For years epoxy coating was the best available option for concrete floors. It was a fine solution for a lot of situations. We sometimes assume what is right for a huge warehouse is good for our garage or driveway. However, for a few big reasons, epoxy is not the best option for your residential garage. Let’s take a look at why…
Epoxy Has Weak Adhesion
Epoxy has far stronger adhesion than paint. However, compared to polyurea it is not in the same league. A 15-year warranty on polyurea includes covering, chipping, peeling, and delamination. Epoxy does not have a guarantee.
Polyurea Has a 24 Hour Cure Time
With epoxy, there is a minimum of 5 days until you can drive on the floor. In a warehouse that would mean 5 days of a plant being shut down. In your home, it would be 5 days to keep your children and pets out of the garage. It would mean 5 days of not parking in the garage. The long cure time invites a greater risk of contaminant being on your beautiful floor. The one-day installation makes polyurea perfect for all applications.
Some drawbacks of epoxy are its poor scratch and UV resistance. It tends to discolor rapidly upon exposure to UV and even with indoor applications, epoxy still ambers over time. Polyurea is 100% UV stable. That means a lifetime warrant on UV stability with polyurea.
Epoxy Can Stick To the Wrong Places
An epoxy floor can peel for many reasons. The temperature is too high, the temperature is too low the humidity is high. If your car is parked in the garage during a sweltering summer day, all the heat plus the weight of the automobile can cause some of the epoxy to pull up with your tires. Polyurea chemically bonds with your concrete, sending roots deep within the concrete. Literally, the concrete pulls up in an adhesion test, so there is no peeling.
Epoxy Has Poor Flexibility
Epoxy never fully cures, it hardens and increasingly becomes brittle over time. With extreme temperature changes, epoxy is unable to flex with the expanding and contraction of the concrete. Polyurea is ten times more flexible than epoxy.
The Application of Epoxy In Cooler Temperatures Is Very Hard To Do
To apply an epoxy garage floor coating, a minimum temperature of 50-55° is required. That significantly restricts the times of the year they can be used on garage floors located in colder climates. Polyurea can be applied at temperatures below 32 degrees.
Bottom line: Polyurea Concrete Coating is a purposeful educated choice for garage floors.
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