What is resin flooring?

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Resin flooring produces a hard-wearing ‘plastic’ surface. With the advent of synthetic resin and its use in flooring system you can have an extremely durable, safe, and sustainable resin floor that is a suitable option for all kinds of commercial and domestic buildings. You will see resin flooring laid in various sectors, including residential spaces, pharmaceutical manufacturing, hospitals, restaurants, industrial kitchens, warehouses, retail markets, and different manufacturing factories, etc.

Resin floors offer a lot of advantages, this is what makes resin a popular and sensible choice. Resistant to wear and damage, being seamless, easy to clean, strong, anti-slip and excellent hygienic properties. Those are some of the advantages of resin flooring that enthusiast you to select the resin flooring. To get a high level of quality of resin flooring don’t hesitate to contact with our experts at UK RESIN FLOORS.

There are four main resin floor types used to coat the surfaces:

  • PMMA Flooring (Polymethyl Methacrylate)

PMMA stands for polymethyl methacrylate, also known as acrylic or acrylic glass, and is widely available for a vast variety of uses. It is a synthetic thermoplastic resin that is the product of polymerization of methyl methacrylate monomer. Polymethyl methacrylate is a hard, clear plastic used in place of glass in many places, such as bulletproof windows, skylights, illuminated signs, and airplane canopies in addition PMMA is a good substance for coating floors. Many contractors prefer PMMA flooring than other materials used for coating the surfaces.

Resistance to washing with hot water and acids and other solution materials. Integrated, seamless, non-absorbent and hygienic makes it a good option for using as floor coating in many different places like as:

    • Flooring for dairy/food/beverage factories
    • Flooring of pharmaceutical/cosmetics factories (according to GMP principles)
    • Flooring of warehouses
    • Parking floor
    • Flooring of chain restaurants
  • Polyurethane Resin

Urethanes are obtained in an addition reaction of polyols and polyisocyanates. Isocyanates act as hardeners. Considering that there are different types of polyol resins and types of polyisocyanate hardeners, then it is possible to obtain different types of coatings based on polyurethane resins, which will naturally have various properties.

By using various fillers and additives and plastics, major changes can be made in polyurethanes and their properties can be improved.

Polyurethanes can be used as a floor covering or a coating to make the building floors more durable, easier to maintain, and more beautiful and attractive. Due to its significant characteristic polyurethane has, we prefer polyurethane resin floors  and recommend you this material for coating floors among other resin materials. They also provide more comfort and support and can reduce environment noise.

Polyurethane is used for building floor coverings, from mosaic and stone to cement. This protective layer is resistant to wear out and chemicals and is easy to clean. In fact, with the help of polyurethane flooring, an old surface can be modified to make it look new again.

In addition, polyurethane flooring is an ideal flooring that is not damaged by sunlight! It is not suitable to use ordinary epoxy flooring in an environment that is exposed to sunlight because the sun causes yellowing and damage of the coating.

Polyurethane flooring is an aliphatic polyurethane coating that is suitable for surface protection in the outdoor environment. The elastic properties of polyurethane make it an ideal solution to prevent cracks and achieve a waterproof coating in various applications.

  • Epoxy resin flooring

Epoxy is a type of polymer material that is obtained with a special formula and a special chemical reaction from the combination of epoxide resin and polyamine hardener. This material is in a liquid state, and for this reason, after being placed on the desired surface, it takes its shape. Epoxy resin floors have many different applications and uses.

Due to the simple installation, the ability to use in different places, the variety of prices, the reasonable cost of purchase, the variety of designs, the use of this product has been very well received. Having a smooth and polished surface is one of the significant advantages of this product, which expands its range of use and application, makes it easier to maintain, wash and clean, and gives it a more beautiful appearance.

Epoxy is a good material to use for coating a surface but compared with other resin alternatives it has some disadvantages as mentioned below:

  • Lack of adhesion to wet and oil-contaminated surfaces
  • Long time to implement epoxy resin flooring
  • The slippery surface of the epoxy floor
  • Epoxy flooring is not resistant to the sun’s UV rays
  • Hardness and brittleness of epoxy flooring

Before making your choice, it is better to consider the mentioned items in order to make the best decision among resin materials. And be completely satisfied with the result.

  • Microcement

Microcement is a family of polymer coatings and decorative coatings that consist of cement, resin, additives, and mineral pigments. This coating can be used for floors, walls, and ceilings. Microcement has attracted the attention of many tasteful interior designers due to its compatibility with the environment and its high resistance.

Since this cover has many color and texture variations, it creates diverse and special environments. On the other hand, it can have a matte or semi-glossy or even shiny appearance according to the customer’s taste. Microcement resin flooring can be used in various places, including: kitchen floors and ceilings, bathrooms and toilets, counters and open kitchens, wet spaces such as swimming pools, saunas and ponds, office, commercial and entertainment spaces, Fireplace and as TV wall.

