Flowcrete Australia announces the first gloss-finish, fully aliphatic
polyurethane screed topcoat in the Australasian flooring market.
Cementitious polyurethane screeds are a preferred flooring choice within
the food manufacturing and processing sector for their durability; chemical-
and slip-resistant surface; impressive thermal shock resistance properties; ability
to expand and contract under temperature variables; and versatility of
application in both wet and dry production, storage and packaging halls.
Polyurethane screeds also provide a seamless floor that is easy to clean and
maintain, and prevent build-up of bacteria and other harmful microorganisms in
joints and perforated grout lines.
The underlying slab ensures the floor can be cleaned with steam and hot
water washdown processes, delivering a sanitary surface that complies with many
food safety regulations.
However, despite its international reputation for strong performance in
the food and beverage industry, cementitious polyurethane has always had a
distinct shortcoming. Some polyurethane surfaces can fade, discolour and chalk
over time through exposure to ultraviolet rays from the sun and indoor light
fixtures. Additionally, matt finish floors, although functional, leave an
unattractive result, which can be more difficult to maintain than a gloss
Flowcrete Australia’s latest innovation, Flowfresh FCUV has been
designed to counteract the shortcomings of polyurethane floors. Representing
the latest in polyurethane chemistry, Flowfresh FCUV is the first gloss-finish
aliphatic polyurethane topcoat to be introduced to the Australian market.
Aliphatic polyurethane screeds are based on aliphatic isocyanates and
mostly polyester and/or acrylic polyols. ‘Aliphatic’ refers to open-chain
(non-cyclic) hydrocarbons, and can also apply to open-chain hydrocarbon
subunits of larger organic molecules.
Known for their enhanced strength, colour stability and increased
resistance to UV degradation, aliphatic polyurethanes are installed as a thick
film and will flow slowly in temperatures above 50°F.
Flowfresh FCUV is available in a wide range of vibrant colours and comes
with an easy-to-clean high gloss finish. The material also includes Polygiene,
a silver-ion based antimicrobial additive that inhibits the growth and spread
of bacteria on the surface of the floor, making it highly suitable for food
manufacturing and processing environments.
The newly introduced Flowfresh FCUV has already been installed on an
area covering 1,200m² at Sunny Queen Farm’s 4,000m² greenfield egg production
facility in Wacol, QLD.
Managing Director Sean Tinsley explains that Flowcrete Australia was
instrumental in bringing polyurethane cement technology to the Australian
market and was the first and only manufacturer to offer a natural antimicrobial
finish. The launch of the new Flowfresh FCUV gloss-finish aliphatic
polyurethane cement topcoat in Australia is another major milestone for
polyurethane concrete technology.
Flowfresh FCUV is expected to improve the aesthetics and clean-ability
of food and beverage environments while still offering the same level of
performance features as Flowcrete’s matt finish topcoat.