Seamless flooring options for different needs
You’ve decided you need a new floor, considered various offerings on the market and cannot determine if you need epoxy or polyurethane. We’ll help you choose the correct flooring application that meets your needs.
But first, let’s get the formalities out of the way. Epoxy flooring is a mixture of resin and hardeners. When mixed, it forms a chemical bond that is very strong and resistant to all manner of chemicals, oil, and other industrial spills, and it can be stunning to look at. As a result, epoxy flooring can be used to decorate, protect, and improve any new and existing floor in a commercial building or heavy industrial setting.
Whereas polyurethane flooring is a mixture of different types of resins, fillers, pigments, and hardeners. Polyurethane screeds and coatings are applied to provide smooth and non-slip industrial floor finishes, making it more flexible and scratch resistant. It is an excellent choice to overlay on a concrete floor as a waterproofing layer to prevent cracks from appearing through the coating. Polyurethane is a perfect application for industrial buildings and activities.
We’ve made it easier for you to choose the right floor coating option by highlighting some factors you need to consider before choosing which solution is more appropriate for your needs.
Is the floor in your commercial or industrial building? This answer will guide your decision on the type and amount of epoxy or polyurethane coating to choose. For example, if the floor you want to cover is in your restaurant, you’d like a more aesthetically pleasing epoxy coating while ticking the protective, non-slip boxes. We offer epoxy in various configurations – mixed colours, styles, and patterns. However, if the floor is in an industrial building where safety requirements are paramount, beautiful floors are the least of your concerns. Instead, you’d be interested in the floor’s durability and whether it is a non-slip, pliable derivative like polyurethane flooring.
How long must the floor last? Suppose you’re looking to recoat your automotive workshop floor. A vehicle dealership (or larger area) floor will have a few vehicles parked, moving in and out of the workshop daily; therefore, durability and longevity are requirements but not deal-breakers, and a seamless epoxy floor will suffice. However, considering an industrial environment where heavy machinery moves about, chemical spills, and temperatures fluctuate between the extremes, durability and longevity are necessities. The products in a chemical processing plant or temperatures in a blast freezer room will take their toll on any incorrect flooring application.
Therefore, your choice will be influenced by the durability and longevity of the flooring products. An industrial application will preferably need more than 15 years’ lifespan to the next coat – depending on the use.
Will it be easy to clean? In an industrial setting, everyday spillages are the norm. However, the type and quantity of spillage are other essential factors to consider when choosing your flooring solution. In a chemical plant, spillages need to be cleaned up immediately. Therefore, the best choice is a flooring solution that enables faster and easier cleaning during a spill. That would be the smooth, self-levelling capabilities of both epoxy and polyurethane flooring solutions. In a restaurant kitchen or office building, where the aesthetics and glossy shine of the epoxy is the appeal, cleaning the epoxy flooring is effortless.
Call an expert, call Floormaster. You’re now equipped to choose the right flooring that meets your needs. Floormaster supplies epoxy and polyurethane flooring solutions for any commercial and industrial application in the automotive, pharmaceutical, food and beverage sectors.
The very last factor to consider is the installation. No, we don’t recommend you install it yourself, no matter how many YouTube videos you’ve watched. Since 1995, we have installed flooring solutions in varying applications; we understand floors. You need to trust a professional installer to complete your new floor for many reasons. Here are a few:
- Installation processes
- Health and safety guidelines and risks
- Professional floor preparation before installation
You can read more on the reasons to choose a professional installer on our blog page here.