8 Reasons To Put Acrylicon Resin Flooring Into Your Specification
Adding something different into your specification can be a daunting prospect, particularly if you don’t have much of a technical understanding of the product in question.
However, in re-evaluating material selection, you can actually make your life (and the life of the those on site) much easier.
Resin flooring is a prime example of specifiers selecting something they’re used to; normally either Polyurethane (PU) or Epoxy, despite the fact that Acrylicon resin flooring outperforms industry standard solutions on virtually all levels.
In this post, we offer eight reasons to put Acrylicon into your specification.
Read on to find out more…
#1: Cure Time And Chemical Bonding
The first reason to put Acrylicon into your specification is because of its unrivalled cure time. With this fast cure, you can increase efficiencies across other elements of the project.
Acrylicon belongs to the thermoplastic family of resins. Thermoplastic resins offer the fastest cure time in the flooring industry and with Acrylicon curing in just two hours, significantly reduces programme time.
Other reactive resin systems can dry in 3-12 hours, but due to their temperature sensitivity, the final cure can take anywhere from 3 to 14 days.
With this rapid cure time, many thermoplastic resins are criticised for their low strength – a major drawback . However, as you’ll see throughout this article, Acrylicon is different to other thermoplastic resins. In fact, it provides the highest compressive strength of all resins – including thermoplastic, thermoset, etc, etc. It is that unique that RIBA gave it it’s own category in resin floors.
#2: Chemical Stability
After 2 hours, VOCs and chemicals are entirely inactive and stable, with no “gassing off.” This ensures chemical stability and means no harmful chemicals will be present to stop work from taking place.
#3: Bond Strength
Successful floors are ultimately determined by the strength of the bond. The ability of the bond to transfer loadings and thermal changes while maintaining its “grip” is what gives the systems their lifetime.
Acrylicon’s unique primers are designed to penetrate into the concrete substrate and chemical bonding of the body and sealer layers ensures that Acrylicon is permanently “welded” to the substrate.
#4: Chemical Resistance
If you have a client in the food and drink industry, Acrylicon delivers good results in most food production settings, as it’s completely resistant to lactic acid and most other organic acids and alkalis.
Unlike practically all other resin flooring systems, Acrylicon is completely UV stable and will not fade in colour, integrally or aesthetically with time.
#5: Mechanical Strength
Compressive, abrasion, impact, and flexural strengths are significantly superior to those of conventional resin systems and they do not degrade as a result of water, cleaning agents, or the working environment.
The Acrylicon Décor System, for example, has a compressive strength of 98N/mm.sq. and internal tensile strength of 30N/mm.sq when laid at 4mm.
Acrylicon Resins are chemically distinct from all other resin systems, including those belonging to the same chemical family (the poor performing standard MMAs).
Acrylicon is a resin-rich system with no “fine” fillers, with a 2:1 aggregate-to-resin ratio, in contrast to other resin systems, which can have a 6:1 or higher ratio.
This results in a completely sealed and sanitary hygienic resin flooring system with no pores or air gaps where bacteria can thrive.
The Acrylicon Systems’ unrivalled lifespan is due to the combination of all the above features, which is unmatched by any other system on the market.
One of our oldest installation in the UK is 25 years old (Middlesbrough Riverside Football Stadium), however, we have many installations throughout Europe that are over 30 or even 40 years old in a variety of industries.
Working on large-scale industrial or commercial projects, your client may run into warranty concerns.
Let’s say you want to use the resin flooring installation of X firm as an example. You then learn that Y company is the distributor and Z company is the manufacturer.
What happens if something goes wrong? Who is to blame for this?
The installer may place blame on the manufacturer or distributor, and they may act similarly.
You’re left with an angry customer who won’t accept inferior flooring.
Working with a resin flooring company that manufactures, distributes and installs the system all under one roof is much easier.
That way, if any problems arise, they can be resolved quickly and no blame is laid amongst different stakeholders within the supply chain.
Additionally, an Acrylicon resin flooring system comes with a ten-year warranty, but with the right maintenance, your resin flooring can last much longer.
You’ll get a significantly superior product with Acrylicon resin, one that will last a long time.
While this may not affect you directly, it’s reassuring to know that your clients will be left with a long-lasting floor.
So, why not invest in a durable resin floor? Not only will it make your life easier on-site and perhaps save you a lot of money in programme time, but your clients will appreciate it as well.
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