There are numerous types of floor coating solutions available today. However, some can protect your floors better and are more attractive than others. When evaluating the characteristics of different products, start by looking at the data sheets and design specs provided by their manufacturers. They are the most reliable sources of information about efficiency and setup. You also have to assess the operation area and establish some key conclusions about protective needs, aesthetic aims, cost, and installation timeline.
This post highlights some of the major types of coatings that you will come across.
When it comes to versatility, fewer coating products can offer the same results that polyurea does. While it is a considerably new entrant in this sector, it has offered excellent results when used for waterproofing parking garages, tunnels, tanks, and reservoirs. The coating, which was originally designed for the automotive industry in the 1980s, is also successfully used as a joint filler or caulk.
Currently, no other coating system can successfully fit all the polyurea applications and offer the same benefits that polyurea does. However, it does come with strict surface preparation conditions.
Polyurea’s superior abrasion and corrosion resistance potential is one of its biggest selling points. The material can help to repair deteriorating concrete floors or to keep new ones in a decent state. Its resistance to chemicals, scratches, and oils makes it suitable for residential, commercial, and industrial floors.
The other advantages of polyurea as a floor coating solution are:
- It is highly stable. This makes it resistant to weather and environmental conditions.
- A very swift setting. Depending on the formulation, this coating can cure in 3 to five minutes only. This makes it ideal for busy environments, as operations do not have to be shut off completely or for several hours or days.
- It can be applied in a wide range of conditions, including during high humidity.
- It has a superior elongation potential.
- Stable resistance to heat, up to 266ᐤF or 130ᐤC and a short-term rating of 430ᐤF or 220ᐤC.
- Superior and effective bonding on surfaces that have been prepared well, whether it is cement, wood, metals, or concrete.
- Feasibility of low viscosity. This enables it to be mixed and sprayed at any preferred temperature.
- It is possible to formulate the coating for a very high tensile strength of even 4350 psi.
Polyaspartics are the freshest coating products available, and they’re gradually getting favor because of their quick set times. Some manufacturers claim it takes less than a day to place them, from beginning to end, including aesthetic embellishments.
Aside from allowing work to be done at incredible speeds, these floor treatments have several other advantages, such as:
- The capacity to spread to full-thickness throughout one coating and at higher or low temps
- Enhanced abrasion and impact resilience compared to epoxy or urethane coatings
- Excellent adhesion and UV tolerance
They are great for garage floors, driveways, chain outlets, vehicle dealerships, warehouses, and other floors prone to wear and tear.
Among the few disadvantages that these coatings have includes their budget, which is higher than other concrete treatments. However, considering the savings in personnel costs and maintenance down the road, the added cost is justifiable.
Below is a selection of the products available in this category. The majority serve as comprehensive decorative floor slabs you can color on-site during mixing and enhance with decorative vinyl chips or quartz pearls in different color compositions.
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