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What flooring challenges are faced in retail & shopping centres?

Floors in retail venues and shopping centres are exposed to a wide variety of different service criteria. Typically, these buildings can be heavily trafficked as well as subject to frequent spillage – think supermarkets, bars and food retail concessions – so durability and chemical resistance as well as ease of cleaning and maintenance are major factors for consideration.

However, the window in which to install floors in these facilities – particularly in refurbishment scenarios – can be extremely tight. Any requirement to shut down the site for maintenance works can hit retailers in the back pocket, so minimising any downtime or disruption to trade is essential.

Selecting a flooring system that offers the necessary chemical resistance, ease of cleanability and can be installed and ready to use quickly so as to minimise any disruption to trade are of utmost importance in this sector.

Which flooring systems are recommended by Vebro Polymers?

Vebro Polymers offer a number of seamless resin flooring systems that can meet the specific needs of the fast-moving retail world. Our MMA resin systems contain a unique catalyst, designed to expedite the speed of cure the resin systems and deliver a fully trafficable finish in just 60 minutes.

This means that replacement floors can often be installed throughout the night and fully ready for use by opening time in the morning. This is a major benefit for retailers looking to minimise any downtime.

MMA systems are also incredibly hardwearing and offer excellent stain, UV and chemical resistance – which makes them well placed to service environments subject to frequent breakages and spillage such as supermarkets, bars and restaurants.

Our seamless MMA resin options can be installed in custom coloured flake and quartz blends to make a real style statement underfoot.

Recommended Systems for Retail & Shopping Centres

vebrospeed Quartz

vebrospeed Quartz is a highly durable and slip resistant, UV-stable quartz flooring system based on fast-cure MMA (methyl methacrylate) technology.

vebrospeed Flake

vebrospeed Flake is a highly decorative and durable UV-stable flooring system based on ultra fast-curing MMA (methyl methacrylate) resin technology.

vebroflex Decorative UV Bounce

vebroflex Decorative UV Bounce is a decorative, flexible, polyurethane comfort resin flooring system with a clear UV seal coat and elastic rubber mat.

vebroflex Decorative UV Plus

vebroflex Decorative UV Plus is a seamless, decorative, polyurethane comfort resin flooring system with a clear UV seal coat for enhanced colour stability.

vebroflex Comfort UV Plus

vebroflex Comfort UV Plus is a seamless, flexible, polyurethane comfort resin flooring system with a clear UV seal coat for enhanced colour stability.

vebroflex Comfort UV

vebroflex Comfort UV is a seamless, flexible, polyurethane comfort resin flooring system with a pigmented UV seal coat.

vebrores EP Quartz Classic (April Showers)

vebrores EP Quartz Classic

vebrores EP Quartz Classic is a durable, hand–trowelled epoxy quartz flooring system available in a colourful and decorative range of quartz aggregate.

vebrores EP SL

vebrores EP SL is a solvent-free, easily-applied, self-smoothing epoxy flooring system, designed to protect concrete substrates, offering outstanding strength and performance.

vebroscreed SBR Packaging

vebroscreed SBR

vebroscreed SBR is a single component, modified, styrene butadiene liquid additive and bonding agent designed to enhance both the physical and chemical properties of cementitious mortars.

vebroscreed Top Packaging

vebroscreed Top

vebroscreed Top is a fine flow, high-strength, single-part, cementitious wearing screed and smoothing underlayment, incorporating a blend of graded fillers, fine cements and polymers.

vebroscreed Industrial Packaging

vebroscreed Industrial

vebroscreed Industrial is a deep-fill, rapid-setting and hardening, high strength, single-part, cementitious smoothing underlayment screed that can be applied up to depths of 50.0 mm prior to the installation of thick floor coverings or resin finishes.

vebroscreed Renovate Rapid Packaging

vebroscreed Renovate Rapid

vebroscreed Renovate Rapid is a rapid-drying, single-part, fibre reinforced, cementitious smoothing underlayment screed, incorporating a blend of graded fillers, fine cements and polymers, with excellent flow properties.

