Resin flooring framework - feedback wanted on trowel-applied systems

With the Resin Flooring Network website launched and the 3-month review period for the draft framework underway, I’ve put together a series of posts aimed at encouraging input from industry stakeholders.

Over the coming weeks I’ll be posting the core elements of the draft framework so that everyone can see what the training program looks like so far and, more importantly, how they might contribute to developing it further.

The eighth element is trowel-applied systems, with the proposed Scope, Key Learning Outcomes, Theoretical Assessment Criteria and Practical Assessment Criteria detailed below.

The edge of a trowel-applied system used as an underlayment.

Trowel-applied Systems


The focus of this module is the heavy-duty flooring systems that provide various levels of wear, impact and thermal resistance. These systems are typically trowelled into place at thicknesses greater than 5mm/200 mils and occasionally have thin-film rollcoats applied on top for non-slip properties. Set downs with falls to drains are also a common feature in these applications.

Key Learning Outcomes

To be able to select and apply a suitable trowel-applied flooring system, taking into consideration conditions, substrate and project requirements. 

Theoretical Assessment Criteria


  • Why trowel-applied systems are used and the roles they play in protecting against wear, impact and thermal shock.
  • The suitable aggregate options for creating trowel-applied flooring systems and the properties achieved with different blending ratios.
  • How to calculate the total volume of resin and aggregate required – dry and mixed.

    Practical Assessment Criteria


    • The design and effective application of a trowel-applied flooring system to achieve a flat, even finish.
    • The design and effective application of a trowel-applied flooring system to create falls to a drain.

      We want your feedback!

      This draft is intended as a starting point for discussion only and we welcome honest feedback from all stakeholders – the good, the bad and the ugly! If you’d like to suggest any changes or additions to improve this element of training, please add your comment on the dedicated Resin Flooring Network page – CLICK HERE.

      Take care and keep smiling,