Flowcrete UK - Frequently Asked Questions
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Do Flowcrete supply materials for domestic projects?
Flowcrete UK only provides flooring solutions for industrial and commercial projects. We do not manufacture systems for small domestic projects.
What is epoxy resin?
Epoxy plastics belong to a group of substances called polymers:
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.
Who installs the flooring materials?
Surfaces are installed by well-trained personnel recommended by Flowcrete:
This guarantees a high level of quality and ensures selection of a preferred functional and aesthetic solution can be made with complete confidence.
Can resin be applied to stairs? How?
Yes, resin 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 can install a resin floor in almost any colour:
We have a range of standard colours available for each of the products that we supply.
If the colour you would like is not available as standard we can have a colour specially blended to match as close as practicable any colour sample that you provide.
Non-standard and specially blended colours are more expensive than standard colours, but create a more individual floor.
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 a recommended contractor:
All other surface preparation is completed by the applicator using a system build-up of products from Flowcrete.
Flowcrete prides itself on being able to build up the surface of the floor from substrate to finish.
We need a hard-wearing floor for a meat processing area. What would you recommend?
It’s wet all the time and is steam-cleaned daily:
Flowfresh HF at 3/8" thick. This contains an anti-microbial 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 new floor for a workshop which is subject to spills of oil. What would you suggest?
It will also have to resist mechanical impact and abrasion from pallet trucks:
For this we would recommend Flowtex epoxy resin screed. It is resistant to abrasion and impact and impervious so it will not absorb spills.
I need a floor for a freezer that can’t be taken out of service during installation.
What would you recommend?
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?
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 HD with a sand blind on the first coat to give an anti-slip finish:
Flowcoat LXP HD 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 SF41 HCS. This is formulated for resistance to Skydrol (aviation hydraulic fluid). The best color for light reflectance would be Light Gray.
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 wear: 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.