Resin flooring is a durable plastic-based surface that in simple terms comprises a synthetic resin and a separate hardener. Due to its cost-effectiveness, excellent return on investment, and durability – even in heavy industrial settings – resin flooring is a popular choice for businesses of all types. It also offers excellent flexibility, can be laid in different thicknesses to offer increased strength and longevity, and can be supplemented by additional features, such as anti-slip coatings.
The Different Types Of Resin Flooring
There are three main types of resin flooring:
1) Epoxy resin;
2) Polyurethane resin; and
3) Polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA).
Understanding the differences is important to ensure you choose the most suitable type, so you should consider:
- The nature of your business.
- The type of traffic that you use in your workplace (such as heavy machinery).
- The amount of footfall to which the floor will be subjected.
- Your available budget.
- How quickly you need the new resin floor installing.
The most well-known and popular resin flooring, particularly in industrial settings, epoxy resin is a combination of epichlorohydrin and amine. Epoxy resin is known for its durability, strength, and chemical resistance, and bonds completely to the subfloor for a reliable and stable installation. Epoxy resin can be adapted to incorporate additional anti-slip or self-smoothing properties.
Polyurethane resin offers a quicker curing time compared to epoxy resin that could mean your new floor is ready to use days earlier. It also boasts excellent resistance to heat and chemical spills, making it more suitable in some industrial settings and food production facilities.
Polymethyl methacrylate – PMMA – is commonly known as acrylic. The liquid form, resin, can be used to form floors that offer outstanding durability and lifespan, but with much faster installation times than the alternatives.
PMMA can be combined with additives to meet the needs of different industrial settings, for example by offering enhanced chemical resistance.
Choosing The Right Resin Flooring For Your Business
If you’re unsure which resin flooring is most suited to your business’ needs, speak to our experts at Central Flooring. We can help you balance the most important factors to reach an informed decision, while we can also advise which additives are necessary to prolong the lifespan of your chosen resin floor or increase workplace safety.
To find out more or to chat to us about your flooring needs, call us on 0116 275 0315.