Choosing the Correct Industrial Floor Coating for Your Workplace

Three examples to consider

With many types of commercial and industrial floor coating to choose from that protect and maintain the concrete below, increase safety or efficiency and prevent surface damage the question we are frequently asked is ‘what is the best flooring system for me?’. 

At Surface Systems, we know that commercial and industrial areas will be suited to resin flooring, it is one of the best industrial-grade flooring systems available.

As there are many types of resin systems to choose from, we know that the selection can be confusing. 

Today we shall look at three popular choices and the reasons for choosing these, they are; Epoxy Coatings, Methyl Methacrylate Flooring (MMA) and Polyurethane Coatings.

Each is appropriate for different reasons, we shall go into more detail to help with your choice and there are further systems that may be more appropriate, please click the link to read more on our website relevant pages:

There is no better advice, of course, than speaking to our fully trained and time served team and we are happy to help you with you with deciding on the flooring system that is best suited to you.

You can call our expert team on 01803 868680 for friendly helpful advice.

Three Types of Floor Coatings Explained

Epoxy resin flooring

Perhaps the most popular type of industrial-grade flooring is epoxy resin. This has the advantage of being extremely strong and hard-wearing. It looks similar to plastic and has an even, shiny look.  Can have a matt finish.

This system is perhaps the most popular type of commercial and industrial type flooring, it is applied to suitable concrete floors where the substrate has been thoroughly prepared by means of dust extracted diamond grinding

This process removes any laitance and contaminants (new concrete) and provides a mechanical key for improved adhesion. 

Two coat water-based and high build epoxy systems are applied with or without an anti-slip finish. This is a cost-effective solution for areas where the floor requires suitable protection. Thickness – 500 microns.

Three coat high build epoxy systems are applied with or without an anti-slip finish. 

This is a more durable system when compared to the two-coat alternative. It is suitable to apply in areas of high wear and has a good level of abrasion/chemical and excellent durability. Thickness – 750 microns.

Both of these systems are applied by roller and provide our clients with a low odour and seamless floor. The level of anti-slipt finish can be varied to suit the client’s requirement to balance slip resistance with ease of cleanability.

It has the advantage of being extremely strong and hard-wearing. 

Some of the qualities of Epoxy resin flooring:

Limited chemical resistance

  • A wide range of colours and finishes
  • Hygienic 
  • Easy to clean and maintain
  • Resistance to impact
  • Customisable slip resistance

Epoxy resin is perfect for areas such as warehouses, workshops and garages, as it is sturdy enough to withstand the weight of vehicles such as cars and machinery.

Polyurethane flooring – coatings and screeds

Polyurethane coatings are similar to epoxy coatings in their application.

They offer greater flexibility and elasticity over epoxy resins making them more resistant to scratches and similar damage.

Their resistance to natural chemicals such as lactic acid means they are particularly effective in food production environments. 

This system is applied to suitable concrete floors where the substrate has been thoroughly prepared by means of dust extracted diamond grinding or closed-circuit vacuum shot blasting.

This process removes any laitance and contaminants (new concrete) and provides a mechanical key for improved adhesion. 

Polyurethane screeds are laid by hand trowel onto a primed surface at a thickness of between 6-9mm and provide a seamless matt finished floor.

This system provides good slip resistance, strength and durability in a variety of environments and can withstand temperatures of up to 140 degrees centigrade.

Polyurethane screeds are suitable for applications where hot water is present and steam cleaning is undertaken.

Being nonporous and self-sealing the screed offers excellent chemical resistance and can withstand substantial impact and abrasion.

Due to the thickness of the floor, the lifespan can be 10 years and beyond in many cases.

Polyurethane has the following qualities:

  • Excellent Chemical resistance
  • Imperviable  and hygienic
  • Impact resistance
  • Moisture resistance
  • Slip resistance
  • Temperature resistance

This type of flooring is predominantly applied in breweries, wineries, abattoirs, kitchens and food processing applications.

Methyl Methacrylate Flooring (MMA)

MMA floors are a dual systems polymer application known for their speed of cure.

Decorative flake systems can be applied at a thickness of between 3-5mm to match existing floors whether tiles, terrazzo, or other resins.

Broadcast systems laid at a thickness of 4-6mm offer excellent slip resistance by broadcasting coloured quartz into the floor and sealing with a topcoat to improve chemical resistance.

Quartz trowelled systems are applied at a thickness of 4-6mm and can be applied as a smooth finish or with a slip resistant topcoat.

MMA floors are both decorative and durable and are ideal for projects with tight deadlines as they can be serviceable after two hours.

Due to the unique nature of the catalyst cure, they can be applied in temperatures less than zero degrees centigrade and are UV resistant and hence colour stable.

They are easy to customise, seamless, flexible and offer excellent resistance to cracking

MMA includes the following benefits:

  • Limited chemical resistance
  • Rapid cure
  • High durability
  • Fast and easy repair
  • Slip resistance

MMA floor coatings include hospitals and specialist production areas, such as laboratories or medicine production areas.

It is also suitable for certain commercial food production spaces but will not be as temperature resistant as Polyurethane.

Want to know more about how we can help you with making the correct flooring choice? Call our expert team on 01803 868680 for friendly helpful advice.

To speak to one of our dedicated team members, please get in touch via our Contact Us page, or call us on tel: +44 (0)1803 868680.

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