High variety of work, eco-friendly, wide range of colors and small textures, handmade color combination that allow you to have your desire color, high adhesion and compatible with all types of surfaces, resistant to any scratches, impacts and chemical solutions, anti-slip, Ease of doing work, easy to maintain and clean and can be easily cleaned with a little soap and water.

The very high adhesion and the seamless and non-penetrating property of this extraordinary material have made it usable on many vertical, horizontal and diagonal surfaces.

These properties of this material cause it come out among other alternatives.

Resinous flooring no matter which type is selected has a higher compressive and extreme toughness and durability compared to other materials such as concrete, tiles, ceramic and mosaic meaning Resinous floors are able to withstand much more weight and impact damage like as cracking regards to other counterpart material. Resin flooring is a great choice for industrial workshops and garage floors. Another unique feature making resin flooring a sensible option for industrial and commercial environments is that their durability increases under stress.

This way resin floors are good choice for heavy traffic a machinery industries. Having a seamless floor, the surface is impervious to water and moisture damage, and make the floor to be easier to clean and there are no seams to be a good substrate for the growth of bacteria so you have a more hygienic floor which is ideal for domestic use as well as within highly-sanitary areas – like hospitals.

Do resin floors crack?

Resinous floors are usually well-known for highly durable and long-lasting. Among other types of resin flooring epoxy resin is more susceptible to cracking. However epoxy resin is very rigid and resistant to temperature changes and impact but it has very little flexibility so slight shifts in the foundation can lead to cracks forming in an epoxy coating, apart from that there are some other certain factors that aid in the formation of cracks with time, leaving you with cracked floors that are difficult to repair without recoating with a new layer of epoxy and expensive proposition.

Moreover, your epoxy flooring may chip if it is applied to weak concrete that contains cracks. Similarly, frequent changes in temperature will lead to epoxy flooring cracks. Heavy impact of objects is another common reason why epoxy resin cracks.

Are you looking for a better floor coating solution without cracking?

Don’t worry we have a good solution for you, we want your floors look attractive and shiny with a high quality, durability and long lasting resin materials. Among resin types polyurethane is the best choice as it is impermeable, hard-wearing ,good scratch resistance, low maintenance and maintenance friendly, good resistance to chemicals, flexible, compatible with underfloor heating, no seams, slip-resistant option, comfort underfoot, can be used for renovations, UV-stable, solvent-free and low-emission. Because of all these advantages polyurethane has, we in our company UK RESIN FLOORS focus on it because the goal of our team is to make our client happy and satisfy

Advantages of resin flooring

1. Durability and lifespan

UK RESIN FLOORS multilayer system are proven all-rounders. By adapting the layer composition, surface finish and design, suitable floors are available for almost all sectors of industry. Resin flooring is ideal where there are high mechanical loads. They are strong, hard, abrasion resistant, long life and compression resistant.

2. Impermeable

Resin floors are an excellent choice to prevent the surface against water and moisture penetrate. They are suitable for use in bathrooms, wet rooms, spas and places frequently need to be washed and cleaned. Waterproof and impermeable resinous floors, ensuring that the water goes into the drains as it should. Being impermeable resin floors moisture cannot get through the floor to damage the facilities underneath.

3. Resin flooring is easy to clean

Health and safety are essential in any workplace, the latest resin technology can satisfy many criteria in this regard. Seamless resin floors are easy to clean there are no seams to contend with, so there’s no place for dirt and bacteria to hide. You can simply clean the resinous floors with water and a mop. Therefore, it is a good option for places where hygiene is particularly important, such as medical centers, hospitals, and food factories.

4. Slip-resistant and safe

The surface of a multi-story car park is exposed to extreme mechanical and chemical loads (e.g. fuel, road salt, temperature, variations and moisture). Aside from providing a non-slip surface at work places is essential for staff. Therefore the use of abrasion-resistant floor systems provides durable protection for the surfaces of multi-story and underground car parks. Hence, these floors ensure the long term functionality and economic viability of car parks as well as industrial and domestic environment that are coated with resin.

5. Flexibility

Among the types of resin, polyurethane can be mentioned as a flexible resin. This unique feature of this material has made the resin to be used as an excellent option for flooring.

Polyurethane resin flooring are flexible even after they have fully cured. They’re ideal for houses with underfloor heating they can endure 1200 c. polyurethane resin floors are flexible so don’t damage against impact and crack or chop easily.

6. Conducting

A conducting floor is essential in situations where electrical charging is a hazard for people and equipment. Besides technical and laboratory areas, this also concerns explosion-proof areas where powders, gases and solvents are produced.

