Recent years, polyurea garage floor coating is popular. It is the favorite floor coating for installer. It can curve fast and makes it become the best coating ever. Poly urea is still a family of polyurethane. It is a subgroup of polyurethane. It is formed of isocyanides reaction with water or polyether amines to create a urea linkage. It is a 2-part component and it mixes resin with a catalyst to cause the curing reaction that makes the material hard, just like epoxy.
Benefit of using Poly Urea as the Garage Floor Coating
There are many benefits of Poly Urea, when you use it as the floor coating. It has 100% U.V. stability, so they will never yellow. Besides, it has clear finish. It will not blush from moisture in the concrete. It has similar high abrasion and scratch resistance to polyurethane and it is high tolerance to heat. It means that hot tire pick up is a non-issue. Applicator will control its high film build-up, and it has gloss finish. Poly urea is also high solid, and it is contained with little to no VOC’s in most applications. It has high stain and chemical resistance. Poly urea is also has good flexibility for higher impact resistance. It is excellent wetting characteristics allowing. It is for good penetration into the concrete for a strong bond. It is also decrease chance of bubbles from outgassing due to the faster cure rate.
Cost and Installation Factor of Poly urea Garage Floor Coating
Although it has many benefits, you still have to concern about its cost. You need to spend $2 to $3 more per square foot when you want to have it professionally. It is more than an equivalent combined epoxy and polyurethane system. You cannot install it by yourself because it requires a minimum of two people to apply. The average pot life is only 20 to 30 minutes, depending on the formulation of the poly aspartic. You need to finish the floor coating before because the materials alone can cost almost twice as much as epoxy.
Not all poly aspartic are created equal and some of the DIY kits are not in the same quality as professional versions. Therefore, if you want to install it yourself, you need to shop around and compare it. To lengthen the pot life, the formulations are different with lower solids content in order. Grinding is also the recommended floor preparation. Humidity during installation can cause the coating, so to cure everything; it needs much rapidly and it should be monitored before installation. Poly aspartic does not stand up as well to battery acids like epoxy and polyurethane does. They also can be very slippery when wet, it is what you have to consider. You can add a slip resistant aggregate into the top oat to ass the anti-slip properties of the coating. Sure, it is applied if you are not applying full paint chips to add texture.