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With each passing day, resin is getting more traction in commercial and industrial flooring. Clients and vendors recognize it as a durable, safer option to more widespread flooring options used at commercial and heavy industrial sites.
In the UK alone, resin flooring represents 3,5% of general flooring market. Annual market size equals to 7,1 million pounds.
With more health, safety and environmental restrictions than ever, the businesses are forced to find alternative floorings compatible with extremely strict governmental standards. As such, the demand for resin-based floorings will inevitably rise as time goes on.
Resin flooring has a host of advantages compared to more traditional linoleum flooring. It is very durable, cheap to produce, easy to clean, has anti-slip properties, smooth and easily repaired. It makes resin floors ideal for heavy industry use with extremely heavy footfall. What is more important, they are resistant to aggressive chemical detergents used to clean the industrial-grade floorings.
Aesthetical value is also a big factor of why the industry is moving to resin-based floors. Having a seamless alternative to vinyl, linoleum, carpet or timber extends the overall building life, especially in industrial sector.
Resin floors are quick and easy to install on many substrates, starting from concrete and ending with blockwork. They can easily be installed over painted surfaces or ceramic tiles.
Safer for Schools
Thanks to minimal installation and maintenance, resin floors can be quickly installed or upgraded in schools or industrial workplaces during shutdown periods. High footfall in education establishments is also quite an important factor in these organizations switching from their conventional floorings to resin.
Why resin floors are useful in schools and educational institutions, you say? Well, they are smooth, durable and slip-resisant. In addition, they can protect the students from falling and injuring themselves. Quite a factor in their productivity.
Schools are very difficult to clean. Many schools with conventional floorings are often infected with germs and microscopic mites who thrive in conventional floor coverings. Luckily, the resin flooring is resistant to these parasites.
Like most modern floorings, resin floor coverings feature a wide range of colors. They are particularly useful in classrooms, creating a productive athmosphere that will boost the students’ performance.
But What About Heat?
Resin is much more suited for extreme heat or cold conditions than any other conventional flooring. This is especially useful in food industry, as the floors in industrial kitchens are often exposed to steam, spilled hot water and extremely aggressive detergents. Resin flooring can withstand temperatures ranging from -40 to 120 degrees Celsius, and the flooring handles heavy machinery and other equipment pretty well. Plus, anti-slip surface is yet another advantage of resin floors used in industry, as anti-slip surface is a must in such working conditions. It is one of the simplest and most cost-effective surface, offering unparalleled ease of care and longevity.
Usage in Hospitals
Dealing with healthcare industry is quite different than working with other environments. If you’re working in a hospital, chances are most people there are already immunocompromised and vulnerable to various infections. You will need to prevent the infections from spreading and control their growth. It is not a requirement; it is only a prerequisite.
Health care facilities are constantly exposed to various hazardous substances. This creates additional requirements to the floors and floorings used in such facilities. They must be easy to clean and maintain, so that no hazardous substances will be able to stay on them. As you should have already understood, resin floors perfectly fit for health care facilities. They are easy to clean and maintain, smooth, impervious, seamless and hard. Plus, the flooring will not attract dirt or bacteria if it will not feature any fissures, open joints and crevices.
Various manufacturers are already producing several resin-based floorings and coatings built to accommodate the strict hygienic guidelines and cleaning types employed in hospital settings. They complement the seamless finish of existing flooring, supporting the infection prevention and control measures and policies of most healthcare institutions.
Slip resistance is another factor that makes resin floors useful in healthcare sector. According to various research data, more than a half of reported major injuries in medical institutions are connected to slips, trips and falls, with both hospital staff and patients vulnerable to this potentially fatal flaw. Resin floors help alleviate and further control this risk in at least some environments; this benefit is most notable when the flooring is used in wet or contaminated areas.
Not only resin is useful, it is also environmentally friendly. Resin-based floorings do not require removal at the end of their life; you can simply overlay it with new resin or a different flooring altogether. Plus, resin flooring is an ultra-low emission surface, confirming great environmental properties of resin.
Bad air quality negatively affects the workers’ health and productivity. According to European Environment Agency, EU-based businesses lose up to €169bn in lost productivity and up to €630bn in healthcare payments to affected workers. And if we take into consideration that we spend more than 90% of our time indoors, it becomes evident that we should pay the utmost attention to the floorings and wall coatings we use. Handling these problems while preserving high levels of energy efficiency is a very daunting, yet necessary task. Luckily, resin flooring offers a safe, cost-effective, hygienic and durable solution to all these issues.