Your garage’s beautiful new floor is in and looks great, and likely required a decent investment. Obviously, you’re going to want to protect that investment, which means selecting a concrete coating option to provide security for that gorgeous new garage floor.
For years, epoxy flooring was the best and only answer for your concrete coating needs, but that’s no longer the case with the development and advancement of polyurea coatings. So as you look into your options and pick what’s most sensible for your garage floor, you ought to have as much information as possible in order to choose wisely.
Garage Force is the leading flooring coating installation company across the country and we want to supply you the facts and information you require when comparing epoxy flooring and polyurea when selecting a concrete coating for your garage floor!
We’ll start by defining just exactly what epoxy flooring is. Epoxies are resin polymers composed of epoxide units (we won’t bore you with the chemistry of it all). Essentially, the polymers make for a protective barrier and adheres to surfaces. Contrary to popular myth, epoxy flooring is NOT paint. As a concrete coating, epoxy flooring has advantages, but is overall outdated.
- Epoxy flooring comes in various degrees of thickness
- Bonds very well to concrete flooring
- Thick epoxy flooring can be impact resistant
- Good for resurfacing older floors to bring back life
- Color fades over time
- Epoxy yellows over time with sunlight exposure
- Bonding not as effective if done improperly
- Takes a long time to dry, which can take several days
- Prone to bubbling as it hardens due to lengthy cure time
- Does not bond well in high or low temperatures
- Less resistant to high heat and tire sticking/peeling
- Not stain proof and can be damaged by oil, gas and salt
Polyurea Concrete Coating
A much newer technology in concrete coating, polyurea is a subgroup of polyurethane (again, complicated chemistry), which mixes resin with a catalyst to cure and become hard to protect the surface it bonds to. Its chemistry makes it far more flexible and up to 20 times stronger than epoxy flooring.
- Polyurea coatings are flexible and more damage/abrasion resistant
- More resistant to chemicals such as oil, gas and salt
- UV stable so it will not yellow or fade under sunlight exposure
- Can be applied in temperatures ranging from -30 to 140 degrees
- Faster curing time so you can be back in your garage in 24 hours or less
- Can be applied at any time of year due to temperature resistance
- Can be installed and finished in a day or less
- High heat resistance protects against hot tires peeling up coating
- Usually slightly more expensive than epoxies
- Requires professional installation for maximum effectiveness
- Can be slippery when wet, so chips are recommended for texture
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Ultimately, the decision is yours. But when comparing the pure facts that between epoxy flooring and polyurea concrete coating, there’s a clear winner. Polyurea is not only stronger and better performing, our polyurea coatings are like no other garage floor coating material you’ve seen before.
At Garage Force, we provide the absolute best concrete finish materials and systems with experienced installation at an incredible value. Contact us for a free quote today!