Polyaspartic

In the quest for a floor covering for your residence garage or workspace, you’ve probably encountered information about epoxy floor coatings, renowned for enhanced durability, traction, and aesthetic appeal. You’ve likely also come across polyaspartic floor coatings, and if you’re anything like me, you may have initially considered them to be a sophisticated variant of epoxy.

However, the reality is that epoxy coatings and polyaspartic coatings are distinct entities sharing similar installation processes, each presenting nuanced pros and cons. Both can metamorphose your lackluster, deteriorating concrete floor into a striking masterpiece, but the question remains: which coating suits your circumstances? Continue reading to delve into the merits, demerits, and applications of each type.

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What is polyaspartic?

Polyaspartic, conceived in the late 1990s, is a relatively recent innovation initially designed to combat rust and corrosion on steel structures such as bridges. Engineered for high heat resistance, it can endure temperatures surpassing 300 degrees Fahrenheit, rendering it an excellent choice for high-traffic areas like garage floors.

Beyond its impressive heat resistance, polyaspartic demonstrates high resilience against UV rays and corrosive chemicals. While highly acidic substances may compromise its integrity, polyaspartic stands out as a viable alternative to concrete flooring and epoxy coatings in many scenarios.

Since its introduction in residential garage flooring, polyaspartic coatings have evolved to offer rapid drying times and low VOC emissions, enabling straightforward one-day installations with fewer noxious odors compared to alternatives like epoxy coatings.

Polyaspartic Flooring Pros

What are the positive aspects of opting for a polyaspartic coating for your garage?

Durability

In contrast to epoxy, polyaspartic coatings can be applied indoors and outdoors due to their remarkable corrosion resistance, promising enduring performance when installed correctly.

Weather Resistance

Unlike epoxy, which may succumb to damage from UV rays and outdoor conditions, polyaspartic was originally designed for outdoor use, standing resilient against the unpredictability of Mother Nature.

Artistic Brilliance

Polyaspartic enables full customization of your floor without additional costs or complications. While it may offer fewer color choices than epoxy due to its rapid drying time, your polyaspartic floor is sure to be a conversation piece for years.

Low VOCs

Formulated with a low volatile organic compound (VOC) formula, polyaspartic coatings are ideal for those with heightened sensitivity to odors and a commitment to environmental friendliness. Though not entirely eco-friendly, polyaspartic is a cleaner and less pungent alternative compared to epoxy.

Fade Resistance

Resisting UV rays, polyaspartic coatings maintain vibrant colors over the years, presenting a stark contrast to epoxy, which is prone to fading, making it less desirable for well-lit garages.

Swift Installation

Installation typically takes a day or less, contingent on your garage's size. This means only a brief interruption to your routine, resulting in a fantastic floor that your neighbors will envy.

Polyaspartic Flooring Cons

What are the drawbacks of choosing a polyaspartic coating for your garage?

High Cost

As the age-old adage goes, "you get what you pay for." This sentiment holds true for polyaspartic coatings, where quality often correlates with a higher expense. The decision lies with you regarding whether the added cost compared to epoxy is justified by longevity and enhanced durability.

Acid Corrosion

While resistant to various compounds, polyaspartic is susceptible to highly acidic liquids, such as battery acid. For foolproof protection against potent chemicals, a secondary containment treatment may be worth considering.

Complex Installation

Unlike epoxy, polyaspartic is challenging to install and is best left to professionals. This isn't a DIY project, as one misstep can lead to air bubbles, uneven application, or detachment from the concrete base.

Challenging Installation Conditions in Humid Climates

Residents in moderately to highly humid climates may face challenges with moisture accumulation in the concrete, potentially leading to separation, cracks, unevenness, and air bubbles in polyaspartic coatings.

Occasional Overly Swift Drying

While polyaspartic can be engineered for quicker drying, DIY enthusiasts might underestimate the actual speed during installation. Skilled professionals can work swiftly to prevent base coat issues and unwanted air bubbles. Contact us today for a free quote!

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What is epoxy?

