It is almost always advisable to use polyaspartic over epoxy when it comes to laying a protective surface. The newer technology brings more benefits than conventional polyurethane coatings, especially since epoxy floors do not typically “self-level” and may have higher VOC counts.
Below, Premier Concrete Coatings lays out everything you need to know about polyaspartic and epoxy options for an informed decision on your next project.
Polyaspartic vs. Epoxy: The Basics
Polyaspartic coatings involve a high-performance sealant in the same class as polyurethane and epoxy. These polyaspartic options have similar benefits to polyurethane but none of the downsides.
Polyaspartic vs. Aliphatic Polyurethane Coatings
Polyaspartic coating systems are an upgrade on aliphatic polyurea coating systems for epoxy polyurethane.
The primary benefits of polyaspartic coatings include the following:
- UV-resistant properties that make them stable under direct sunlight
- Cures in hours rather than days
- Quick to install
- Easy to apply, even in freezing temperatures
- Cost-effective as a topcoat
- Standalone flooring system capabilities
- High temperature resistance
- Low or zero VOCs (when using 100% solids)
- Strong bonds to concrete floors
- Greater durability than epoxy or polyurethane
- Incredibly stain-resistant
Polyaspartic coating is also more attractive than traditional epoxy floors, enhancing the colors and textures of the decorative layer underneath.
Are Polyaspartic Coatings as Durable as Epoxy?
Yes, the material is harder and more resistant to abrasion than a typical epoxy layer. Epoxy also tends to yellow with age and become brittle after sun exposure; polyaspartic coatings are UV-resistant.
Is Polyaspartic a Standalone Flooring System?
Yes, this versatile sealant can act as a base coat, a primary layer, a topcoat, or a combination. It adheres well to concrete, epoxy, and several other base flooring materials. Polyaspartic coatings are also easy to beautify—Premier Concrete Coatings can add flakes and other decorative touches to the transparent material to achieve the look you want.
When to Use Polyaspartic over Epoxy Coatings
Our professionals advise using polyaspartic layers where the surface does not need a breathable sealant. It is not the best option for stamped concrete driveways; the moisture accumulation on these surfaces could become problematic later. However, a polyaspartic coating works in virtually every other setting.
The properties of this coating apply in countless settings, from a showroom floor to a walk-in freezer. It can protect a newly laid floor or revitalize an older one. For example, as long as the bond between the substrate and the epoxy is still sound, a polyaspartic layer can even upgrade an already-laid epoxy flooring as a topcoat.
How Long Does Polyaspartic Sealant Take to Dry?
The rapid drying time is the primary benefit of using a polyaspartic floor coating. It may take as little as an hour, depending on the weather. Premier Concrete Coatings generally recommends waiting for at least four hours to be sure (or overnight if possible).
The floor will be move-in ready in less than 24 hours. The only exception is where there are freezing temperatures, which may delay the drying time. The Premier Concrete Coatings team will always be upfront about what our clients can expect based on the local weather conditions.
Is Polyaspartic a Good Commercial Coating?
Yes, polyaspartic coatings are one of the best options for commercial settings. They can withstand high traffic, heavy machinery or vehicles, spills, and harsh working environments. These properties also mean that polyaspartic systems can keep any home garage or mechanic’s workshop in pristine condition for years.
What Are the Downsides of Polyaspartic Coatings?
There are not many downsides to mention, so it is no surprise that homeowners and business owners may need to pay slightly more for this product. It is a complete flooring system, and nothing can touch it, but the cost does come into the decision-making process. However, there are ways to save money, like using the polyaspartic coating as a top layer only.
Using it as a base coat ensures extra durability, but that is not always necessary. The lack of breathability may also prove problematic in a wet outdoor setting, so the contractor’s skill level is important. With proper application, the UV-resistant material will do fine in direct sunlight and is much less prone to yellowing than standard epoxy floor coatings.
Polyaspartic material is extremely versatile, though. A trustworthy contractor like Premier Concrete Coatings will always be straightforward about whether this coating is suitable for the application you need, so do not hesitate to give us a call.
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