A Guide to Coated Concrete Floors

Coated concrete floors guideThe popularity of coated concrete floors has been resurging in popularity for the last several years. It’s easy to understand why. Concrete floors are durable and environmentally-friendly. The different coatings available for finishing concrete floors add additional properties to the floor.

Consider this blog your guide to coatings for concrete floors. And consider Specialty Coatings the experts in the field. We apply all forms of coatings for concrete floors for commercial and industrial businesses and organizations.

What Is a Coated Concrete Floor?

Concrete floors that are covered with a final coating of a special material such as epoxy or polyurethane are “coated concrete floors.” A particular type of coatings may add a pleasing aesthetic to the floor, make the floor stand up better to high-traffic, make the floor skid-resistant, etc.

What Are the Types of Concrete Floor Coatings?

There are typically four concrete floor coatings: epoxy coatings, polyurethane, polyaspartic, and acrylic coatings.

Epoxy Floor Coatings

Epoxy coatings are a very rigid coating that adheres to base concrete surfaces well. It is durable,  impact-resistant, and resistant to oils and solvents. It’s a good application for a warehouse.

Polyurethane Floor Coatings

Polyurethane floor coatings look very similar to epoxy coatings, but they are softer and more flexible. They are perfect for high pedestrian areas because they are not as hard on the body when standing or walking on it. It is a popular coating in airports, car parks, and hospitals.

Polyaspartic Floor Coatings

Polyaspartic coatings are in the polyurethane family but unlike epoxy or urethane, they require only one coat. Like polyurethan, polyaspartic is good for heavy pedestrian traffic.

Which Coating Is Best?

To select the best coating, you need to identify the following before making a  decision:

  • the condition and age of the floor
  • the desired thickness of the coating
  • the performance conditions you require
  • the aesthetic you want
  • the life expectancy you expect
  • the time that you have available for the installation and curing process

Call Specialty Coatings For Assistance

Call our experts today, and we can help you make the right choices for your needs. We have years of experience that will get the job done right the first time around.