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Factors That Influence Floor Resistance to Heat

Tuesday, November 10th, 2015

National Flooring Co Central Gurdwara 5 resin flooring industrial flooringThe resistance of a resin floor to heat is dependant on a number of factors:

1.Nature & type of heat source

2.Duration of contact with the floor

3.Rate of change of temperature

The range of resin flooring types available offer varying levels of temperature resistance, typically from -30°C to 120°C making it crucial to get a deeper understanding of the above factors to ensure the correct resin flooring system is selected and installed. Any floor must be designed to meet specific requirements, all of which will differ in line with operating conditions.

The required specification information can be qualified from a site survey and asking the right questions, however please read here for further details.

1.Nature and type of heat source

The source of the heat and how it is applied to the floor needs to be understood. As an example, an oven may produce heat that is radiated on to the floor and therefore understanding how this is transferred and at what temperatures will be essential when determining what floor solutions can be considered. In certain circumstances a resin floor may not be suitable and therefore we will advise on the optimal solution.

If a liquid is being directly spilled on to the floor then often a much higher heat transfer can occur, increasing the potential risk of damage. Understanding the temperature of these liquids will help us identify what is suitable for these areas.

2.Duration of contact with the floor

It is important to identify how long the heat is in contact with the floor. If the heat source is continually applied to the floor surface a system that can maintain these levels of temperature resistance would be required. However if the heat source is applied infrequently and for short durations, then the range of options is much wider. When maximum temperatures are very high, there are containment / risk reduction methods that can be considered such as bunding and tanking to help reduce heat transfer to the floor surface.

3.Rate of change of temperature

Thermal shock occurs when a floor is subjected to a significant and almost instant temperature change. This shock can destroy the bond of the floor finish to the main substrate. Constant changes in temperature (known as thermal cycling) can cause the resin system to expand and contract at a different rate to the substrate which can result in failure. It is therefore vital to ascertain this information prior to specifying a floor finish.

As you can see, temperature alone is a complex consideration, so it is essential that comprehensive site surveys are undertaken and all key questions asked. This requires training, expertise and experience, which The National Flooring Company has in abundance and will utilise on your project to deliver the optimum solution to your needs.

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A perfect match

Tuesday, February 22nd, 2011

commercial flooring resin Picture1-99ad4359Many retailers have traditionally used ceramic or terrazzo tiles due to the timeless aesthetic effect. However after time grouted joints can become unsightly and can also act as a weak spot, often requiring frequent maintenance. With the help of the Degafloor Flake System, National Flooring have been providing retailers with a seamless and extremely durable resin flooring solution that can be matched to the existing tiles.

 

Due to the processes involved with laying tiles, time to complete an installation can be laborious. With a resin flooring system the installation can be completed rapidly. The Degafloor Flake System is based on MMA resin and is fully cured within just 2 hours of installation. These quick curing resins provide an ideal solution for retailers who have minimal downtime. Installations can be completed out of trading hours and the store can resume as normal the following day.

 

All Degafloor resins are MMA based and therefore have a unique chemical bonding process. This process ensures that a chemical bond occurs between the floor and the substrate reducing the possibility of delamination and therefore maintenance costs. This bond also proves useful allowing customers to overcoat their existing floors, or resin system in years to come when a refurbishment or change of aesthetics are required.

 

The Degafloor Flake system can also be used to match to other floor finishes, including vinyl. The aesthetic flexibility of this system is vast and retailers can create bespoke finishes tailored to suit even the most demanding of requirements.

 

For further information or to discuss samples, please contact The National Flooring Company on 01778 343670.

Ask Robert

Monday, August 2nd, 2004

commercial flooring resin ask-robertRobert Brown is managing director of National Flooring, an expert installer of resin flooring solutions for commercial and industrial use.With more than 30 years’ experience, we put a series of readers flooring related questions to Robert for his expert advice.

