vebrores EP Quartz Classic and vebrores EP Quartz SR, while both renowned for their remarkable performance and aesthetics, have distinct application methods, presenting a choice that caters to the preferences and requirements of skilled applicators. Understanding the differences between these two quartz finishes is crucial in determining the ideal fit for specific scenarios.
Both quartz systems offer impressive performance characteristics and are available in the same core range of quartz blends, as well as custom options to suit each project. The differences between the two epoxy flooring systems primarily revolve around the slip resistance profile, as well as the preferences of skilled applicators and the specific installation conditions of each project.
Comparing vebrores EP Quartz Classic and vebrores EP Quartz SR
Both vebrores EP Quartz Classic and vebrores EP Quartz SR are high-performance resin flooring systems that share similar compositions at their core and once installed, deliver a very similar finish. Each system comprises a blend of high-quality epoxy resin and carefully selected quartz aggregates, offering superior mechanical properties, chemical resistance and long-lasting performance.
While the installation of both systems begins with a suitable primer, that is broadcast with vebro Coloured Quartz Blends while still wet, the next step differs drastically.
Installing vebrores EP Quartz Classic involves mixing quartz aggregates into the epoxy resin using a forced action mixer, creating a slurry-like consistency. The prepared mixture is then carefully spread onto the primed slab with a screeding sledge set at 4.0 mm before being trowelled out, achieving a seamless compacted surface.
Once cured and de-nibbed, the surface is then overcoated with vebro EP Grout, a clear thixotropic epoxy grout, before being sealed with vebro PU UV WB Seal, a UV-stable clear seal coat, to reduce the texture of the finish, creating a smooth surface.
This method allows for precise control over the thickness of the finish, resulting in a consistent appearance and performance of the finished floor.
In contrast, rather than mixing quartz aggregates into the resin, vebrores EP Quartz SR is installed by fully blinding an epoxy bodycoat with vebro Coloured Quartz Blends. Any excess is swept away before the surface is grouted and sealed in the same way as vebrores EP Quartz Classic. The result is a textured finish that provides impressive slip resistance.
Advantages of vebrores quartz systems
Excellent durability: Both systems offer exceptional durability, providing robust mechanical resistance to heavy foot traffic and impact.
Chemical resistance: Both epoxy quartz systems exhibit outstanding resistance to a wide range of chemicals, making them suitable for areas prone to spills.
Temperature resistance: Both systems can handle intermittent temperatures up to 70°C.
Fire resistance: Both systems are classified as Bfl-S1 according to EN 13501-1.
One of the most significant differentiating factors between the two systems is the texture and slip resistance. The blinding method of vebrores EP Quartz SR creates a slightly roughened surface, enhancing traction and reducing the risk of slips and falls.
Similar slip resistance can be achieved with vebrores EP Quartz Classic (Wet Areas), which involves an additional textured bodycoat. Although this does increase the thickness of the overall system to 5.0 mm, the finished surface is incredibly slip resistant.
This alternative system design allows for both slurry and broadcast applications of Vebro’s epoxy quartz systems ideal for spaces that require enhanced safety measures, such as industrial settings, commercial kitchens and wet environments.
The applicator’s perspective
Both systems offer exceptional performance and aesthetics, making the choice between vebrores EP Quartz Classic and vebrores EP Quartz SR more about the specific requirements of each project and the preferences of the applicators themselves.
Applicators with experience in both systems may find themselves drawn to one over the other due to personal preferences or familiarity. Some applicators may appreciate the control and precision offered by the trowelling process of vebrores EP Quartz Classic, while others may favour the efficiency and more textured finish achieved by blinding with quartz in vebrores EP Quartz SR.
Selecting the appropriate system requires careful evaluation of the project’s specific demands. Factors such as the type of environment (dry or wet areas), expected foot traffic, desired aesthetics and slip resistance requirements should all be considered. Additionally, project deadlines and site accessibility may also influence the choice between the two systems.
Choosing the right finish
To ensure the most suitable flooring system for a project, applicators and decision-makers should consider the following recommendations…
For areas with high foot traffic & abrasion
In spaces that experience heavy use, both vebrores EP Quartz Classic and vebrores EP Quartz SR are excellent choices due to their robust mechanical properties. However, the blinding method of vebrores EP Quartz SR may be preferred for faster application in busy environments.
Slip resistance in wet areas
For areas where slip resistance is a primary concern, such as kitchens and shower areas, applicators can opt for vebrores EP Quartz Classic (Wet Areas) to achieve comparable slip resistance to vebrores EP Quartz SR.
Aesthetics & design flexibility
When the project demands a wide range of design options and customisation, both systems offer versatile aesthetics using a combination of core or custom quartz blends.
A tale of two quartz finishes
vebrores EP Quartz Classic, and its alternative application designed specifically for wet areas, and vebrores EP Quartz SR both offer impressive performance capabilities and an attractive finish. Which system is more suitable is mainly down to the applicator and installation scenario.
Looking for an epoxy quartz finish for your next project? Contact your local Vebro Polymers team to discuss your project requirements.
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