Texture Additives for Floor Coating

The non-porous surfaces of resinous flooring are fantastic for a variety of reasons: they protect the floor beneath from absorbing moisture, oil, or filth; they are simple to clean; and they are incredibly durable. While preserving the floor beneath and increasing longevity, floor coverings can be incredibly smooth or even slippery at times. FLAKE or QUARTZ decorative items can be used to create a subtle orange peel or gritty texture. If you’re seeking for something more, it could be time to think about a TEXTURE addition. TEXTURE additives improve the final topcoat of resinous flooring by creating anti-slip/anti-skid textures and knocking down surface luster for varied topcoat finishes.

A texture additive can increase your resinous floor’s anti-slip and anti-skid capabilities, but which one is best for your project? Let’s go over each of our TEXTURE goods to see which one is best for you.

Polypropylene

is a typical texture additive because it is less harsh than other texture additives and may be utilized in practically any environment. It is made of very fine polymer beads that, when blended into topcoats, are clear. Polypropylene is often incorporated into the final topcoat and rolled onto the surface. It comes in four mesh sizes that range from large to small: 20, 30, 50, and 100.

Aluminum Oxide

is a harsher additive than polypropylene. The final topcoat is a dense white substance that dries clear. It can also be employed as a matting agent, depending on the mesh size and load rate. Yet, because of its rough texture, it is not suitable for all situations. It works well in challenging conditions that require maximum grip or regions with a higher danger of slip and fall. For bigger sizes, such as the AO-50, the broadcast application method is preferred. Mix directly into the coatings for smaller quantities such as AO-100 and 200. 

Aluminum Oxide 325 mesh is a matting agent that is only used to create semi-matte and matte topcoat finishes. Because AO-325 adds an extremely fine grit to the surface texture, it should not be used to create a strong anti-slip/anti-skid finish.

Clear-coated Quartz

is a highly durable texture additive. This product works best in high-traffic industrial and heavy-duty situations. 

Because the natural quartz will be visible if used with a clear topcoat, it is best employed in coatings beneath a colored topcoat or as a component in epoxy mortar systems. The 40-S grade material is best suited for broadcast application, while the 25-A material is best suited for trowel application.

The above general mixing and application instructions are simply guidelines based on product attributes and testing. Mesh diameters may vary depending on the thickness and percentage solids of the coating employed. In general, the smaller the mesh size that may be used, the thinner the coating. A bigger mesh size is required if the coating is thicker. Smaller particles will sink in a thick topcoat, leaving no texture in the finished floor. The application of these goods can be quite complex and vary depending on the other products employed. Specific instructions should always be obtained from your selected coatings manufacturer.