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Resin Flooring - Right Project Completion

Jack Josephsen

The final, yet sadly neglected, tip to avoid resin flooring headaches relates to the process of “closing off” a project effectively. This essentially involves compiling all the available records for future reference; something that will be invaluable in the event of a dispute, further works on the floor down the track or even for basic clarity on the installation itself should ownership change hands etc.

Now, that’s a keeper!

Perhaps the grey area surrounding what should actually be kept in such records explains why it’s rarely done. Some examples of what to keep include - a copy of the original resin floor specification, the approved quote, any variations charged, photos (of the approved sampleboard and all stages of project progress) and relevant warranties.

By collecting and filing all this information you can be crystal clear on exactly what resin floor was designed and exactly what resin floor was installed at the end of the day. Many projects differ from the specification for one reason or another and if this happens then proof of what changes were made are a must.

Resin flooring about to begin on a freshly prepared concrete slab inside a home.Resin flooring completed on the same concrete slab and in the same home.

Finding resin floor peace of mind

Besides knowing what to record, the hardest part in this process is finding the time in the first place. At the end of a job the inclination on everyone’s behalf is to sign off, exchange payment and quickly move on to the next one. Spending a bit of time locking away all the key paperwork will allow you to really enjoy the spoils of your new resin floor by providing peace of mind and helping to avoid some potential future headaches!

If you have any questions about resin flooring project completion, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Keep Smiling,

Jack Josephsen
Head FLOORChef

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Resin Flooring - Right Maintenance

Jack Josephsen

If you followed the content of the previous posts in this series you’re probably now admiring the stunning new resin floor before you. Well done! You deserve a big pat on the back, but beware; like many people you may have missed something that can lead to big headaches down the track. I’m talking about the right resin floor maintenance and the take-home message is – you need to be clear on what it’ll take BEFORE choosing the floor. (Lucky you haven’t really finished yet!)

Can I maintain the maintenance?

The main question to ask yourself is – will I be able to stick to the maintenance regime required to give the resin floor the best chance of looking as good, performing as well and lasting as long as it should? If the answer is no, then another colour, finish or flooring type may be a better option.

Mopping isn’t always the resin flooring answer!

What does it take to maintain a resin floor? They will all benefit from regular cleaning and inspection, however the maintenance will vary depending on the type. For example, anti-slip floors need to be kept functional; if it's clogged up with foodstuffs it isn’t going to protect anyone. The degree of anti-slip will also play a vital role in determining how you clean. Can you simply mop it or will you rely on scrubbing and flushing with water? A quick hint for those with a commercial kitchen – if the correct slip rating is used, you won’t be able to mop!

For the smooth resin floors, it’s all about preserving the sheen. There are a few topcoat and treatment options to help reduce maintenance demands and choice of colour will also be influential, however a lot depends on good ol’ fashioned TLC. Strictly observing good practices like lifting and not dragging furniture items, cleaning footwear, quickly detecting and repairing damage etc. will help your resin floor look better for longer. If in doubt, ask the manufacturer for a maintenance guide and consult with the applicator to make sure you’re clear.

Resin floors with an anti-slip texture like this can't be cleaned with standard mops.Resin floors that are plain white like this one can be hard to keep clean.

Beware other trades

An important note on floor care relates to the timing of application in relation to other trades. Putting down a resin floor before others get their chance may be convenient in some cases, however it may also mean it cops a fair bit of punishment before you even have a chance to step foot on it.

If you have any questions about resin flooring maintenance, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Keep Smiling,

Jack Josephsen
Head FLOORChef

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Resin Flooring - Project Ready

Jack Josephsen

At this point in the series you should now have the right applicator (Right Applicator) using the right brand (Right Brand) of the right resin flooring technology (Right Technology). That’s a great start, but here’s another tip for avoiding resin flooring headaches – be “project ready”!