Retail & Shopping Centres Technical Data

TitleSolutionsApplicationsDownload
CemfloorCemfloor by McGraths from Vebro PolymersCommercial Venues, Institutional Buildings, Retail & Shopping Centres

Cemfloor NHCemfloor by McGraths from Vebro PolymersCommercial Venues, Institutional Buildings, Retail & Shopping Centres

Cemfloor ThermCemfloor by McGraths from Vebro PolymersCommercial Venues, Institutional Buildings, Retail & Shopping Centres

v-CemvebroscreedCommercial Venues, Institutional Buildings, Retail & Shopping Centres

v-Screed FastvebroscreedCommercial Venues, Institutional Buildings, Retail & Shopping Centres

v-Screed RapidvebroscreedCommercial Venues, Institutional Buildings, Retail & Shopping Centres

vebroflex Bounce UVvebroflexCommercial Venues, Institutional Buildings, Retail & Shopping Centres

vebroflex Bounce UV PlusvebroflexCommercial Venues, Institutional Buildings, Retail & Shopping Centres

vebroflex Comfort UVvebroflexCommercial Venues, Institutional Buildings, Retail & Shopping Centres

vebroflex Comfort UV PlusvebroflexCommercial Venues, Institutional Buildings, Retail & Shopping Centres

vebroflex Decorative UV BouncevebroflexCommercial Venues, Institutional Buildings, Retail & Shopping Centres

vebroflex Decorative UV PlusvebroflexCommercial Venues, Institutional Buildings, Retail & Shopping Centres

vebrores EP Quartz ClassicvebroresIndustrial & Manufacturing, Retail & Shopping Centres

vebroscreed CommercialvebroscreedCommercial Venues, Institutional Buildings, Retail & Shopping Centres

vebroscreed IndustrialvebroscreedCommercial Venues, Industrial & Manufacturing, Institutional Buildings, Retail & Shopping Centres

vebroscreed Renovate RapidvebroscreedCommercial Venues, Institutional Buildings, Retail & Shopping Centres

vebroscreed SBRvebroscreedCommercial Venues, Institutional Buildings, Retail & Shopping Centres

vebroscreed TopvebroscreedCommercial Venues, Industrial & Manufacturing, Institutional Buildings, Retail & Shopping Centres

vebrospeed FlakevebrospeedCommercial Venues, Retail & Shopping Centres

vebrospeed QuartzvebrospeedCommercial Venues, Industrial & Manufacturing, Retail & Shopping Centres

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Retail & Shopping Centres FAQs

Retail & Shopping Centres

Can I see physical samples of the Diespeker & Co from Vebro Polymers flooring solutions?

Of course! Simply get in touch with the Vebro team.

Or… if you happen to be in the London area, you can visit the Diespeker & Co showroom by appointment. There, you’ll find hundreds of terrazzo, marble and stone samples available for visitors to view, touch and feel housed within the company’s South East London studio – the Diespeker team will be on hand to discuss your requirements in more detail at any time.

The showroom is located at 132–136 Ormside Street, London SE15 1TF, United Kingdom and is open weekdays 9am – 5pm. Call 020 7358 0160 to book your visit!

How are resin comfort floors installed?

Comfort floors should be installed by experienced applicators in the field of resin flooring systems. Any cracks in the substrate should be bandaged or a levelling screed should be used to ensure a smooth, level surface prior to the installation of polyurethane comfort flooring. Comfort resin floors act like a skim and will highlight any imperfections in the substrate when cured if preparation isn’t taken seriously.

The area needs to be sealed prior to installation, with all windows and doors firmly closed, as well as free from any moisture or dust particles. If underfloor heating is incorporated into the substrate, this should be switched on and set to roughly 22°C before installation can begin. Most resin comfort floors are two to three-layer systems and typically a day is recommended between each coat.

How can I create my own look for terrazzo flooring?

Sometimes, unlimited design options can seem overwhelming! To help simplify the process, we’ve broken the process of designing a bespoke Diespeker & Co from Vebro Polymers terrazzo floor into a handful of steps.

For more information on the steps below, download the Diespeker & Co from Vebro Polymers guide. Should you need any further advice, please don’t hesitate to contact the Vebro team!

  1. Step one: Choose your aggregate blend from a vast range of stone, marble, mirror glass, granite… or even broken up beer bottles!
  2. Step two: Choose your style — Classic, Venetian or Palladiana!
  3. Step three: Choose your aggregate size to further customise the look
  4. Step four: Choose your epoxy resin binder colour to tie everything together
  5. Step five: Choose your finish… Gloss or matt with a custom slip resistance profile
  6. Bonus step six: Complete the look with bespoke pre-cast elements such as bar tops, counters and stair treads
Tell me more about Diespeker & Co…

Diespeker & Co is a specialist supplier of natural stone and man-made materials for use in tiles, cladding, worktops and treads used in commercial and residential settings.

The company was founded in Hamburg and expanded into London where it was one of the first of its kind to offer terrazzo and mosaic to the UK market.

Diespeker uses traditional handcasting skills to create bespoke designs and are able to match to existing materials for refurbishment and retrofit projects.