Examples include bakeries, companies where milling is undertaken and the metalworking industry. Even the smallest spark due to uncontrolled electrical discharge has the ability to cause an enormous explosion.

7. UV stable

One of the ways to protect surfaces against UV rays is to apply a surface coating. Resins are a good choice to protect the surfaces from UV radiation. The best resin that is resistant against UV radiation is Polyurethane One of the important properties of these coatings is against UV.

It is very suitable for the base of Nano technology. Because of its beauty and shine, it is used as the final layer on epoxy protective coatings, and it is mostly used on any type of metal surface such as bridges, ships and tankers as the top coat. One of the most important environmental damage factors for surfaces exposed to sunlight is ultraviolet (UV) radiation.

This wave is in the electromagnetic signal range with a shorter wavelength and higher energy than the visible light found in sunlight, and comprises about 10% of all that comes from the Sun’s surface.

Due to the use of the environment and the destruction of the ozone layer, the amount of UV rays passing through the earth’s atmosphere has increased and more damage is caused to different surfaces in urban life, such as external buildings that are made of different materials such as metals, ceramics, wood or polymer Comes with This destruction occurs in the form of decay, discoloration or yellowing in the facade of the building or any other part exposed to UV radiation.

8. Beauty and variety of colours

Choosing a new floor, in the right color, is not a simple thing .after all, in concerns your personal living or working environment. UK RESIN FLOORS advice you carefully when making your choice. We want to create suitable options for each whish and for each style. Shiny, seamless, your desire color and design create your luxurious surface as you expect.

9. Cost-effective

Epoxy is a cost-effective option compared to removing the existing floor and purchasing a new floor and additional installation costs. Your current floors don’t even need to be removed. Therefore, your time and money will be saved. If you choose epoxy, you don’t have to go through long installation procedures and pay exorbitant fees. Maintain your existing floor and save on installation while getting a smooth, shiny new look.

If your concrete floor doesn’t offer the look and feel you want, resin flooring is a simple and cost-effective solution for an industrial-style space. Resin flooring installation requires several coats with drying time in between, but this will reduce the amount of time and expense that replacement flooring will cost you.

Any defects that do occur can be cost-effective repair options if they are addressed quickly. Professional installation will be a worthwhile investment as the longevity of the floor will make it an efficient choice. Letting professionals handle the process will be the most cost-effective option. Professionals are experienced in avoiding poor application practices and taking necessary protective measures. You are welcome to contact us in UK RESIN FLOORS for more advice.

Cleaning and maintenance of resin flooring

Thanks to be seamless and unique property that resinous floor have for practicality and speed of cleaning do not require difficult maintenance techniques. Since resin flooring is integrated and has no seams, there is no space for dirt and bacteria to accumulate, so it can be said that a completely hygienic flooring is used but we don’t mean that it doesn’t need to be cleaned.

The newly implemented resin floor is shiny and has a beautiful appearance but by the traffic every day it may destroy the beauty and shine. Be careful that each system has its own way of cleaning so be sure that you are applying the correct one. Some resin system may be sensitive to chemicals we do not recommend strong detergents such as the descaling ones, you would better use cleansers that are PH- neutral and if possible having the indication “mild”. You can find various kind of cleansers suitable for cleaning resin surfaces in the market.

Before using any cleaner, collect the dirt resting on the floor with catch-dust cloth or a vacuum cleaner then apply detergents and waxes with a protective function then rinse and scrub again, then vacuum clean and dry.

Moreover, In order to have and maintain your newly installed resin flooring in top condition for a long time is crucial to read and follow this guideline:

Resin flooring aftercare

After floor installation the floor should be clear for 48 hours as this is the full curing time for the hard top or seal coat.

After 48 hours it ok to walk on the floor but not to have any heavy load on the floor, it takes 7 days for polyurethane material to fully cure.

After 7 days it’s ok to use a low tack masking tape on the floor if further decorating is needed.

After 7 days curing time you are able to enjoy your new floor but in order to enhance the life of your floor just follow these guidelines:

  • All furniture with sharp legs that might come to contact with the floor should be covered with felt.
  • Do not use any carpet or rug with a rubber back as this may discolor your floor.

How to clean resin flooring?

In general, it is crucial to maintain the floor clean, any spill of food or drink is better to be wiped and clean sooner than later.

For general cleaning you may use only water if you feel your floor need deeper cleaning please follow the steps below:

  • Brush or vacuum the floor with a soft brush to make sure there is no debris on the floor.
  • Dilute your detergent using the manufacturer guideline which can be any Non-Alkaline products available in the market we recommend one of the following:
    • UZIN basic cleaner
    • Taski Jontec 300
    • Dr Schutz PU Cleaner
    • Jantex floor Cleaner
    • HG Neutral Cleaner
    • Pro-Kleen Floor Cleaner
  • Mop the entire area allow enough time for the chemical to do the work.
  • Clear any chemicals from the floor using warm water and mop and let the floor get dried gently.

