Providing a solid base for learning

Safe, stylish, durable flooring can have a major effect on an interior’s aesthetics and atmosphere. Simon Clark of Sika Flooring considers the benefits of resin flooring in education establishments.

Higher education has become a fiercely competitive market as universities strive to attract the best students. It means establishments are looking to ‘up their game’ in all aspects of the educational offering, including the quality of fixtures and fittings.

With UK student tuition fees totalling a daunting £9,250 per year, it’s no wonder some are starting to question what they are actually getting for their money. The main focus will undoubtedly be on the level of teaching received, but facilities are coming under increasing scrutiny. It’s proven that students’ learning capacity is enhanced within an environment that is comfortable and well-designed.

Correct floor specification is vital to a happy learning environment. Get it wrong, and there’s a risk of falls and injury, which is costly to the affected student’s education and potentially damaging to the establishment’s reputation. Flooring could also incur high maintenance costs if fitted poorly, while difficult-to-clean surfaces are a magnet for germs and microscopic mites.

A firm alternative

A flooring system which provides a hard-wearing, cost-effective alternative to carpet, vinyl and timber, while helping educational establishments uphold the highest health and safety standards, is available when resin is specified.

Taking into account the needs of the most demanding educational environment, a flooring manufacturer’s specification should provide a solution that looks at operational requirements, construction joints, floor-to-wall connections, surface design and installation details.

Resin flooring products are easily applied, hard-wearing systems that come in an expansive range of colours and meet a wealth of aesthetic requirements, a particularly useful characteristic bearing in mind a learning environment’s appearance can have a positive and negative effect on student mood and behaviour.

Resin systems are perfect for applications where exceptional hygiene standards are vital. Their seamless surfaces can be easily cleaned and maintained, and are a proven solution for food preparation areas – another important aspect of school and university life. After all, who wants to be queuing on a dirty, sticky floor?

Resin systems can also be regenerated with minimal downtime and loss of revenue. Extending the service life of an existing flooring system through the resurfacing of a topcoat compatible with the original floor provides a brand new surface and the option of changing the colour. Regenerating a thicker floor is possible with diamond grinding pads which remove any existing surface damage and restore a floor to the same glossy surface of a new system.

Healthy green

Resin flooring products also have strong environmental credentials. Many products are now able to offer a lower Global Warming Potential (carbon footprint) and low or even zero Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC) options to deliver health benefits for educational buildings.

The design and functionality of our schools, colleges and universities is vital to students’ wellbeing and success. Every aspect of an establishment’s infrastructure should conform to the highest standards in order to create a safe, clean and comfortable environment in which students can thrive. Resin flooring gives education providers a solid and sustainable foundation to build upon.

Simon Clark is product manager at Sika Flooring