Many people think that all coatings for industrial and commercial facilities are epoxy resins.
While polyurethane cement floors and epoxy resin coatings appear similar, they do have differences in performance and function.
A lot of business owners and commercial property managers have trouble deciding which flooring option they should choose. We will explain the characteristics and differences of epoxy resin coatings and polyurethane cement flooring, so you can have a clearer image of which one will better fit the needs of your facility.
The best way to make sure that your floor will be in good condition for a long time, whether you choose epoxy coating or polyurethane cement, is to make sure that the entire process is conducted by professionals. One thing is for sure, with the professional preparation and installation our specialists provide, your new floor will last for many years.
There are a large range of epoxy resin coatings available on the market today. A typical epoxy resin coating consists of a base resin and a hardener resin. These two components are mixed, and then applied to the concrete surface. Epoxy resins can be flexible, fast setting or chemical resistant, allowing you to achieve the right outcome for your floor.
Epoxy resin coatings are excellent for bonding to concrete when the surface is well-prepared. The best way to create a perfect concrete surface is diamond grinding, which is one of the services we can provide. In case you want to learn about how we create a smooth foundation for epoxy floors, you can learn more about our preparation services.
Epoxy resin floors are a popular choice for industries such as aviation, mining, food and beverage, manufacturing and pharmaceutical. It is one of the most cost-effective flooring solutions for industrial and commercial facilities. The epoxy resins come in an array of colours so you can choose the style that fits the rest of your space.
Polyurethane cement floors consist of four parts- base resin, hardener resin, colour pack and aggregate filler. These floors are resistant to a wide range of chemicals and have excellent impact and abrasion resistance. They have superior adhesion to concrete even when the surface is slightly damp. Accelerators can be added to give a faster turn around for installation.
Polyurethane cement floors are an ideal choice for commercial industries which require a hygienic and safe environment as they are certified by HACCP and proven to provide resistance to bacteria, fungi and mould. The installation process is odourless, allowing for minimal disruption to surround areas.
How To Achieve Your Desired Outcome
When it comes to the question which one is better, polyurethane cement or epoxy resin – it all depends on the requirements of your industry and what you need and expect from your new surface.
Traditionally in Australia, epoxy resin coatings have been the most popular resin flooring option because of its availability and low cost. However, in recent years polyurethane cements have become more widely available and cost effective. Diamond Grind prefers to promote polyurethane cement floors on most occasions for the following reasons:
- Better thermal shock and impact resistance
- Higher resistance to a wider range of chemicals
- Exceptional durability characteristics giving strength and longevity.
- Odourless application, low VOC’s
- Hygienic and safe, proven to provide resistance to bacteria, fungi and mould
- Certified by HACCP for use in food and beverage facilities
Here at Diamond Grind commercial and industrial flooring we use products of proven quality from Hychem, EpiMax and BASF(Masterbuilders Australia). We are experienced installers of heavy-duty flooring systems, and concrete surface repair and preparation, we are always here to help you make the best decision for your business.
If you would like to speak with us about your flooring options, feel free to request a free quote, or get in touch with our customer support by calling 1300 614 731.