Being prepared helps everything run smoothly

Being well prepared across a number of areas will have a big influence on how smoothly things run. If the installation of resin floors was somehow compared to an engine, this kind of preparation would be the oil; avoiding friction and helping individual parts perform at their peak.

How can I help with my resin floor?

How does one become project ready? Well, if you’re managing the project it basically boils down to taking responsibility for some important “housekeeping” matters that are easy to overlook. Examples of the necessary undertakings include – managing the various trades on site, clearing and cleaning the work area in readiness for installation, restricting access during application, making sure power is available for tools, lighting etc. and sealing off openings to prevent other workers, dust and debris from entering. Organising some form of climate control for applications in particularly cool environments can also be added to that list. Performing this facilitating role effectively will make a huge difference to the quality of the resin flooring and project overall. 

Resin flooring site showing how it should look when project ready.Resin floors can be damaged if the people involved aren't project ready.

Mistakes can creep in under pressure

Closely linked to preparation within a project is the issue of sufficient turnaround. By being project ready you’ll have the best chance of running to schedule and sticking to planned shutdown periods. This is extremely important with resin flooring because if the timing changes for whatever reason and the “squeeze” is applied, shortcuts become very tempting and mistakes can start to creep in.

If you have any questions about being project ready with resin flooring, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Keep Smiling,


Jack Josephsen
Head FLOORChef

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Resin Flooring - Right Applicator

Jack Josephsen

The previous post saw you choose a specialist brand for your project (Right Brand); closely linked to which brand is the choice of applicator. When it comes to resin flooring, many people think because it’s a liquid and comes in a bucket that anyone with a paint brush can apply it. This couldn’t be further from the truth and the decision on which applicator to use has to be made carefully.

Choose the brand, choose the applicator

Most applicators are loyal to the brand of resin flooring they use because familiarity is a big comfort, so by choosing the brand you also narrow down the choice of applicator in many ways. Does the brand I’m looking at have a strong, visible network of applicators promoting and using their product? Do they have a training or accreditation scheme in place? Is there substantial evidence of quality resin floors being done with this brand?

Don't “settle” with resin flooring applicators

If that background information checks out, your task is to pick a suitable resin flooring applicator from the bunch. There are some basic “rules of thumb” that apply to this task, like only using trained applicators (local where possible) and avoiding large application companies on small jobs or vice versa, however the best advice we can give here is to engage with the applicators first. Give them a call for a chat, ask for a profile on them and their work, make sure they are willing to do sampleboards and go that extra yard to deliver the resin floor

you want. Overall, don’t feel as though you have to “settle”- only work with someone you feel comfortable with!

Resin flooring sampleboards on display for the customer.Resin flooring over a large warehouse floor with boxes stacked on it.

Whose agenda is it?

Once you've made your selection, it may be a good idea to follow up prior to commencement if you're not managing the project yourself. Be aware that whoever you appoint as the project manager may not have the same agenda when it comes to choosing the applicator. Their preference may be to work with someone they've used before, a cheaper option or even a friend, so things could change.

If you have any questions about choosing the right resin flooring applicator for your project, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Keep Smiling,

Jack Josephsen
Head FLOORChef

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Resin Flooring - Right Brand

Jack Josephsen
In our first couple of posts we armed you with some important questions (Right Technology) and gave a few pointers (Beware Marketing) to make sure the technology you chose was on the right resin flooring track. The next step from here is to hone in on the right brand within that branch of resin flooring.

Here’s a great tip for avoiding some headaches - ask yourself, is there a brand that specialises in my kind of project?

Decorative for decorative, industrial for industrial

Specialise is the key word in this question. If your project involves a decorative resin floor, your aim should be to identify the brands that do it particularly well. It’s no different to other goods and services really. For instance, if you wanted a fine dining experience then you wouldn’t head out to your local fish and chip shop, would you? With the same reasoning, you shouldn’t use an industrial brand for a decorative floor or vice versa.


