FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
If you're not sure what a resin floor is, you're certainly not alone as most people know very little about resin flooring.
So to help you decide if you want one or if it will be suitable for what you want it to do, we've provided a bit more information for you here.
What is a Resin Floor?
A resin floor is a chemical base & hardener, which when mixed starts a chemical reaction to produce a permanently altered material.
Whilst they once contained plenty of solvent, the vast majority of resins are now either water based or solvent free and once mixed and allowed to cure provide an extremely tough & inert wearing film.
We mix the resin with a variety of powders, sands & fibres which bulk out, or add strength to a flooring system. We also add decorative chips or aggregates to change the appearance or alter the surface texture as required.
From simple dust seals to very heavy duty industrial screeds, there is a huge choice of systems, an array of colours and a variety of surface textures to give you the right finish. As specialists, with over 40 years in resin flooring, we will find the best solutions for you.
Do I need a Resin Floor?
Imagine a ceramic tile floor without grout joints, or vinyl floor without welded seams. In their own right, both finishes are very good, but each would be better without the joining features!
Epoxy & polyurethane resins are well known for their bond strength & resistance to chemical attack; they're used often to bond vehicle components & aircraft panels together; and these attributes are also present in a resin floor.
For instance, the staircase shown has a 4mm thick resin finish. Edges won't curl, there are no joints and it will only ever need regularly wiping.
Do they go wrong?
Yes. If wrongly specified, a resin floor will fail prematurely. If installed incorrectly, you'll soon be disappointed too.
But, much the same can be said with ceramic tiles and vinyl flooring too, so it's important that the right system is chosen; the right installation team gets involved & most importantly, the right company remains on hand after the work has been accepted to sort out any issues you find.
BIF have been a specialist resin flooring for 44 years. We have traditional support & customer service values & provide installation warranties. Our involvement within the CPC Flooring Framework assures a successful installation every time you choose us and we'll provide a 3 Year Warranty on every project we complete.
Are all resins hard?
Not all. Some of our resin systems are quite soft and flexible; comparable to a carpet tile or rubber tile underfoot. These systems can be smooth or have a light texture, making them a great alternative finish for teaching areas or relaxation areas, where noise needs softening.
We can add an elastic cushioning layer below the resin to increase softness underfoot too, so sports halls can provide Point Elasticity for comfort underfoot, reduced impact sound & a reduced impact injury.
Are resin floors expensive?
They can be. Usually costs are comparable to a quality ceramic floor tile or vinyl floor installation, but smaller areas can appear expensive because of the time required to install it relative to the area size.
For example, a small kitchen of 10m2 may cost £3,000.00, but a larger kitchen of 100m2 would only cost £5,000.00 for the same resin system, as labour costs, duration & travel costs would be very similar.
However, if you you're replacing a vinyl floor in a problem area every 2 years, a resin floor will reduce cost for the future. We can advise you on probable costs whe we first discuss a project, to help you determine how viable a resin floor would be.