Choosing the resin for the floors: the complete guide

Francesco Riccio

Resin floors are an excellent solution for those looking for elegance and practicality at the same time. It is a synthetic compound that can be applied both indoors and outdoors. The resins for floors were born within the industrial world, thanks to its particular characteristics. Being a very wear-resistant material, it can be very useful for production. Later we will try to understand what are the factors to pay attention to when choosing the resin for the floors, in order to make the right choice.

The complete guide to choosing the resin for floors

A first element to take into consideration when purchasing resin for floors is the type. In fact, there are different types of resin coatings on the market. A first difference to be analyzed is that between the spatula and the self-leveling one. The latter is smoother than the former. However, both types can be applied on various types of surfaces.

Then there are the multilayer resins, used above all in the industrial field, and those in methacrylate, which, in addition to being very resistant against chemical aggression, they also have the advantage of guaranteeing a quick installation. In addition, they are easily washable and sanitized, which is why it is often used in hospitals and where a high level of hygiene is required.

For the construction of floors, epoxy resin models are particularly suitable, which ensure a wide thermal and mechanical resistance and also have good water-repellent properties. It is an easy-to-process thermosetting polymer, which can also be used for walls and furnishing elements. We then the cement resin, which is obtained by mixing the resin and the cement, an operation that considerably increases the resistance of the material. This type is widely used for domestic flooring. Another type of resin is the acrylic one, which is more liquid than the epoxy one. It is very resistant to sudden changes in temperature and also has a good level of breathability and color stability.

As for the costs, first of all it is necessary to detect changes according to the different typologies. The spatula resins with a mixture already colored on a pre-treated support and a protective layer for interiors have a cost that is around 40/60 euros per square meter. In the case of decorations, the cost increases, reaching around 70/90 euros per square meter. A higher price is instead that of the self-leveling resin (80/100 euros per square meter), while with the addition of decorations it can even reach 120/150 euros per square meter. Further additional costs concern any building work, such as the demolition of the underlying floors and the formation of reinforced concrete screeds.

Tips for applying the resin

We have therefore seen what are the factors to consider when choosing the resin, but now we will also provide some advice on the application of the material. It is good to specify that the application varies according to the type of resin chosen. In general, however, there are some steps to follow regardless of the type of material. The first stage begins with degreasing and cleaning the surface on which to apply the resin with shampoo and sponge. Subsequently, the surface must be lightly sanded, and then continued by applying the primer, which can be both universal and a specific primer for tiles, widely used for some types of material, such as glass, ceramic or laminate. Alternatively, in case of risk of infiltration, a moisture blocking base can also be used. The next step is to grout the joints, in order to obtain an optimally leveled surface. To ensure greater resistance, you can choose to protect everything with a matt, transparent, satin or glossy finish resin.