Chemically Resistant Resin Flooring Requirements
In any chemical resistance situation the first requirement is usually that the resin floor is water and liquid-tight, impermeable to liquids, to prevent aggressive agents reaching the concrete or the environment below. The second is that the resin floor system itself is sufficiently resistant and its performance is unaffected by repeated or continuous contact with the aggressive chemicals that are present. Obviously to any chemists, but not necessarily to the rest of us mortals, no single type of resin floor or system will be resistant to all of the possible chemicals, their different possible concentrations, combinations and temperatures etc., as mentioned previously. Therefore different types of chemically resistant flooring and flor systems / resin system build-ups will be required for specific project conditions and requirements.
When a high performance resin floor is required and a durable, long-lasting floor finish is to be achieved, then it is important to select the right resin flooring system and its build-up with the component resin flooring products. This must be done carefully and with expert advice – All resin flooring systems are definitely NOT the same. A generic ‘resin floor’ type or generic ‘resin floor system’ specification, such as an ‘epoxy’, or a ‘self-levelling resin floor’, are totally inadequate generic descriptions and specifications, as these can be met by resin flooring materials with vastly different thicknesses, performance characteristics, durability and importantly also – cost as well as their actual chemical resistance!
The requirements for the chemically resistant resin flooring system on any project must be much more specific and detailed, in order to select the right type of resin flooring, the right resin flooring system, the right resin flooring product build-up, plus the right resin floor thickness and detailing solutions for each area of each project.
Check list for Selecting Chemically Resistant Resin Flooring
In order to determine the most appropriate resin flooring system for any given chemical resistance requirements it is necessary to review a number of key factors to make the right selection decision. This should always include a review and consideration of the following criteria before making the final selection, this is because these variations can make considerable and significant changes in the level of aggressive attack that will be imparted on the resin floor, for example from negligible with dilute concentrations and lower temperatures to having strong and very aggressive oxidising and attack actions at higher concentrations and / or higher temperatures. This review should always be made including consideration of the possible:
• specific chemicals and combinations of chemicals involved (combinations of different acids. nitric and sulphuric for example have a more aggressive effect when combined than they do individually)
• range of concentrations of the chemicals (remembering that spillage of a 2% solution can lead to exposure at 20-20% or more following evaporation on the surface)
• range of combinations
• range of temperatures
• length of exposure (excepting wet areas and continuous immersion requirements, spillages of chemicals should normally be cleaned up as soon as possible for health and safety.
Plus all of the other normal floor system design considerations and especially any other anticipated simultaneous exposure and stresses to which the floor and specifically the resin floor finish will subjected.
NCC Resin Flooring can guide you and your professional team through this very necessary evaluation process, to ensure that the optimum resin flooring system is selected for your project, also including alternatives that may be required for different areas and applications on the same project – process and storage areas, wet and dry exposure, higher and lower temperature environments etc.
Chemical Resistance and Chemical Attack / Deterioration of Resin Floors
A resin floor surface that is broken its polymer structure and components to the extent that it can no longer fulfil its function is obviously not sufficiently resistant and is being attacked. This may become evident as erosion of the surface, softening or embrittlement leading to early wear, blistering or delamination. Other effects that could include superficial staining, progressive yellowing or some discoloration may not actually result in any loss of the resin flooring systems performance and chemical resistance – in fact it may be part of how this is achieved; therefore this is also not serious so long as the appearance and aesthetics were not also key requirements.
Chemically Resistant Resin Flooring Solutions
NCC Resin Flooring Site provides a complete resin flooring advice and we supply the right resin flooring materials for all of these different areas and applications. We only use the latest resin flooring technologies from the world’s leading resin floor manufacturers – These include the following high performance resin flooring systems: Epoxy and PU resin systems, VIP’s Polyurea and Polyaspartic resin systems and Atako’s ATB-300 highly specialist Vinyl Ester Resin Flooring Systems for extreme chemical resistance against strong acids and oxidising agents, or hydrocarbon solvents for example. It is also very unlikely in modern facilities, simply because of normal health and safety procedures in the event of any accidental spillages or damage that the most aggressive chemicals would be left in contact with the floor for any length of time before they are removed and the surfaces thoroughly neutralised and cleaned off.
As always, NCC Resin Flooring works closely with the industry’s leading chemically resistant floor finishes of all of the different resin and formulation types available to ensure that we can offer fully independent and qualified technical, commercial and practical advice on the best system solution for your project. This is to ensure that our experts can help you to achieve the design, high quality finish and durable floor that you require for your project with the best epoxy, PU, Polyurea or Vinyl ester resin flooring solution, whichever is the most appropriate for your individual situation and requirements. For more information and assistance on your chemically resistant floor project, please call any of our offices and one of our experts will be pleased to assist you.