What is epoxy resin?
Epoxy plastics belong to a group of substances called polymers. They are manufactured from two components: a base component consisting of epoxy resin, and a hardener component consisting of different types of amines.
In addition there are also various additives in the base component and hardener, such as reactive thinners, pigments, fillers and other additives.
These additives modify the epoxy plastic to suit the application in question. When the base and hardener are mixed there is a chemical reaction which forms a transverse structure: epoxy plastic.
What surface is suitable for the application of resin?
Resin based floor coatings can be installed on a wide-range of substrates and surface materials including concrete, tongue and groove chipboard and marine ply as well as various types of tile and pre-existing resinous material.
Who installs the flooring materials?
Our flooring systems are installed by well-trained personnel authorised by Flowcrete Australia, who have been trained and are familiar with our products.
This provides a high level of quality and ensures selection of a preferred functional and aesthetic solution can be made with complete confidence.
For a full list of our approved flooring applicators please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Can resin be applied to stairs? How?
Yes, resin flooring systems from Flowcrete can be applied to stairs if a wooden baton or retaining strip is fitted as a stair nosing to the front of each step to enable our approved contractors to flood each stair tread with resin.
What colours are available?
We have a variety of standard colours available for each of the epoxy, MMA, polyurethane product ranges.
If the colour you would like is not available as standard we have the ability to create bespoke colours and specially blend colours to match as close as practicable any colour sample that you provide include Australian Standard, RAL and British Standard colours.
Non-standard and specially blended colours are more expensive than standard colours, but can create a unique, individual floor for your facility.
What preparation does your company require in advance of applying the resin?
We would require the new substrate to be in place prior to the arrival of our approved application team.
All other surface preparation is completed by the applicator using a system build-up of products from Flowcrete Australia.
How does Polygiene® work within polyurethane flooring systems?
Polygiene® can be found throughout our Flowfresh flooring systems, deep within the resin matrix. It is present at the surface when installed and as the system wears over time it reveals more of the additive which does not degenerate with time.
The Polygiene® is ingested by the bacteria and therefore disrupts the internal DNA of the bacteria, destroying the cell wall.
As the bacteria decays it releases the Polygiene® back to the surface, which in turn works in conjunction to that which is already there at the surface.
I need a new floor for a workshop which is subject to spills of oil. It will also have to resist mechanical impact and abrasion from pallet trucks, what would you recommend?
For this we would recommend Flowcoat SF41 Composite 3mm epoxy resin screeds. They are resistant to abrasion and impact and impervious so they will not absorb spills.
I’d like a floor finish in a shopping center bathroom, what would you recommend?
Our normal recommendation is the Peran STB "wet area" system, which is anti-slip in wet conditions, impervious to spills and hard-wearing, but also has a decorative finish. If speed of installation is of the essence we would recommend the Flowfast Quartz "Trowel and Scatter" system.
We need a hard-wearing floor for a meat processing area. It’s wet all the time and is steam-cleaned daily, what would you recommend?
Flowfresh HF at 9mm thick. This contains an antimicrobial additive called Polygiene® which inhibits bacterial growth on its surface. It is also extremely hard-wearing and textured for good wet slip resistance, and will withstand steam cleaning.
I need a floor for a freezer but it can’t be taken out of service during installation, what would you recommend?
Flowfast Quartz - this can be applied down to minus 40°C and can be accelerated so the floor can be back in service within 3 hours.
I require a hygienic floor in a hospital, what would you recommend?
Flowshield Quartz - this has a dense smooth surface with an attractive speckled finish. It is impervious to spills and easy to clean.
We have a suspended walkway which needs to be coated, what would you recommend?
Two coats of Flowcoat LXP with a sand blind on the first coat to give an anti-slip finish.Flowcoat LXP is flexible and will accommodate the flexing of suspended structural elements.
I require a light-reflective floor for an aircraft maintenance hangar, what would you recommend?
Flowcoat SK this is formulated for resistance to Skydrol (aviation hydraulic fluid). The best colour for light reflectance would be Yellow Grey.
What floor would you recommend that is both decorative and hard-wearing for use in an office atrium?
Mondéco gives a good combination of pleasing appearance and hard-wearing. Flowfast Terrosso should also be considered if the downtime is limited.
Is it possible to achieve FM2 with an epoxy self-leveller?
Epoxy self-levellers are typically 2-5mm thick but will still follow the contours of the slab. They will only achieve FM2 if the slab is laid to FM2.
Does the floor need a primer?
High-build coatings are self-priming, but the substrate may vary in porosity, so two coats are recommended to achieve a consistent appearance.
Self-levellers will stick well on their own, but a primer is still essential to seal the substrate. Otherwise air in the substrate may rise through the self-leveller and cause air bubbles.
A screed or mortar topping will need a primer to ensure a good bond with the substrate, the exception being some water-based polyurethane screeds, which can be applied to cementitious substrates (concrete or screed) without a primer.
What surfaces are suitable for the application of Methyl Methacrylate (MMA) resin systems?
Depending on the condition of surface, Methyl Methacrylate (MMA) resin systems can be applied to concrete, ceramic tiles, timber sheeting, fibrous cement floor sheets and asphalt are generally suitable.
What is antimicrobial flooring?
Flooring that helps to prohibit the growth of bacteria, mould and mildew and can destroy up to 99.9% of all microbes landing on the surface of the floor. Antimicrobial additives are homogenously mixed within polyurethane resin in order to pro-actively assist with microbiological contamination strategies.
What level of slip resistance do your flooring systems provide?
One of the key features of Flowcrete’s flooring systems is their flexibility. Slip resistant profiles can be tailored to your individual need and application area. Our products are able to delivery slip resistance ratings from R9 – R13.
To discuss your slip resistance requirements with a Flowcrete expert, please contact email@example.com.
Do you have flooring that is suitable to the commercial environment?
Our Mondéco terrazzo flooring systems are both attractive and functional for the commercial space. Mondéco is a hard-wearing, durable flooring system which is decorative and able to resist a high level of foot traffic.
Our car park is outdoors, do you have a flooring system that is UV resistant?
Deckshield ED and Deckshield ID along with our range of Flowfast products are fully UV stable and able to withstand the hot Australian sun. Deckshield products are highly recommended for different areas within car parking facilities.
Where are your flooring contractors and applicators, just QLD and NSW?
Flowcrete Australia has a network of flooring contractors and applicators able to service clients flooring requirements in both Australia and New Zealand.
To find out your local authorised Flowcrete Australia flooring applicator, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Does your product meet green star requirements and are they environmentally friendly?
Most of the products within the Flowcrete range are solventless, low VOC formulations which are kind to the environment. Some of our products also use recycled materials to reduce our impact on the environment. You can see more about Flowcrete’s green initiatives here.
A freshly painted house has a strong ongoing smell, do your products also leave a lasting smell?
No, most Flowcrete systems have very low odour and the few in the range that do leave an odour cure rapidly and the floor is inert very quickly with no ongoing smell.
Are your products expensive?
No, most of our flooring systems are compatible in cost to tiling, timber flooring or other floor finishes.
We operate 7 days a week and can’t shut down our facility for a long period of time, can you help us?
Yes, our Flowfast range of methyl methacrylate resin systems can be completed overnight and be fully usable and cured the next morning.
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