There are three main options out there – PMMA, polyurethane (PU), and epoxy resin, but which is best? Here’s a quick rundown of each:
What Is MMA?
Methyl Methacrylate (MMA) is a type of man-made acrylic. It is a highly versatile material that can be easily adapted for a range of resin flooring systems. MMA can be treated to control various properties, including chemical tolerance, electrical resistance, and slip resistance.
MMA is popular because it is fast to install and easy to repair. In general, it can be laid 48 and cured in a matter of hours, and its unique chemical structure means that damage can be fixed without the need for complete replacement.
The main downside of MMA is its cost, which tends to be significantly higher than other methods.
What Is Polyurethane (PU)?
PU is a polymer designed to withstand heat and chemicals. Normally used in areas with high temperatures such as food and drink facilities, PU has good resistance to most chemicals and is impervious. The polymeric structure gives PU an innate flexibility that enables it to withstand impacts and abrasions.
As they are aimed at a particular market, PU flooring tends to be expensive to purchase and install. The installation process can be a lengthier one, but faster curing technology is available.
What Is Epoxy Resin?
By far the most widely used resin, epoxy resin is known for its variety and decorative systems, which maybe a key consideration in the appearance of food preparation areas and other. It is also highly durable, resistant to abrasions, and chemically resistant.
Epoxy is cost-effective and has a variety of applications.
Which Is The Best Solution?
Most companies opt for epoxy resin flooring for their cleanroom floor coatings. This is particularly the case in industries such as pharmaceuticals, where the hygienic qualities of the floor are considered vital. The ability of resin flooring to shield the underlying concrete foundation from damage is also a plus point, as it reduces the need for expensive and time-consuming concrete underpinning further down the road. These benefits come at a much more budget-friendly price than either MMA or PU, making resin a good choice for a cleanroom floor.
Why Choose Central Flooring?
Central Flooring offer a range of high-quality resin flooring solutions for demanding industry needs. For more information about the types of cleanroom flooring available, please give us a call.
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