Printing Industry Flooring

Floor finishes for the Print Industry

 

Print Industry

high build epoxy resin floor coating

Print Facility

There is no hard and fast automatic flooring selection for industrial operations with products having overlapping properties - the final selection will be down to a combination of factors with cost, installation time, longevity and texture all being criteria to be considered.

The following options commence with the lowest budget option and increase progressively.

Whilst water based inks are less aggressive than solvent based they still have the ability to stain floors and stain resistance testing should be carried out - we would be pleased to supply hard samples for this purpose.

Option 3 (Self Smoothing Gloss Epoxy Resin) at 2-3mm in thickness is arguably the most popular floor finish within the print industry.

 

Option 1 - High Build Epoxy Resin Floor Coating

High build epoxy resin floor paints with a dry film thickness of 0.4-0.5mm which equates to 12-14 coats of single pack floor paint and are applied in many industries and when compared to basic floor paints epoxy resins exhibit far superior physical and chemical resistance properties.

High build epoxy resin floor coatings are ideally suited for use in light engineering, manufacturing, car workshops, print, paper and packaging industries.

BS8204-6 categorises these coatings as Type 3 and recommends them for regular foot traffic, frequent forklift traffic and occasional hard plastic wheeled trolleys.

This British Standard also indicates an anticipated lifespan of 2-7 years for this type of floor coating dependant upon a number of factors e.g. a factory working a forty hour week will get four times the lifespan than an identical operation working a 24/7 regime.

As a general rule 20% of the floor receives 80% of the traffic with turning circles being subjected to the heaviest wear.

Anti-slip versions should be considered in areas where a slip hazard may arise from water ingress, operational spillages or debris that may land on the floor.

 

Option 2 - Self Smoothing Matt Polyurethane Resin Topping 2-6mm

Polyurethane resin flow applied self-smoothing flooring provides a matt finish floor surface that is ideally suited to predominantly dry working environments where an impact and abrasion resistant hard wearing smooth floor finish is required.

Unless sealed with a resin floor coating (preferably a gloss polyurethane) this option will stain more easily than options 1 and 3.

In the early days these floors were referred to as self levelling and in some quarters still are. This description should be applied with caution as at 2-3mm in thickness the levelling properties are limited although (unlike smooth gloss epoxy self smoothing floors) the matt finish does not highlight undulations that exist in the structural floor slab.

Self smoothing polyurethane resin floors provide hard wearing attractive surfaces that are chemically resistant, impervious and easy to clean albeit prone to ink staining.

Available in a wide range of colours polyurethane resin self-smoothing flooring is ideal for industrial and commercial locations where a durable, hygienic dust free environment is important e.g. laboratories, clean rooms, assembly and packaging areas. If a gloss finish is required this can be achieved by either applying a surface coating or selecting a gloss epoxy resin self smoothing system as opposed to the matt polyurethane.

Applied at a thickness of 2-3mm self smoothing polyurethane resin floor toppings are capable of withstanding a far greater degree of wear and tear than a high build resin floor coating and when applied at a thickness of 4-6mm are deemed to be suitable for very heavy duty environments.

Whilst self-smoothing polyurethane resin floors will scratch, scuff and gouge if subjected to heavy traffic it is virtually unheard of for the floor to be sufficiently damaged to the point where the underlying concrete floor slab is exposed.

BS8204-6 categorises these epoxy resin floor toppings as:

Type 5 (2-3mm thick) and recommends them for regular foot traffic, frequent forklift traffic and occasional hard plastic wheeled trolleys. In Light to Medium duty working environments the BS indicates a typical life expectancy of 6-10 years for this type of floor topping, dependant upon a number of factors e.g. a factory working a forty hour week will achieve four times the lifespan of an identical operation working a 24/7 regime.

Type 7 (4-6mm thick) and recommends them for regular foot traffic, constant forklift traffic and hard plastic wheeled trolleys with some impact resistance. In Heavy Duty working environments the BS indicates a typical life expectancy of 8-10 years for this type of floor topping, dependant upon a number of factors e.g. a factory working a forty hour week will achieve four times the lifespan of an identical operation working a 24/7 regime.

An anti-slip dressing should be considered in areas where a slip hazard might arise from water ingress, operational spillages or debris that may land on the floor.

 

Option 3 - Self Smoothing Gloss Epoxy Resin Topping 2-6mm

Epoxy resin self-smoothing flooring was introduced to the UK market in the late 1970's and is now estimated to have been applied to almost three million m2 of floors in that time.

In the early days these floors were referred to as self levelling and in some quarters still are. This description should be applied with caution as at 2-6mm in thickness the levelling properties are limited - this is compounded by the fact that the high gloss finish can exaggerate even the slightest of undulations. If a mirror like self-levelling finish is required proceed with caution.

Self smoothing epoxy resin floors provide hard wearing attractive surfaces that are chemically resistant, impervious and easy to clean although ink stain testing should be undertaken if necessary.

Available in a wide range of colours epoxy resin self-smoothing flooring is ideal for industrial and commercial locations where a durable, hygienic dust free environment is important e.g. laboratories, hospital clean rooms, electronics assembly plants, showrooms and light industrial plants.

Applied at a thickness of 2-3mm self smoothing epoxy resin floor toppings are capable of withstanding a far greater degree of wear and tear than a high build epoxy resin floor coating and when applied at a thickness of 4-6mm are deemed to be suitable for very heavy duty environments.

Whilst self-smoothing epoxy resin floors will scratch, scuff and gouge if subjected to heavy traffic it is virtually unheard of for the floor to be sufficiently damaged to the point where the underlying concrete floor slab is exposed.

BS8204-6 categorises these epoxy resin floor toppings as:

Type 5 (2-3mm thick) and recommends them for regular foot traffic, frequent forklift traffic and occasional hard plastic wheeled trolleys. In Light to Medium duty working environments the BS indicates a typical life expectancy of 6-10 years for this type of floor topping, dependant upon a number of factors e.g. a factory working a forty hour week will achieve four times the lifespan of an identical operation working a 24/7 regime.

Type 7 (4-6mm thick) and recommends them for regular foot traffic, constant forklift traffic and hard plastic wheeled trolleys with some impact resistance. In Heavy Duty working environments the BS indicates a typical life expectancy of 8-10 years for this type of floor topping, dependant upon a number of factors e.g. a factory working a forty hour week will achieve four times the lifespan of an identical operation working a 24/7 regime.

An anti-slip dressing should be considered in areas where a slip hazard might arise from water ingress, operational spillages or debris that may land on the floor.

 

 

 

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