Resin flooring is heavy-duty durability for industrial and commercial flooring
Floors are quite literally under our feet all day long but we tend to only notice them when go wrong. While cracked, uneven, stained, slippery, unclean floors get our attention, they also represent a hazard – the New Zealand Health & Safety at Work Act 2015 (HSWA) states that floors must be designed, installed, and maintained so that work can be done without risks to health and safety. The primary duty of care is held by the “Person Conducting a Business or Undertaking”. Failure to follow the code of practice not only puts people at risk of serious injury (or worse) but can result in severe penalties, including imprisonment and fines of up to $3,000,000. Slips, trips and falls are one of the most common causes of injury, and the right resin flooring can protect against these accidents.
Resin flooring does not just make WorkSafe happy; it provides a seamless, water resistant, chemical resistant, abrasion and impact resistant surface that can also be decorative. Which makes it ideal for industrial and commercial flooring, where high traffic is just one of the factors it needs to deal with. These resin floor coatings can also be formulated with special qualities such as antimicrobial properties for hospital flooring, anti slip, anti static, or fast cure where downtime needs to be kept to a minimum.
In this article we outline the various floor coating solutions and the applications for which they are suited. We also provide a list of resin flooring specialists in New Zealand.
The different resins of concrete floor paint – epoxy to PU
Industrial and commercial flooring needs to be able to withstand high traffic, abrasion, chemicals, and impact, as well as being attractive and comfortable. The top resin floor paints are the three big “poly” coatings, acrylic, and epoxy, the industry go-to coating. The “poly” coatings are in fact all related – polyurethane, polyurea, and polyaspartic are all formed through the reaction of an isocyanate with a resin. At its most basic, the isocyanate component of polyurethane reacts with a polyol, for polyurea it is an amine, and polyaspartic uses a diamine. An epoxy uses epoxy resin. These coatings all share a number of properties, but not in equal degrees. They all have differing requirements and capabilities, and some have shortcomings that the others do not share:
- Acrylic floor coating
The cheapest option, acrylic resin flooring is easy to apply and is mostly available as a clear coating. They are thin coatings often used as sealers and floor polishes, except for the thicker, more heavy duty MMA coatings. MMA coating also has the benefit of the fastest cure and return to service time.
- Epoxy floor coating
Industrial epoxy flooring is a seamless, abrasion, and chemical resistant finish that make it suitable for a range of applications. It can also be decorative. Unfortunately, epoxy resin is not UV stable and tends to chalk in the sunshine. It also has the longest cure time and is the least flexible of these options.
- Polyurethane floor coating
Polyurethane (PU paint) also has the resistant and seamless qualities of an epoxy, but it is UV stable and more flexible/comfortable to walk on. Due to this it is often used as a top coat over epoxy. However, it is sensitive to moisture and temperature when being applied. Requires a catalyst.
- Polyurea floor coating
The most heavy-duty of the coatings, the cure speed and heat required for application mean it requires a bulky spray apparatus which decreases the number of suitable applications. Discolours on exposure to UV radiation, but has extreme resistant properties.
- Polyaspartic floor coating
The ‘newest’ of the resin coatings, it is rapid curing, UV stable, and highly durable. They have a lower moisture transmission rate than polyurea and polyurethane, so they can be applied at a lower thickness.
Resin flooring for all specifications
Though you may think that calling something “industrial and commercial flooring” speaks for itself, there are a range of purposes of varying specificity that industrial floor paint is used for. The environment, substrate, and end use all influence the choice of coating. Below are a few of the applications and special uses of resin floor coatings.
- Self-levelling/self-smoothing epoxy coating: A self-levelling (or self-smoothing) floor is an industrial epoxy floor coating which forms a smooth and level texture. They are probably the most common type of epoxy floor.
- Polyurethane flooring topcoat: Polyurethane is more flexible than epoxy, and so is more comfortable to walk on. Often a polyurethane topcoat is applied to an epoxy basecoat to double up on the protective and sensory properties of the two coatings. Polyurethane is also used a topcoat for epoxy where heightened UV stability is required.
- Anti slip floor coating: By adding a non slip aggregate to a polymeric coating, a concrete floor paint system can be made anti slip. There are also floor coatings (such as certain epoxies) which are formulated to have anti slip properties naturally.
- Antimicrobial floor coating: In environments such as hospitals, healthcare centres, leisure centres, or schools, an antimicrobial coating can be used to prevent the spread and growth of microbes such as bacteria, mould, and fungus. The monolithic, seamless nature of an industrial floor coating is crucial in providing an easy-to-clean surface, as well as antimicrobial additives.
- Anti static floor coating: Designed to reduce the buildup of a static charge in a floor, which also reduces the amount of dust attracted to the floor. This also protects equipment for example in laboratories, hospitals, and electronics equipment manufacturing plants.
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Resin flooring suppliers and companies in New Zealand
The need for high quality commercial and industrial floor coating means that there are suppliers and manufacturers operating throughout New Zealand. Whether you are on the North or South Island, need dairy coating, factory floor coating, shop floor or warehouse floor coating, there is a coating specialist for you. Below is a short sample list of resin flooring companies.
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- Resin Flooring Company
- Blake Surfacings
- EC Flooring Contractors
- Eric Wiig Ltd
- Industrial Surefloors Ltd
- Natural Stone Restoration
- Regis Coatings
- Sealcrete NZ Specialist Coatings
- Topcoat Specialist Coatings
- Total Resurfacing Solutions
- 75 Main South Road, Sockburn, Christchurch
- Whangaparaoa, Auckland
- 4/18 Thorn Place, Onekawa, Napier
- 17B Andromeda Cres, East Tamaki, Auckland
- 54 Vagues Road, Northcote, Christchurch
- Wainuiomata, Lower Hutt
- Auckland, Waikato, Manawatu, Wellington, Nelson, Christchurch and Otago branches
- Ellerslie, Auckland
- Services the lower and central North Island and the whole South Island
- Auckland, Christchurch, and Otago branches
- Wellington area
- Floor Coating Services
- Epoxy and vinylester floor coatings
- Epoxy floor coatings
- Epoxy, MMA, and vinyl floor coatings
- Acrylic, epoxy, and polyaspartic floor coatings
- Epoxy, MMA, polyester, and polyurethane floor coatings
- Epoxy and polyurethane floor coatings
- Epoxy floor coatings
- Epoxy and polyurethane floor coatings
- Coatings for dairy, anti-slip, and factory floors
- Epoxy, polyurethane, MMA floor coatings
- Epoxy and flake flooring