Decorative resin floor finish in home with polished concrete look.Industrial resin flooring in chemical plant with water on surface.

Specialists live and breathe what they do!

Many brands of resin flooring will stretch themselves across a number of products or applications and may have done a scattering of similar jobs in the past, but is it their core business? Is it what they’re set up to do? Is it their passion? Specialists are experts for a reason and by choosing to work with one you’ll see a whole host of benefits besides the quality of the end product.

If you have any questions about choosing the right resin flooring brand for your project, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Keep Smiling,

Jack Josephsen
Head FLOORChef

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Resin Flooring - Beware Marketing

Jack Josephsen
If you know what type of resin flooring technology you need (Right Technology), there are a few additional points that can save you some big headaches.

“Oils aint oils” with resin flooring

Firstly, we might be talking about resin flooring here, but the famous “oils aint oils” line could never be more appropriate. Many clients are lured by the charms of a cheaper price, but in the world of resin flooring there’s probably good reason why a particular product costs a fraction of its counterparts. Don’t make the mistake of dismissing something that costs 50% more but lasts four times longer as “too expensive”.

Cheap resin flooring falling off garage floor.

Test results can be seductive

Secondly, product manufacturers can swamp you with confusing numbers based on results from all sorts of tests. While these may help paint the picture of a quality product, don’t let it blind you to what you really need. For example, a resin floor with 95MPa compression strength may sound mighty impressive, but is it really necessary for a department store? It’s a big overkill considering most concrete compression strengths are less than 45MPa anyway. If you get seduced by statistics then you may end up paying for more than what you really need.

  Resin floor with large machinery on top.

Stay true to what you really need

Finally, spread your research across a number of sources for a balanced view. Unfortunately you can run into some big promises and empty claims every so often. Keeping your needs in mind as a fixed reference point will help avoid being swept away by such ploys; for example, promoting resin flooring technology as “10 times stronger” than another may be good marketing fodder, but what does that really mean for your project?

If you have any questions about marketing awareness with resin flooring, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Keep Smiling,

Jack Josephsen
Head FLOORChef

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Resin Flooring - Right Technology

Jack Josephsen

Here’s a great tip for avoiding resin flooring headaches – do some homework on what type of resin flooring technology suits your needs best before you even think about getting a quote. Despite some marketing literature claims, there’s no single coating that’s right for every flooring project!

What is the right resin flooring technology?

Installing the ideal resin floor isn’t just about putting down something aesthetically appealing, although that’s obviously a big part. More importantly, you need to understand what you’re looking for across a number of characteristics before you can find the right solution.

Key resin flooring questions to ask -

  • Will I need a thick or a thin floor coating? For instance, does my concrete slab need to be repaired, have drainage built in or withstand harsh conditions (thick); or, is it simply a matter of applying a thin film on top of a perfectly flat concrete slab?
  • Am I after a decorative resin floor with a bit of “wow factor” or will plain colour do?
  • What time of year will work begin? Are conditions expected to be hot or cold, wet or dry?
  • How long can I afford to be off the floor? Can I handle an average turnaround of a few days or do things need to happen quicker, e.g. overnight?
  • Is the surrounding environment sensitive? Will solvents and other nasty ingredients impact upon others or pose an unacceptable on-going health risk?
  • What traffic will the floor receive? Will slip resistance be required?
Moisture meter used on concrete in preparation for resin flooring.Metallic resin floor in a candy store matches decor well.

The right resin floor should now be getting clearer!

After you’ve sifted through those questions you’ll have a clearer picture of which resin flooring road you should be taking. Will the technology be an epoxy, polyurethane, polyurea, polyaspartic or MMA? Remember, every technology has advantages and disadvantages that suit different applications.

If you have any questions about choosing the right resin flooring technology for your project, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Keep Smiling,

Jack Josephsen
Head FLOORChef

FLOORChef's Chef Hat.