Polyurea and Polyaspartic Concrete Coatings vs. Epoxy
What are Polyurea and Polyaspartic Coatings and how do they compare to Epoxy?
Polyurea is a subgroup of polyurethane. It is formed when isocyanates react with water or polyetheramines to create a urea linkage. Like epoxy, it is a 2-part component that mixes resin with a catalyst to cause the curing reaction that makes the material hard. With 98% solids, polyurea is 4x stronger and yet 98% more flexible than epoxy. It is highly elastic (300%) and will accommodate expansion, contraction and relative movement within concrete without cracking. It has a service history that exceeds 25 years.
Resistance, Maintenance and Stability
Polyurea is resistant to salt, oil, gas and other harsh chemicals up to battery acid. Just simply sweep up any debris and clean with your favorite [non-corrosive] cleaning product and your floor will stay looking beautiful for many years. Epoxy is not impervious to staining. Although it can help, epoxy can still be stained or damaged from chemicals like salt, street de-ice fluid, oil and gas.
Unlike epoxy, polyurea is 100% UV stable so it is able to be applied outdoors and will not fade or discolor. It will also not get hot to the touch from the sun, so you can go barefoot with ease on those hot summer days.
A common failure of epoxy is hot tire pick-up. On a hot summer day, your tires get very hot from the street and asphalt. When you park those hot tires on your epoxy floor and drive off the next day, your tires can tear away the epoxy film and leave a delaminated tire mark. Polyurea and polyaspartic coatings are resistant to hot tire pick-up so hot tires will not cause the coatings to chip or peel.
Time, Odor and Temperature
Our concrete coatings are applied in just 3 layers; the first being both the primer and color coat, second being the paint chip broadcast and the last being the clear top coat. Because of their fast cure rates, a complete flooring system can be installed in one day and returned to service the next. This means that you won’t have to do without your space for 3-4 days like you would for a full epoxy system.
Our polyurea and polyaspartic coatings can be applied in temperatures as low as -30F to as high as 140F, whereas it needs to be above 55F for epoxy. That means you don’t have to wait till spring or summer to coat your concrete floor.
Installations completed with polyurea coatings save hours of time over conventional systems. It is hands-down the best floor coating product available today, and it is backed by our 15 year warranty, countless months of testing, and thousands of square feet of proven success.