- 11/15/17 -
At Dragon Scale Flooring, we can professionally apply water-based or oil-based polyurethane and urethane coatings to your concrete slab or other type of flooring to protect it with an attractive and resistant wear surface. We install polyurethane and urethane coatings in garages, warehouses and many other properties in Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Washington, DC and all over the East Coast. Polyurethane is a highly flexible floor coating that is resistant to abrasion, UV damage and many chemicals, including solvents. Urethane, unlike polyurethane, is not a polymer and has different qualities. In the flooring industry, the two terms are often used interchangeably, which may create additional confusion as to which one to choose.
Polyurethane and Urethane as a Clearcoat
Polyurethane and urethane can be used over other flooring systems such as epoxy, serving as a clearcoat and providing an extra layer of protection. And because polyurethane is more UV-stable than epoxy, it will prevent your epoxy flooring from yellowing under the sun.
Polyaspartic is a type of aliphatic polyurea that possesses many qualities highly valued in concrete coatings. A polyaspartic coating can be applied almost at any temperature, cures in less than an hour, is resistant to heat, UV damage, and stains. It also bonds very well to the underlying concrete, but the concrete surface should be prepared thoroughly to ensure that the bond will last. Dragon Scale Flooring can professionally install a polyaspartic coating in your garage, commercial kitchen, exterior stained concrete and in many other applications.
Polyurethane and Urethane vs. Epoxy Flooring
If you are looking for a definitive answer on choosing between epoxy flooring and polyurethane or urethane flooring, unfortunately there is none. Both coatings are similar in many ways, but both also have different formulations that may have different qualities. The type of coating you choose will depend on the specific characteristics and the intended use of your facility. Consider these factors when deciding between polyurethane and epoxy:
- Does the flooring have moisture or humidity problems?
- Does it get constant sunlight?
- How heavy are vehicles or equipment that will be on the floor?
- How frequently will this space be used?
- What is the condition of the concrete slab?
- Do you need extra protection from acids, chemicals, oils, slip-and-falls, etc?
- Are you concerned about off-gassing and air pollutants?
- How long do you expect this coating to last?
Think about these questions and give Dragon Scale Flooring a call. With the help of our 40+ years in the industry, we can help you determine whether polyurethane flooring will fit your needs and meet your expectations.