Installing Polyurethane Cement Floors: Everything You Need to Know
Polyurethane cement is a popular flooring material that is used in commercial and industrial settings, as well as food and beverage processing facilities. It is a hybrid material that combines the properties of polyurethane and cement to create a durable and multipurpose flooring solution.
We strongly recommend that you use a professional (like us) to install your polyurethane cement floor as even though it reads easy enough to install there are in fact multiple things that can go wrong. In this article, we will answer some common questions about polyurethane cement floors.
How do you prep a concrete floor for installing polyurethane cement floors?
To prep a concrete floor for polyurethane cement, follow these steps:
- Clean the floor: Remove any dirt, dust, or debris from the floor using a broom and a vacuum cleaner.
- Repair any cracks: Fill any cracks or holes in the floor with a concrete patching compound.
- Grind the floor: Use a concrete grinder to grind the surface of the floor. This will create a rough surface that will help the polyurethane cement adhere to the concrete.
- Clean the floor again and ensure all dust is removed, for an even better result mop the floor with hot water.
- Apply a primer: Apply a primer to the floor to help the polyurethane cement adhere to the surface.
- Apply the polyurethane cement: Apply the polyurethane cement to the floor using a trowel or squeegee. Make sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions for mixing and applying the material.
How long until I can use the floor?
The time it takes for the polyurethane cement to dry and cure depends on the specific brand of product used. However, a floor finish will be susceptible to scuffing and scratching until it is fully cured. Your floor can usually be walked on with stocking feet in 3-4 hours and furniture can be placed back on the floor (not dragged) in 48 hours. However, we recommend waiting at least three days before heavy use. Again, consult the specific instructions for the variety of polyurethane cement you are using.
At Diamond Grind commercial and industrial flooring we use quality products from Hychem, EpiMax , Flowcrete, Masterbuilders and other topline suppliers. Be aware that there are poorer quality products marketed from less reputable companies.
How long does urethane cement last?
Polyurethane cement is known for its durability, with its floor coating being very flexible and elastic – allowing it to last up to 20 years. It is extremely hygienic, and the antimicrobial flooring protects against bacterial and fungal growth throughout its life cycle despite repeated washings, sanitisations, and decontamination.
Is polyurethane cement good for concrete floors?
Yes, polyurethane cement is a great material for concrete floor surfacing. It creates a seal against dust and liquids and also helps to protect the floor from scuffing and scratching. Polyurethane cement is known for its resistance to impact, abrasion, aggressive chemicals, and thermal shock. It is available in a variety of finishes and colours and is also non-slip. For assistance on deciding if Polyurethane cement is the correct choice for your situation see this article on choosing the right coating for your concrete floor.
We hope this article has been helpful in answering your questions about installing polyurethane cement floors. If you have any further questions, please feel free to reach out to Diamond Grind. We specialise in flooring solutions for commercial and industrial settings, including polyurethane cement.