What is resin flooring?
If you’re planning to update your flooring, you’ve probably come across resin as a potential option. So, what exactly is resin flooring? Put simply, it’s a type of floor with a plastic surface. This coating makes it highly durable, making resin a popular choice for floors that see frequent use.
If you’re considering having resin flooring installed, it’s helpful to know about the different types that are available, as well as each type’s advantages.
Types of Resin Flooring
There are three types of resin flooring: PMMA, epoxy and polyurethane.
Polymethyl methacrylate, usually referred to as PMMA, is particularly suited to floors that need to withstand a lot of impact – for example, a busy part of a building, such as a reception area or waiting room. It also has a high degree of resistance to chemicals and doesn’t scratch easily, so you don’t need to worry that cleaning this type of resin floor will damage its appearance. Keep in mind, however, that it can be damaged by heat, so if you’re looking for flooring for a hot environment, it’s a good idea to look into the other types of resin available, such as polyurethane.
Another benefit of PMMA resin flooring is that, should any damage occur, it’s relatively quick and simple to repair. It’s possible to fix damaged spots without affecting the rest of the floor, making it a cost-effective option.
PMMA also has a short installation time, especially when compared to other types of resin flooring. If you’d like your new floor to be ready as quickly as possible, PMMA is definitely worth considering.
Epoxy resin flooring is often used in industrial settings. It has a lot in common with PMMA – for example, it is very durable and resistant to chemicals. This makes it an ideal flooring type for a range of different environments – although it’s important to be aware that it generally takes longer than PMMA to install. It’s also scratch-resistant, so it’s a good choice of flooring if you’re looking to enhance the appearance of a room or hallway. Not only this, but it’s great at resisting moisture, too, which means water won’t get trapped inside it. This is particularly helpful when it comes to cleaning, which, as with PMMA, makes it ideal for areas that experience a lot of footfall. Epoxy resin also has a good level of adhesion, which adds to its durability.
The third type of resin flooring is polyurethane, also known as PU. It’s much more resistant to heat than other types of resin, which means it’s suitable for use in hot environments, such as industrial kitchens.
On the other hand, PU resin flooring lacks the water resistance of other types. In this regard, it’s less durable, and this could shorten the floor’s lifespan. However, it is resistant to scratches and chemicals, meaning it’s still a good choice for bakeries and other large kitchens – especially when heat resistance is taken into account.
If you’re interested in further information on the different types of resin flooring, or you’re looking to have resin flooring installed, get in touch with us today.