Here’s The ‘Wow Factor’ Straight From The Tin
Mark Bushell, national sales manager, flooring and refurbishment at Sika, ‘lifts the lid’ on the latest trends in decorative flooring and the practical benefits of specifying epoxy and polyurethane resin flooring systems over traditional materials:
WHEN it comes to commercial flooring, certain elements are a must: High quality, value for money, design freedom and ease of application.
Thanks to recent advancements in technology, commercial flooring specialists can now access an impressive alternative to traditional sheet vinyl, lino, tile and timber flooring solutions, and what’s more, these systems are ‘seamless’.
n Resin flooring: Suitable for both new build and refurbishment works, high performance seamless epoxy and polyurethane resin flooring systems are straight forward to apply as well as technically and aesthetically versatile.
They lend themselves to a wide range of sectors including retail, offices, healthcare, leisure, education and food and drink – and even have a ‘refreshability’ option to extend the life cycle even further.
One of the main benefits of these flooring systems over traditional materials is this seamless finish. Unlike the seams associated with sheet flooring systems, grout required in ceramic and stone floors and the sealants that are applied to wood surfaces, there are no joints to maintain with seamless resin flooring.
There is also the option to extend the flooring up into the wall space for added design flexibility and day-to-day ease of cleaning, which is vital in healthcare and food & drink settings where the highest standards of hygiene are required.
Limitless designs: Another exciting feature of this solution is there’s virtually no limit to the designs which can be achieved. From bold single colours to granite, decorative quartz, decorative flake and marble effects, they provide rooms so unique that people really like and appreciate living and working there.
So if you’re asked to design a flooring system which matches an organisation’s corporate colours, or a stone effect with a quicker installation time and lower material costs than sourcing actual stone, resin flooring can provide just the answer.
For commercial or public buildings where personnel stand for long periods of time, or where reduction in footfall noise and horizontal noise transmission is required, there are more specialist polyurethane resin systems available which have been described as ‘liquid applied vinyl’.
Individual requirements: What’s great about these particular systems is they can be built up to serve individual comfort, acoustic, design, colour and cost requirements, with optional smooth and anti-slip coatings, covings, floor to wall coatings, and incorporation into underfloor heating systems. In addition they’ll offer low VOC emissions, good wear and impact resistance, fire resistance and easy cleaning and maintenance.
There’s still a misconception that resin flooring is expensive but as the above scenarios demonstrate, it can actually prove very cost effective and especially when you factor in whole life costs. In refurbishment projects resin flooring can be applied over existing vinyl and wood surfaces and once laid, there is always the option to refresh it, whether to extend its life cycle or simply to update in line with changes to a room’s décor.
Wastage minimised: Wastage can also be kept to a minimum with resin flooring as you can calculate the exact amounts you need based on the total system thickness and meterage required. Many forward-thinking manufacturers present system details in downloadable formats such as BIM and NBS Plus, and some may even offer additional online support tools and calculators to assist with designing out jobs accurately.
The choice and availability presented by these new commercial resin flooring systems offers another option to the flooring industry and many contractors will be surprised that such finished effects could come out of a tin.
This article has been reproduced from the Contract Flooring Journal website. You can find them at www.contractflooringjournal.co.uk.