Urethane Coatings have been around a bit longer than Epoxy Coatings and although it is an older technology, it is still regarded in the industry as a better-performing "polymer", for it's outstanding abrasion-resistance and gloss-retention. "Urethane's" are usually more flexible than their more rigid counterpart..."Epoxy" Coatings, and it is it's modest flexibility, that allows it to better absorb shock, while also resist scratching, under normal foot and wheel traffic. This is especially true, if abrasives (such as, sand or metal-shavings), are in contact with the floor surface.
Revolutionary engineering, first utilized by The Pepsi Cola Corporation, to bond the polymer labels to their glass bottles, was later incorporated by The Tennant Company to enhance the bond of their Urethane Coatings to concrete, thereby, allowing for 2 thin coats of Urethane to perform well, under the heaviest traffic conditions. Further engineering by The Tennant Company, produced patented coatings, loaded with ceramic fillers that greatly extended the life span of their Urethane floors...especially under aggressive traffic such as fork-lifts or high-volume foot traffic.
Many of our Industrial, Commercial and Airport Hangar Flooring Clients, choose to go with 2 thin coats of our toughest Urethane as their "flooring system", since this is extremely durable, while also being one of our most economic flooring installation choices available to meet their needs.
If there is any "disadvantage" to Urethane Flooring Systems, it is the fact that it must be applied very thinly, or else it will not perform well. For older concrete, showing signs of erosion or impact damage, 2 coats of Urethane will not provide the adequate "repair" needed to achieve a smooth floor. In this scenario, an Epoxy primer is required, since it can be applied at a greater thickness and then, a topcoat of Urethane would be applied as the "final wear" coat. This has proven to be the most requested system by our clients who have older floors.
Urethane coatings offer the highest abrasion-resistance, as well as, excellent color-stability and chemical-resistance... making them the preferred choice, as the seamless floor's "final wear" coat.
Out of our client-base who experience heavy foot-traffic, or wheel-traffic (such as fork-lifts or aircraft), and even little animal paws, the overwhelming majority, have selected poly-Urethane as the "wear-surface".
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