Resinous Coatings – Not Just for Floors

In businesses where cleanliness is of the utmost importance, resinous floor coatings are becoming increasingly popular, and are even being used on walls and ceilings. This is because more traditional building materials like cement, blockwork or gypsum are porous, making them hard to clean. Any surface irregularities can become breeding grounds for bacteria or mold.

Resinous Coatings Used in Veterinary Clinics

A veterinary clinic is one example of a location where cleanliness is vital. For veterinarians, floor finishes have to be durable, slip-resistant, easy to clean, non-absorbent, and resistant to microbial growth. In lab areas, they may also have to be resistant to various types of stains. Compared with other types of flooring, resinous floor coatings are highly desirable. In fact, many veterinarians take the floor finish a step further, using resin coating on clinic walls because of its hygienic properties.

Other Uses for Resin Coatings

There are, of course, other obvious areas where resinous coatings on both the floors and the walls could be desirable. Medical clinics and dental offices come immediately to mind, as do food processing plants and food services like restaurants or cafeterias. The concept of the hygienic wall coating has evolved out of necessity, as the control of harmful bacteria, germs and mold in our communities becomes increasingly important. Simply stated, human safety is paramount.

Resin coatings on floors and walls can also prevent the penetration of water and dust, and can even protect against chemical leaks. Further, they can be resistant to extremes in temperature and to UV light. Easily applied to cement, plaster work, blocks and concrete, resin floor and wall coatings will last for years, protecting your investment in your business and also the health of those occupying your building.

Resin coatings are easy to apply and are ideal for use in hospitals and other health care facilities, food and beverage services and processing plants, pharmaceutical industries, prisons, power plants and nuclear facilities, military operations, and agricultural facilities. In short, anywhere that a non-porous, easily sanitized surface is required, resin coatings are highly desirable.

No matter what the type or size of your facility, Elite Crete Systems, Inc. can assist you in making the right decision when it comes to installing resin coating on your floors, walls, and ceilings.

Slip-Resistant Resin Flooring

In many types of industrial and commercial operations, a non-slip floor would greatly enhance the ability to work safely. Unfortunately, there really is no such thing as a non-slip floor. Resin flooring, however, can provide a surface that could be termed anti-slip, or slip-resistant. How slip-resistant the floor will be will depend largely on the floor’s slope and profile, the spillage displacement volume, the types of materials that are likely to be spilled, and the type of footwear worn by the people in the building.

Common Sense and Sensible Measures

Obviously, it’s just common sense to expect that employers and workers should exercise common sense, and take measures to reduce the possibility of slipping. Any risks should be identified and acted upon, and areas that are prone to trouble should be clearly posted. Any spills should be immediately cleaned up, and care should be taken with floor cleaning products Just the same, no amount of caution is going to provide much protection on an inherently slippery surface.

Especially in environments that can be prone to a lot of spillage (e.g restaurants, food service facilities, service bays, pool decks, parking facilities, etc.), it is advisable to incorporate a certain amount of slip resistance into the flooring material used. In resin flooring, this is usually done by incorporating synthetic aggregates, polypropylene beads, or special sands into the resin floor. This creates a surface that is somewhat textured, and thus provides slip resistance. However, the floor will still be smooth enough to allow for effective cleaning, and will not be dangerously abrasive.

Varying Degrees of Slip Resistance

Obviously, different environments will require different levels of slip resistance. What is appropriate in a physiotherapy facility, for instance, may be less than what is needed for an automobile showroom. Depending on the degree of slip resistance that is desired, more or less additive can be used in the flooring compound. Knowing how much or how little to use often requires practical experience and a complete understanding of the grading of the aggregates to be used. Specific requirements can be determined and then easily met.

Elite Crete Systems, Inc. is a world leading developer and manufacturer of specialty high performance building products for industrial high-wear protective floor coatings. We can help you to make the right decision when it comes to installing your new slip-resistant resin flooring.

Repairing Concrete Floors Before Applying Resin Coating

Repairing concrete floors before resinous flooring is applied is essential for a proper finish.  If this is not done, the damage will most likely reflect through the resin finish.

What is the Nature of the Damage?

First, the cause and the extent of the damage must be determined. Damage can be caused by wear, abrasion, impact or exposure to chemicals. It can also be due to defects in the original work, like unsuitable aggregates, honeycombing, or voids. Once the damage has been assessed, the weak or unsound concrete must be broken out mechanically, making sure that honeycombing or voids in the slab are exposed. Damaged joints and cracks must be treated in order to make sure that there will be no future cracking or contamination of the resin floor.

What Type of Material Should Be Used in the Repair?

There are several factors that must be considered in determining the best method for repair. They include:

  • The type of resin floor that is to be installed
  • The purpose of the resin floor
  • The environmental conditions at time of repair
  • The time available to complete the repairs

If time is not of the essence, large areas are usually repaired with cement based patch material. It is critical that there is enough time for them to cure to the point where the moisture content is acceptable for the resin flooring system. Generally speaking, the time needed will be at least 1-3 days. If the repair has to be done more quickly, rapid-hardening or quick curing cement could be used. Additionally, mortars of epoxy resin might be employed. This will be considerably more expensive, but the floor can be repaired and the new resin flooring system can be installed in the same day.

Moving or Non-Moving Cracks?

Cracks that will be subject to movement in the future should be treated as joints. They need to be cut square and brought through the floor finish. Then it is sealed with a floor joint sealant. If the crack is not-moving, then it is repaired and sealed before the new resin flooring is applied. The best materials and method will depend on the dimensions of the crack. Probably the surface will have to be opened and cleaned out with a diamond blade in order to get rid of any loose materials. Then a fine epoxy mortar can be pressed into the cracks to fill and seal it. The structural engineer may also advise injecting a low-pressure epoxy resin product.

It is vital that repairs to the underlying concrete be completed properly before the resin floor system is installed. Any damage left untreated will be highly detrimental to the appearance of the new floor.

Elite Crete Systems, Inc. is a world leading developer and manufacturer of specialty high performance building products for concrete surface repair and industrial high-wear protective floor coatings.