What is Quartz Flooring and Will It Work in My Facility?
Posted Sep 13, 2021 by Dave Scaturro
Quartz flooring refers to any resinous flooring system that utilizes quartz silica as an aggregate. Resinous flooring systems are poured floors built to merge seamlessly with drains and a fully integrated cove base. Quartz floors are especially desirable for wet environments as the quartz aggregates are also used to increase traction and slip resistance. These resinous flooring systems are available in natural quartz, with solid color topcoats, or decorative quartz, with clear topcoats.
Benefits of Quartz Flooring
Resinous quartz floors are very strong which makes them excellent in facilities where impact resistance is important. They are also extremely hygienic as they prevent the growth of germs and bacteria, and because of the texture the quartz added to the flooring, they are ideal for wet environments.
Some of their more prominent features and benefits include:
- Long Lasting- Seamless flooring systems for years of service with minimal maintenance
- Slip Resistant- Textured finishes aid in a safer floor, even when wet
- Wear / Chemical Resistant- High quality topcoats for superior wear and chemical resistance
- Easy Maintenance – Long-lasting performance in a variety of finishes without the need for waxing
Many Options to Choose From
Quartz floors are seamless, durable and versatile making them an excellent fit for many applications in industrial and commercial spaces. Although they are often thought of as “epoxy floors,” quartz floors are available in several other chemistries. Epoxy quartz flooring is characterized by their resistance to wear, chemicals, UV exposure and slippage. These are ideal for high traffic facilities such as hospitals, restaurants, lobbies and laboratories.
MMA quartz floors consist of 100% reactive, fast curing, methyl methacrylate (MMA) and colored quartz aggregate, this attractive, industrial floor can have a smooth or slip-resistant surface finish. These decorative systems are ideal for indoor or outdoor spaces such as loading docks, pool decks and freezers. Accelera quartz flooring systems offer a unique combination of fast installation and high performance designed to meet the needs of today’s 24/7 operations. These are ideal for schools, retail and cafeterias.
Cementitious Urethane quartz floors are exceptionally strong with a body coat that’s resistant to thermal shock. They are moisture mitigating which eliminates the use of a primer in most environments, and topcoat options offer a wide selection of chemical and abrasion resistant finishes. Ideal use can be found in kitchens, warehouses, and manufacturing. Hybrid quartz floors combine the benefits of the chemistry that suits your environment best with the added benefit of having a self-leveling urethane base ─ withstanding moisture up to 99% RH. These are ideal for supermarkets, pharmaceutical facilities and cleanrooms.
Choosing the Right Quartz Floor for your Facility
As noted above, there are many options to choose from when considering a quartz flooring system. The easiest way to decide which system is best for your facility is to contact Alpine. We will discuss the most important needs for your space and help narrow your choices.