Flooring Guide

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What is seamless flooring?
When talking about seamless flooring in the commercial and industrial flooring arena then epoxy resins or pumped polymer systems are used to create a completely seamless floor covering. Other additives such as quartz aggregates, coloured aggregates, PVA flakes, aluminium oxide or even rubber can be added to create different finishes. Obviously colour can be added for decorative effect.

Resin vs Concrete?
Resins add a protective layer to any floor which can also contain additives for texture or colour. This protective coating ensures a long life for the floor, makes them relatively dust-free and easy to keep clean.

New floor vs refurbished?
It is vitally important that the substrate of any floor be sound. Respol have decades of experience in preparing, repairing and saving old floor slabs and treating them to a new seamless skin saving thousands of pounds in removing old substrate and reinstating.

What are pumped screeds?
Pumped screeds are cementitious systems that can be coloured and textured to suit the environment. They also act as a floor levelling system.

Hygienic flooring for food & pharmaceutical applications
Epoxy resin, polyurethane or polymer seamless flooring is ideal for areas where hygiene is important. Unlike floor tiles that have joints or welds for dirt and bacteria to gather and grow, seamless flooring can also contain anti-microbial additives that block the spread of bacteria and disease.

Anti slip flooring
Seamless resin flooring is ideal where a non-slip surface is specified. Hardwearing aggregates such as quartz, available in a wide range of different colours, are added to the base resins and curing agents to create a tough non-slip coating. Ask RESPOL about their Reegrip CQ system.

Anti static flooring
Industries that use sensitive electronic equipment such as hospitals and laboratories will normally require a static dissipative or conductive floor. Each is created by the simple use of additives in the resin base allowing for a seamless solution.

Terrazzo flooring
The combination of traditional terrazzo and modern polymer technologies offers huge flexibility over polished concrete as it demonstrates high early strengths ensuring that it can be polished sooner than most concrete. Ask RESPOL about Reetop TZ.

Rubber safety flooring
Ideal for children’s playground areas, coloured rubber granules are mixed with polyurethane binders to create a durable, flexible and extremely hardwearing surface. Ask RESPOL about their Reetop FS system.

Resin flooring vs tile?
Resin flooring is seamless. Without the joints or welds associated with tile and rubber systems for bacteria and dirt to collect, or the potential for impact damage that can occur, a resin floor is easier to maintain and easier to keep clean.

Outdoor flooring and pathways
Driveways, paths and terraces can all be treated to ‘resin bound gravel’ systems that are non-slip and tough. Compared to loose gravel, RESPOL’s Reetop RC is resistant to oil and weeds plus is easy to keep clean.

Decorative systems
Seamless resin flooring is ideal for decorative applications because a huge variety of coloured aggregates or PVA flakes can be added to the resin base to create the desired effect. These aggregates can also control the finish ie smooth or textured, anti-static or anti-microbial.

Chemical resistant flooring
Seamless resin flooring is inherently chemical resistant so long as good house keeping is followed. For example, if there is a solvent spillage that is not cleaned up when it happens but left for hours, then it will mark the floor. Specifying which chemicals your floor is likely to come into contact with, helps us specify the correct resin and hardeners to use for your application.

Health & safety markings plus demarkation lining
Resin flooring can be manufactured in just about any colour and so integrating health and safety markings and demarkation lining is a standard part of our service. Company logos can also be laid into our floors. For a demonstration please visit our Virtual Flooring section here.

How long does a floor take to cure?
It greatly depends on the conditions and temperature but as a guide the majority of our floors will be ready to receive foot traffic in 24 hours and be fully chemical cured in 7 days. Our Reeflo system however is ready to use in just 2 hours from application.

How to clean resin flooring
Although there are numerous ways to clean a resin floor, the best way is to apply a light degreasing solvent, leave it to work for 5 or 10 minutes and then remove and clean with a ‘Scrubber Vac’.