If your light industrial, commercial, or retail space looking a little worse for wear, you may be wondering if industrial resin flooring is suitable for such a high-traffic environment.
But is there a FeRFA resin flooring that is suitable for your light industrial or commercial space?
Assess the space with the FeRFA project checklist
Before you can choose a suitable flooring, each space should be assessed against the FeRFA Guide to the Selection of Synthetic Resin Flooring, to ensure the most appropriate system is chosen.
This checklist includes considerations such as:
- Type, extent, and frequency of traffic – either Light Duty (LD), Medium Duty (MD), Heavy Duty (HD), or Very Heavy Duty (VHD).
- Type of loading, including static or dynamic, and severity of impact.
- Chemical exposure.
- Temperature exposure.
- Colour, uniformity, and retention as well as aesthetics and decorative effects.
- Exposure to direct sunlight or UV light.
- Osmosis risks.
- Compliance with hygiene or food requirements.
- Special requirements, including slip resistance and static control.
- Expected life of the flooring.
- Thickness of the flooring.
- Time allowed for application and curing.
- Age, specification, and nature of the existing base or flooring.
The outcome of this checklist for space will determine which type of commercial or light industrial flooring materials are suitable for your space.
So, is industrial resin flooring suitable for your commercial flooring?
Depending on the type of space you have, different resin flooring products are required to create a safe, long-lasting environment for users.
Choosing the wrong resin flooring can result in a slippery floor that does not stand up to UV rays and adverse weather conditions, and wears out quickly – not ideal for any light industrial or commercial premises.
Resin flooring for internal spaces:
When finishing internal spaces, chances are you won’t have to worry about high levels of temperature resistance as they are unlikely to be exposed to vastly high or low temperatures.
However, your industrial flooring will still need to have:
- An extended lifespan
- Chemical resistance
- Easy clean methods
- Slip resistance
So, which FeRFA industrial resin might be best for you?
Type 3: high build floor coating
A system based on multiple layers of solvent-free floor coatings applied with a roller, squeegees, or spray.
Benefits of FeRFA Type 3 industrial resin floorings include:
- Designed for medium-duty environments, with an anticipated life of 2-4 years
- Limited resistance to impact damage
- Slip potential can be reduced with aggregate scatter
- Good resistance to occasional chemical spillage
- Available in a range of uniform single or clear finished, perfect for topping polished concrete
- Readily cleaned with food grades available
Type 4: multi-layer flooring
An aggregate-dressed system – based on multiple layers of floor coatings or flow-applied floorings – is frequently referred to as a sandwich system.
Resin flooring for external spaces:
External decks are routinely exposed to sunlight and the weather, so resistance to these factors will be especially important. Similarly, slip resistance in adverse weather conditions is also incredibly important, as vehicles and people will be accessing the space in all weather.
So, which FeRFA industrial resin is best for external commercial or light industrial spaces?
Type 5: flow applied flooring
This self-levelling system may incorporate a surface seal to minimise porosity, which, can have a good lifespan if maintained regularly.
Benefits of FeRFA Type 5 industrial resin floorings include:
- Designed for medium to heavy-duty environments, with an anticipated life of 6-8 years
- Good impact resistance
- Available with increased UV resistance
- High slip potential can be reduced with aggregate scatter
- Available with uniform colouring or with a range of decorative finishes
- Range of cleaning methods depends on the finish chosen and food grades available
Type 5 resin flooring is recommended for areas where chemical exposure is likely as it features very good resistance – for store rooms where chemicals are kept before sale, etc.
Resin flooring for areas of special consideration:
Areas of special consideration include features that can be both internal and external and therefore need specialist flooring to keep individuals safe while extending the lifetime of the flooring.
As such, areas of special consideration may need to be hard-wearing, resistant to UV, adverse weather, and chemical spills, and have a low slip resistance.
So, which FeRFA industrial resin is best for areas of special consideration?
Type 8: heavy-duty screed flooring
This aggregate-filled system is designed for very heavy-duty environments and is virtually impervious. The textured surface is also ideal for reducing slip potential.
Benefits of FeRFA Type 8 industrial resin floorings include:
- Designed for medium to very heavy-duty environments, with an anticipated life of 10-12 years
- Excellent impact and chemical resistance
- Available with UV resistance
- Low slip potential, depending on the surface profile
- Speckled uniform finishes
- High-pressure cleaning suitable and food grades available
Want something other than industrial resin flooring?
As resin flooring contractors, we know that industrial resin flooring is versatile, hardwearing, and suitable for many areas.
As such, if you are interested in any of the industrial flooring options discussed here, or our range of alternatives, including polished concrete and concrete resin, reach out to us today.