When it comes to concrete polishing in Chicago, CustomCrete has always strived for excellence. Let us help you decide on epoxy vs. urethane concrete floor coatings for your commercial building.
Epoxy is a chemical compound made up of polymers used as a resin to provide better performance and a smoother, more durable surface on top of existing floors. Professionals can apply it in various thicknesses ranging from 2-80mm, depending on the usage of the floor. The underlying surface need not be pristine, as epoxy adheres well to porous floors and seamlessly covers scratches and dents. Epoxy coating binds tightly to the floor and hardens into a rigid surface, making it excellent for high-traffic areas and heavy machinery.
Here are some of the many advantages of epoxy coatings:
- A high-gloss finish reflects light and increases the brightness of the interior while reducing lighting bills.
- The chemically resistant surface makes it ideal for a wide array of industries.
- Use it to renovate old floors, making them look brand new.
- Certain formulations of epoxy meet the limits for Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC) making it a green option.
However, there are a few drawbacks to epoxy. The installation time for epoxy flooring is usually long—professional will properly prep the floors so that the coating lies perfectly flat against the surface of the floor. Additionally, you cannot use epoxy cannot on all surfaces. For example, you cannot place it on wood floors as the contraction and expansion of wood can cause the epoxy to crack.
Urethane coatings offer more color options, creating more design options for your floors. In addition to being durable and flexible, it also includes the following benefits:
- The surface is waterproof and therefore, easy to clean.
- Repair is simple, as you only need to reapply a thin coat of urethane.
- Urethane’s sheen lasts longer than epoxy.
However, you can not adjust the thickness of urethane like you can with epoxy— professionals roll it out in sheets of 2-3mL thickness. Additionally, urethane does not always bond as well to flooring because of a thin film which makes it harder to fasten to scratches and dents.