Frequently Asked Questions
Q. How does Floorchef help me get a new resin floor?
A. If you’re committed to getting a seamless resin floor and would like to use our free service, simply click on the Contact link at the top of the page and fill out the form. That’s all you need to do! We’ll be in touch shortly and lead you through a step-by-step process that:
- Gives you all the information you need, when you need it.
- Puts you in front of multiple contractors for more than one quote.
- Gives you the opportunity to send feedback to contractor and follow up any issues.
Q. How are resin floors installed?
A. Resin floors are applied as a liquid and gradually harden into a trafficable surface. The whole process usually takes about 3-4 days to complete, with light traffic allowed back onto the floor at this point. Full hardness is reached somewhere between 5-7 days after the last coat is applied.
Q. Can resin floors be applied onto other surfaces?
A. Concrete is by far the most common substrate for resin flooring, however they can be applied onto other surfaces providing they’re rigid, flat and fixed well. If there’s too much movement underneath, e.g. from timber sheeting, cracking can occur; if the surface isn’t flat, e.g. grout lines, extra time and product will be required to level it out first. Sometimes a better, more cost-effective result is achieved by removing the existing floor and getting back to sound concrete.
Q. What do resin floors cost in comparison to other floors?
A. Flooring costs are dependent on a number of factors, including the preparation work needed to get your current floor ready for installation, the design chosen and the size of the area to be done. Overall, seamless floors are cost-competitive within the current market, whether that is tiles, timber, carpet or vinyl.
Q. How durable are resin floors?
A. High-quality epoxy resin floors are typically stain-resistant, waterproof and stand up well to heavy traffic. There are a lot of other products on the market that don’t perform quite as well and it’s important to know what the key differences are. You can read more about resin floors and their durability our Resin Flooring Know How article.
Q. Will resin floors scratch and how long will they last?
A. Some resin floors may look pretty and delicate, but don’t let that fool you - they are a durable flooring option. However, if you drag a sharp, heavy piece of furniture across the surface the chances are, like most other floors, you’ll see a scratch.
A well-maintained seamless floor should comfortably see you through the 5-7 year churn typical of retail flooring areas, while in residential flooring applications homeowners will probably grow tired of the design before it needs to be replaced. We should also add that due to their thin-film nature (less than 1mm thick) and the fact they can be easily over-coated, a new resin floor can be installed directly over the existing one without having to dig up and toss to landfill. This is an important point when considering the true lifecycle of the floor.
Q. Will epoxy floors yellow?
A. Will epoxies yellow in direct sunlight? Yes, like most paints and plastics (including vinyl), epoxies will yellow and some more quickly than others. The yellowing, however, is purely a cosmetic issue and doesn’t compromise the floor itself. How do you get around it on a decorative floor? Well, there are certain design features that can be used to reduce the impact of yellowing. Measures such as using darker or yellow-based colours, applying UV-stable topcoats, tinting windows and even clever furniture placement are some of the options available.
Q. What about the glossy designs? Are they slippery?
A. Resin floors behave very much like a glazed ceramic tile – when dry they are completely fine, however in the event of spills and splashes footing can be an issue. You can read more about non-slip flooring and slip resistance standards in the Jaxxon Non-slip Flooring Know How article.
⇒ For more information on Floorchef and seamless resin floors, contact us on 1300 66 33 17 or email info@RealWorldEpoxies.com