The company boasts the very latest in Italian cutting and polishing machinery alongside an impressive showroom in South East London housing a large number of bespoke designs.

What are the advantages of resin comfort floors over alternative floor coverings?

Major benefits of resin comfort floors include the reduced risk of cracking due to the increased flexibility of the polyurethane resin and a reduction in noise transmission caused by footfall in multi-level spaces.

Resin comfort floors are also extremely hygienic and very easy to clean given their seamless and smooth finish – plus they come in a vast (virtually limitless) range of colours, decorative effects and unique motion patterns.

The durability of resin flooring makes it more cost-effective when compared with other flooring systems such as tiles, sheet vinyl and linoleum, it’s more resilient, prone to wear and tear and therefore generally lasts a lot longer.

What are the benefits of Diespeker & Co from Vebro Polymers’ seamless epoxy terrazzo?

Seamless resin terrazzo is ultra-hard wearing with exceptional durability, ideal for high trafficked areas and offering excellent lifecycle cost saving efficiencies as it is easy to clean, sanitise and maintain.

Epoxy based terrazzo offers more movement than traditional sand cement terrazzo and is less prone to cracking. What’s more, it offers excellent chemical and stain resistance, ensuring an attractive finish is maintained.

Diespeker & Co from Vebro Polymers’ seamless terrazzo flooring incorporates a low emission epoxy resin binder tested and certified by AgBB.

Not only can the Vebro Polymers epoxy resin binder be matched to any RAL colour or surrounding design schemes, users can choose their own aggregate and sizes ensuring complete design flexibility.

Because of the nature of seamless epoxy terrazzo, the system retains warmth effectively, ideal for use over underfloor heating pipes.

What can Diespeker & Co from Vebro Polymers be laid on top of?

The Vebro team recommends that Diespeker & Co from Vebro Polymers terrazzo flooring is laid on a suitable cementitious levelling screed from the vebroscreed range.

The most suitable substrate will depend on site conditions as well as intended use and performance criteria of the overall floor build up.

Of course, there are a number of other considerations to factor in… There may be some substrate repair and crack bandaging required, as well as added underfloor heating.

Vebro Polymers is on hand to support with the full package of flooring from the terrazzo topping and all that lies beneath.

To discuss your requirements, or arrange a site visit from one of our team, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

What is resin comfort flooring?

Resin comfort flooring is made up of layers of flexible polyurethane resin that is liquid-applied onto a primed concrete substrate or alternatively a rubber mat, rubber crumb or cork underlay.

Resin comfort flooring is also frequently referred to as liquid-vinyl or cushioned resin flooring. All of these terms; ‘comfort’, ‘cushioned’, ‘vinyl’ – make reference to the floors’ somewhat unique properties of providing a cushioning effect underfoot…this quite literally makes these floors more comfortable, warmer and surprisingly soft underfoot for those using them to walk and work on.

What is the life expectancy of resin comfort floors?

With correct care and maintenance, resin comfort floors can last well in excess of 10, 15, 20 years, even longer still with the routine refurbishment of the topcoat. At the end of their lifespan, resin comfort floors can simply be overlaid whereas with sheet vinyl or linoleum this typically needs to be removed and disposed of.

Resin comfort floors have a very cost-effective life-cycle profile in comparison to alternative floor coverings, albeit a higher square metre rate install cost, reduced maintenance and energy costs over time combined with a longer lifespan makes resin comfort floors the economical choice over the footprint of its service life.

Where can resin comfort floors be installed?

Resin comfort floors have become increasingly popular in institutional facilities over the last few years including schools, colleges, healthcare, medical-care and public leisure facilities.

Whilst being tough and durable, resin comfort floors are also easy to clean which makes them a great choice in these sectors. Resin comfort floors provides the ideal solution for all areas including; entrance foyers, service corridors, classrooms, hospital wards, recreation areas and laboratories.

Why would I include a rubber mat in the build-up of resin comfort floors?

Including a rubber mat within the build-up of comfort resin floors simply enhances all of the major benefits offered by this type of flooring.

The inclusion of a soft rubber mat makes the floor even more comfortable to walk and work on and also significantly improves acoustics – particularly between floors – deadening unpleasant noise transfer (think of that horrendous screeching noise when the bell rings and you’ve got 35 kids pushing their chairs under their desks right above you!)

Want to know more?

The team at Vebro HQ would love to discuss your upcoming project and would be happy to talk performance characteristics and specs along with any specific functional needs you may have to ensure that you get a tailor-made flooring system that has been custom built to your individual requirements.

We work with a network of highly trained and experienced applicators located across the UK & Ireland, who will be happy to quote your project for both materials and labour.

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