The same technology that we use for waterproofing – polyurea – also doubles as an extremely durable protective coating. In fact, it is by far the toughest coating on the market with no comparable alternatives. It can be used to protect truck beds, floors, secondary containment systems, and more.
Polyurea is newer and more advanced than traditional coating systems, and offers many advantages.
These advantages come mainly in the form of impressive physical properties and its fast set characteristics. It can also be applied over a variety of different substrates (concrete, metals, wood and more) in a wide range of temperature and humidity environments. Polyurea is spray applied, so it is fast to apply and allows for virtually any mil thickness to be applied in one or multiple passes.
One of Polyurea’s major benefits is its fast set nature. It can typically return an area to service many times faster than traditional coatings, allowing the owner to put the facility back in use without days or weeks of revenue-losing down time. Down time for maintenance and coatings on water tanks, waste-water clarifiers, parking garages and chemical storage tanks costs the facility owner a great deal of money since these areas must be taken out of service while other coatings are applied and drying.
Our polyurea coatings can reduce secondary containment maintenance costs and maximize equipment return on investment. Industrial Coatings can be sprayed or cast onto virtually any type of equipment and substrate material, regardless of penetrations or shape, whether new or already in-service. Our coatings can be applied significantly thicker than many other protective coatings in the market – from 1/8” to multiple inches thick. Our polyurea also provides superior protection from harsh chemicals and biological environments and is an ideal protective solution to protect against spills, leaks, or leaking hazardous material seeping into the surrounding environment.
One of the most widely-used protective coatings has for decades been epoxy. Polyurea is a newer and, by almost all measures, far better quality alternative as this side-by-side comparison shows:
- Polyurea forms a very strong bond to concrete
- Has been in use for 30+ years
- Lasts indefinitely if applied properly – even in challenging environments
- Polyurea has elongation properties more than 50 times that of epoxy – making it highly resistant to cracking
- Polyurea works as well outdoors as it does indoors. Installations can be done in very challenging environments and perform well
- Polyurea flooring products can be installed in temperatures ranging from -20° F to 130° F
- Installs and cures in one day
- Polyurea is highly resistant to hot tire pick-up
- Generates almost no odor when curing
- Highly resistant to oil and most contaminants–just wipe up spills, no trace is left
- Polyurea is 100% UV protected so it will not fade
- Polyurea retains traction when wet
- Green Product, most forms of Polyurea have zero or extremely low VOCs
- Epoxy forms a very strong bond to concrete
- Has been in use for 65+ years
- High quality epoxies last indefinitely if applied properly but only in the right environment
- Cures to a very hard surface − epoxy cannot handle expanding and contracting concrete found outdoors
- Not recommended for outdoor use. Epoxy cannot handle the constantly fluctuating state of outdoor concrete
- Epoxy can only be properly installed in temperatures above 50° F
- Installs and cures in 6-8 days
- Properly installed industrial-grade epoxy is highly resistant to hot tire pick-up
- Generates strong odor when curing
- Industrial-grade epoxies (not big-box store epoxies) are very oil and chemical resistant
- Only industrial-grade epoxies do not fade over time
- Property installed epoxy retains traction when wet
- Industrial-grade epoxies have low VOCs, big-box store epoxies have extremely high VOC content