Polyaspartic Flooring

What is polyaspartic resin flooring

In a busy work setting, having a durable floor is essential. However, finding a floor which is durable and does not take time out of a busy work environment can be hard. A polyaspartic resin floor, on the other hand, can mean that a workspace is up and running again in hours instead of days. This benefit means that when a factory or business is open seven days a week, it will not need to shut down for longer periods of time. Compared to an epoxy and polyurethane resin, polyaspartic curing in the right conditions could cut the cure time down by more than 80%.

Together with its low cure time, polyaspartic have a lot of the great characteristics that epoxy resin and polyurethane have. To begin with, the resin is just as durable as its counterparts – depending on the number of coats which are applied just as with the others. Therefore, if you are wanting a resin floor which is strong, but do not want to halt production for a period of time, polyaspartic may be the right choice for you. 

Generally, you might find that these fast cure systems can be more expensive than epoxy and polyurethane. This is because of the level of skill required to install the floor as it is so fast to cure and will need to be done at a pace without losing quality. However, if you consider the effect stoppage of production may cost, it really is the best solution. 

What are the main advantages of a polyaspartic system

There are a number of reasons why you may want a resin floor which is polyaspartic other than its cure time. Generally, a polyaspartic floor will have many properties which you are looking for in your resin flooring system. 

  • Fast curing at low temperature (very fast for Monarcoat Ultra Rapid)
  • High build
  • UV stable 
  • Very low odour
  • Hygienic
  • Easy to clean
  • High scratch resistance
  • High abrasion resistance 
  • Decorative 
  • Attractive finish
  • Able to resist most stains 
  • Tough but flexible
  • Installed on a wide range of substrates 
  • Used in decorative and functional environments
  • No VOC

Where would we recommend a polyaspartic resin floor 

Polyaspartic is a versatile resin flooring system and can be found in commercial, industrial and even domestic settings. You will mainly find this where a fast turnaround but high-performance floor is needed. This is likely to be in line with manufacturing plants, packaging and processing facilities and other fast-paced industrial sectors. However, its commercial applications are also high. This is because retail, cafes and other such businesses need to be open most days to get continuous footfall. This means that it is hard for those businesses to find a few days where a resin floor is installed. Polyaspartic flooring takes away the need for those businesses to close for a few days and cut the time down to hours instead. This depends on the temperature of course, as all resin cures slower in colder temperatures.

A decorative resin is highly desirable as it gives a stunning finish along with the needed durability. This means that especially in domestic and commercial settings a fast cure decorative floor may be asked for. This is not an issue with polyaspartic as it comes in a range of stunning finishes and colours.

Because polyaspartic is used where there may be a lot of light, such as open cafes and restaurants it is a UV stable product. This means that the sun will not damage the finish or colour of the floor.   

  • Where a high-build UV stable coloured top-coat/seal coat required
  • Where fast turnaround and high-performance is required
  • Domestic, commercial and Industrial
  • Decorative resin floors

Our polyaspartic products 

We have two polyaspartic products in particular which you can read about here. Monarcoat Rapid and Monarcoat Rapid Ultra. As you can tell from the name, the Ultra Rapid version has a lower cure time than the already fast Monarcoat Rapid. you can also see some information from their data sheets as to how to prime and lay a floor with this product. For more information, you can get in touch with us through our contact page

Monarcoat Rapid &
Monarcoat Rapid Ultra

About

The Monarcoat Rapid products are high-build Polyaspartic fast –cure floor coating systems based on advanced materials, designed to provide a transparent tough and durable gloss finish to a range of floor surfaces. Monarcoat Rapid and Monarcoat Rapid Ultra are light stable with a very good chemical resistance, Decorative and anti-slip finishes can also be created incorporating flakes and aggregates.

Advantages

  • Fast curing at low temperature (very fast for Monarcoat Ultra Rapid)
  • High build
  • UV stable
  • Very low odour
  • Tough but flexible
  • Installed on a wide range of substrates 
  • Used in decorative and functional environments
  • No VOC

Recommended Uses

  • Where a high-build UV stable coloured top-coat/seal coat required
  • Where fast turnaround and high-performance is required
  • Domestic, commercial and Industrial
  • Decorative floors

Preparation

Floors must be clean, sound, dry and fully cured and surface laitance removed, preferably by shot blasting or mechanical abrasion.

Concrete Floors: Concrete must be clean, sound, dry and fully cured and surface laitance removed preferably by enclosed shot blasting or mechanical grinding, a minimum strength of 25N/mm² is required

Priming

Monarcoat Rapid may be applied directly to concrete or as a seal coat to resin floor systems where a primer is not required. When applied directly to porous substances the surface may require priming. Dry surfaces should be primed with MonarprimeDPM. Where the relative humidity moisture content above 75% Monarprime DPM should be used. The number of coats required will be dictated by the relative humidity of the substrate.

Application

It is important to ensure that stated recoat times are observed. This will ensure intercoat adhesion.

Application conditions: Temperature 2-30°C

Category guide

FeRFA Category: 2/3

These are more examples of areas where you may find polyaspartic resin due to the cure time. Stairs, around busy machinery and walkways, are a top priority for needing a quick turn around time. 

Final Thoughts 

In conclusion, a resin floor is a durable solution for many different sectors. However, sometimes in the more busy environments, it can mean closing down for a few days. Polyaspartic, on the other hand, is a durable resin floor which takes hours rather than days to cure. This means that if you are in a business where you are still open on weekends, or have a seven-day working week, you would not need to stop for a few days while the floor is completed.

However, polyaspartic can be more expensive than if you were to choose an epoxy resin or a polyurethane system. Because of these factors, you need to balance out the costs with how much you would save by remaining open on certain days. We can work with your company to find the right time to have your resin floor installed. This may mean a polyaspartic floor, or an epoxy one, whichever suits your companies individual needs. 

We know that making the right choice of a floor can really impact businesses. This is why Monarch can come to your site with no obligation and talk through your options. Also, we give free technical advice and install across the UK. Monarch is based in Sheffield, Dronfield, South Yorkshire, North Yorkshire, Greater Manchester and Halifax. We install resin floors throughout the UK and have 30 years experience in our trade. 

Furthermore, if you would like to get in touch with Monarch you can use the contact form below. For more ways to get in touch, you can visit our contact page or visit us at our Dronfield office.

Useful Pages 

Decorative resin flooring

Monarcoat Rapid/Rapid Ultra

Commercial resin floors

Industrial and factory resin floors

Warehouse resin flooring

Terrazzo flooring