Harz floors: a buying guide

Resin Floors: Once a futuristic and rare option for flooring, they are now becoming a popular choice for contemporary design schemes. The resin can be made to resemble a concrete floor, but it also offers plenty of room to experiment with color and texture. Highly polished or matte, bright or neutral, you can achieve a variety of looks with resin.

The biggest selling point for resin, however, is its practicality: stain and stain resistant, this is a great option for high traffic areas. It’s also hypoallergenic and a great replacement for carpeting. Even better, resin works with all types of underfloor heating.

If you’re still deciding on your flooring material, you may find our guide on choosing the best kitchen flooring and choosing the best bathroom flooring.

What is resin and what are its benefits?

Resin floors vary by manufacturer, but are made from synthetic materials such as polyurethane or epoxy resins, or in some cases, natural materials. Resin floors are poured on site for a perfectly flat finish.

It’s waterproof, hygienic, non-slip, low-maintenance, and can be used with most types of underfloor heating. It can be installed on any stable surface as long as it is free from movement and moisture. It won’t crack, peel off, or peel off over time.

In addition, the resin assumes the ambient temperature of the respective room, which makes it warm in winter and cool in summer.

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The color options for resin are endless and you can find floor coverings in every shade in the RAL and NCS color cards. Some companies also offer options for quartz and decorative flakes that can be added to the resin.

What does a cast resin floor cost?

Resin or concrete?

Wondering which one to choose? Note the following points:

1. Concrete is more readily available and can be supplied as tiles.
2. Resin offers more choices in terms of color.
3. Both concrete and resin can be matte, semi-gloss or glossy.
4. Resin floors feel warmer underfoot on their own, but both resin and concrete can be combined with underfloor heating.

With resin floors as with concrete, each square meter costs cheaper, the larger the room is. A resin floor can be applied as a thin layer on top of an existing floor structure. This is cheaper than laying an entire floor from scratch.

Resin floors may need a non-slip coating, which adds to the cost. If it is necessary to apply a subgrade or a layer of structure to the floor before pouring the floor, installation costs will increase.

Average cost is similar: expect an up payment of £ 100 each depending on your specifications.

Where should you use resin floors?

You can use resin floors in any room in the home, and while it may appear that they are only suitable for modern homes, the variation of colors and textures in any home make it suitable and practical.

They were originally developed for the commercial sector because they are hard-wearing, hygienic and low-maintenance.

Kitchen floor

The glossy surface of a resin floor is a great way to reflect light in a room. Installing it in a kitchen extension with lots of glazing is a surefire way to create a naturally bright area.

Garden soil

Poured floors are seamless and lend themselves to the continuous appearance of an open space. They can also be used outdoors, making them the perfect opportunity to use the same flooring everywhere, making the garden feel connected to the rest of the house.

Bedroom flooring

If you prefer a minimalist look in a bedroom, be it part of a modern or Scandinavian scheme, resin flooring is a handy replacement for floorboards and compliments a streamlined style.

Laying resin floors

Resin floors are sold as a supply-and-fit product and should be installed by a professional who should also give you a warranty or guarantee that the work will be carried out.

Resin floors are a highly specialized product and can only really be used by a specialist. It recently made the move out of the commercial sector; Cheaper alternatives either do not exist or they have not yet found their way onto the market.

Unlike concrete floors, resin isn’t available as a tile option, at least for now.

Red resin floor in a kitchen

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Maintenance and cleaning of resin floors

Resin floors are very easy to care for: just sweep away any residue and use a recommended cleaner. Most resin floors just need to be wiped with a damp cloth, but some can also be steam cleaned. You may also need to apply a clear glaze, wax, or sealant every now and then to protect the surface from small scratches.

Check out our selection of the best steam cleaners and steam mops to make it easy for you to keep your resin floor clean.

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