Even though people are just now starting to buzz about them, polyurea and polyaspartic coatings have actually been around for a long time. Polyureas are extremely versatile and are used in numerous applications that require a durable product (i.e. concrete floors, piping, and more). Due to their quick dry time and durability, they have become a favored epoxy alternative for concrete coatings installers. Let’s take a look at polyurea and polyaspartic coatings and see how they have such a variety of applications.
Polyurea and Polyaspartic Coatings Explained
Polyurea coatings are much more durable and flexible than epoxy coatings. Polyurea is actually very thin which is what gives it its flexibility. Unlike epoxy, polyurea/polyaspartic coatings will move with the concrete as it expands and contracts during the temperature changes. Even though they are very thin, polyurea/polyaspartic coatings are still impressively strong, and impact resistant. In addition, they are also resistant to stains and chemicals up to battery acid.
How Long Do They Take To Install and Cure?
Polyaspartic/Polyurea floor coatings typically only take one day to install as they have an extremely fast cure time. An installation time extended beyond 1 day usually includes extensive prep work or a space greater than 2,000 square feet. For this reason, polyurea/polyaspartic floor coatings are a favorite for homeowners and business owners. This is mainly because it allows them to upgrade their space with minimal downtime. Whether you’re looking to transform your basement, garage, patio, restaurant or other business, choosing a polyurea coating is going to be a great option.
The rapid cure time of polyurea/polyaspartic floor coatings can create an issue for DIYers so it is best not to try to do it yourself. When you install these concrete coatings, you must be a trained professional. Their fast dry time leaves little to no room for mistakes and requires multiple installers to properly complete the project. It is not recommended that you attempt to install polyurea/polyaspartic coatings yourself and it is best to leave it to the professionals.
Common Areas These Concrete Coatings Are Installed:
- Front Porches
- Pool Decks
- Mechanic Garages
- Medical Offices
- Food Processing Centers
- Car Dealerships
Installing Concrete Coatings Outdoors
You probably are wondering why we mentioned pool decks, driveways, and other outdoor spaces since most coatings cannot be applied outdoors. Unlike epoxy, our innovative coatings are 100% UV stable which allows them to be applied outdoors without discoloring. This makes them an ideal option for all outdoor surfaces that need an upgrade without having to replace the concrete.
If you have an unsightly driveway or porch, concrete coatings are the quickest way to enhance your curb appeal. We even offer concrete leveling/concrete lifting, in addition to coatings,
if it is required for your project. Opting in for our additive will increase slip-resistance and prevent falling (which is typically common with concrete floor paint). Having concrete coatings installed will also increase the longevity of your concrete and keep it looking beautiful longer.
Common outdoor concrete floor areas that are typically coated include (but are not limited to): Pool Decks, Patios, Porches, Driveways, Sidewalks, Lenais, and Basketball Courts.
When it comes to aesthetics, since polyurea concrete coatings are so thin, they are generally offered in only a full flake broadcast. Their thinness causes them to be slightly transparent when they fully cure, which doesn’t make for an aesthetically pleasing surface without the flakes. Luckily various stock color blends are offered and customer blends are offered as well. Better yet, you can even add a touch of glitter if you want to add some pizazz to your floor!
Altogether it is clear that these coatings are not only versatile on where they can be applied, but on many other factors as well (color, texture, etc.). The versatility of polyurea and polyaspartic coatings and durability make them altogether an ideal flooring option for your garage, basement, driveway, commercial space or any space with a concrete floor. If you are looking to have your concrete floor coated with polyurea/polyaspartic coatings, give Durable Coatings a call.