Stonex 1-3mm is a small coloured or natural stone that knits close together to give a seamless smooth (but textured) look. A PU coated stone combined with a UV stable polyurethane binder ensure that you surface is colour fast. This is a porous product, so if laid on a porous asphalt, water will drain naturally back into the water table. If laid on a concrete sub base, then ideally this base would be built to falls and water will drain out of the surface.
Flexflooring can also add non slip additives to the mix to give that extra bit of safety.
We strongly recommend that the product is pore filled, when used for an internal space. This involves filling the very small pores that exist in the surface with a clear grout, that makes the surface non porous and easier to maintain.
Stonex 1-3mm is made up of an aggregate, quartz or stone, coloured or natural, combined with a strong polyurethane resin to ensure you get a surface that lasts. Because of the aggregate size, this can be installed at less depth that Stonex 2-5mm.
Our range of Stonex surfaces is constantly growing, so please contact the office to discuss your needs or just get some samples.
Coloured aggregate is coloured with various organic and/or inorganic pigments and is heat treated and coated with an epoxy or polyurethane system.
Depending on the selected pigments and/or resins, the quartz will be more or less sensitive to UV. For applications
that are exposed to direct UV light, we recommend that a PU-coloured system be used.
Flexflooring Ltd is an independent installer and not tied to any one manufacturer or supplier of these systems.
For external installations we would always advise a UV stable (aliphatic) polyurethane binder. Polyurethane binders can also be used indoors, and have a certain amount of flexibility that will allow for a small amount of movement in the sub base.
An alternative binder is an epoxy binder. These binders cure very hard which although means they are much harder than a polyurethane, also means that they will not cope with much, if any, movement in the sub base. Epoxy binders will also yellow over time when exposed to UV light.
In an indoor environment we would recommend that a Stonex 1-3mm floor is pore filled. When the floor is installed there will exist a number of tiny pores between the stones, where dirt and small debris can become lodged.
A pore filler can be forced into these pores. The picture shows a Stonex 1-3mm floor during the pore fill. The white grout material fills the pores and then cures clear, giving a closed pore finish. This will also make the surface easier to clean.
Stonex 1-3mm, is a small (1-3mm) quartz or stone combined with a polyurethane and trowelled into place. Unlike Rubbaflex fg, it is a very hard surface, like a tile and therefore maybe not as child friendly as Rubbaflex fg.
Maintenance; Stonex 1-3mm is very low maintenance and need only be jet washed every now and then. As with Rubbaflex, avoid allowing organic matter to decay on it.
Natural stone/quartz are very popular and cheaper than a coloured stone or quartz. However avoid using aggressive cleaning agents (and neat chlorine) on coloured stone as it may burn out the colour.
We would always recommend installing with a UV stable binder, to avoid the surface turning a patchy yellow colour, even though you may be told the yellow will burn off, it is very unlikely to burn off uniformly.
The importance of substrata; Stonex 1-3mm is usually laid on a concrete base . It can be laid over slabs, but you must be aware that if there is any movement in the ground or the slabs are not solid, then a stonex surface may fracture, as it is not as flexible as a Rubbaflex fg surface. The ideal substrata is a porous asphalt, that way water will drain naturally from the surface.