What are resin floor repairs?
In instances where an existing concrete floor has become damaged it can create health and safety problems. Sometimes the most cost-effective way is to repair the damage rather than replacing the entire floor. For example, a large-scale factory may only need to repair a smaller area so there would be less disruption in production and less cost. This is where resin floor repairs are relevant and can be economical.
Repairing a concrete floor may also be essential before a resin installation as any major holes would be apparent once the resin is being installed. Repairing the floor professionally before installation is vital and can make a great difference in the finished resin. This can be achieved by repairing any larger holes, adding a screed and or grinding the floor using a diamond grinder. These steps are taken to ensure that the finished resin system has a smooth, seamless appearance. A seamlessness resin floor has advantages, such as being easy-to-clean, not attracting dust/dirt and having an attractive finish. The resin floor will still have its usual advantages of being stronger than concrete, customisable and having chemical and slip resistant properties.
The main types of repairs which are achieved using a resin are concrete hole repair, resurfacing/screeding and cracks/joint repairs. Each of these types of repairs has different installation methods and should be researched a suitable repair method before installation occurs.
Concrete Repairs Using Resin
When a concrete floor becomes damaged, it can be most cost-effective to repair the damaged part of the floor rather than replacing it. Epoxy resin repairs can be used as an exterior or interior floor and create a hard wearing end product without having to replace a large area of the floor.
Once repairs are cured, they have a granite-hard structure which is stronger than the concrete it replaced.
Primarily you would see a concrete floor repair in industrial environments. This is because the finished product can have high chemical resistance and can ready for heavy traffic between 8-12 hours of cure time.
In instances where the damage to a concrete floor is extensive and spreads throughout the floor. A self-levelling floor repair may be the better option. This flooring system is poured over an existing concrete floor to create a smooth surface. The self-levelling resin will give a concrete floor a fresh look by levelling areas which are scuffed, chipped, scratched and marked.
An industrial floor screed can provide a heavy duty solution to cover a wide variety of application. A screed will cover the entire floor to smooth out the appearance of scratches and patches of damaged floor. It has slip resistant and chemical resistant properties. Screeds can upgrade the worst of floors to create a safe and hygienic working environment as an effective working surface.
Cracks and Joint Repair
Concrete floors are designed to be hard wearing for shortened periods of time, but concrete as a compound is not a flexible material. This lack of flexibility means that it is prone to cracks as the floor is unable to move. A resin flooring system does not have these issues but can help prevent them with the aid of floor jointing. Cracks can also appear due to shrinkage which may occur in the concrete.
Cracks can be repaired using a grouting gun and specially formed resin materials. This seals the cracks in the floor creating a smooth surface. As a result, the health and safety of the floor are restored in a short period of time.
Epoxy Crack Repair is ideal for cracks up to 2cm deep. Repairing small concrete cracks can be hugely cost-effective in the long run as over time cracks will expand and cause the concrete around them to weaken and possibly become dangerous.
Resin jointing allows the concrete structure to move without deforming the joint and surrounding nosing. Resin joints are harder than mastic/silicon jointing types.
Advantages of a Resin Floor Repair
- Sets stronger than concrete
- Durable/hard wearing
- Chemical Resistance
- Interior/Exterior uses
In conclusion, when dealing with repairs of concrete, it is clear resin is the most cost-effective and durable substance to use. Furthermore, if you have scuffs, scratches and scrapes which need covering, an epoxy self-levelling screed may be the best option. For larger holes, a resin grout or mortar would be the best aid. For cracks in concrete, an epoxy resin applied through a grouting gun can seal the cracks. This makes them waterproof and stops them from getting bigger or creating a work hazard.
There is much to consider when repairing an existing concrete floor. If you need any more free technical advice or a no-obligation quote. Please use our contact form below or visit our contact page for other ways to get in touch.
Monarch is based in Sheffield, Dronfield, South Yorkshire, North Yorkshire, Greater Manchester and Halifax. We install resin flooring throughout the UK and have 30 years experience in our trade.
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