What Are Polyaspartic And Polyurea Coatings?

Polyurea and polyaspartic floor coatings have become very popular over the last few years in the coatings industry. Traditionally being used as a pipeline coating, coatings for sewers and manholes and the most recent popular use, truck bed liners, this versatile coating has been working it’s way to the top, now commonly used as a concrete coating as well.

Being labeled as the “King of floor coatings”, polyureas have been described as ideal coatings due to their fast cure times and many benefits of the best features provided in the coatings industry.

So let’s learn about WHAT a polyurea is and WHY it’s so much better than epoxy. Let’s dissolve the confusion around polyurea and polyaspartic floor coatings to fully understand why these these products are dominating the coatings industry.

What Is Polyurea And Polyaspartic?

Polyurea is technically a subgroup of polyurethane. It’s formed when an isocyanate reacts with water or a polyetheramine to create a urea linkage. Polyurea is a 2-part component that mixes a resin with a catalyst to create a curing reaction responsible for hardening the material.

Polyurea has an elongation rate that exceeds 300% making it far more flexible than epoxy. For this reason, it’s an ideal property for industrial pipe coatings, spray-on bed liners and fillers for joints. Due to it’s extremely fast cure rate, most polyureas require a professional installation involving specialized equipment.

Now, a polyaspartic is a type of aliphatic polyurea. A polyaspartic conquers the challenges met with the extremely fast cure time by extending the pot life of the product by allowing a longer pot-life, therefore extending the application time. A professional installer will have only 10-120 minutes to properly install the polyurea before it’s beginning to set or even fully cure.

Benefits Of A Polyaspartic Coating

Now that we’ve discussed WHAT a polyaspartic and polyurea is, lets cover what it means to you. The two biggest advantages of a polyaspartic or polyurea coating are:

One Day Install

Because of the fast cure rate of polyurea and polyaspartic floor coatings, a complete coating system can be installed in as little as one day, meaning you can return to using the space the NEXT day. Epoxy usually takes a minimum of 3-5 days for installation/ cure times. For YOU this means less time out of your space and less headache of where to put your belongings during installation.

Concrete Coating Comparison

Find out how AMAZING FLOORS PRODUCTSTM compare to epoxy garage floor coatings.

Odor Very low Low
Product Flexibility High No
Primer Required No Yes
Bonding Characteristics Deep penetration within Topical surface bond
Dry mL Thickness 15 mL 15 mL
Number of Coats 3 2-3
Decorative Broadcast Material Vinyl flakes colored Vinyl flakes colored
Duration of Work up to 650ft 1 day 3 days
Return to Service – Foot Traffic 6 hours 24 hours
Return to Service – Vehicle Traffic 24 hours 4-7 days
Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) Ultra low Low
100% Environmentally Friendly Yes Yes
Vertical Surfaces and Outer Edge Yes No
Hot Tire Pick Up Resistance Yes No
Salt Stain Resistance Yes Moderate
Abrasion Resistance Extremely High Moderate
Chemical Resistance Extremely high Moderate
Applications Indoor/outdoor Indoor (Will yellow outdoor)
Application Temperature -30°C to 40°C 10°C to 30°C
Chemical Reaction Product Mix Ratio 1:1 2:1
Pot Life 15 minutes 60 minutes
Concrete Preparation Method Diamond grinding Diamond grinding
Crack/Spall Repair Required Yes Yes
Ideal Applications Garages, mechanic shops, basements, patios, verandas, showrooms, restaurants, walkways, pool decks, decorative applications Industrial space, commercial space, very large spaces, mechanic shops, warehouses, containment areas, non- decorative

Anytime Of Year Installation

Polyaspartic coatings can be applied in a wide range of temperatures from below freezing to Sahara style heat, compared to epoxy coatings which are restricted to applications in more “suitable” climates. One of the many advantages of polyaspartic coatings is that YOU won’t have to wait until spring or fall to have your floor coated. While many epoxy installer can install their product in cold or hot weather, they do so knowing that the setup and cure times are much longer and that they run the risk of premature failure. That is why most Epoxy flooring companies only offer a 1 year warranty.

Aside from the convenience a polyurea/polyaspartic offers from its fast cure time, there are many benefits of these coatings including:

  • 100% U.V. stable – they won’t yellow like epoxy
  • Crystal clear finish that won’t blush from moisture residing in the concrete
  • High abrasion and scratch resistance
  • Extremely high tolerance to heat, no issues with hot tire pickup, unlike epoxy
  • High chemical resistance and stain resistance
  • Great flexibility for high impact resistance
  • Won’t chip peel or flake like epoxy
  • Anti-microbial and anti-bacterial
  • Easy to clean

With all of these features, the downside is the inability to find a DIY polyurea/polyaspartic for those who wish to tackle a project on their own. However, with a 15-year warranty offered by Amazing Floors and the relief of a ONE-DAY installation, the pros far outweigh the cons.

If you’re looking for a durable, easy to clean floor, Amazing Floors is your answer. Let us walk you through our color options and help you get an idea of what YOU can expect with your new floor.

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