Garage Floor Coating Polyurea

Have you heard about the latest trend in the garage floor coating industry? While polyurea coatings have been used in the automotive industry for decades, it is now quite popular with floor coating professionals due to its fast cure rate and countless other benefits.

So, what exactly is polyurea? While a professional floor coating company in Kansas City will be happy to explain everything you need to know, it’s always best to gather some information before inquiring about a new product.

What is Polyurea?

Polyurea is similar to epoxy in that it is a two-part component that mixes resin with a catalyst to create a curing reaction so the material hardens. However, polyurea is much more flexible than epoxy, and it can be used for spray-on bed liners, interior pipe coatings, and numerous other industrial application—from tunnel coatings to liquid container linings.

Since the cure rate for polyurea is extremely fast—less than five minutes until fully hardened—the application process requires specialized equipment and is definitely not a DIY project.

What Are the Benefit of a Polyurea Garage Floor Coating?

The two major advantages of a polyurea garage floor coating are temperature and time. Prior to polyurea, residential floor coatings in KC could not have been applied during the cold winter or scorching summer. Now, polyurea can be applied in temperatures as low as negative 30 degrees Fahrenheit up to 140 degrees, depending on the formulation. That being said, you don’t have to wait for ideal weather during the spring or fall since polyurea can be applied year round.

In addition to temperature advantages, polyurea can be installed in one day and you can have complete use of your garage the following day! If you can’t be without your garage for several days at a time, the fast cure rate is a major benefit.

A few of the other advantage of polyurea garage floor coating include:

  • Superior protection from abrasion, impact, and chemical spills
  • Non-slip textures for safety and functionality
  • A wide variety of custom styles and colors
  • Simple upkeep and minimal maintenance
  • High heat tolerance
  • Extremely U.V. stable
  • Little to no VOC’s in most applications
  • Increased property value

Does Polyurea Have Any Drawbacks?

As far as the material itself, there really aren’t any drawbacks. However, polyurea coatings are more expensive to install than other types of coatings. While the initial cost is higher, polyurea lasts three to five times longer than coatings such as epoxy, making it more cost-effective over its lifespan.

In order to successfully install polyurea, it’s important to hire a trained professional for the application. Surface preparation is critical, and most projects fail due to inadequate or poorly implemented surface preparation rather than the polyurea itself.

If you’re considering a polyurea garage floor coating for your home, the experienced team at ETEK Custom Coatings can complete your job quickly, efficiently, and affordably. Give us a call today to speak with a representative about your needs and learn more about our unique flooring systems and limited lifetime warranties! You can also use our simple online form now to request a free, in-home project estimate.