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Very used in public places, shops or offices, resin floors gradually conquer our homes. They seduce by their aesthetics and robustness. As pleasant to the touch as stain resistant, they adapt to all parts of the house.

Resin, epoxy or polyurethane flooring

Resin, epoxy or polyurethane flooring

What is a resin floor?

The resin floor is a two-component plastic coating, liquid at the base. Spatula, roller or brush in several layers, it is like a uniform ground without joint. It comprises a resin and a hardener to which are added mineral fillers to increase the wear resistance, additives and dyes.

There are two types of resins: the epoxy resin and polyurethane resin.
Most of the resins currently offered are environmentally friendly and do not harm the environment.

The advantages of a resin floor

A resin floor is suitable for all rooms in the house. Its smooth finish brings a touch of modernity to any interior. Its different colors available allow a customization of the grounds.

An epoxy resin or polyurethane floor has many advantages:

  • Resin floor is impact resistant. It is therefore appropriate even in the rooms of strong passages: entry, kitchen, living room, dining room.
  • A resin floor is waterproof. This is the ideal flooring for the bathroom or kitchen.
  • A resin floor is a good thermal insulator. Pleasant to the touch, it is well adapted in a room or a living room.
  • Resin floor is stain resistant. It resists stubborn stains such as oil or grease. It can be installed in the kitchen as well as in the garage.
  • Resin floor is easy to maintain. It does not require any specific product. Soapy water or a neutral Ph maintenance product is enough.
  • Resin floors can be installed indoors or outdoors. But the epoxy resin is more UV resistant than the polyurethane resin.
  • A resin floor helps to correct small soil defects. Resin can be used to reseal micro-cracks (0.5 mm maximum) and level differences (0.5 mm maximum).

The disadvantages of a resin floor

Resin floors have some disadvantages. Some are specific to the type of resin used because the epoxy resin is less elastic than the polyurethane resin.

  • A resin floor is slippery when wet. Be sure to choose a non-slip floor even though it is more expensive to buy.
  • An epoxy resin floor is less scratch resistant. When moving heavy furniture, marks may irreparably damage the resin floor.
  • A polyurethane resin floor is not compatible with underfloor heating. The heat will crack the resin. So be careful when choosing your type of resin.
  • A polyurethane resin floor is less UV resistant. When placed outdoors, it must be protected from the sun because the colors will tend to tarnish. It is better to choose an epoxy resin.

Maintenance and cleaning of a resin floor

Cleaning a resin floor is very easy. He does not fear stains. A sponge or mop with soapy water or a neutral PH maintenance product is sufficient to clean it.
To avoid damaging the resin floor, do not scratch it (even with a brush or a broom) or use acidic or corrosive products.

On the other hand, it is very easy to renovate a resin floor. It must be sanded and put a new layer of resin of the same or different color. There are kits ready to use.

The price of a resin floor

The price of a resin floor depends on the type of resin, its quality and its finish (gloss, matte or glitter). Polyurethane resin is more expensive than epoxy resin (150 to 300 € per m² pose included). The first epoxy resin prices start to 50 € per m² including laying.

Good to know: For a large floor area, it is advisable to call a professional. But for a small area (less than 15 to 20 m²), it is always possible to insure the installation of a resin floor.

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