What is resin flooring?
A resin floor is a hardwearing plastic surface, created by mixing together a selection of ingredients to initiate a fast and controlled chemical reaction. The chemical reaction creates a highly durable finish, ideal for the heaviest use environments.
The simplest form of resin flooring, a resin coating consist of:
- Formulated synthetic resin
- Separate hardener
As performance demands intensify – typically resulting in an increase in resin floor thickness – the range of ingredients grows to include aggregates, pigments, decorative chips/flakes and in some cases, cement powder.
Step 1 – Primer
Most resin floors utilise a primer which penetrates into / reacts with the substrate to create a high strength and reliable bond which is essential to the longevity of the floor.
Step 2 – Bodycoat
The primer is typically followed by a main structural layer, often referred to as the bodycoat, which creates the bulk of the floor thickness and provides many of the key performance elements such as impact resistance, flexibility and compressive strength, as well as defining the decorative finish of the floor.
Step 3 – Seal coat
Most resin floors will be finished with 1 to 3 seal coats to encapsulate the body coat and decorative element of the floor and provide the final performance characteristics, such as chemical and wear resistance.
Types of resin flooring
Three main types of resin are used to create majority of resin flooring systems:
- Methyl Methacrylate (MMA)
- Polyurethane (PU)
Degafloor supplies only Methyl Methacrylate (MMA) based resin flooring systems due to the ultra-fast curing properties of these resins and the customer benefits this creates.