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  • Writer's pictureKev Johnson

4m Case Study: Underground Car Park in Birmingham Using Advanced Resin Flooring Solutions with Stunning Demarcation

Updated: Jun 7

Hatching demarcation in a car park near Birmingham

Resin Flooring Project In Birmingham.

Welcome to our latest blog post, where we showcase a recent project that exemplifies the expertise and dedication of 4m Floors UK, a leading resin flooring contractor with over 30 years of nationwide service. In this case study, we delve into the transformation of a 700m² car park near Birmingham, detailing each phase of the process from preparation to completion. This project highlights our ability to deliver high-quality, durable flooring solutions using advanced materials and techniques. Whether you're considering a similar project or simply interested in learning more about resin flooring, this case study provides valuable insights into our approach and the exceptional results we achieve for our clients.


 

Preparation

At 4m Floors UK, our commitment to excellence begins with meticulous preparation. For our latest project, a 700m² car park near Birmingham, we initiated the process with a comprehensive preparation phase. The goal was to ensure the surface was perfectly primed to receive the non-smelly version of the MMA system, which is renowned for its exceptional water-stopping properties.

To achieve this, we utilised an industrial sand blasting machine to skim the top layer of the car park. This crucial step removed any impurities and created an ideal surface for the subsequent application phases. The precision and efficiency of the sand blasting machine ensured that the surface was not only clean but also textured appropriately to enhance the adhesion of the resin system.



 

Applying a Damp Proof Membrane (DPM)

An essential phase in ensuring the longevity and durability of the new flooring system was the application of a Damp Proof Membrane (DPM). This step is critical in preventing moisture from rising through the substrate, which can cause damage to the resin layers and compromise the integrity of the floor.

  • Assessment: Before application, the moisture levels of the concrete substrate were carefully measured. This step ensured that the existing conditions were suitable for DPM application and helped determine the type of membrane required.

  • Preparation: The substrate was meticulously cleaned to remove any dust, grease, or contaminants that could affect the adhesion of the DPM. This preparation is crucial for ensuring a strong bond between the membrane and the concrete.

  • Application: The DPM was applied uniformly across the entire floor area. Our team used high-quality materials designed to create a robust barrier against moisture. The application process involved spreading the membrane evenly and ensuring complete coverage to avoid any weak points.

  • Curing: Once applied, the DPM was allowed to cure properly. This curing period is vital for the membrane to form a strong, impermeable layer that effectively blocks moisture.

 

Applying A Flexible Binding Coat

To further enhance the resilience and flexibility of the flooring system, we applied a flexible binding coat. This step is essential in creating a durable base that can accommodate slight movements and prevent cracking, especially in environments subject to varying temperatures and heavy loads.

  • Material Selection: The flexible binding coat was chosen for its superior flexibility and strength. This material is specifically designed to absorb minor substrate movements, which helps prevent stress cracks from forming in the resin layers.

  • Application: The flexible binding coat was meticulously mixed and applied over the prepared and repaired substrate. Our team ensured an even and thorough application, covering all areas to provide a consistent base for the subsequent layers.

  • Integration: This coat integrates seamlessly with the previously applied hard-wearing binder, creating a multi-layered system that enhances the overall structural integrity of the floor. The flexible binding coat acts as a cushion, distributing loads and reducing the risk of damage.

  • Curing: After application, the binding coat was left to cure, forming a strong yet flexible layer. This curing process is vital for achieving the desired elasticity and bonding strength.


Applying a Hard-Wearing Binder Coat

To further enhance the durability and longevity of the floor, we applied a hard-wearing binder coat. This critical phase ensures the subsequent layers adhere properly and provides an additional layer of protection against heavy traffic and wear.

  • Application: The binder coat was carefully mixed and uniformly applied across the prepared surface. Our team ensured an even spread, covering all repaired areas and creating a cohesive layer.

  • Functionality: This binder coat acts as a foundation for the final coating, improving adhesion and contributing to the overall strength and durability of the flooring system.




 

Applying the Finishing Coat

The final phase of the project involved applying the finishing coat, a crucial step to ensure the floor not only looks stunning but also performs exceptionally well under daily use. The finishing coat we selected was designed to provide a high-gloss, durable surface that enhances both the appearance and functionality of the floor.

  • Preparation: Prior to applying the finishing coat, the cured epoxy layer was thoroughly cleaned to remove any dust or debris that could interfere with adhesion.

