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The specification process of resin floors

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A resin floor lining is a build-up of resinous materials applied to an existing subbase and therefore an excellent way to protect floors against all physical, mechanical, thermal, and chemical wear.

Different resin types offer a variety of solutions based on the application characteristics and in-service performance of the materials. The resin selected is vital in the planning, design, and construction phase, as it will affect the longevity, performance, and aesthetical appeal of the floor.

Traffic and its effect on floors are some of the key elements when planning a flooring system, to ensure that the floor can withstand the type and load of traffic it will be subjected to:

  • Light-duty (LD) light traffic, occasional rubber-tired vehicles.
  • Medium-duty (MD) regular traffic, frequent forklift truck traffic, occasional hard plastic-wheeled trolleys.
  • Heavy-duty (HD) constant forklift truck traffic, hard plastic wheeled trolleys, some impact.
  • Very-heavy-duty (VHD) severe heavily loaded traffic and impact.

Specification framework

Deciding on the contractor is just as important as deciding on which resin system will suit the application type best, and it is always recommended to make use of an approved or recommended contactor from the material supplier.

It is essential that there is a consultation between the client, manufacturer and the specialist flooring contractor beforehand. This will ensure that ambiguities in the process may be prevented prior to ending up with a result that is substandard and or the client’s expectation not met.

Functional needs

There are several functional requirements for floors in numerous different structures that need to be clarified beforehand to decide on the best product or system:

Substrate condition

Textured resin. Image courtesy of Technical Finishes.

Before proceeding with the installation, the contractor must inspect the floor by testing the substrate conditions and ensure that the substrate is in good condition. A general comment or rule in the flooring community is as follows, “Any flooring system is only as good as the substrate being applied to and the preparation thereof.”

This involves testing:

Other considerations

Other factors to keep in mind in the specifying process include:

Application type

Depending on the type of flooring system selected (sealing, coating, or comprehensive solutions), there are numerous areas of application:

As always suggested, contact your flooring manufacturer for expert advice on the best product for your new or refurbishment project.

With thanks to Mapei SA, Technical Finishes and FERFA for the information contained in this article.

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