Once a concrete floor substrate has been installed the surface can often be rough and bumpy. Painting straight over this will just result in an uneven and unattractive surface. To create a smooth surface ready for a final coating a polyurethane or epoxy resin floor screed can be installed over the top.
What is a resin floor screed?
Put simply a floor screed provides a level surface over concrete. This can be pumped or flow applied and in industrial environments that involve heavy-duty applications, it can be trowel applied. After which, the floor surface will be suitable for use in numerous environments and it will be safe for both human and wheeled foot traffic.
The actual screed products are made up of a blend of resin liquid and aggregates. This is classed by FerFa as a Type 6 flooring product.
Benefits of resin floor screeds
There are numerous benefits of installing a floor screed.
1. Durability: Floor screeds are extremely durable and resistant to wear and tear, making them suitable for high-traffic areas. They can withstand heavy foot traffic and machinery without damage.
2. Easy to clean: Resin screed is easy to clean and maintain. It does not absorb dirt, oil, or other contaminants, making it hygienic and perfect for use in healthcare facilities, laboratories, and food processing plants.
3. Attractive: Resin floor screeds come in a variety of colours and finishes, allowing businesses to choose a customised look that complements their brand and enhances their facility’s overall appearance.
4. Slip-resistant: Resin floor screeds can be formulated to be slip-resistant, which is particularly important in areas such as commercial kitchens, gyms, and swimming pools.
5. Chemical resistant: Resin floor screeds are resistant to chemicals, acids, and solvents, making them ideal for use in industrial and manufacturing facilities where spills can be a common occurrence.
Screed can be used in any environment where hygiene, safety and durability are important. This could include production areas, storage, work units, aerospace, food environments and engineering.
Types of resin floor screeds
RFC supplies professional quality epoxy and polyurethane-based screeds.
Epoxy resin floor screeds
Pumaflor Pumascreed is RFC’s epoxy screed of choice. This can be trowel applied at 4-6mm and is perfect for repairing damaged concrete floors. With a lightly textured surface, Pumascreed is also abrasion resistant.
Self-levelling epoxy floor screeds
When the installation time is critical RFC Poured Resin Flooring is the ideal choice with its self-levelling properties. While it’s a more expensive option the faster installation and minimal downtime for a business will help to recoup costs.
Polyurethane resin screeds
Heavy-duty polyurethane-based screeds like Pumadur RT and Pumadur HF are our most popular sellers. A combination of being able to cope with heavy traffic, chemical resistance and anti-slip properties makes them ideal for lots of commercial environments.
Wide range of colours available
Despite screeds being a more industrial product this doesn’t mean businesses don’t want to create an attractive, branded environment. A range of available colours and decorative finishes has allowed contractors to get creative when installing.
Characteristics of resin floor screed
Floor screeds have a few characteristics that set them apart from other types of flooring.
For a slip-resistant surface coloured flakes or silica sand can be broadcast into a seal coat. This might be vital in an environment where spills are common.
Resistance to abrasion is a key feature of floor screed which is meant to be a long-term flooring solution. Flooring in industrial environments will come into contact with people, vehicular traffic, tools, chemicals and varying temperatures this characteristic is therefore vital.
Chemical spillages in industrial environments are commonplace. The flooring solution must therefore be able to withstand regular light chemical attacks, this is one of the key features of a good quality resin flooring screed.