Over the last 15 years, resin floors have overtaken traditional floors such as vinyl, linoleum, and carpet for many hardwearing applications.
One of the most popular types of resin floor is the self-leveler, it is also one of the easiest to apply but there are certain precautions to observe surrounding its installation.
A self-leveler is ideal for low traffic situations where stacker truck use is minimal, but foot traffic is high. Under such conditions, it should be possible to get 5 years wear from a self-leveler, but don’t expect to get more than a twelve-month manufacturer guarantee passed on from the flooring contractor.
The system is generally composed of a liquid resin, a hardener and some fine fillers. Normally the filler to resin ratio is 1:1, so for each kg of resin, there is 1kg of filler whose purpose is simply to reduce the amount of expensive resin used by bulking it out. At the quoted ratio the resin will still self-level with a bit of help!
During the mixing of the resins, air is automatically entrained into the resin which fills with air bubbles. Minute holes in the base concrete can also generate small air bubbles which rise through the resin to the surface. Those bubbles which surface within say an hour of the resin being laid usually pop and leave no trace behind, but as the resin starts to cure bubbles at the surface find it difficult to rise to the height needed to pop automatically, and some help is required.