Polyurea vs Epoxy Floors
Considering an epoxy garage floor coating for your home and not sure if its the right choice? Inform yourself and see how polyurea garage floor coatings compare to, outperform, and most importantly, cost less than epoxy garage floor coatings in our FAQ's section.
Polyurea Floor Applications vs Epoxy Floor Applications
EPOXY FLOOR COST:
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POLYUREA FLOOR COST:
Similarly to epoxy, the purity of the polyurea will affect the price, but the industrial hybrid type used most commonly on garage floors runs about 35% less than a comparable epoxy, and we install about 10-12 gallons of polyurea as oppose to 2-3 gallons of epoxy on a typical garage floor.
HOW LONG DOES POLYUREA LAST COMPARED TO EPOXY?
Polyurea lasts indefinitely, in all environments. Epoxy can last a long time but most deteriorate over time in challenging environments.
CAN I USE POLYUREA OR EPOXY OUTDOORS?
Polyurea works just as well in indoor applications as it does outdoors. It can be installed in very challenging environments and still performs exceptionally. Epoxy is generally not recommended for outdoor use. It cannot handle contracting and expanding that occurs naturally outside due to temperature change.
I'M CONSIDERING THESE PRODUCTS FOR AN OUTDOOR APPLICATION. WILL THE SUN OR UV RAYS HAVE ANY EFFECT ON THEM?
Polyurea is unaffected by UV damage (fading/chalking/yellowing), while epoxy is, in most cases succeptable to UV damage over time.
WILL TEMPERATURE HAVE ANY EFFECT ON POLYUREA OR EPOXY?
Polyurea can be installed in temperatures ranging from -20F to 250F. Epoxy can only be installed in temperatures above 50F and should not exceed 85F.
HEAVY OBJECTS WILL BE DRAGGED ACROSS THE FLOOR. WILL POLYUREA AND EPOXY HOLD UP SIMILARLY?
Polyurea is extremely resistant to abrasion, and will never crack or chip under extreme weight. Epoxy is not as resistant to abrasion as polyurea, and could crack or chip.
WILL POLYUREA OR EPOXY PEEL OR DELAMINATE OVER TIME?
If the floor is prepped correctly, both products will adhere extremely well. However, epoxy is succeptable to "hot tire pick-up" (tires heating up from driving) and can peel up with the tires. This will never happen with polyurea.
I'VE USED EPOXY PRODUCTS IN THE PAST AND THEY CRACKED OVER TIME, WILL POLYUREA DO THE SAME?
Epoxy cures to a very hard surface. It cannot handle expanding and contracting the way polyurea does. Polyurea has elongation properties more than 50X that of epoxy. Because of this, it is extremely capable of handing expansion and contraction of surfaces.
WHICH OF YOUR PRODUCTS WOULD YOU RECOMMEND FOR A RESIDENTIAL OR LIGHT INDUSTRIAL GARAGE FLOOR?
We recommend the M91 Hybrid Polyurea for residential and many commercial flooring jobs. It is extremely tough, yet more cost effective for many homeowners and small businesses who do not need industrial grade pure polyurea designed for construction for their floors.
HOW LONG BEFORE I WILL BE ABLE TO WALK ON THE FLOOR AGAIN?
Polyurea can be walked on within 30 seconds and can be used for light use in 2 hours. After 24 hours, it is ready for heavy use. Epoxy installs and cures withing 6-8 days, depending on the epoxy.
ARE POLYUREAS APPLIED AT THE SAME THICKNESS AS EPOXIES?
Polyurea is usually installed at 80-120mils and is complete the same day. Epoxy is typically installed at 10-15 mils, and in rare occasions as thick as 30 mils, but this requires up to 7-8 coats and can take 6-8+ days.
WILL MY FLOOR HAVE ADDED TRACTION WITH THE APPLICATION OF POLYUREA OR EPOXY?
Polurea can create varying degrees of floor traction naturally depending on the varying techniques of the applicator. Epoxy always requires additives to create any kind of traction on the floor.
EPOXY PRODUCTS ALL SEEM TO GENERATE STRONG ODORS THAT LINGER WHILE CURING, WILL POLYUREA DO THE SAME?
Polyurea is nearly odorless while curing, and has been described as having the same smell as new rubber. Epoxy has a very strong odor while curing and it is recommended that people avoid breathing the fumes during the cure process.
DO POLYUREAS AND EPOXIES COME IN MANY COLORS?
Yes, both products are available in many colors.
ARE THESE PRODUCTS CONSIDERED "GREEN" PRODUCTS?
Polyurea is considered gree as it has no VOC's and is 100% solids. Epoxy is not considered a green product as it is extremely high in VOC's.
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