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A Brief Introduction

In today’s world, the term “resin” refers to virtually every portion of a liquid that sets into a hard lacquer or enamel-like finish. Nail polish, for example, is a modern substance that uses “resins” that are organic compounds rather than traditional plant resins. Since they solidify in the same manner as certain plant resins, some “casting resins” and synthetic resins (such as epoxy resin) have been assigned the term “resin,” but synthetic resins are liquid monomers of thermosetting plastics and are not derived from plants. We’re all about plastic resins when it comes to floor coating resins.

The Origins of Epoxy Resin

The Prilezhaev reaction is a chemical reaction that produces epoxides by combining alkene with a peroxy acid. Nikolai Prilezhaev, who first recorded this reaction in 1909, is the name given to it. However, the first epoxy as we know it today was developed in 1936. Dr. Pierre Castan of Switzerland and Dr. S.O. Greenlee of the United States were the first to understand the chemistry of epoxy as we know it today. Dr. Castan gave permission for his work to be authorized by Ciba, a Swiss corporation.

As a result, Ciba was the first organization to commercialize epoxy resin manufacturing in 1946. Dr. Greenlee worked for Devoe-Reynolds, a company headquartered in the United States. These businesses contributed to the commercialization of epoxy, despite early commercial setbacks and a lack of expertise. The epoxy resin took well over two decades to get the attention it needed. However, the collaboration between engineering brains and developers resulted in Epoxy being one of the most strong adhesives available today.

However, the collaboration between engineering brains and developers let Epoxy become one of the most strong adhesives available today. Resin floor coatings enable one to add a solvent directly to the concrete surface, causing the wet substance to soak into the surface and form a chemical and mechanical connection.

 

Coatings may be used for a variety of purposes

  • Saving concrete floors from mal-effects of any liquid.
  • Chemical impact on concrete.
  • Easier long-term maintenance of the concrete floors
  • Add texture or any other effects.
  • Increase light reflection by using gloss.
  • Increase longevity by preventing it from forming dust.For a variety of causes, such as repairs or stains

 

3 Types of Resin Flooring Explained

There are several different varieties of floor coating resins, and inside each of those “chemical groups,” different formulations with different characteristics and benefits have been created.

 

Polymethyl Methacrylate

PMMA stands for polymethyl methacrylate, a plastic resin often classified as “acrylic” or “acrylic glass” and used to make Plexiglas, Lucite, and Perspex, among other things. PMMA resin flooring, which is classified as a thermoplastic resin, is extremely versatile for specific industrial requirements such as slide, chemical, or electrical resistance.

PMMA resin flooring is distinguished by its remarkably fast application and hardening (cure) period, even at temperatures below 0°C. Because of the fast cure period, a PMMA resin floor can be completely assembled and cured in a single weekend, resulting in minimal downtime for factories and manufacturing facilities.

Due to its special interlayer chemical bond, PMMA flooring is also simple to restore and refresh, unlike other resin floorings that need a full replacement. PMMA resin floors are usually more expensive than other resin floorings; nevertheless, they last longer and need less upkeep than most other methods, which is a vital factor to remember when evaluating resin flooring alternatives.

 

Polyurethane

PU resin flooring, like PMMA flooring, is highly resistant to damage, abrasion, and most chemicals. The key benefit of PU resin flooring, on the other hand, is its tolerance to extreme temperatures and direct heat. It’s perfect for placing in front of ovens in bakeries where hot trolleys are left to cool.

Its versatility means that it is well suited for impact absorption since it is available in a variety of finishes.

PU resin floors, which are classified as thermoset resins, require considerably longer to cure than PMMA resin floors, resulting in additional operating downtime during construction and any repairs.

 

Epoxy

Epoxy resin is a thermoset substance that provides the efficiency and toughness of epoxy resin flooring and is the best resin flooring alternative for electrical conductive flooring. It is perhaps the most well-known and commonly used type of industrial resin flooring. 

There are many varieties of epoxy resin available, each with its own set of benefits based on the use. Nevertheless, all epoxy resin flooring is extremely strong and attaches completely to concrete, shielding the underlying concrete foundation from damage, wear, abrasion, water ingress, grease, and a variety of chemicals.

However, once an epoxy resin floor is broken, it must be completely restored, and since epoxy resin floors take the longest to cure among all resin flooring choices, an unplanned repair may be quite expensive to a company.

 

The Benefits of Resin Flooring

 

The cost

Resin is a low-cost substance. It has a very easy production process and is very quick to build since it is a derivative of plastic. Epoxy resin flooring is popular because of its cost-effectiveness, which makes them ideal for big spaces like warehouses. Additional layers, such as sealants and skid-resistant protective layers, can increase the construction cost. Resin, on the other hand, is a very inexpensive substance in the most basic form.

Longevity

The resin hardens to a rather firm consistency. Garages benefit from thicker floors so they can handle nearly daily usage from large automobiles. Forklifts are also another vehicle that may be used on a resin base. Resin’s resilience ensures it may survive vibrations and collisions, such as spills or unintentional drops. Epoxy resin flooring is a safe choice for places with a lot of movement or footfall because it doesn’t wear down over time, even with heavy usage.

Life Expectancy

Installing a new floor can be pointless if you cannot stop it from any external damage. Epoxy resin flooring is a very long-lasting form of flooring that can last up to ten years with regular usage. Resin flooring is a safe investment because it lasts too long, which is why it’s so common in commercial and industrial spaces. Sealants and antioxidant layers will extend the lifetime much further.

We can go on and on about the benefits of resin flooring and are obsessed with how it’s adding to the safety and cost-effectiveness of many industries. Care to know in detail? Reach out to us through this link or contact us at 027 525 3628.