All the cleaning kits are available to purchase from UK Resin Floors directly.

Application of resin in the construction industry

Resin is a natural substance that is obtained from trees and some insects, but by the production of synthetic resin by chemists in laboratories a great revolution took place in the industries. Different types of resins are obtained with different chemical compounds, each has its own application in different industries. With the widespread use of resin in various industries, this precious material gradually entered the construction industry, too.

Resin has some significant features that have made it a suitable option for the construction industry including resistance to pressure, impact and sliding. With these features, in your opinion, which part of the building is more suitable for applying resin? Yes that’s right the floor of the building, that requires a material that has all the mentioned characteristics, and resin is a material that meets all these needs.

In addition, one of the other important factors that are considered by interior decoration and construction contractors is the beauty and appearance of the building, which is very much considered nowadays. It can be daresay that resin is nonpareil by creating a bright, glossy and uniform surface compared to other materials that are used for the final floor coating of a building. Don’t worry about matching the color of your home or work environment or anywhere else you want to use resin flooring.

You are free to choose any color you want, we create your desired color by combining different amount of color pigments. We will create your pleasant and dreamy environment as you are looking for. Moreover, according to your taste, if you want to have a space that is more diverse than solid colors, you can also use various designs and textures of resin and make the space out of uniformity. With these characteristics, the use of resin flooring has been seen in various places in recent years, such as:

  • Domestic resin flooring

Resin flooring with a seamless surface is a type of modern flooring that can be applied in the form of an integrated liquid with a thickness of 0.5 to 5 mm on concrete, stone, metal and mosaic floors. Domestic resin flooring is one of the flooring systems that has high quality and creates a beautiful, modern and luxurious environment.

Therefore, if you are building your new house or going to renovate your house in the best way, in order to be satisfied with the quality and durability of the work and have a beautiful and modern environment, resin flooring is the best choice. Resin flooring creates a uniform, seamless, resistant surface. These floor coverings are available in different colors and designs. And we are ready to provide the best service to our customers. Please feel free to contact us for more guidance.

  • Gyms

Resin flooring is a suitable alternative to parquet, cement, mosaic and other materials for floor covering and increase the resistance of concrete against erosion and destruction. Can resin be used as a gym flooring? We confidently say that resin flooring can not only be used on gym floors, but because of its distinctive features compared to other alternative materials, is the best choice for covering the gyms or club floor. In sports, PVC was used in roll form, which had weaknesses compared to resin coating, such as:

  • Limitation in the choice of color
  • limitation in drawing and marking
  • having a possible seam and edge
  • impossibility of local repair

The thickness of these floors is 2 to 3 mm. A plastic rubber layer is used in the lower layers of this flooring, which changes its surface from being hard and rigid to being soft and flexible, which prevents serious injuries caused by falling down. These floors have a long life and you do not need to change the floor for at least 15 years. Resin floors are anti-slip and have a high impact resistance. To compare the benefits and get more information, please click on the link above.

  • Hospitals

  • Factories

  • Forums

Comparing resin flooring vs polished

In order to be able to choose well between resin flooring and polished concrete Since both come with their own unique merits and qualities, determining which might be the best choice for your space depends on having a thorough understanding of both options, so you need to Compare resin flooring vs polished concrete to choose the best option according to what you are looking for. below there is a comparison to get a better sense of which one might be the best choice for your particular needs:

  • If the concrete surface is cracked, you need to replace the entire surface to repair it, while in resin floors, you do not need to replace the entire surface and you can easily replace and repair only the cracked parts.
  • It takes time and more labor to create polished concrete, while resin floor can be obtained in the shortest possible time with less work.
  • Polished concrete floors are susceptible to moisture and need to be properly sealed on both the top and the bottom while resin flooring no matter which types are used, are water resistant and no moisture penetrate into the surface therefore, no mold and mildew can grow, while concrete floors are a suitable substrate for the growth of mold and mildew.
  • In case of freezing, concrete floors will crack, while resin floors are resistant to weather changes.
  • Polished concrete floors are a natural surface of aggregates, but in resin floors, you have a very high variety of colors and designs, and you can choose the color you want according to your taste and the decoration of the environment.
  • If you are looking for something that is cheap and cost-effective, polished concrete floors are a better option than resin floors. Resin floors are more expensive than polished concrete floors because of their quality.

Considering the above mentioned items, you can easily and with a true knowledge choose the type of material to coat the floor of your environment. If you need more advice in this field, please contact us.

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