Robert, we’ve got a blast freezer with a damaged concrete floor. I understand that to have it repaired properly will mean switching it off and leaving it out of use for a considerable period of time, something we cannot afford to do. What is the best solution?

You are correct. Switching off the freezer is essential to allow a genuine, long-term solution to be applied. However, when the freezer is switched off you will probably find you are left with a wet concrete surface that has deteriorated, i.e., the surface will seem ‘powdery’.

The concrete must be completely dried before installing a repair otherwise this moisture will freeze once the blast freezer is switched on causing the new floor to delaminate. I have used some simple short-term remedies that have proved cost-effective but for a viable long-term solution I’m afraid there is no quick fix.

Dear Robert, I’ve received a quote from a flooring company for a polyurethane system of 600sqm. They claim to be able to install the floor and have it fully operational within three days using just one team. Is this realistic?

The simple answer is ‘no’. I’m sure the actual floor could be installed in this time (depending on the size of the installation team) but, as any reputable polyurethane manufacturer will tell you, for the floor to cure physically and chemically takes days. This makes the true project duration well beyond the stated three days.

Hi Robert, I’ve been quoted £10 per square metre for an anti-microbial additive to be supplied with a polyurethane floor. Does this represent good value for money?

The question you are really asking is ‘Does the addition of an anti-microbial solution to a flooring product really create any customer benefits?’

My personal view is that if a factory is washed down with anti-microbial products on a daily basis I question the benefits to be gained. However, this is a debate that has received a lot of attention recently and I’d prefer to let you judge for yourself by reading the articles that have been written by independent scientists. I suggest you take a look on the internet searching under key words such as triclosan.

Robert, My company needs a new floor and I usually specify a vinyl sheet solution but I’ve heard much recently about the supposed benefits of resin floors. Can you offer any advice as to the best solution for my needs?

There’s a huge choice of flooring solutions available and correct specification is dependent on a detailed understanding of your needs. However, in general terms, when compared with vinyl sheet, resin solutions offer faster installation (MMA based systems), easier repairs and refurbishment, enhanced hygiene (as the result of seamless installations) and better anti-slip properties. Additionally, resin systems are now more decorative and as such can provide a leasing finish.

Robert, My architect has specified a sealed concrete finish for our production unit floor but I want to understand what a resin solution could offer me. Can you help?

As with the last question, correct specification is dependent on a full understanding of the clients’ requirements and the extremes of use the floor will be exposed to.

That aside, I believe that if a power-floated concrete solution would suffice I see little point in adding cost by over-engineering the solution. However, if the area will be exposed to chemicals and/or food residue, if a slip-resistant finish is required and if aesthetics are important, then resin systems can offer significant benefits.

Additionally, many customers specify resin systems to improve hygiene standards and to facilitate easier cleaning. If you would like to discuss this further, then please give me a call.

Flawless approach from National Flooring leaves Circadia thrilled

Friday, July 16th, 2004

Compass-owned Circadia, the central kitchen production business, has eased its flooring problems by introducing a solution by Peterborough-based National Flooring.

With its existing vinyl sheet floor demonstrating significant signs of wear Circadia required a cost-effective solution that could meet the health and safety needs of the food industry.

Just as importantly for a busy food production facility, Circadia could not afford a lengthy refurbishment process that would render their facility inoperative for long periods.

But, thanks to the proactive approach of National Flooring, the company was able to specify the use of a Degafloor FB system that could be installed quickly to minimise disruption throughout the 300sqm area.

Following thorough preparation of the area – which involved the complete removal of the existing floor- the Degafloor FB system, a seamless resin-based solution, was laid.

Now Circadia’s new floor combines excellent anti-slip properties and a decorative finish with an impervious surface suitable for food production.

Circadia’s quality manager Brian Jarman, said: “We were very impressed with National Flooring. They fully understood our needs and were able to specify a product that was cost-effective and was ready for use just two hours after being laid.”

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