Epoxy Resin Floors: An Explanation
An epoxy resin floor paint is one of the most common types of resin flooring. It is mainly found in an industrial setting but due to its decorative options is often found in commercial and domestic as well. Monarch are epoxy resin flooring contractors based in and around Derbyshire and Yorkshire with main offices in Sheffield, Dronfield and a further office in Leigh, Lancashire. We install this type of resin as well as polyurethane and polyaspartic and have been doing so for the last 30 years. For a no obligation quote for epoxy resin get in touch with us through our contact page or fill out our simple resin flooring quote form.
When trying to work out what resin floor coating product best suits your needs it is vital to have all the facts. Epoxy resin is the most well known industrial floor toppings as it is a cost-effective choice which still provides a strong finish. It has certain levels of chemical resistance, can have anti-slip properties, has decorative options and provides a seamless, smooth finish.
However, if for example, you are needing a floor for a brewery, then a polyurethane has a higher chemical resistance so would be more suited. It all depends on what kind of floor you need and what you need that floor to do for you. If you are having trouble choosing what resin flooring you should get installed, Monarch also provides free technical advice to help you make the right choice.
What is epoxy resin as a material?
Scientifically speaking ‘epoxy resins, also known as polyepoxides, are a class of reactive prepolymers and polymers which contain epoxide groups. Epoxy resins may be reacted (cross-linked) either with themselves through catalytic homopolymerisation, or with a wide range of co-reactants including polyfunctional amines, acids (and acid anhydrides), phenols, alcohols and thiols (usually called mercaptans)’. This refers to the process of epoxy hardeners matching with the correct epoxy base to form an epoxy coating which cures in a certain time as per each product.
Epoxy resin coatings we install
Monarch installs a variety of epoxy resin flooring systems. Each of the systems which we install all have their own benefits. However, epoxy, in general, will give you a floor which is durable against vehicle and pedestrian traffic, will have a long-lasting structure which is cost-effective and will also give you a surface which is easy to clean and maintain. Therefore it has many applications in factories, warehouses and the automotive sector (this includes car workshops, garages, car parks and showrooms).
We have decorative resin flooring products such as Monarflake and Monarquartz which are widely used in both the commercial and domestic sectors. They also create a tough surface as well as the added feature of having a high-end appearance. These types of epoxy are able to be tailor-made to any of the RAL of British Standard colour options which gives you over 200 colours to choose from.
Epoxy resin floor coatings have many applications depending on the product which is being used. We are epoxy flooring contractors who work throughout the UK and give free technical advice for anyone who may need it. As specialist flooring contractors, we pride ourselves with quality of work and will make sure that you get the best flooring for your needs. Epoxy flooring is a very stable flooring option, especially for heavy-duty industrial conditions.
Benefits of epoxy resin floor systems
These benefits are dependant on epoxy product use and the thickness installed
As epoxy is one of the most common it is used in many settings. However, the most common area which you can find an epoxy floor is in the automotive sector. This can be within commercial garages and MOT bays as well as the more decorative epoxy products which feature in car showrooms and domestic garages. Two of our products you will find within this sector is Monargrip and Monarcoat 700. Monargrip is an anti-slip flooring system with non slip properties and Monarcoat 700 is a resin line marking product.
The Monargrip resin system is a method of introducing quartz sand between the layers of resin to create a level of grip. Together with the resin, the quartz sand creates a gripped texture which gives high levels of slip resistance. These levels of vital in some industries as part of their health and safety guidelines. Within automotive epoxy, as a result of this product, the floor will have more tread for tires and higher slip resistance in both wet and dry areas.
Monarcoat 700 as a line marking tool creates the MOT bays, Hatched areas as well as being used as gangway line marking to divide vehicle traffic. An oil tolerant primer can also be used in garages to protect the floor from spills. Take a look at our automotive page for more on epoxy as an automotive flooring option.
We have a wide range of epoxy resin flooring products which we install throughout the UK. You can click on the products below to read more about them and view some examples of our work. If you have any more questions then you can call our office on 01246 412 222. Ask to speak to a member of our team for free advice. You can also take a look at our case studies page to view some samples of our work.
Used to create hatched areas, mark pedestrian areas, vehicle charging stations, areas to keep clear, zebra crossings, vehicle bays etc. This is a resin line marking product used widely in the industrial sector.
Typical areas of usage are in light manufacturing, automotive workshops, warehouses and industrial units. Monarcoat 720 creates a dust-free and durable surface.
Monarflake is a decorative epoxy floor system. This system is a combination of coloured resin, clear resin and a customised blend of flakes. This produces a speckled look which has a busy appearance making any future scratches hidden.
Monargrip is an epoxy floor coating which has excellent levels of slip resistance even in the wettest of areas.
It is ideal to install this epoxy in factories, food and drink factories, wet rooms and laundries as well as the automotive sector.
Monarflow is suitable for use in light manufacturing, electrical component assembly, food and drinks processing, workshops and maintenance areas, aircraft hangers, power stations, warehouses and storage areas. It is a self-levelling, self-smoothing epoxy topping. It also comes in a polyurethane system (Monarflow PU) and an anti-static system known as Monarflow PU AS.
This resin product is a type of car park decking. It comes in two forms, an intermediate level as well as a top-level car park decking
To conclude, there are many things which you need to look at before you install a resin floor. It is key to make sure that you take a look at which resin coating best suits your own needs. This may be as a strong floor coating, a non-slip industrial flooring option or as an epoxy self-levelling floor. As well as being the most common resin product, epoxy is also the more cost-effective option. It creates a floor which is even and smooth with the option to have coved skirting. As a result of coved skirting the floor will be even more easy to clean and sanitise as no bacteria will get trapped in edges of the floor.
Monarch installs epoxy resin flooring paint throughout the Uk including Grimsby, Leeds, Bradford, London, Hull, Manchester and so on. We have offices based in Dronfield – Derbyshire, Sheffield- South Yorkshire, Leigh – Lancashire, Halifax – West Yorkshire and Selby – North Yorkshire.
Monarch offers free technical advice and site surveys. We have over thirty years in the flooring contractor trade and work hard to keep high standards. If you would like to know the cost of an epoxy resin floor installed at your location, please ask a member of our team and we will be able to give you a no-obligation quote.