Epoxy, a polymer utilized to seal concrete floors for decades, gains recognition for its resistant and durable properties once cured. Typically confined to indoor applications due to its susceptibility to UV rays and foreign chemicals, epoxy floors encompass a primer, a colored base coat, and several layers of polyurethane. Customizable with over 250 color choices, epoxy floors were historically favored for sealing cracked concrete garage floors, but the emergence of polyaspartic coatings has led many customers to consider the latter for specific reasons. Let’s break down the comparison.

Epoxy Flooring Pros

What are the advantages of selecting an epoxy coating for your garage?

Durability

Epoxy hardens upon drying, enabling it to endure high-traffic areas with ease.

Affordability

For those seeking cost-effectiveness and maximum floor coating benefits, epoxy stands as a budget-friendly option compared to polyaspartic.

Chemical Resistance

Unlike polyaspartic, epoxy resists chemicals like battery acids and other highly acidic substances. Cleaning oil spills is straightforward due to epoxy's non-porous nature.

Customization

Epoxy floors offer extensive customization, with vinyl flake coatings being a popular choice for revamping concrete floors.

Quick Installation

With a one-day installation timeframe, you can swiftly return to your routine, secure in the knowledge that your floor is safeguarded for years.

Epoxy Flooring Cons

What are the downsides of selecting an epoxy coating for your garage?

Temperature Sensitivity

Epoxy installation is challenging in extreme temperatures, limiting its availability to specific seasons. Unfavorable conditions on your target installation date may lead to delays.

Curing Time

Epoxy necessitates several days to dry completely, prohibiting vehicle parking until the surface is fully dry. Curing can take nearly a month, subject to external temperatures.

Unpleasant Odor & VOCs

Epoxy coatings contribute to increased airborne VOC levels, potentially impacting air quality temporarily. The lingering smell may persist for days or weeks, contingent on temperature conditions.

Fading Risk

Unlike polyaspartic, epoxy lacks resistance to UV rays and may fade over time. Epoxy is not recommended for garages with ample natural light.

Not Crack-Proof

Epoxy, when dry, becomes rigid and susceptible to cracking, a significant downside compared to the flexibility of polyaspartic.

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Polyaspartic vs. Epoxy

In the ongoing debate between polyaspartic vs. epoxy, our stance for residential garages and high-traffic spaces exposed to natural light, susceptible to concrete cracking, and in areas with higher humidity leans heavily toward recommending polyaspartic coatings over epoxy.

If, despite the drawbacks of epoxy, you remain unconvinced, there’s nothing wrong with choosing epoxy coatings for your garages! While epoxy may not match the durability, crack resistance, or fade resistance of polyaspartic, it does provide protection against certain chemicals that can corrode polyaspartic. If budget considerations are paramount, epoxy may be the preferable choice.

Both options offer extensive color customization and represent substantial improvements over a deteriorating concrete floor. Each serves a distinct purpose, and for further assistance in determining the right choice for your situation, explore our residential flooring types for detailed insights into each option.

TESTIMONIALS

What are the customers saying?

Renee Dobler
Renee Dobler
2023-11-27
My father recently used this company for his garage floor and it came out amazing. The team was curious and professional and they did an excellent job.
Buz C
Buz C
2023-10-23
Impeccable service
marlene dewolfe
marlene dewolfe
2023-10-22
Many thanks to Gilmar for the beautiful job on our 3 car garage epoxy floors. As always Gilmar was professional, responsive and finished the job in a timely manner as promised. We have received so many compliments on our floors! Thank you again Gilmar
John McNamara
John McNamara
2023-10-22
Gilmar and his crew were great. Everything went as planned and the floor came out awesome. Would highly recommend them to all my friends.
Susan Wilkerson
Susan Wilkerson
2023-09-19
We recently had our garage and storage area epoxied by Gilmar Gomes owner of Ultimate Epoxy Floor Solutions. The end result has been AMAZING! It feels like another room has been added to our house. Also, Gilmar was always on time, always completed his goal for the day…even if he needed to pit in extra hours…and was totally upfront with his procedure and process. I would highly recommend his work.