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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.

The information above is intended as a starting point for discussion only. Please feel free to suggest any changes or additions you think will improve this element of training and provide a short explanation if possible. Your comments will be added to the other industry feedback we receive for this element.

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Eliza Rienhoff wrote:
4 Apr '19 10:38am
As an installer (25+ years of experience) of hand troweled systems described above, Feature Flooring has used the JetRock proprietary formula (two part epoxy and quartz aggregate) in various types of facilities requiring high-performance back-of-house flooring that can be installed within a 12-14 hour window.

We would love to share an experience, insights, or information regarding the process or product. Our team has worked with this unique product for years and has developed best practices that can be seen on our Facebook page, website, or YouTube channel.

We are willing to contribute information in the form of guest blogs that would shed light on the installation process and how it aligns with this type of product to create value for customers. Please let me know if this is something your company could benefit from.
Yolanda Molina wrote:
18 Feb '17 2:03pm
Are there hands on classes? I one of those kind of people learn faster hands on.