Concrete floors are having a moment. In fact, they’ve been having a moment for quite a long time.
We’ve long appreciated them for garage floors and patio spaces. But now they’re also gracing our home interiors. Which leads us to an important question – what are the different types of concrete coatings?
Getting the right one can make a huge difference to your home! Let’s take a closer look at the top contenders, and see which is right for you.
Epoxy Concrete Coatings
Epoxy has long been the go-to in the world of concrete coatings.
It’s made of epoxy resin and a hardener, which are mixed just before application. It takes a while to cure – up to a few days, but then forms a hard, durable finish.
It’s popular because it adheres well and can take a lot of wear and tear. They are resistant to many chemicals and have been a popular choice for many a garage floor.
The main disadvantages are that epoxy coating systems are hard to apply. Plus, they don’t do well in areas where they’ll get a lot of sun. They are easily damaged by UV rays and start to turn an unappealing yellow color.
Polyurethane Concrete Coatings
Polyurethane concrete coatings look very similar to epoxy coatings. However, there are some key differences in the way they behave.
Epoxy is very hard and rigid. Polyurethane is much more elastic. This makes it more scratch-resistant than epoxy.
They are great in high-traffic areas and can stand up to significant footfall. They are also very quick to cure – you can walk on them the next day.
Like epoxy, they are hard to work with and need to be applied by a professional. They are also unsuitable for high-humidity applications as they can bubble when exposed to moisture.
Polyurea Concrete Coatings
Polyurea concrete coatings combine the best features of epoxy and polyurethane.
Polyurea is very hardwearing – in fact, it’s 20 times stronger than epoxy! It is also very difficult to scratch and it will not fade or go yellow in the sun.
It’s also quicker to apply and is ready to use the next day. However, applying it requires professional skills. The surface preparation must be done correctly for the final finish to look its best and last.
Polyurea coatings are available in a huge range of styles, colors, and finishes. This includes metallic, quartz, solid color, and full chip styles.
Choose Garage Force for Your Next Floor Installation Project
If you have decided to have a concrete floor, then concrete coatings will make all the difference. Polyurea coatings are super hard-wearing, come in a massive range of styles, and will last and last.
At Garage Force, we specialize in concrete floor work. Our high-quality polyurea concrete coatings look incredible. Whether you want a stunning interior floor or a garage floor that will last and last, polyurea is the way to go.
Book an appointment today!