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.