A showroom floor coating must be both high-performance and impressive. Showroom flooring must enhance your brand image without detracting from your product or service. In short, it must impress your clients and instill a sense of confidence in your company’s abilities.
In a commercial garage, for example, a metallic coating system could be a good counterpoint for tires. If you’re selling Bentleys, you may wish to choose something more classic, like a marble finish.
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Why the Need for Showroom Floor Coating in Southern Illinois?
Concrete is making a comeback everywhere, from industrial complexes to high-end boutiques. However, thanks to the latest range of concrete coatings, you might never realize it. It’s possible to recreate the look of costly materials like granite at a fraction of the price.
Combine that with concrete’s natural durability and versatility, and you have a winner. The downside of using concrete is that it is a very porous medium. However, with the right showroom floor coating, that is no longer an issue.
The current polyurea formulation is a vast improvement on the traditional epoxy floor coating due to the following benefits:
- More heat stable
- Able to bear more foot traffic
- More resistant to staining, scuffing and scratching
- Lower in VOCs
- Less volatile in direct sunlight thanks to UV-protectants
What Are the Benefits of Using Coatings on Your Showroom Floor?
Using a showroom floor coating has several advantages.
Scuff-, stain-, and scratch-resistant, these coatings last for between five and ten years under heavy traffic conditions. Unlike their concrete substrate, they will not show signs of wear and tear in high-use areas relatively quickly.
The polyurea has a high-stress tolerance, meaning it won’t chip or crack easily. Therefore it protects the underlying layer from heavy wear and impact damage.
A concrete floor releases a significant amount of dust over its lifespan as a natural part of its usage. The coating seals off the concrete, sealing in the dust. The area is cleaner as a result.
Protects the Concrete Layer
Concrete will last for decades, but it is prone to impact damage. It also expands and contracts due to extremes of temperature. Finally, the surface is porous, meaning that the concrete soaks up any spills and dirt quickly.
An unsealed floor quickly picks up a dusty patina interspersed by stains, chips, and cracks. Even though it may be relatively new, it looks old quickly. Your showroom floor coating hides these marks and prevents further deterioration.
Polyurea repels water and many other liquids. It is, therefore, ideal in a highly humid environment. This comes in handy for cleanups but also for businesses that have plenty of water in their showrooms. For example, pet shops and hot tub manufacturers.
Easy to Clean and Maintain
Polyurea is easy to clean, requiring little more than a bucket of warm water. If there are stubborn stains, you may need to upgrade to a cleaning solution as well. However, most of these coatings do better with plain water.
Maintenance generally consists of polishing the floor to restore the shine and fill in small scratches. Otherwise, you may need to purchase a patch kit and perform spot repairs. That is all you need to do for the product’s lifetime.
There is no need to resurface the floor every couple of years or perform any other maintenance.
We’ll issue a caveat here because epoxy is more expensive than methods like painting upfront. However, if you factor in the long lifespan and that you do not require much maintenance, its lifetime cost is low.
Additionally, if you compare it to the cost of using granite or marble, it is very reasonable. Finally, when you factor in what you save on cleaning materials, using polyurea makes even more fiscal sense.
You may opt for coatings with enhanced traction to reduce the chances of slipping. You can also choose a coating that has anti-microbial properties for better workplace safety.
Finally, the polyurea has some give, making it more comfortable to walk on than concrete. Your workers are less likely to suffer repetitive stress fractures.
Finally, you can incorporate safety signs into the floor or demarcate certain areas. You may also improve visibility in the workplace by opting for lighter, more reflective floors.
The primary reason that many companies opt for polyurea coating is its impressive durability. You may use a clear coat to seal plain concrete or get creative and choose from several additives such as:
- Quartz crystals
- Vinyl flakes
- Metallic flakes
With the right team at your side, you can recreate the look of sandstone or choose a unique floor in your company colors. The options are virtually endless, making epoxy a decorator’s dream product.
It’s up to you. Do you want a hot pink reception area for a creative feel? Would you prefer something luxe like an onyx look?
It’s all possible with Smart Coatings and your vision.