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Resin Flooring: A Great Choice for Industrial Applications
by Tom Grant on Feb 26, 2013
Choosing the right material for your industrial flooring requires taking a lot of criteria into consideration. Traditionally concrete was the go-to material because it was hard wearing and relatively cheap. Today, resin is becoming the more popular material due to its many advantages over concrete. Just some of the benefits of resin flooring include its high compressive strength, its durability and low maintenance. The right floor can enhance the working environment. For example, a floor that becomes pockmarked will decrease the efficiency of trolleys and other vehicles with small wheels. It will need to be replaced or repaired at considerable cost. Here are the main advantages to installing a resin coating on top of a concrete floor in the industrial environment.
Many surfaces are prone to damage over the years, just think of highways that have a heavy flow of traffic passing over them. High traffic areas, whether they are indoors or outdoors, almost always require intensive maintenance. This is especially true when that traffic consists of the transportation of heavy goods. While many floors fail to maintain their durability under this type of traffic, resin flooring stays durable. One of the reasons for this durability is the flexibility of the resin surface. It can withstand high amounts of stress which would result in cracks and chips on other surfaces. Resin also has high compressive strength so it can absorb the trauma of heavy objects falling. These features strengthen the concrete base beneath the resin. Due to both its sealed surface and its unique properties these features won't degrade over time.
One of the main advantages of resin flooring is its impervious surface. A surface that is not impervious allows liquids and other materials to seep inside it and if these materials are toxic the floor will become be a health hazard. The nature of resin flooring makes it resistant to acid and chemicals. When spilled, they remain above the surface where the spillage can be cleared away. Since there are no joins or cracks in the resin surface there is nowhere for spillages to seep into. This is an essential requirement for workplaces like laboratories and factories that deal with toxic materials. As well as protecting employees from hazardous waste this imperviousness also makes it easy to clean and maintain. Most cleaning products can be used on resin and it is suitable for the use of pressure washers. Resin is quick to dry so once it has been cleaned, the floor can be used almost immediately afterward. Unlike other impervious materials, resin flooring is slip resistant so it is easy to have clean shining floors with the non-slip advantages of concrete. This slip resistance is the result of mixing graded aggregates to the base layer of the resin. If the resin is going to be installed in an area that is consistently wet or greasy, the slip resistance can be designed to ensure it is completely slip resistant.
Resin is made up of a combination of different materials. One of the advantages of this mixture is that it is easy to design the resin surface with any number of colors and looks depending the needs of the customer. As the resin is so durable these designs will not fade away. It can be used to fashion paths or even just to brighten up a dull area. Colored quartz can be added to the resin mix, as can decorative flakes and aggregates to provide a variety of designs. A vibrant resin surface will make a big difference to the environment in comparison to a standard concrete surface. This makes resin an attractive alternative to many other types of flooring in both industrial and domestic use.
Thickness and coating
Resin coating can be applied to a number of surfaces such as asphalt, wood, concrete and metal. Its application strengthens these bases and protects them from wear and tear. It can be applied in a number of thicknesses depending on the customer's needs. For domestic use or in industrial areas with low traffic flow a light to medium coat is required. This will ensure the floor is easy to clean, hygienic and decorative. A medium coating of 2mm-4mm is used for industrial areas that deal with chemicals and other toxic materials. The thickest coating ranges from 5mm-9mm. This is suitable for industrial environments where the floor will be subject to the transportation of heavy goods and chemical spillage. Each of these coatings will provide a durable slip resistant, easy-to-clean floor than meets health and safety requirements. Each thickness comes at a different price.
The flexibility of resin designs means it can be used in almost any environment. It is especially suitable for use in industrial environments like laboratories, assembly and storage areas. While resin can be costly and it requires a professional installation that can take a significant amount of time, it will save costs in the long run. It is inexpensive to maintain and it is designed to outlast other popular flooring materials. More and more industrial flooring areas have a resin surface. This is because it is one of the most cost effective and efficient flooring surfaces available.
Alan Townsend is a maintenance supervisor for an industrial warehouse. He enjoys blogging about building issues and solutions for various websites in his spare time. To learn more about resin flooring options, visit www.questltd.co.uk.
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