What is seamless flooring?
Seamless floors are floors without any seams, ridges, or joints. These type of floors are applied in in situ in once continuous process to create a completely consistent & harmonious finish.
There are many different types of seamless floors, of which would normally comprised of either resin, cementicious based overlays, microcements or concrete.
What are the benefits of seamless flooring?
Seamless floors are available in many styles and finishes of which accentuate any environment or open plan living / working space.
Low Applied Thickness
Due to the application requirements, the products can be applied from 3-9mm in depth.
Versatile & Comfortable
Seamless floors can be applied to most substrates… or even multiple substrates (with the correct preparation).
Extensive Colour Choices
Seamless floors, in particular the resin variants are available in over 1,000 colours (RAL & NCS).
We offer a selection of aliphatic resin floors that do not yellow under UV or sunlight.
Seamless floors are suitable for both domestic and commercial use.
Ease of Cleaning, Hygienic & Hypoallergenic
Seamless floors are by far the most most hygienic flooring option on the market market today. With the reduction of joins or grout, the floors are simple and quick to clean.
Health & Safety
Resin floors can be modified with anti-slip technology which can increase the slip ratings to reduce the possibility of falls or injury.
From a design perspective seamless floors produce a clean, sleek look that is highly-coveted in commercial environments.
Differences between Resin Floors & Polished Concrete Overlay & Microcement floors?
Polished Concrete, Overlays & Microcement floors are cementitious based material that have been applied in stages or layers, allowed to cure then abraded to result in a smooth finish (matt, satin or gloss) that will offer natural variations tone & texture.
- It’s easy to sustain a hygienic environment with polished concrete, as it does not support mould growth and is fairly low maintenance as a finish. The finished floors can be cleaned with a damp/dry microfibre mop thus saving time, energy and effort.
- Health associations have endorsed polished concrete floors, as they prevent the build up of allergens such as animal dander, dust and dust mites, all of which thrive in carpeting.
- Polished concrete is the more sustainable option when compared to concrete as it avoids the extra carbon footprint incurred by manufacturing, transporting and installing additional materials. The LEED standard even includes guidelines on how using polished concrete flooring can help qualify for LEED credits.
- Can work very well with in screed under floor heating systems (up to 27°C surface temp).
- The condition of the existing substrate is the key consideration when determining if a polished concrete overlay is a viable option. Certain problems such as cracks, delamination and dusting can be repaired, but if the substrate is too far gone or continuing to move, the system need further attention / repairs.
- Polished concrete floors are susceptible to moisture and need to be properly sealed on both the top and the bottom. If liquid does infiltrate the pores of the concrete, this could cause staining and damage to the floor. .
- Concrete, Overlays & Microcement floors expand and contracts during changes in temperature and these fluctuations are another potential cause of cracking.
- Cracks can be repaired with a waterproof sealant, resin application or cement overlay, however matching the colour and texture can prove very difficult.
Resin Floors can be manufactured from one of several formulations, polyurethane and epoxy being two of the most common materials used on domestic and commercial environments.
Polyurethane based resin systems have most recently been the most popular form for flooring and the widespread use of this material stems in large part from the variety of colours and formulations available.
- The true benefit of a resin finish lies in the exceptionally nature of this material. They hybrid chemistry of polyurethane makes them an extremely versatile and suitable for domestic use.
- Thanks to their durability, polyurethanes will maintain a seamless, impervious and easy to clean finish for an extended period of time.
- Resin is great at resisting rapid and extreme changes in temperature as well as seasonal thermal cycling without cracking.
- Resin (Polyurethane) are in the majority UV stable, meaning that they will not discolour under UV light
- Resin (Polyurethane) floors are much softer under foot than that of epoxy or concrete.
- Resin (Polyurethane) unlike epoxy floors have low VOC (Volatile Organic Compounds) which means no bad smells or nasty substances are used in the finished floor.
- Some clients can be put off by the cost of a polyurethane resin floors, however it is important to note that choosing a cheaper solution will usually mean installing a thinner, non UV stable or more aggregate filled system that won’t provide the same long-lasting properties.
- The finishes are usually more monolithic than that of a concrete floor, meaning that the finish if often contemporary that that of a concrete floor finish.