What To Look For In An Industrial Flooring Resin
Choosing a resin product to protect industrial flooring may not be a topic to pique many people’s interest, but fact of the matter is it’s important, and needs to be carefully considered in order to ensure your industrial flooring is as durable and long lasting as possible.
There are several types of resins available suitable for protecting industrial flooring and choosing one should be based of off several considerations, including the type of flooring, the traffic on the floor and what the floor will be exposed to.
Discussed below are the options available for industrial floor resins, and when they would be best used on what products, making it easier to determine what products will best suit the needs of your industrial flooring.
Epoxy is the most commonly used product, and offers many benefits including incredible strength and durability, exudes minimal odours and is very resistant to chemicals and abrasions.
There are various epoxy systems available ranging in price to make it a suitable option for any budget. Applications of epoxy range from as thin as 20 mils in light duty areas all the way up to ⅜” or more for added durability and protection.
Urethane is an excellent choice of resins as it is very strong as well as heat resistance, thermal shock and chemical resistant making it a wonderful solution for an industrial environment.
There are a variety of urethanes available ranging from ⅛” self levelling products to a ½” trowel.
Urethane products have a very high tolerance for moisture and bonds incredibly well making it an ideal product for quick and speedy installation and perfect for newly poured concrete.
There are many beneficial characteristics of MMA products, such as there extremely fast cure time of less than one hour, it’s incredible strength and resilience, and the fact that it is temperature insensitive, and able to cure at 0 degrees Fahrenheit. MMA provides a low glare matte satin finish and provides outstanding UV protection, as well as being chemical resistant and having extremely fast cure times. This product is an excellent choice for colder temperatures in both indoor and outdoor environments, with the ability to cure in temperatures well below freezing.
Hybrid systems combine the best characteristics of all types of resins to create one superior product, making it an investment that offers a lot of bang for the buck. Characteristics of hybrid products include customisability, fast tracking construction, incredible strength and durability, resistance to abrasion and resistance to elevated levels of moisture. A key component to the hybrid solution is the cementitious urethane basecoat with its tenacious bonding and high tolerance for moisture. This is an ideal product for projects that need to be completed in a short timeline or for new cement. This product can be combined with some of the above-mentioned products as a topcoat to provide the durability and performance you are looking for in an industrial floor resin.
When choosing which resin products are best suited to your floor always consider the traffic and damage the floor can be expected to withstand, as well as the environment it is being installed in.