Some floors see more wear and tear than others. For example, researchers, professors and students will all walk across the floor of a university science lab every day. Spills and messes are common in lab settings, too. To prolong its life, the floor needs a covering that can withstand hundreds of footsteps and constant spills. The same is true of a restaurant or commercial kitchen. The floor in a kitchen needs to put up with high levels of foot traffic and ongoing spills. Plus, the floors in commercial kitchens need to follow USDA standards for sanitation.
Resinous flooring can withstand high amounts of traffic and spills. It is a durable, non-porous coating that structurally bonds concrete. Resinous flooring also comes in a variety of colors, materials and styles. Its durability and stain-resistance make it an excellent choice for flooring in a variety of industries, including food service, automotive, education and biotechnology.
What Types of Resinous Flooring Are Available?
Many variations of resinous flooring materials exist. Durex’s resinous flooring product line features flooring options designed to meet a wide range of durability, chemical resistance and aesthetic requirements. Our resin flooring products include:
- Mosaix Floor: Mosaix flooring is right at home in an environment that demands sanitary conditions, such as a laboratory, locker room or cleanroom. The material consists of quartz aggregates combined with either epoxy or urethane resin. Mosaix Floor is slip-resistant, stain and chemical resistant and low maintenance.
- DymaFlake: DymaFlake blends vinyl flake aggregates and epoxy resin to produce surface solutions that are chemical, stain and abrasion-resistant as well as slip-resistant and low maintenance. DymaFlex combines vinyl flake aggregates with epoxy and urethane resins to create a seamless and durable floor in a wide range of colors.
- Cementight Flooring: Cementight combines urethane resin with cement aggregate to produce a flooring system that is seamless, thermal shock resistant and temperature resistant.
- PharmaFloor: PharmaFloor uses urethane resins and aggregates to produce a flooring system that is chemical-resistant, moisture tolerant and visually attractive.
- Impax Floor: Impax Floor comes in several varieties, including a heavy-duty version and a mechanical equipment room option. The flooring system is ideal for industrial environments, since it is low maintenance and chemical-resistant. Impax Floor consists of a mixture of graded or silica aggregate and epoxy resins. Some versions, such as Impax MER, are waterproof.
- Metallix Floor: Metallix flooring mixes graded aggregates and fluid resins to produce a USDA-approved, chemical-resistant, seamless floor.
What Are the Benefits of Resinous Flooring?
There are many types of resin flooring you can install at your place of business. Whether you choose epoxy, polyurethane or acrylic, resin floors offer multiple benefits, including:
- Easy-to-clean: Keeping a resin floor clean will help to extend its life and help to keep it looking good for as long as possible. Fortunately, resinous flooring is relatively easy to keep clean. You can vacuum the flooring regularly to pick up dust and debris. If something liquid spills on the flooring, you can wipe it up with a soft cloth or mop. Warm water and a soft cloth or mop and a neutral detergent should be enough to clean up spills and dust or dirt.
- Versatile: The wide range of resin flooring options available means you’re likely to find a solution that works for your specific industry or building.
- Slip-resistant: In 2017, more than one-quarter of work injuries that led to time away from work were a result of falls and slips. Slips and falls cause injuries and fatalities across multiple industries, including transportation, retail, manufacturing and education. Installing slip-resistant resin flooring is one way to keep your team safe and to reduce any liability your company might have as a result of a slip and fall.
- Hard-wearing and durable: When a concrete floor is coated with epoxy, urethane or MMA, its strength and durability increase. The surface of a resin floor can withstand pressure, foot traffic and other sources of stress much better than the uncoated surface of a concrete floor. Depending on the needs of your industry, you can choose to install resin flooring that is particularly durable and hard-wearing.
- Resistant to chemicals: If there is a chance that substances and chemicals will spill, the floor must be able to stand up to them. Different types of resins offer different levels of chemical resistance. For example, exposure to lactic acid can cause epoxy floors to become yellow, while a urethane floor will not change. Epoxy can resist damage from sulfuric acid better than urethane. Knowing the chemicals that are common in your industry will help you choose the flooring that offers the best form of resistance.
