What is a trowel floor?
Is this type of floor also of added value for my company?
A trowel floor: very strong and multifunctional
Specific requirements are set for commercial floors. These can differ per sector and company, but aspects that are almost always requirement are firmness, hard-wearing, durability, hygiene and maintenance. The appearance of the floor can also be important. If possible, apart from a floor that meets these requirements, you also need a floor that looks beautiful. A trowel floor, also known as mortar flooring, is such a floor. This floor is suitable for numerous applications, very strong, easy to maintain and has a sleek, smooth appearance.
The composition of the trowel floor
A trowel floor consists of PMMA resin and fine gravel. “PMMA” stands for PolyMethylMethAcrylate, a very strong synthetic material that hardens quickly. The combination of the PMMA resin and the fine gravel provides a firm basis for the floor. It forms the trowel mass, the basis of the floor. A sealer is placed on top of this mass. This sealer ensures that the floor is completely closed to dirt and liquids.
Trowel floor, an excellent choice
A trowel floor is an excellent choice in several situations. We are happy to discuss this with you, to tell you what is possible and what important benefits you can expect.
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Suitable for all kinds of sectors
Its strength and durability make the trowel floor a type of floor that is used in all kinds of sectors. Through these different uses, a mortar floor proves its added value and strengths.
You find this type of floor a lot in the industrial sector. In metal processing, for example, but also in other branches of this sector, trowel floors are popular because of their excellent resistance to heavy use. This floor will not damage or wear.
Another sector in which this floor stands out is the food sector. Hygiene is crucial here. A mortar floor is very easy to clean and is therefore the best choice for use in areas where food and foodstuffs are used.
You will often find this floor on the ground in car workshops. Besides the fact that the firmness and friendly cleaning properties also play a major role here, the floor proves itself in this branch with another unique feature: it is non-slip. Employees and machines have a lot of grip and this makes the floor pleasant and safe to work on. This makes a trowel floor to the perfect floor for all kinds of workplaces.
In the agricultural sector, milk and poultry farmers often use this floor. It meets all needs: it is sturdy, safe and easy to clean
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Floor is the calling card of your company
Trowel floors are not only suitable for heavy duty applications such as factory buildings, garages or workshops. A floor like this is also an excellent choice in offices, shops or showrooms. These are places where dust and dirt accumulate quickly. Think of the employee workstations and canteens in offices, but also of server rooms. Think of the aisles of shops and the warehouses where goods are stored. Showrooms must also be kept tidy at all times. They are the literal business cards of the company. A trowel floor can be cleaned quickly and easily.
Of course, the appearance of the floor can also play an important role. Where safety is more important in a factory hall or workplace, in an office, shop or showroom it is important to increase the atmosphere. This floor will be a calm neutral base that actually fits everywhere. Because the floor has an even, calm appearance, it goes with the style of the interior. Form and function can easily go hand in hand.
The advantages and disadvantages of the trowel floor
Anyone who chooses a mortar floor can expect a number of clear advantages. It is precisely these advantages that are the decisive factor for many companies. The properties of this floor are often decisive on specific points. Below you will find the most important advantages of a trowel floor. You will see that on various parts that are of great importance to companies, this floor clearly distinguishes itself from other types.
Very fast installation
This type of floor is first and foremost easy to install and use. Not everyone has the luxury to wait a long time until a new floor can be used. Even though that possibility is there: not everyone really wants to wait a long time. It can be a complex operation to install a new floor in a building or hall. Work must be moved or even temporarily halted. This can have serious consequences for any production and also in financial terms you can feel the consequences. This often makes timing the moment of replacement or installation difficult. Up to 1,500 m2 floor can be installed. Moreover, this floor hardens will be ready to use very quickly. The preliminary work (cleaning of the subfloor and application of the adhesive primer) takes 24 hours and when the trowel is installed and the sealer has been applied, the floor is fully chemically cured and ready for use after only 2 hours.
Mechanically resistant and hard-wearing
Another great advantage of this floor is its durability. There is a reason why a mortar floor is often used in places where the floor is subjected to heavy loads. Like factory halls with heavy machinery, warehouses where trucks and other heavy vehicles and machines drive, or workshops where heavy machinery is used. Thanks to its mix of PMMA resin and gravel, this type of floor is extremely sturdy. The floor is extremely durable, can carry an extremely high weight and is very resistant to damage. The epoxy resin of this synthetic floor is in fact twice as strong as concrete.
Hygiene can play an important role within a company. In all places where this is true, a trowel floor is a fantastic solution. Due to its sealing, the floor is resistant to moisture and liquids, dust and other debris. The top layer of the floor leaves no dirt, no liquid and dust and other dirt does not adhere to the surface. This makes the floor very easy to clean. With this floor, maintaining a clean, safe (work) space is much easier than with many other floors.
The floor offers a lot of grip thanks to its non-slip surface. This contributes to the safety in the room(s) and the working comfort of employees. Because the surface is also completely seam- and crackless, it is safer to work on and people are not at risk of tripping. You also don’t have to worry about small items falling and disappearing in cracks between the floor.
A floor can still be so strong, there are often very specific risks, which even the strongest floors can not withstand, such as chemicals. Our trowel floors are resistant to this and that makes them a safe and good choice for places where chemicals are used: from factories to cleaning companies and laboratories.
The disadvantages of the floor
Does this type of floor have no disadvantages at all? Well, no, actually. What can be considered as a possible disadvantage is the fact that a trowel floor can not be easily installed by everyone. It is of crucial importance that the subfloor is properly cleaned, otherwise the trowel will not adhere well. When the trowel mass is applied, it must be completely smooth. This can be difficult because the floor dries and hardens very quickly. So there is little time for any corrections. So you can install the floor yourself if you have the right skills and experience, but in most cases it is advisable to have this done by a specialist.
Compared to synthetic cast floors, a trowel floor can contain a few more small imperfections. This floor does not have self-levelling properties. This also shows directly why it’s best to have this floor installed by an experienced professional. Small human errors can be visible on the floor.
When you choose a mortar floor, keep in mind that this is a definitive choice. Adjusting or replacing the floor is not something that can easily be done. This floor has been there for years, decades or maybe even for life.
Different colours and finishes Because this floor consists partly of gravel, many different colours are available. Which colour you can choose best depends not only on taste, but also on the application of the floor. Dirt caneasily be seen on very light floors. This may be desirable, but this may not be the intention at all. The floor can also be finished in a glossy or matt finish. Whether you go for a glossy or matt finish is again entirely dependent on the application of the floor. We can inform you about the advantages and disadvantages of the colour choices and finishes that are available, in your specific situation.
The difference between trowel floors and other floors
There is sometimes a lack of clarity about the different types of (cast) floors. They may seem similar to each other, but there are still some points which make trowel floors stand out from similar floors. Most cast floors have been developed for both business and private use. Trowel floors are not for the consumer, but are only installed in the business market. This is due to the extremely robust properties of the floor. The slight lack of self-levelling also makes the floor unsuitable for private individuals: this is really a heavy duty work floor.
Many similar floors have good water and liquid-repellent properties, but those of the trowel floor are best due to the sealing.
The price of installing a trowel floor
The price of installing a trowel floor depends on the surface and the type of floor you choose (colour, coarseness of the gravel, finishing). Contact us to discuss your wishes and we will be happy to provide you with a customised quote.