Are you interested in cost-effective home upgrades that don’t require extensive construction work? Polyurea garage floor coatings offer you a practical and beautiful way to improve the look and durability of your garage floor in a couple of days. Why put up with messy, expensive construction that takes weeks or months with this smart solution from Smart Coatings as an alternative?
What Are Polyurea Garage Floor Coatings?
Polyurea looks similar to epoxy but, being a type of polyurethane, is four times as strong. It is a highly durable, waterproof, flexible material with a short cure time that lends itself to many applications. Aside from coating garage floors, you can use it to coat water tanks and protect the metal from rusting.
It is a resinous substance that requires a catalyst to begin the curing process and boasts a life span of 15 years or longer in average residential settings.
Why Choose Polyurea for Your Garage?
Why choose this class of durable materials for your garage? Property owners choose polyurea garage floor coatings in Southern Illinois for many reasons:
Durable and Beautiful
Polyurea will last around five years in a commercial garage and about 15 years or longer in a home garage. The coating bonds with the concrete, meaning it doesn’t lift or peel like paint. There is also no fear of cracking, and it is very difficult to damage the surface, even if you drop tools on it.
Polyurea garage floor coatings handle the weight of your car and other heavy machinery and furniture easily and come in a variety of colors.
Remains Pristine and Vibrant
Epoxy floors tend to fade or discolor when you expose them to direct sunlight. Choosing the right formulation of polyurea solves this issue and ensures that your flooring remains vibrant.
Combined with the surface’s stain-resistant properties, this means that your floor will look as good in five years as it does upon installation.
The reason that polyurea is stain-resistant is because it repels liquids. The advantage is that no mess makes it through to the underlying concrete. Therefore, you simply need to wipe away the mark to avoid staining, and doing so is very easy.
The other benefit is that the concrete doesn’t retain moisture, reducing the chances of mold and mildew forming.
Abrasion and Chemical-Resistant
The tough surface is abrasion and chemical-resistant, making it ideal for a garage. Grease and other motor fluids won’t damage the surface. Also, rock salt does not affect the surface during winter, so you can say goodbye to spalling.
Easy to Clean and Maintain
Sweep or vacuum your polyurea garage floor coatings regularly, mop or hose it down occasionally, and then polish it once in a while to keep it looking pristine. Aside from spot cleaning and maybe the occasional patch, that is all the maintenance you need to perform.
The strength of the polyurea enhances the concrete’s strength because the liquid penetrates the concrete’s pores. The coating also acts as a shock absorber, protecting the concrete from the elements and staining.
Unsealed concrete also tends to wear quickly and consistently releases fine dust particles into the air. Enclosing the upper layer in polyurea prevents this, resulting in better air quality. therefore, your concrete lasts much longer than it would if unsealed.
You can also choose an opaque sealant to give stained or faded concrete a new lease on life. With the new layer over the top, you won’t notice the marks underneath anymore.
Finally, the underlying concrete does not need to be in perfect shape to benefit. Polyurea can hold cracked and even crumbling concrete together, as long as the majority of it is still structurally sound.
Quick Installation Process
We can install the average-sized garage floor in a single day. We spend most of our time preparing the surface because the pouring process goes relatively quickly. If your garage floor is in good shape already, we can shave some time off the installation.
From there, the floor is ready to walk on within a few hours and ready for your car within 24 to 48 hours. When our technician comes to perform the estimate, they will give you a better idea of the timeline.
How Much Does Polyurea Flooring Cost?
The answer is less than you think. Our team will perform an on-site valuation to give you an accurate upfront quote and discuss your options. The cost depends on the following:
- Size of the garage
- Additives you select
- Complexity of the preparation work and job
A solid color is a great budget-friendly option, while flake flooring gives you more interest at a slightly higher cost. The more intricate the decorative detail, the higher the potential cost.
Polyurea vs. Epoxy
Polyurea came about as a way to address some of the inadequacies of epoxy. It’s not only stronger, but it is more flexible. This means that it can move when concrete expands or contracts without becoming brittle.
It is also more tolerant of temperature extremes, enabling you to install it year-round. Polyurea is fast-curing, making installation quicker. This does, however, mean that professional installation is more important than ever to avoid mishaps like bubbles forming. Polyurea also won’t become yellow or fade when exposed to sunlight.