Resinous Coating vs. Polished Concrete
What's the Right Resinous Floor for Me?
Resinous floor coatings and polished concrete are both popular flooring options, but they have different advantages and disadvantages depending on the context and use case.
Resinous floor coatings are typically made of a combination of resin and hardener, which creates a durable finish that can withstand heavy foot traffic, chemicals, and other harsh conditions. These coatings are available in a range of colors and textures, making them a versatile option for various settings, such as hospitals, factories, and garages.
Polished concrete, on the other hand, is a process of grinding and polishing a concrete surface until it achieves a glossy, reflective finish. This method creates a hard, durable surface that is easy to clean and maintain, and it can be a cost-effective alternative to other flooring options.
However, there are some reasons why resinous floor coatings might be considered superior to polished concrete in certain contexts:
1. Resinous coatings offer better resistance to stains and chemicals. Because they are made of a combination of resin and hardener, they create a monolithic, non-porous surface that is less likely to absorb spills and stains. This makes them a better choice for settings where chemical spills or staining agents are likely, such as in laboratories, factories, and warehouses.
2. Resinous coatings can be more hygienic. Unlike concrete, which can harbor bacteria and other pathogens, resinous coatings create a seamless, non-porous surface that is easy to clean and disinfect. This makes them ideal for use in healthcare facilities, food processing plants, and other environments where cleanliness is a top priority.
3. Resinous coatings offer more design options. While polished concrete can be stained or colored, it does not offer the range of textures and patterns that can be achieved with resinous coatings. These coatings can be customized with a variety of textures and patterns, making them a more versatile option for creating unique design elements in commercial and residential spaces.
Ultimately, the choice between resinous floor coatings and polished concrete will depend on a variety of factors, including the specific use case, budget, and desired aesthetic. Sika is a world leading manufacturer of both resinous and polished floor systems. Consulting with a Sika flooring expert can help you determine which option is best for your needs. Read why the Alamodome in San Antonio switched from polished concrete to resinous floors here: Alamodome!