- Resistant to static: In some situations, static electricity can do more than give you a shock when you walk across a floor and touch a doorknob. The charge produced by static electricity can be enough to damage equipment or electrical systems. Fortunately, resin materials such as epoxy can usually resist electrical buildup and aren’t conductive, minimizing the risk of static electricity in your lab, kitchen or another location.
- Available in several varieties: You don’t have to choose between form and function if you decide to install resinous flooring. Most flooring options are available in a range of attractive colors. Some options, such as Mosaix and Dymaflake, feature an eye-catching and appealing mosaic design.
What Industries Can Use Resinous Flooring?
Resinous flooring works in any location where chemical resistance, slip resistance, moisture protection and impact resistance are all of critical importance. Since many types of resinous flooring systems are available, the floors serve the needs of a wide range of industries. Some of the industries Durex Coverings works with include:
- Automotive: Resin surface solutions are a good option for the automotive industry, whether in a showroom, wash bay or maintenance bay. The flooring can withstand the weight of cars and other vehicles. Seamless options are easy to keep clean and easy to clean if gasoline or motor oil spills on them. Slip-resistant resin floors are also ideal for improving traction under the tires when driving cars in and out of a showroom or garage.
- Biotechnology/pharmaceutical: Sanitation and chemical resistance are two primary concerns for biotech and pharmaceutical companies. Fortunately, resin flooring offers plenty of chemical resistance and is ideal for use in settings where sanitary conditions are critical. Manufacturers of pharmaceuticals, vivariums, clean rooms and cage wash areas are just a few examples of locations in the biotech and pharmaceutical industry that have used Durex Coverings’ resin floor systems.
- Education: From elementary schools to universities with graduate-level programs, resin flooring can be ideal for use in educational settings. Waterproof options are excellent choices for use in locker rooms and bathrooms, for example. Schools can also use resinous flooring in cafeterias, hallways, pool decks and classrooms.
- Food and beverage: Restaurants and commercial kitchens that want to pass health inspections need to make sure they have the appropriate flooring installed in the appropriate places. Floors need to be sanitary, able to absorb thermal shock, moisture-resistant and able to withstand regular clean-ups. Kitchens aren’t the only food and beverage setting that can benefit from resin floors. Processing facilities, grocery stores and food storage facilities can also benefit from epoxy, urethane and acrylic flooring systems.
- Institutional services: Institutions and commercial environments such as gyms, museums, community centers and shopping malls can benefit from the moisture-resistance and durability of epoxy and other types of resinous flooring.
- Healthcare: Healthcare settings, such as hospitals and doctor’s offices, typically have more stringent requirements and needs compared to other industries. Proper sanitation is a must to prevent the spread of disease and to promote healing. Therefore, waterproof, easy-to-clean and antimicrobial resinous flooring is essential in healthcare. Resin flooring can also stand up to the high volume of foot traffic many healthcare facilities experience.
- Manufacturing: Resin floors can withstand the impact and pressure manufacturing plants and warehouses regularly experience. Additionally, the chemical resistance of resin flooring offers an additional layer of protection against any substances or materials employees of a manufacturer or warehouse use.
- Veterinary: Veterinary practices and hospitals need floors that are sanitary, easy-to-clean and chemical-resistant. Urethane and epoxy floors create a seamless and sanitary environment that will protect and maintain the health of animals who see a veterinarian. Resin flooring is also an excellent choice for animal shelters, which have many of the same needs as veterinarians.
Choose Durex Coverings for Your Resinous Flooring Installation
No matter what industry you work in, resinous flooring systems can offer you numerous benefits. Whether you’re concerned about installing a floor that can resist bacterial growth, stand up to chemical exposure or handle significant foot traffic, Durex Coverings has an option that is right for you. We have been a leader in resinous floor systems since 1964. One of the things that sets us apart from our competitors is that we handle all aspects of the installation process from start to finish. We don’t work with subcontractors or outsource our projects — everyone you work with is a Durex employee.
Keeping our projects in-house allows us to offer the highest quality service to our customers and allows us to make sure our installations are the highest quality possible. We have a variety of resinous flooring options available, so you are sure to find the one that works well for your industry and your specific needs. Contact us today to learn more about our flooring options.