Finding the idea flooring solution for your business is a hard thing to do. You have a number of options, from industrial carpeting to sealed concrete. Many companies choose to use epoxy floors, but others opt for polyurea polyaspartic flooring. On the surface, those latter two options might seem like they’re basically the same but there are several key differences between the two. Which is right for your needs? Let’s look at the situation in a bit more detail.
In terms of longevity, few flooring solutions can rival epoxy floors. However, polyurea polyaspartic flooring is one that can. This is due to several different factors, including the fact that it withstands the effects of harsh chemicals better over time than epoxy does. While epoxy is relatively impervious, exposure to chemicals will take its toll over the life of the floor.
UV Resistance Levels
Another consideration here is the fact that epoxy flooring will eventually bleach under UV exposure. Polyurea polyaspartic flooring retains its colors for decades even in the face of full sun exposure. This gives you “more bang for your buck” in terms of color retention and appearance over the long term.
For many years, epoxy has been touted as one of the most resistant forms of flooring available. This was true – epoxy remains a great choice for flooring. However, polyurea polyaspartic flooring offers quite a bit more resistance than epoxy. It’s four times more scratch resistant, and it’s also much more flexible (90% more flexibility), which means that it is more resistant to chipping, cracking and splitting than epoxy. In comparison, epoxy seems downright brittle.
Ready to Use Time
When it comes to drying and curing time, epoxy comes in second place to polyurea polyaspartic flooring, as well. Epoxy needs about 24-hours to dry and cure between each coat. However, polyurea polyaspartic flooring only needs about two hours between coats. In addition, it is able to handle full traffic within two days of the last coat being put on, while epoxy floors need about a week of curing time. That means you get a shorter time until the flooring is ready to use.
The only area in which epoxy floors triumph is in term of cost. Epoxy is more affordable than polyurea polyaspartic flooring. This alone makes epoxy a good choice for those on a tight budget. However, the initial cost savings are usually outweighed by the costs of replacement over time, as epoxy has a much shorter lifespan than polyurea polyaspartic flooring.
If the information above has made you rethink your decision about which type of flooring is right for your needs, you’ll need to make sure that the contractor you choose offers polyurea polyaspartic flooring. While it’s becoming more and more common in the market, it’s not available from all epoxy flooring contractors. Make sure that the contractor also has significant experience with the material to ensure that you get the highest quality installation out of the process.