Epoxy vs. Polyurethane
Two of the leading floor options for industrial facilities in West Chester, PA are epoxy and polyurethane. Epoxy’s definition is, “an adhesive material made from a class of synthetic thermosetting polymers containing epoxide groups,” while polyurethane’s definition is “a synthetic resin in which polymer units are linked by urethane groups.” What does all of this mean? What even is the difference between the two, and is one better than the other?
First, both options have their advantages, but they are also both built better for certain conditions. Let’s start with polyurethane. This substance has been very useful for those are making an intense effort to resist abrasions. Polyurethane is incredibly scratch resistant, and it also is quite easy to apply. However, this option does not have the ability to adhere to concrete which is certainly a drawback. They also don’t fill in cracks or holes very well. This can also be a drawback if you are trying to give your garage floor a resurfacing project. As polyurethane products have developed over the years, their technology has become more advanced. So much so that the right polyurethane product can give off little to no Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs). This means that those applying the polyurethane will not have to wear respirators during the project.
One of epoxy’s best qualities is its ability to build up as well as fill in cracks or holes in the surface receiving the epoxy which is much different from polyurethane. This means that an uneven, unsightly floor can be fixed with the simple application of epoxy. Epoxy floors are often times 100% solid, and they give off some VOCs. Epoxy is also very easily customized which means that no matter where your epoxy is going, it can suit the space. However, users can choose a matte or shiny finish from either epoxy or polyurethane.
So, polyurethane is better suited for projects that do not involve concrete at all. They are also good for jobs where the original surface does not need any repairs. Epoxy is best for projects involving concrete, as epoxy bonds to concrete incredibly well. Project leaders can also decide that epoxy is best when they have flooring imperfections they would like to cover like stains, scratches, or cracks. So, call your local flooring professional today to ensure that you decide what is best for your floors. They will be willing to discuss your options and make sure that you choose the flooring option best suited for your facility.
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- Bob H.
It was a pleasure dealing with the company’s owner Steve Chaloult. When we called him to give us an estimate, he arranged to come within a few days. We have a very large two car garage. His estimate was a bit more than the first company we called but he seemed very well prepared in showing us samples and very knowledgeable about his product and we just liked him. For personal reasons , we had to delay installation for about a month and he could not be more accommodating. we finally we able to have it done this past week and it was worth the wait. The garage floor is just beautiful and I never would have thought I would say that about a garage floor! We also had the lower walls around the floor done and very glad we did. At one time we were thinking we could do this ourselves using a kit. WHAT were we thinking? This is a job for a professional and we are so glad we used Steve.
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