Seamless is the first word that comes to mind when discussing the benefits of poured resin and concrete flooring and these choices are fast becoming mainstream options for contemporary décor schemes.

The words resin and concrete might make such flooring sound commercial and cold but in fact its pros far outweigh any cons. Durable and resistant to spills, dirt and stains, both types can be used in wet areas as well as with underfloor heating. They are ideal for open-plan layouts and different zones will flow easily into one another whilst the simplicity of resin and concrete will help create a feeling of space, especially with a glossy or polished finish.

How much will a concrete or resin floor cost?

The cost of a poured floor is highly dependent on the work involved and the size of the room, so it is usually calculated on a case-by-case basis.

Poured concrete

  • The larger the room, the cheaper each square metre will cost, which is one of the reasons a poured concrete floor is suitable for open plan areas.
  • If a substrate or structural layer needs to be applied to the ground before the flooring is poured, this will increase the cost of installation.
  • There are many finishes, polishes, seals and coatings that can be applied to a concrete floor to achieve a specific finish. The more specialised your choice, the higher the cost.

The broad quote given by most concrete flooring companies is upwards of £100 per square meter, with the average cost being between £120 – £150 per square meter.

Poured resin

  • Again, with resin flooring, the larger the room, the cheaper each square meter will cost.
  • A resin floor can be applied as a thin layer on top of an already existing floor structure and this will be cheaper than installing a whole floor from scratch.
  • Resin flooring may need to be finished with an anti-slip coating which will add to the cost.
  • If a substrate or structural layer needs to be applied to the ground before the flooring is poured, this will increase the cost of installation.

Resin floor prices are given on a case-by-case basis, just like concrete floors, because there will be different requirements for each project. However, the average costs are similar and expect to pay upwards of £100 depending on your own specifications.

senso floors polished concrete effect resin flooring

Senso installs hand-poured resin flooring, which are available in a standard palette of 12 shades of brown and grey, including this Smokey Quartz. Prices start from £144 per m²

Concrete and resin floors on a budget

Concrete

Concrete tiles are a great budget alternative to a poured concrete floor and cost anywhere from £2 for a 450x450mm tile from a builders merchant or DIY store. They are available in a range of shades, from very pale greys to dark charcoal, and can even be coloured. You can also pick them up in a variety of shapes, sizes and thicknesses.

Renting a floor polisher from a tool hire center will cost around £50 a day, £70 for the weekend, or £120 for a week. These come with a variety of functions and attachments, so that you can grind any unevenness and level the tiles before cleaning and polishing them. On top of that, concrete sealant covers roughly 10m2 per litre, and a 2.5l can costs £23.99.

Resin

Resin flooring is a highly specialised product and can only really be applied by a professional. It has made the move from the commercial sector recently; so cheaper alternatives either don’t exist, or haven’t found their way to the market yet.

Choosing a concrete floor

Poured concrete

Most polished concrete flooring today is made from a cement-based coating with added polymers, and applied as a ‘screed’ by hand, rather than being poured like a resin. Architectural in appearance, concrete is ideal for creating an industrial look and can also usually be laid on existing substrates, as long as there is suitable stability, including existing tiles.

Concrete flooring generally has a more natural appearance than resin and often comes in a choice of finishes — from smooth and polished to pitted, rugged, brushed and raked, as well as with travertine and stone effects.

Concrete tiles

Concrete tiles are a cheaper alternative to poured concrete and are, in some case, more practical. If you need to lift the flooring to fix underfloor heating or if a section of flooring is damaged, it is far easier to take up individual tiles, than to remove a section of poured flooring.

Tiles will have to be sealed and finished in the same way as a poured concrete floor, but it is a job you can easily do yourself. Concrete sealant is readily available from DIY warehouses and it is possible to buy, or even rent, a floor polisher for far less than you would pay a professional to do it for you.

Choosing a resin floor

Resin flooring varies according to the manufacturer, but is made from synthetic materials such as polyurethane or epoxy resins, or, in some cases, natural materials.

  • Resin flooring is poured on site for a perfectly flat finish.
  • It is waterproof and hygienic, as well as anti-slip and low-maintenance.
  • It can be installed on any substrate, provided that it is free of movement and moisture.
  • It can be used with most types of underfloor heating.
  • It won’t crack, become loose or peel off over time.
  • Resin sits at the given room’s ambient temperature, which makes it warm in the winter and cool during summer
  • It is a good choice for sound absorption.

The colour possibilities for resin are endless, and flooring can be found in every shade in the RAL and NCS colour charts. Some companies also offer options for quartz and decorative flakes, which can be added to the resin.

resin floor company screed resin flooring

The acoustic rubber underlay with this Comfort resin flooring from The Resin Floor Company creates a soft feeling underfoot Prices start from £120 per m²

Where should you use resin or concrete?

You can use a concrete or resin floor in any room in the house, and although it may seem like they are only appropriate for modern homes, the variation on colours and textures makes them suitable and practical in any home. They were originally designed for the commercial sector because they are hardwearing, hygienic and low maintenance.

The glossy finish of a resin or polished concrete floor is a good way of reflecting light around a space. Incorporating it within a kitchen extension, with plenty of glazing, is a sure fire way to create a naturally light area. Polished concrete in particular is the flooring option of choice for those looking to create an industrial style kitchen. With the correct seal, they are waterproof, stain resistant and anti-slip, so are perfect for use in the kitchen or the bathroom.

Poured floorings are seamless, and lend themselves to the continuous look of an open plan space. They can also be used outdoors, so they offer the perfect opportunity to incorporate the same flooring throughout, making the garden feel connected to the rest of the house.

If you are going for a minimalistic look in a bedroom, whether its part of a contemporary or Scandinavian scheme, resin flooring makes a practical replacement for floorboards and complements simplistic style.

Installing a concrete or resin flooring

Poured concrete flooring or resin is sold as a supply-and-fit product and should be laid by a professional, who should also give you a warranty or guarantee for the work.

If you opt for cost effective concrete flags, you can either pay a professional to do the job, or with enough time and a bit of patience, it can be done on a DIY basis. Similarly, you could employ someone to finish the floor for you, but again this is a job that can be successfully completed yourself.

Maintaining concrete or resin flooring

  • Both formats are very low-maintenance.
  • Simply sweep away any debris then use a recommended cleaner.
  • Most floors only need mopping with a damp cloth but some can also be steam-cleaned.
  • You may also be required to apply a clear glaze, wax or sealant every now and again to protect the surface from minor scratches.
Purr white contemporary resin flooring

Poured resin flooring by Puur is available in gloss, satin or anti-slip finishes. This mono resin floor in bright white has a satin finish; prices start from £120 per m², supplied and installed, with the process taking four to five days

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