Resin Flooring Systems

Industrial Floor Treatments (Stone) Ltd are UK wide applicators of resin flooring on refurbishment and new build projects.

Resin flooring 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 a resin flooring requirement? We can answer your questions and offer advice. Contact us today, or request a no obligation budget price.

 

Industrial Floor Treatments (Stone) Ltd - Resin Flooring Specialists

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

For our industrial clients this typically involves the supply and installation of resin flooring in engineering, food production, manufacturing and packaging areas as well as wet floors, chemical containment bunds and warehouse flooring.

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

 

Epoxy & Polyurethane Resin Flooring - Coatings

From the early attempts to develop epoxy resin floor paints over 80 years ago, resin flooring technology has advanced in leaps and bounds. Epoxy and polyurethane resin flooring is so extensively used that it is the un-coated concrete floor that now catches the eye.

So why coat concrete?

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

Ease of cleaning - epoxy and polyurethane resin flooring tends to be easy to clean. Bare concrete floors attract and hold dirt whereas resin flooring will provide a barrier that makes cleanup faster and easier. Resin flooring also help keep floors dry and safe and reduce the cost of sweeping and scrubbing.

Protection from wear - concrete floors that have been over-coated or over-laid with epoxy or polyurethane resin flooring will last longer than un-coated concrete. Vehicle traffic, particularly when combined with other factors, can wear away the cement matrix of concrete slabs and expose the aggregate. An epoxy or polyurethane resin flooring system will protect the concrete.

Light reflection - a gloss finish resin flooring system 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 resin flooring systems are manufactured from epoxy or polyurethane 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 Flooring - Screeds

Developed and patented by ICI in the 1960's, polyurethane resin flooring is ideally suited for installation into wet food environments such as restaurant, hotel, school and hospital kitchens, 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 verfied by independant bodies such as the Campden & Chorleywood Food Research Association.

With the patent having expired a number of years ago, polyurethane resin flooring has now increased significantly in popularity from the original ICI “Ucrete”. All of the major resin flooring suppliers now manufacture polyurethane resin floors 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 a resin flooring system that exhibits 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 polyurethane 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 flooring has 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 flooring 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 Flooring - Screeds

Epoxy resin floor screeds have been around for more than fifty years and are available in many formats, the most popular being:

Self-Smoothing High Gloss - epoxy resin flooring 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.

These 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’ these floors are 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 - 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. 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 flooring, there are epoxy resin screeds that are considered to be food-grade or food-safe systems that have been tested and certified by food research associations.

 

Methyl Methacrylate (MMA) Resin Flooring - Coatings and Screeds

Often referred to as MMA or Acrylic, Methyl Methacryalte resin flooring has one very strong advantage over other resin flooring systems - it 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 Resin Flooring - 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 resin flooring.

This type of resin flooring 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 resin flooring 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.

 

 

 
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