The choice between polyaspartic garage floor coatings and other designer epoxy flooring such as metallic epoxy floor coating might depend on a number of factors including durability, costs, ease of maintenance, and ease of cleaning. Polyaspartic garage floor coatings carry one or a few advantages over metallic epoxy floor coating or designer epoxy flooring. We will discuss those advantages in this article.
Polyurea, a sub-group of polyurethane, is made by mixing isocyanates with water or polyetheramines to create a urea linkage and the process involves mixing a resin with a catalyst, hence the result is a very hard material. The resulting material has an elongation rate of more than 300 percent, making it more flexible than epoxy. This material is commonly used in interior pipe coating, tunnel coatings, joint fillers, liquid containment lining and spray-on bed liners. The two biggest advantages for polyaspartic garage floor coatings are temperature and time.
Polyaspartic garage floor coatings, unlike metallic epoxy floor coating and designer epoxy flooring can be applied in very low temperatures of -30F to as high as 140F, depending on their formulation. It means that, unlike the case where those living in colder climates will require waiting till spring or summer to coat their garage floors, it is not the case when dealing with polyurea garage floor coatings. Polyaspartic flooring is applied in two coats; the primer and color coat being the first and the clear coat being the second.
Another advantage is that polyaspartic garage floor coatings manage a fast cure rate and so can be installed in one day and returned the next day to service. Installing metallic epoxy floor coating or designer epoxy flooring will need you to wait for 3 to 5 days to cure. This is not so for this type of flooring: you just need a day.
Polyaspartic floor coatings also carry other benefits such as being 100 percent U.V. stable and will never yellow, has a crystal clear finish that will not blush from moisture in the concrete, and it has a higher resistance to abrasion and scratch to polyurethane. Its high tolerance to heat means it can manage hot tire pickups. You can also use the applicator to control high film build-ups. The product also has a high gloss finish, little or no VOC’s in most applications, of excellent wetting characteristics – which means good penetration into concrete for a strong bond, and low chances of bubble from outgassing thanks to its faster cure rate.