Resin floorings are practical, hardwearing and an incredibly useful flooring finish for many environments, but exactly what is a resin floor? A resin floor is a hardwearing plastic surface, created by mixing a selection of ingredients to provide a highly durable finish. A resin floor is applied in a liquid form and once hardened ‘cured’ creates a hardwearing floor finish.
There are three main resin types used to create the majority of flooring systems, Epoxy Flooring, Polyurethane Flooring and PMMA Flooring.
Each system has differing properties that are suited to particular uses. They are extremely flexible in terms of the finish they can provide, making them suitable in a wide range of environments.
Types of Resin Flooring Available
When we review ‘what is a resin floor,’ we can identify three main resin types:
- Epoxy Flooring – Epoxy flooring is probably the most well-known of the systems and is widely distributed within industrial settings. It is a thermosetting resin which means the system irreversibly cures. It comes in a variety of forms starting from simple 2-pack epoxy paints to more durable flowable systems. It is the resin that has the longest cure time.
- Polyurethane Flooring – Also known as ‘PU’ resin, polyurethane flooring is a thermosetting material, which irreversibly cures. It comes in a variety of forms from flowable to heavy-duty trowel-applied systems. Out of the three main resin types, Polyurethane flooring offers the best resistance to high temperatures.
- PMMA Flooring – Polymethyl methacrylate, better known as PMMA is best known as a rapid-curing resin flooring system. It is a thermoplastic resin which will soften again when heated, allowing the system to be easily repaired or recoated. It comes in a range of flowable, and trowel-applied systems.
Which Resin Should You Choose?
Each of these resin flooring options presents its own specific advantages/disadvantages and should be considered alongside the environment and performance-related requirements of the floor.
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