Polyaspartic vs Polyurethane Floors: What's the Difference?

Protective coatings and sealants can improve your concrete’s surface strength on a massive scale. But in your search for the perfect sealant, you’ve likely come across a difficult question: “What’s the difference between polyaspartic and polyurethane sealers?”

Not sure when to use which sealer? In this article, we’ll map out the differences between polyaspartic and polyurethane coatings and discuss when to use each sealant to best protect your concrete surfaces.

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Benefits of Polyaspartic Coatings in Industrial Coatings

There comes a point in any flooring job where the floor needs to be finished. Often, because of the other trades that are involved in a building project, the floor is the last to be finished. When the time comes to put the final touches on a floor, flooring installers often choose polyaspartic coatings. Before we can explain the benefits of polyaspartic coatings, let’s look a bit at what they are and how they work.

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Flooring Options for Cold Storage Facilities

Flooring for cold storage facilities such as dairies, laboratories, grocery stores, cafeterias or restaurants must be able to withstand cold or freezing temperatures, be easy to clean for hygiene, tolerate heavy equipment, be non-staining, non-absorbing and slip-resistant. That’s a lot to ask of any floor! If the floor in a cold storage facility can not handle these demands it is likely to crack or otherwise show damage and wear, which will compromise the integrity of the facility.

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Long Lasting Garage Floor Coatings - Epoxy or Polyaspartic Polyurea

When it comes to garage flooring, many people assume that dull, drab concrete is their only option. If you think about it, the function of the flooring is infinitely more important than the appearance – but why should you have to choose one or the other? With garage floor coatings from Duraamen, you can have the best of both worlds.

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Advantages of Polyaspartic Coatings

What to do When Tough isn’t Tough Enough?

The advantages and uses of Polyaspartic Coatings.

Your concrete flooring or machinery may be tough, but without the proper seal, it will wear prematurely. Whether you’re a gritty garage or a hot high-traffic commercial space, indoors or outdoors, a Polyaspartic coatingcan give you incredibly strong, long-lasting protection.

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Why Polyaspartic Coatings Are a Good Choice for Quick Turnaround Times?

At some point, you will need to complete an installation or resurfacing within a short time frame. Business owners may want to minimize the amount of time their store is closed or homeowners may simply want the convenience of a quick turnaround. When you need to coat a concrete surface and have the project done quickly, polyaspartic coatings are the answer, as they can cure to their full strength in just a half hour.

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Polyaspartic coatings chosen at Rockefeller Center in NYC

Bill's Bar and Burger located in Rockefeller Center in New York City installed polyaspartic coating in their restaurant. The last weekend (Week of April 31, 2010) was a busy weekend. We helped finishing an application of stained concrete floor at flagship restaurant of Bill’s Bar and Burger. 

Deso Dyes application

Floor after application epoxy primer

Application of Polyaspartic coating

The last weekend was a busy weekend. We helped finishing an application of stained concrete floor at flagship restaurant of Bill’s Bar and Burger at Rockefeller Center. Last Wednesday we received a call from Tom Zilian of Madstone Concrete from Rhode Island requesting for specifications to finish a 4300 square feet of stained concrete floor in two days! The restaurant was split in two levels…some of it was patched and some of it had a self leveling concrete. We had to create rustic…aged…retro-look for the floor.

The site was in Madstone Concrete’s were allowed to start the work on Saturday morning (08/28) at 8.30am and it had to be ready for foot traffic on Monday morning (08/30). Mind you the samples were to approved on site on Saturday. After our meeting with Tara Oxley, Design Director of BR Guest Restaurants last Thursday, I had an idea of what they were looking for. We ensured that we had all the colors available on site to arrive at the look for the restaurant floor.

While the floor was being prepared on Saturday morning, Tom and I were developing a site mock up. After tweaking the colors couple of times, Tara finally approved the color scheme at 1.30 pm on Saturday. Tom Zilian started coloring the floor with Deso Dyes at 2.00 pm which lasted for three hours. The color scheme consisted of dyeing the floor with DESO Dye-Burlywood and then a very diluted version of DESO Dye-Rosy Brown. After allowing the dye to sit for half an hour, the entire floor colored with a diluted version DESO Dye- Black. After the Black DESO Dye was applied a thin layer of water based acrylic sealer was applied. It was allowed to cure overnight. On Sunday morning at about 8.30 am we started the application of a water based epoxy primer, Perdure E32. It took about 3 hours to prime the entire area of 4300 square feet for a team of 6 people. The water based epoxy primer was allowed to cure for 3 hours. At about 3.00 pm the application of polyaspartic coating was started. It took two hours for a team of 6 people to complete the application. Of course, having experienced people like John and Jeff from JS Coatings helps in the application of polyaspartic coating, Perdure P72.

Bill’s Bar & Burger flagship will be joining other restaurants and retail shops at Rockefeller Center such as Brasserie Ruhlmann, Magnolia Bakery, Anthropologie, Cole Haan, Movado and Top of the Rock, the Observation Deck at Rockefeller Center. It is very important to have a highly durable flooring at this restaurant. The application of polyaspartic coating ensures that the floor lasts for a long time with very minimum maintenance.

Please Contact Us to discuss your flooring project.

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Polyaspartic coating used in a restaurant in NYC

Polyaspartic coatings have long been in use in many application areas, such as topcoats (e.e., for polyurea, self-leveling floor coatings, parking decks or garages), decorative quartz systems (e.q., as a binder for colored sand, decorative mortars). These systems are extensively in various restaurants in New York metro area.

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What is the best garage floor sealer or coating?

More and more people are using garages as the main entrance to their homes and they are interested in garage organization in general. Personalizing the garage –down to the floor-follows the style trend that consumers already demand in everything from cars to iPods. The severe environment of a garage demands a coating that can withstand everything from intense heat to leaking antifreeze. Superior adhesion and possibility of high builds have made epoxy floors popular for garages. However, in the past couple of years, Polyaspartic  polyurea based flooring systems have become very-very popular due to their chemical resistance, abrasion resistance, UV resistance, Zero VOC and more importantly hot-tire pick-up resistance. One of the greatest advantages of Polyaspartic sealers (top coats) is their very short return to use time . Unlike aliphatic polyurethanes, Polyaspartics can be applied at higher film builds (up to 15mils WFT in a single coat). Therefore, many manufacturers recommend using Polyaspartics as a primer, body coat and top coat. However this method may cause potential problems in the future due to de-bonding with the substrate. It is a good practice to use epoxy coatings for priming and body coats and use Polyaspartics  for sealing the surface.

While resin chip floor system is catching on with many home owners, for those who prefer natural, organic floors in their garages, acid staining the existing concrete surface is the way to go. The use of polyaspartic sealers over acid stained concrete in garage floors represents an exciting entry because home owners do not have to worry about the typical problems caused by acrylic sealers. A good sealing system for acid stained garage floors is

  1. Application of a water based epoxy primer
  2. Application of 8-10mil polyaspartic sealer

Polyaspartic sealers (top coats) are used not only in garage floors but they are used in high performance flooring systems used in industrial & ware house floors, restaurants, retail outlets, amusement parks, auto showrooms and commercial floors.

Please Contact Us to discuss your next floor coating project.

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Polyaspartics are a Versatile High-Performance Concrete Coating

Due to technological advances, the world of concrete coatings has been growing in complexity and versatility. There are now a great many choices of concrete floor coatings, each with different features and uses. Polyaspartic coatings came into use in the '90s. They were developed in response to the limitations of other floor coating products and processes. Let's look at some of the underlying inadequacies of many floor coatings and how polyaspartics came to the rescue.

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