Epoxy Resin Flooring Swadlincote

Industrial Floor Treatments (Stone) Ltd are installers of epoxy resin flooring and polyurethane resin floor coatings and screeds on refurbishment and new build projects throughout Swadlincote, Derbyshire and the Midlands.

Works undertaken in the FMCG, engineering, food manufacturing, printing, paper, packaging, brewing, soft drinks, catering, commercial kitchen, automotive, aerospace, chemical and logistics industries.

We do not undertake domestic works.

Do you have an epoxy or polyurethane resin floor painting or screeding requirement? We can answer your questions and offer advice. Contact us today, or request a no obligation budget price.

 

Epoxy Resin Flooring Swadlincote

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Industrial Floor Treatments (Stone) Ltd are a family owned resin flooring contractor that specialises in the installation of epoxy resin flooring and polyurethane resin screeds on new build and refurbishment projects throughout Swadlincote, Derbyshire and the Midlands in both industrial and commercial establishments - we do not undertake domestic works, concentrating solely on industrial and commercial premises such as factory floors.

For our industrial clients this typically involves engineering, food production or manufacturing areas, packaging floors, wet floors, chemical containment bunds and warehouse flooring.

For commercial clients such as hotels and restaurants it generally involves the application of a food grade floor finish to back of house areas such as kitchen floors, food preparation areas, potwash and other areas of high footfall.

Based in Staffordshire and only 30 minutes from Swadlincote, Industrial Floor Treatments (Stone) Ltd are ideally located to providing a service to industry and commerce within this vibrant part of the country.

If you require some information, advice and guidance or a budget price for your resin flooring requirement in the Swadlincote or surrounding areas please give us a call on 01785 819800 and we will be pleased to assist you in any way we can. If we are unable to assist then hopefully we can point you in the right direction.

 

Epoxy Resin Flooring & Polyurethane Screeds

From the early attempts to develop epoxy resin floor paints over 80 years ago, resin technology has advanced in leaps and bounds. Polyurethane & epoxy resin flooring is now so extensively used that it is the bare uncoated concrete floor that catches the eye.

So why apply an epoxy resin floor finish to concrete?

Aesthetics - one of the primary reasons to paint any concrete floor is the vibrancy and colour that it produces. Clean, glossy epoxy resin flooring has a dramatic impact on employee morale, customer confidence, and creates a more enjoyable workplace environment than one with dull, dirty or bare concrete floors.

Ease of cleaning - polyurethane & epoxy resin floors and tend to be easier to clean. Bare concrete floors attract and hold dirt whereas a resin floor paint will provide a barrier that makes clean-up faster and easier. Floor paints also help keep floors dry and safe and reduce the cost of sweeping and scrubbing.

Protection from wear - concrete floors coated with polyurethane or epoxy resin flooring systems will last longer than uncoated concrete. Vehicle traffic, particularly when combined with other factors, can wear away the cement matrix of concrete slabs and expose the aggregate. A polyurethane or epoxy resin floor coating will protect the concrete.

ight reflection - a gloss finish epoxy resin floor will reflect more light than bare concrete. This provides greater visibility in your facility promoting safety and reducing the need for auxiliary lighting. We can restore the most eroded of floors, repair cracks and spalled joints as well as damage from years mechanical or chemical abuse.

Our polyurethane & epoxy resin flooring systems are synthetic resins that when applied onto a properly prepared concrete floor create an impervious surface seal that prevents the transmission of water and contaminants whilst at the same time enhancing the appearance of the floor.

 

Polyurethane Resin (PU) Floor Screeds

Developed and patented by ICI in the 1960's, polyurethane resin floor screeds are ideally suited for installation into food environments such as commercial kitchens in restaurants, hotels, schools and hospitals. Heavy duty areas include abattoirs, meat processing, poultry, fish, dairy, cheese, soft drinks and brewing industries and are often referred to as food grade, food safe or hygienic floor finishes with most of the manufacturers having had their systems tested and verified by independent bodies such as the Campden & Chorleywood Food Research Association.

With the patent having expired a number of years ago, polyurethane resin floor screeds have now increased significantly in popularity from the original ICI “Ucrete”. All of the major resin flooring suppliers now manufacture polyurethane resin floor screeds including Altro, Flowcrete, Remmers, Resdev, Resin Surfaces and Sika. Polyurethane resin floor screeds are based on cement and water based polyurethane technology to produce a floor screed exhibiting the best properties of both.

As they can be installed at relatively low temperatures and are tolerant of surface dampness, polyurethane resin flooring is ideally suited to food processing, chemical and pharmaceutical manufacturing facilities where floors in these environments tend to be subjected to abuse, heavy traffic, chemical attack and extreme temperatures resulting in extremely hostile conditions.

Polyurethane resin floor screeds can be subjected to high temperatures and even steam cleaning so offer first class performance in these aggressive environments, although they may not be required in every areas. In many cases epoxy resin floor screeds are still the preferred material, particularly in less demanding environments.

The advantages of applying PU resin flooring are numerous. The cement-polyurethane composition has a similar modulus of elasticity to that of concrete. This largely eliminates differential flexing and the subsequent adhesive bond failure that can be prevalent with some other resins.

