What is the difference between PU flooring and MMA flooring?


When it comes to choosing specialised industrial flooring, the choice between Polyurethane (PU) and Methyl Methacrylate (MMA) flooring can be crucial. Each type offers unique features and benefits tailored to specific industrial needs. As a leading expert in the field, Robex understands the importance of choosing the right flooring solution for your business. To help our clients understand the differences, we explain the intricate details of PU flooring and MMA flooring, shedding light on their differences, features, and ideal applications.

Polyurethane (PU) Flooring

Polyurethane flooring has gained prominence for its exceptional durability, chemical resistance, and seamless finish. PU flooring is a thermosetting polymer that forms a robust and flexible surface, making it ideal for environments with heavy mechanical stress and exposure to various chemicals. This type of flooring exhibits elasticity, allowing it to withstand minor substrate movements without cracking or compromising its structural integrity. This makes it a suitable choice for environments where the substrate may experience slight shifts. 

Features and Benefits

  • Durability: PU flooring exhibits excellent resistance to abrasion and impact, ensuring a long-lasting and reliable surface.
  • Chemical Resistance: The chemical-resistant nature of PU flooring makes it suitable for industries such as manufacturing, pharmaceuticals, and laboratories.
  • Anti-Slip Properties: PU flooring can be formulated with anti-slip additives, enhancing safety in areas prone to wet or oily conditions. This is especially crucial in facilities where slip resistance is a top priority, such as commercial kitchens and production areas.
  • Seamless Finish: PU flooring provides a seamless and smooth surface, minimising the risk of bacteria growth and simplifying cleaning processes.
  • Thermal Stability: Resistant to temperature fluctuations, PU flooring is well-suited for environments with extreme temperature variations.
  • Low Odour: There is a low odour during installation, minimising disruptions and discomfort for occupants during the application process. This can be particularly important in sensitive environments like healthcare facilities or offices.

Industries Best Suited for PU Flooring

  • Manufacturing facilities
  • Warehouses
  • Food and beverage processing plants
  • Laboratories
  • Automotive facilities

Methyl Methacrylate (MMA) Flooring

MMA flooring, on the other hand, is renowned for its rapid curing time, making it an ideal choice for projects with time constraints. This type of flooring is composed of reactive resins that quickly harden upon application, allowing for swift installation and minimal downtime. MMA provides double the strength compared to a conventional epoxy quartz screed, enhancing the floor’s longevity and resistance to wear and tear. Its capacity for installation in extreme temperatures makes it a preferred option for the food industry.

Features and Benefits

  • Rapid Curing: MMA flooring cures rapidly, reducing downtime and allowing for a quicker return to normal operations. Our signature MMA product, RX Foodsafe, offers a cure time of 60 minutes which is ideal for food, beverage and hospitality.
  • Flexibility: MMA flooring offers flexibility, making it suitable for environments that may experience structural movements.
  • Chemical Resistance: Similar to PU flooring, MMA flooring provides excellent resistance to various chemicals.
  • UV Stability: MMA flooring is UV stable, maintaining its colour and finish even under exposure to sunlight. This characteristic is advantageous in areas with significant natural light or where exposure to UV rays is a concern.
  • High Gloss Finish: MMA flooring often provides a high-gloss finish, enhancing the overall aesthetic appeal of the floor. This feature can be particularly beneficial in commercial and retail spaces where a polished appearance is desired.
  • Excellent Adhesion: MMA flooring exhibits strong adhesion to various substrates, ensuring a reliable and long-lasting bond. This quality is crucial for the overall performance and durability of the flooring system.

Industries Best Suited for MMA Flooring

  • Retail spaces
  • Food and beverage manufacturing
  • Commercial kitchens
  • Wineries and breweries
  • Automotive service centers
  • Pharmaceutical manufacturing
  • Hospitals

In summary, the key differences between PU (Polyurethane) flooring and MMA (Methyl Methacrylate) flooring lie in their curing times, flexibility, and application environments. PU flooring offers exceptional flexibility, durability, and a seamless finish, making it ideal for workshops. On the other hand, MMA flooring is known for its rapid curing, hygiene, chemical resistance, and suitability for projects with time constraints, making it a preferred choice for environments like commercial kitchens and food and beverage manufacturers. 

Robex: Your Trusted Flooring Partner

At Robex, we understand that choosing the right industrial flooring is a critical decision. Our expertise in both PU and MMA flooring positions us as the go-to experts in the field. If you’re unsure about which flooring solution suits your needs best, our dedicated team will assess your requirements and provide tailored recommendations. Contact us today for a comprehensive assessment and let us recommend the perfect flooring solution for your unique needs. Email info@robex.co.za.

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