetics: jointless floors have a modern appearance and are visually appealing.
The areas of application are linked to these reasons:
- The agri-food, hospitality and pharmaceutical sectors for hygiene reasons
- Car parks for the protection of concrete and for aesthetic reasons
- Industry in general and the chemical industry in particular for the protection of concrete
- Commercial premises, airports, stations, museums and residential buildings for aesthetic reasons
Laying resin flooring
Resin floors can be laid on different substrates, ideally concrete. By adapting the preparation of the surface, the resin can be applied to (reinforced) screed, (adhesive) tiles and even metal or wood substrates … depending on the use! The surface is prepared mechanically (sanding, shot-blasting, sandblasting …).
The actual application always begins with applying a bonding primer. This is followed by the coating. It is important to immediately create any required slopes directly in the concrete or screed. In case of renovations, it is also possible to modify existing slopes by means of (micro) layers of sloping screed in resin mortar.
The installation conditions are critical. The substrate must be perfectly dry (as is the case for parquet, for example), but the ambient temperature and humidity are equally important for the success of the installation. The floorers must strictly respect not only the proportions of the mixture, but also the quantity of product applied per m² to ensure that the floor corresponds to the expected characteristics. Particular attention must be paid to areas where drains are present in the floor.
Choosing a floorer
As no formal training yet exists for this trade, it is learnt on the job from experienced professionals. As is the case for other trades such as ceiling installation, proficiency is acquired over the years. Of course, there are lots of companies to choose from for the installation of resin floors.
Apart from the financial aspect, you should take into account the following:
- The quality of advice and the choice of floor type: a resin producer can only provide you with systems from their own range of products. An independent installer can offer you a wider range of options;
- The preparation of the surface: this determines the adhesion of the coating. The surface is prepared by the installer themselves, which reduces the risk of delays in the planning;
- The capacity to carry out maintenance within a short timeframe and taking into account the production requirements (e.g. at the weekend or at night).
Floor coating application in itself is not that complicated, but if the coating type chosen is inappropriate or has been installed on an improperly prepared surface, the floor’s life span may be considerably shortened.
Flexindus assists industrial companies in managing works at their production premises. For each type of work, Flexindus aims to find the ideal contractor and to prepare and follow up on the interventions so as to optimise their efficiency. This means the maintenance and project managers can save precious time. They explain their needs only once, and the rest is taken care of by Flexindus and its partners.
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