As well as being able to absorb and withstand extreme heat and cold temperature change, polyurethane resin floor screeds have a degree of sound deadening properties. This is particularly useful in areas exposed to solid wheeled traffic. Polyurethane resin flooring can also withstand abuse from impact such as dropping of objects such as pots and pans found in commercial kitchens.

An further advantage of polyurethane resin floor screeds is that often they do not require a primer, thus saving installation cost and downtime.

Polyurethane resin flooring can also be laid on top of solidly bonded ceramic and quarry tiles thus eliminating the need for the removal of existing flooring and also does away with the requirement to maintain the grout joints in the tiles.

In the case of new concrete the unique chemical composition of polyurethane resin floor screeds with their similarities to concrete allow for installation over recently poured concrete, thus eliminating the need for the typical waiting time for the concrete to cure.

Due to their rapid cure time the primary purpose for the installation of polyurethane resin flooring tends to be performance whereas epoxy floor systems do allow for more decorative installations.

Evolving technology in polyurethane resin floor screeds now provides for three main variants, these being trowel applied floor screeds, self-smoothing toppings  and self-smoothing toppings broadcast with an aggregate to provide an aggressive anti-slip texture and/or a decorative quartz or ceramic carpet finish. These installations typically range in thickness from 6mm to 9mm.

 

Epoxy Resin Floor Screeds

Epoxy resin flooring has been around for more than fifty years and is available in many formats, the most popular being:

Self-Smoothing High Gloss - epoxy resin floor toppings with a thickness ranging from 2mm through to 6mm. This type of epoxy resin flooring was introduced to the UK in the early 1980’s and found great favour in many industries including the automotive, aerospace, print, paper and packaging fields.

Epoxy resin floor toppings produce a very smooth surface and care should be applied when selecting them for areas that may be subject to liquid or powder spillages. Likewise the potential transfer of contamination underfoot e.g. oil from adjacent work areas should be taken into account. Often incorrectly referred to as ‘self-levelling’ this type of epoxy resin flooring is liquid applied and self-smoothing – undulations in the host concrete will not be eliminated and will be reflected in the final floor finish.

Trowel applied epoxy resin flooring mortar - 3 part systems consisting of a liquid resin and hardener that are heavily filled out with silica sand or similar to produce an epoxy resin flooring system with a typical thickness ranging from 4mm through to 6mm.

This type of epoxy resin flooring has been around for decades and was historically installed in the engineering and food manufacturing industries and the ratio of filler to resin can vary enormously from 5:1 for a resin rich chemically resistant flooring system right up to 14:1 for a budget system that will have significantly lower physical properties and chemical resistance.

Decorative trowel applied epoxy resin flooring systems are also available by incorporating blended colour quartz aggregates to provide a fully functional floor with a bit more than a plain coloured finish.

Although no longer as popular in food manufacturing or production areas due to the success of polyurethane resin floor screeds, there are epoxy resin flooring systems considered to be food-grade or food-safe that have been tested and certified by food research associations.

 

Methyl Methacrylate (MMA) Floor Coatings and Screeds

Often referred to as MMA or Acrylic, Methyl Methacrylate resin floor coatings and screeds have one very strong advantage over polyurethane & epoxy resin resin flooring systems - they can be installed and trafficked in as little as two hours which means that they are perfectly suited for overnight application in critical areas where downtime is simply not an option.

Their strongest disadvantage it has to be said is smell - in its wet state MMA resin exudes a very strong odour (not dissimilar from that of Super Glue) which although non-toxic is impossible to ignore. Once the material has initially cured the odour disappears rapidly. Once this issue has been managed and overcome MMA flooring can achieve results that are not possible with other resin systems and is widely utilised in airports, rail stations, motorway service stations, leisure facilities, fast food outlets, theme parks, shops and supermarkets.

 

Polyaspartic Coatings & Broadcast Systems

Another recent innovation that appears to offer many of the benefits of Methyl Methacrylate (MMA) Flooring but without the associated problems of odour is that of Polyaspartic resins.

These can also be installed and trafficked in as little as two hours which means that they are perfectly suited for application in critical areas where downtime is simply not an option.

A further benefit is that Polyaspartic resins can be applied at sub-zero temperatures without having any adverse effect on curing times.

With no odour or VOC's polyaspartic resin flooring can be installed in live public areas such as airports, rail stations, motorway service stations, leisure facilities, fast food outlets, theme parks, shops and supermarkets.

 

Ultra Violet Light Instant Cure Coating Systems

A recently imported technology from the USA is that of UV Light Curing polyester resin floor coatings that cure instantly when subjected to high intensity UV light.

Typically the system consists of a clear primer, colour applied in two coats followed by a top seal coat. All four coats are cured instantly by passing over with a high intensity UV light-box and ready for trafficking by both pedestrians and forklift vehicles immediately.

This is a low odour non VOC system that does not create issues with personnel working in adjacent areas so can be undertaken at any time.

Whilst this is the most expensive of all of the available options it does achieve results not achievable by any other means. Click here for example of installation that was out of use for only 3 hours.

 

Summary

Whilst epoxy resin flooring is still the most widely utilised resin flooring technology throughout industry, the fast moving world in which we live has led to the development of alternative resin flooring systems with specific properties for niche markets and specific circumstances. Watch this space for further developments.

 

 
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