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Epoxy resin based floors last longer

The properties of an Epoxy resin based floor topping are governed by the type of resin/hardener binder system used, and the type and amount of filler added. Floor toppings with special properties can be formulated by selecting the most suitable binder system.

Epoxy resin epoxy floorings in general exhibit the following characteristics :

  • Low dirt and dust retention
  • Easy cleaning Minimal maintenance costs
  • Decorative effects
  • Impermeability to water
  • High abrasion resistance
  • No gaping joints due to shrinkage
  • Antiskid effects (imparted by dusting with highly abrasive chips]
  • Good resistance, especiallyto
  • Oils & fats
  • Alkalies
  • Acids
  • Household chemicals
  • Solvents
  • Detergents, etc.

The mechanical properties of the Epoxy resin based topping are clearly superior to those of the cement mortar screed, particularly as regards flexural strength. In addition, the Epoxy resin topping offers other advantages such as better resistance to chemicals and excellent adhesion to a large variety of substrates.

However, when planning to lay a new floor it is always advisable to seek the advice of our experts working for established flooring projects. We can recommend the most suitable system for a given application.

The following table provides comparative figures for the mechanical properties of an Epoxy resin based topping (binder-to-silica sand ratio 1:6 pbw) and a high grade B 400 cement mortar screed :

    Epoxy Resin floor toppping Cement mortar screed
  Density c. 2000 kg/m3 2400 kg/m3
  Compressive strength 90 - 110 N/nm2 40 N/nm2
  Flexural strength 25 - 35 N/nm2 5 N/nm2
  Modulus of elasticity 15,000 N/nm2 30,000-40,000 N/nm2
  Coefficient of linear thermal expansion 25 - 40 10 6 cm/cm 0C 10 - 15 10 6 cm/cm 0C

Factors determining the choice of floor topping

The planning stage is the best at which to decide where Epoxy resin based floor toppings are to be laid; the subfloors cansider carefully the stresses to which the floor will later be subjected, special attention being paid to t be correctly designed for strength, surface finish, evenness, etc. It is also the best stage to conhe following points:

Mechanical stresses
  • Static loads?
  • Dynamic loads?
Duration of exposure to chemicals
  • Splashes?
  • Occasional exposure?
  • Constant exposure?
Type of traffic
  • Foot traffic, e.g. rubber-soled shoes,      hobnailed boots? 
  • Wheeled traffic, e.g. rubber or steel tires?
  • Impact stresses, e.g. dropped tools?     
Cleaning methods
  • Brooms?
  • Scrapers?
  • Water under pressure, steam, etc.?
  • Other methods?
Indoor or outdoor site ?    
Likely variations in ambient temper ature and pressure of expansion joints in the subfloor
  • Normal room temperatures?
  • Wide temperature variations?
  • Localized zones of high or low 
Intervals at which floor will be cleaned Safety factors required
  • Antiskid properties
  • Spark resistance
  • Antistatic properties
  • Other properties
Chemical attack
  • Types of chemicals?
  • concentrations?
  • Temperature of chemical solutions?
Appearance requirements
  • Plain industrial floor?
  • Aesthetic appeal needed?
  • Other requirments
  The expenditure budgeted for the floor