Your Guide to Resin Flooring

There are many different flooring solutions on the market today, so choosing the best one for you can be a tough decision. If you are looking for a floor which is cost-effective, strong, and customisable then you should definitely consider resin flooring.

We’re going to explore the characteristics of two of the main types of resin flooring systems – epoxy resin flooring and polyurethane flooring to help you figure out which would be more appropriate for your space.

What is resin flooring?

Resin flooring is made up of a synthetic resin (a plastic) and a hardener. When this is applied to a surface it cures to leave a strong resin coating. There are a variety of resin products to pick, and each has a slightly different curing period.

You can get resin flooring in many different colours, and it is possible to add a flake finish for some extra decoration. The flake finish consists of adding small flakes of colored vinyl to the final layer of the resin. This is a popular customisation to floors you would see in commercial spaces, hospitals and schools.

A standard resin flooring system requires around 3 coats, depending on what it will be used for, what the floor will have to endure, and how thick you need the floor to be.

What makes resin flooring better than concrete?

A resin floor can be customised to suit your taste, whilst the customisation of a  concrete floor is limited. Also, resin floorings are resistant to chemicals which for many industries is a fundamental requirement for their flooring systems.

With resin floorings it is also simple to make them non-slip. This is done by adding an aggregate to the mix.

What types of resin flooring are there?

To help you choose the right resin flooring, we’re going to explain some of the properties associated with the two main types – epoxy resin and polyurethane. Different ones have different benefits that come with them.

Epoxy Resin Flooring:

  • Water based, solvent based, or can come solvent free
  • Strong and durable.
  • Has a high elasticity so it can withstand heavy loads.
  • Resistant to chemicals.
  • Customisable

Polyurethane Flooring:

  • Water or solvent based.
  • Strong and durable.
  • Very wide temperature resistance.
  • Customisable.
  • Quick installation.
  • Very high chemical resistance.
  • UV stable.