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The Best Concrete Floor Paint
The Best Concrete Floor Paint
August 14, 2015
Concrete floor is a crucial part of a building. Without it, a building or structure cannot be considered complete. Concrete floor paint is equally indispensable. Why? It offers protection to the slab from slow deterioration or contamination. Conversely, concrete floor that is well painted is easy to maintain, has high performance, reduces skidding and offers resistance to chemicals, not to mention it’s aesthetically beautiful.
Since floors are the most abused parts in buildings, protecting it from abuses such as thermal shock impact, abrasion and chemical attack is imperative, at least to guarantee longevity of the entire building. According to building experts, concrete floor paint increases the durability of a concrete floor, which remains porous when not painted. A porous concrete floor when exposed to continuous wear and abuse creates dust and eventually turns unsightly.
As such, it is necessary to protect concrete floors with any kind of protective material, if paint is not among your list of options. Some of the best concrete floor coatings include but not limited to, epoxy and polyurethane coatings. Here’s an in-depth look of these two-floor coatings.
If customer reviews are anything to go by, Epoxy, a thermosetting polymer, is the most popular and perhaps effective concrete floor paint in the market. These types of coatings often come in the three formulations: 100% solids, water and solvent based. The aesthetics, flexibility, and durability of epoxy coatings also play a crucial role in making them really popular. They equally maintain and extend the life of the floor and suitably seals steel as well as concrete.
The key benefit of epoxy coatings is how versatile they can be. Put another way, they are multi-purpose and can be used in a factory, workshop, office, home, and anywhere you can think of. It is no wonder these types of coatings are well-liked by the masses.
Polyurethane and Hybrid Coatings
Like epoxy coatings, polyurethane is also a thermosetting polymer and to some extent, a high-performance concrete floor paint that’s incomparable. Epoxy concrete coatings are no match to polyurethane, which, according to manufacturers, boasts high wear resistance. Polyurethane easily resists against chemicals and abrasion, the same, however, can’t be said of epoxy coatings. Additionally, hybrid-coating polyurethane from Hybrid Coating Technologies, which combines the benefits of both epoxy and polyurethane, boasts the chemical resistance of epoxy and the durability of polyurethane.
Does hybrid coating yellow like its counterpart? Never! The hybrid coating easily counters ultra-violet rays making it difficult to yellow like epoxy concrete floor paint does. It’s tolerant to high pressure as well as scratches despite being less rigid than epoxy coatings. However, traditional polyurethane, unlike hybrid coating polyurethane has its fair share of disadvantages. Its dry film thickness doesn’t quite fit in the small cracks in the concrete and equally does not bond quite enough to the concrete when applied.
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