What is resin flooring?
Resin flooring is a generic term used to describe any floor applied as a liquid that either dries or hardens in a trafficable surface. While they all may look similar and use similar application equipment (brushes, rollers, trowels etc.), the actual resin technology varies significantly and so do the floors they produce.
What are our top resin floor tips?
There are many differences among the types of resin flooring. Three of the more significant ones to look out for are -
- Durability - when it comes to durability, resin flooring can be split into two distinct categories – floor paints and floor coatings.
Floor paints consist of long polymer chains (mostly acrylics) dispersed in organic solvent or water. Once applied, the solvent evaporates and the chains become entangled to form a solid film. Think of spaghetti strings smoothed out on a floor somehow. Floor coatings, or concrete coatings, on the other hand, have short polymer chains (epoxies, urethanes) and form a more structured solid film through chemical reactions. Think of a 3-D lattice.
What does it all mean practically? Well, the weaker bonds in floor paints make them more vulnerable to both physical and chemical attack. These types of products are therefore “light duty” resin flooring at best; able to withstand foot traffic and splashes of harmless liquids. In contrast, the more structured floor coating films are capable of offering flooring protection against some nasty treatment; ugly industrial environments with vehicle traffic and/or chemical exposure can be within their repertoire.
- Reliability - many resin floors can get great results under controlled conditions where preparation is thorough, installation straightforward and the environment stable. Unfortunately such a scenario is extremely rare in the real world and reliability is important because not every resin floor can perform in imperfect conditions, e.g. low temperatures or high humidity.
- Safety - there can be plenty of “nasties” that find their way into resin flooring products, however by far the most widely known are solvents. Besides the strong odours and flammability concerns, the majority of these chemicals have a host of established health hazards linked to them. Once again, resin floors can be split into two groups - those with and those without solvents - and the choice is yours.
Resin floor cost is another area that can vary dramatically. To read more on this, click here.
⇒ Find this information helpful or know someone who might? Share it via the social media buttons on the left!