What are Polyurea and Polyaspartic?

What are Polyurea and Polyaspartic?

Polyurea and Polyaspartic floor coatings have become very popular over the last few years in the coatings industry. Traditionally being used as a pipeline coating, coatings for sewers and manholes and the most recent popular use, truck bed liners, this versatile coating is now commonly used as a concrete coating as well. 

Polyureas have been described as ideal coatings due to their fast cure times and strong resistance to chemicals and sun damage.

What is a polyurea. Let’s dissolve the confusion around polyurea and polyaspartic floor coatings to fully understand why these products are dominating the coatings industry. 

Polyurea is technically a subgroup of polyurethane. Polyurea is a 2-part component that mixes a resin with a catalyst to create a curing reaction responsible for hardening the material. 

Polyurea has an elongation rate that exceeds 300% making it far more flexible than epoxy. For this reason, it’s an ideal property for industrial pipe coatings, spray-on bed liners and fillers for joints. Due to it’s extremely fast cure rate, most polyureas require a professional installation involving specialized equipment. 

A polyaspartic is a type of aliphatic polyurea. A polyaspartic conquers the challenges met with the extremely fast cure time by extending the pot life of the product by allowing a longer pot-life, therefore extending the application time. A professional installer will have only 10-120 minutes to properly install the polyurea before it’s beginning to set or even fully cure. 

Benefits Of A Polyaspartic Coating 

Now that we’ve discussed what a polyaspartic and polyurea is, lets cover what it means to you. The biggest advantages of a polyaspartic or polyurea coating are installation. Because of the fast cure rate of polyurea and polyaspartic floor coatings, a complete coating system can be installed in as little as one or two days, meaning you can return to using the space the next day. Epoxy usually takes a minimum of 3-5 days for installation/cure times. For you this means less time out of your space and less headache of where to put your belongings during installation.