  • Application: Our team expertly applied the finishing coat using precision tools to ensure an even, bubble-free surface. The coat was meticulously spread to achieve a uniform thickness, covering the entire floor area seamlessly.

  • Properties: The finishing coat adds an extra layer of protection against abrasion, chemical spills, and general wear and tear. Its high-gloss finish not only improves the aesthetic appeal but also makes the floor easier to clean and maintain.

  • Curing: After application, the finishing coat was left to cure under controlled conditions. This final curing process ensures that the floor achieves its maximum hardness and durability.




Marking and Demarcation

The final phase of the project was the insertion of hatching and demarcation lines for parking bays, including designated disabled bays. Clear and accurate markings are essential for the orderly and efficient use of the car park.

Using high-quality, durable paint, we carefully laid out the parking bays, ensuring that each space was clearly defined. This included the installation of hatching for no-parking zones and the demarcation of disabled bays with the internationally recognised symbols. These markings not only enhance the functionality of the car park but also ensure compliance with safety regulations and accessibility standards.



 

Benefits of Transforming Your Car Park with 4m Floors

Transforming your car park with the advanced resin flooring solutions offered by 4m Floors UK brings numerous benefits that enhance both the functionality and aesthetics of the space. Here are some key advantages:

1. Durability and Longevity

The use of high-performance materials like the non-smelly MMA system and Deckshield ED1 ensures that your car park is built to last. These materials are designed to withstand heavy traffic, resist wear and tear, and endure various weather conditions, providing a long-lasting solution that minimizes the need for frequent repairs and maintenance.

2. Waterproofing and Protection

The installation of a robust membrane and the careful sealing of cracks and holes create a watertight barrier. This prevents water ingress, which can cause significant damage to the substrate and lead to costly repairs. The waterproofing properties of our system ensure that your car park remains in excellent condition, regardless of exposure to rain and moisture.

3. Enhanced Safety

Safety is a top priority in any car park design. The slip-resistant surface provided by the Deckshield ED1 top coat reduces the risk of accidents, particularly in wet conditions. Additionally, clear and accurate markings for parking bays and disabled spaces improve the organization and flow of traffic, further enhancing the safety of users.

4. Aesthetic Appeal

A well-maintained car park creates a positive first impression for visitors. The seamless, high-quality finish of our resin flooring systems enhances the overall appearance of the car park. The clean and professional look not only improves the visual appeal but also reflects positively on the property's image.

5. Low Maintenance

Our resin flooring systems are designed for ease of maintenance. The smooth, non-porous surface is easy to clean and resistant to stains, reducing the time and effort required to keep the car park looking its best. This translates to lower ongoing maintenance costs and a more hygienic environment.

6. Cost-Effectiveness

Investing in a high-quality resin flooring system may have a higher initial cost compared to other options, but the long-term benefits and reduced maintenance needs make it a cost-effective choice. The durability and low upkeep requirements result in significant savings over time, providing excellent value for money.

7. Environmental Benefits

Using non-smelly MMA systems and other advanced materials reduces the impact on the environment. These materials are low in volatile organic compounds (VOCs), making them a more environmentally friendly option compared to traditional flooring solutions. Additionally, the longevity and durability of our systems mean fewer resources are needed for repairs and replacements.

8. Customisation and Flexibility

Our resin flooring solutions can be tailored to meet specific needs and preferences. Whether you require custom colors, specific markings, or additional safety features, we can customise the flooring system to match your requirements. This flexibility ensures that the final result aligns perfectly with your vision and functional needs.


4m Resin Flooring Contractors for Over 30 Years


For 30 years, 4m Floors UK has been at the forefront of delivering specialised resin flooring solutions that combine durability, aesthetic appeal, and cost-efficiency. Whether you need a robust industrial floor, a decorative car park surface, or a sanitary environment, our expert team is equipped to meet your needs.

At 4m Floors UK, we take pride in being a trusted name in resin flooring contractors, offering a comprehensive range of services tailored to large projects. From terrazzo installations to floor signage, manufacturing flooring, car park solutions, and food and beverage flooring, our expertise and versatility enable us to meet the unique needs of various industries. Contact us today to discuss your project requirements and experience the difference our quality resin flooring solutions can make.


If you have any questions please do get in touch at sales@4mfloors.co.uk or alternatively give us a call on - 01782 576650




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