Concrete Coatings: Protecting and Beautifying
The newest concrete coatings really do it all: they protect, they beautify and they prolong the life of our concrete surfaces. Whether you are using state-of-the-art epoxies, fast-setting polyaspartics, or special effects coatings, today’s coatings are up the challenge of protecting concrete surfaces from all the abuse we can throw their way.
Untreated concrete is porous, and is therefore susceptible to corrosion, wear and damage. That’s why the use of a good coating can make all the difference in the way your concrete looks and wears. Tire traffic, harsh chemicals and corrosion from de-icing chemicals are all kept at bay by a good concrete coating.
A solid coating not only gives your concrete surfaces additional protection, but also gives it beauty and simplifies its maintenance.
A great selection of concrete coatings offers faster curing times. Better yet, they are free of harmful VOCs and more effective adhere to the properly prepared concrete surfaces. In addition, they are available in a great variety of colors and decorative options.
The newest coatings have maximized their performance ability and are easier to install than the more traditional options. Although more expensive, their endurance and ease of use make them stand out among the hundreds of different concrete coatings available.
Coatings can include cement-based overlays and toppings, paints, and epoxy-aggregate systems.
The most popular types of coatings for concrete are categorized under four options: epoxies, acrylics, urethanes, and polyureas.
Advanced Epoxy Options
Epoxies generally produce a high-gloss, long-lasting finish that is extremely durable and resistant to marks, scuffs and abrasions, which is why they have been utilized for many years in the commercial and industrial industries.
The drawbacks of epoxies, however, are the extended curing times required and the yellowing that result from exposure to UV light.
One-part epoxy systems are also popular, as they are ready for application and do not require any messy mixing. They are great for both commercial and residential projects, and these epoxy options are resistant to marks, scuffs, tire marks, grease stains, and other marks.
Rapidly Drying Epoxies
Fast-setting epoxies are dry to the touch within 20 minutes and are thoroughly dry in as little as 12 hours. This is ideal, as traditional epoxy options call for 24 hours of drying time before you can recoat, and they also take a few days to cure.
Polyaspartics have come onto the market with better performance capabilities and more convenient installation. These coatings can be applied and cured in very short periods of time, and can be applied in just one coat.
They are also more impact resistant and offer more protection against abrasion than urethane or epoxy coatings.
Polyaspartics can be used in either commercial or residential settings and can be applied in both high and low temperatures. This type of coating can be quite popular for garage floors, retail facilities, driveways, warehouses, vehicle showrooms, and other concrete slabs which experience heavy use.
These coatings are typically pricier than traditional coatings, but the minimized costs in labor and waiting time often more than make up for this drawback.