Polyaspartic floor coatings are some of the most durable concrete coatings around.
If you’re looking for a way to protect your floors from water damage, scratches, and other wear and tear, these coatings are an excellent option. They’re available in various colors, so you can use them on just about any surface—new or old, indoors or out.
Here’s what you need to know about applying polyaspartic coatings to your residential surfaces:
What Is A Polyaspartic Floor Coating?
A polyaspartic floor coating consists of polyurethane resin, a clear liquid combined with chemicals such as solvents and plasticizers. These resins effectively prevent water damage on concrete surfaces and other damage from abrasion, chemicals, and UV light.
How to Apply Polyaspartic Floor Coatings in Duluth, MN
Professional concrete coating experts use the following proprietary six-step process to apply polyaspartic coatings:
Step 1: Cleaning the Concrete Floor
The first step in applying polyaspartic floor coatings is to clean the concrete floor. This will help ensure that no dirt or grime is left behind, which could lead to uneven coating application. If you’re working with a new concrete floor, you may want to sweep, vacuum, and pressure wash the area before proceeding. This step also involves the repair of existing concrete defects, such as cracks and stains, to ensure a smooth surface.
If you have an existing concrete floor with an existing sealant, remove any remaining sealant before applying your polyaspartic floor coating.
Step 2: Installing Base Coatings and Primers
Once you complete the preparation, flooring experts can apply the polyurea or epoxy base coating using a sprayer to ensure even application. The base coat goes on in two or three coats at minimum. It is best to use an oil-based primer, but if you want to save money, you can also use an acrylic-based primer.
After this, installers let the coat dry before applying the second coat of primer. Depending on how porous the subfloor is, they may need more than one coat of primer.
Step 3: Broadcasting Decorative Flakes
This step is optional but can add another dimension of color and texture to your polyaspartic floor coatings.
To broadcast decorative flakes, flooring experts will:
- Use a small paintbrush to apply the flakes to the wet surface.
- Spread them evenly across the floor, coating them with a hand trowel or other tool.
Once the chips are dry, they will vacuum the floor to ensure no errant bits are lurking on the surface.
Step 4: Applying Protective Polyaspartic Topcoat
Once the floor coating has dried, it’s time to apply a protective topcoat. This will protect the floor from scuffs, scratches, and other damage for years to come. Floor installers begin by sweeping up any dust or debris from your floor.
Then they apply a thin layer of polyaspartic topcoat with a brush or roller, using overlapping strokes and ensuring not to leave any gaps or ridges in the finish. Finally, they’ll allow this coat to dry completely before applying another coat.
Step 5: Finishing Details
Once the installers have applied the polyaspartic floor coating, they’ll get a little more hands-on with a brush and some water to clean up any drips or spills. Next, they’ll do a final sweep with a slightly damp microfiber cloth to remove any remaining dust particles and ensure that the surface looks as smooth as possible.
Step 6: Curing the Polyaspartic Floor Coating
The final step to applying polyaspartic floor coatings is to cure them. These fast-cure coating systems can take anywhere from 24 hours to 7 days to dry, depending on the temperature and humidity of your area. The higher the temperature and humidity, the shorter the curing time.
After coating professionals have applied the polyaspartic floor coating, they usually give it a cure time of 18-24 hours before walking on it. Although you can start using the floor as soon as it is fully cured, professionals recommend waiting at least 48 hours.
Contact the Duluth Floor Coating Experts for a Free Quote
At Armor Coating Co., we strive to provide our customers with the best possible quality service at an affordable price. We offer competitive rates on all our services, including polyurea and polyaspartic floor coating applications.
Our expert floor coating professionals are ready to assist you with any questions or concerns that you may have regarding polyaspartic floor coatings or any other type of residential or commercial flooring service we offer.