Polyurethane resin flooring is one of the most common flooring installation options next to epoxy resin flooring.
Advantages of a polyurethane flooring installation
Whilst a polyurethane system will initially cost more compared to an epoxy, it is far more cost effective in the long term. The lifespan of the polyurethane system is roughly double of the epoxy, clocking an impressive ten-years compared to the epoxy’s five. Polyurethane systems also benefit from their increased wear, abrasion and impact resistance properties.
Epoxy is used for harder, impact resistant flooring, mainly needed for industrial areas such as warehouses. Polyurethane is a lot more soft and elasticated and therefore is best suitable for a place with foot traffic, car parks and food factories. This is because of the its suitable characteristics, such as:
- U.V Stability – Unlike epoxy, polyurethane is U.V. stable (aliphatic polyurethanes) which means it won’t yellow when exposed to sunlight.
- Flexibility – Polyurethane resin flooring systems usually offer good flexibility, potentially accommodating minor movement whereas epoxy systems are more brittle.
- Durability – Like epoxy, polyurethane is strong and hard-waring which is particularly useful where there are heavy loads and lots of trafficking.
- Minimal maintenance – Barely any maintenance is required with a polyurethane flooring system which is valuable in busy 24-hour businesses which require little to no downtime.
- Heat tolerance – Polyurethanes provide superior heat, cold and thermal shock tolerance.
However, a big disadvantage to consider is its sensitivity to humidity. If there is a risk of moisture when your new flooring installation is required, it is smart to steer clear of polyurethane as it can have a great impact on the life expectancy of your floor.
Polyurethane used for car parking areas
ACC Flooring have a partnership with Resdev who have excellent experience with installing flooring used in car parks. Developed from recycled rubber within a polyurethane resin matrix, Resdev’s car park decking systems are suitable for use on main traffic and intermediate decking levels and have been tested and certified by BRE.
Resdev’s car park decking systems offer the ideal solution for multi storey car parks, intermediate decking, underground parking, exposed decks, roofing and roof decks, bridges & viaducts, parking bays, pedestrian walkways, ramps, turning circles, breaking and driving zones and colour coded bays.
More information about this can be found here: http://www.resdev.co.uk/industry-sectors/multi-level-car-parks/
Polyurethane in the food and drink industry
Hygienic heavy duty polyurethane resin flooring offers the ideal solution for food manufacture and processing areas including food processing plants, bakeries, abattoirs, dairies, breweries and kitchen areas.
From screed systems through to coving and renders, hygienic polyurethane flooring is designed to meet the demands of the food and drinks industry and provide solutions for both wet and dry areas as well as refrigeration and freezer flooring.
The thermal shock resistance that polyurethane holds is a great benefit in food and beverage facilities where extreme temperature changes often occur on a daily basis.
If you’re planning a flooring project in the food and drink industry, don’t compromise. Specify a hygienic heavy duty polyurethane flooring solution.
Polyurethane floors are available with many customisable and decorative options. Our flooring specialists can help you and give you advice, so we can tailor to your requirements.
To discuss your next floor project with ACC Flooring please call our free phone number on 0800 5420 518. Or use the quick quote form.