Resin Flooring Delivers Versatility Underfoot
Chris Dobbie, of Flowcrete UK, which has been providing industrial flooring for more than 30 years, gives an insight into many benefits of resin flooring:
RESIN flooring is long renowned as the workhorse of industrial environments – providing a robust platform to withstand the day-to-day operations of manufacturing, processing and maintenance areas. But resin floors aren’t just about durability.
Hygiene performance: Carefully designed floor finishes can ensure outstanding hygiene performance at ground level.
Design features include coving, to maintain a clean sweep between the floor and wall and remove angled corners which are harder to clean.
The installation of an integrated stainless steel drainage system can also deliver a clean surface and aid the wash down / steam cleaning process, as well as helping reduce the likelihood of slips and trips. Across some industrial flooring ranges, antimicrobials can also be selected for maximum hygiene performance.
Safety first: Correctly specified floors, with the right grade of resistance, can help to reduce incidents of slips and trips in industrial areas.
The key to achieving the right outcome is to determine whether the environment being floored is a wet or dry area.
Wet zones need particular attention because most slip injuries happen on wet floors. To combat slips and trips, friction – and therefore a better grip to the floor for users – is usually achieved by introducing a coarser finish, often aggregate, to develop the necessary resistance.
Dry areas usually have a lower requirement for slip resistance than wet areas and therefore smoother surface finishes can be used, although care needs to be taken in the specification to ensure that the floor measures up to what the area is being used for now – and any changes in the future.
Messages and branding: As well as slip resistance, floors can help with wider health and safety issues, including using lineage and signage to create bespoke walkways, pedestrian crossings and access routes, designed and installed, using contrasting colours underfoot.
Logos can also be introduced using resin flooring, allowing companies to extend their brand’s look and feel in a new direction.
Speedy solution: Factories and industrial premises are often reluctant to impact on their workflow if a new floor is needed, particularly under refurbishment programmes.
Help is at hand with fast-track flooring products, such as Flowfast, a fast cure MMA (methyl methacrylate) resin floor coating, which is generally ready for use just two hours after installation.
Dealing with anti static: One of the most technical systems on the market is anti static flooring. Epoxy and polyurethane industrial resin flooring solutions include an electro-static dissipative grade, often a necessity in the electronic industry or any area that requires resistance to electrostatic charges.
Resistance is crucial: Finally, different industrial floors can put up a resistance against a wide variety of day-to-day hazards, including the ability to absorb shock and electric charge, tackle chemical spillage and attack, endure boiling and sub-zero micro-climates – and deliver a platform to fight abrasion, scratch and impact resistance.
Glass can smash on it in bottling plants, cooking oils spill over in bakeries, and forklift trucks travel over it in warehouses, but – if correctly specified from the outset – resin flooring can deal with such activity. No wonder it is considered the versatile choice.
This article has been reproduced from the Contract Flooring Journal website. You can find them at www.contractflooringjournal.co.uk.