When you are searching for a coating to protect your floors from stains, chemicals, wear and tear, oils, and damage, you may come across two main types of coatings, epoxy, and a family of polyurethane-based products, including polyurea.
Epoxy Floor Coatings can split them up into four different categories:
- Waterborne Epoxy Paint
- High Solids Epoxy
- Clear Epoxy or Polyurethane Top Coats
- Premium Multi-Coat Epoxy System
In any case, a general definition for epoxy may be that it is a seamless flooring system made from a combination of hardeners and resins. While the end result is a hard surface, this type of flooring is poured into place. The chemical reaction of the two main ingredient types is what causes the hardening to occur.
Epoxy has become quite popular for everything from home garages to commercial warehouses and much more.
On the other hand, epoxy is renowned for being extremely affordable. Nonetheless, its durability is such that people trust it in warehouses and loading docks where giant machinery rolls over it daily.
It is also chemical-resistant, yet you still have plenty of options for aesthetics.
For some people, epoxy is preferable because it cures so slowly and, thus, can be applied with a manual gun.
However, there are a few downfalls when it comes to the material. The color of an epoxy coating can fade over time. If it’s exposed to sunlight, to could start to yellow. Plus, it can take a very long time for an epoxy coating to cure. It can take a few days before the coating is properly cured. And if you put it on incorrectly, the life of your coating will not last very long.
That’s not the only problem with epoxy coatings. If your tires get extremely hot from riding on asphalt all day, and you park your car on your epoxy coated floor, it may stick to your tires and tear easily away. Plus, epoxy coatings are not 100 percent stainproof. Your floor can still be damaged by chemicals like oil, gas, and salt.
It has a high tolerance to heat and is also UV-resistant, which means you won’t have to worry about discoloration over time.
It is also very scratch-, chemical- and abrasion-resistant, yet has a beautiful, high-gloss finish.
It’s waterproof and impact resistant. It’s extremely flexible so it won’t crack or peel in the changing temperatures. The color won’t fade in direct sunlight and it’s 20 times stronger than epoxy. Plus, the cure time is extremely fast — it takes only a day before the coating is completely cured.
The main drawback of choosing this material is the cost. You will spend significantly more on polyurea than you would on most forms of epoxy. Polyurea is not very DIY-friendly,Since it does set up extremely fast, you need to know what you’re doing so you run the serious chance of needing to hire professionals (*cough* PDC Coating) after your initial installation effort.
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