MINNESOTA CONCRETE FLOOR COATINGS

Comparing Residential Floor Coating Options

Concrete floors are great to have in the home, both inside and outside. They’re durable, easy to clean, and resist water. They are also an eco-friendly option, since they don’t require much energy to produce, inhibit mold, don’t contain VOCs, and can be recycled. Concrete floors are pet friendly since they don’t scratch easily or absorb odors. In addition, they can be finished with a variety of floor coatings and finishes. If you have concrete floors in your home that you’d like updated, here are several surface applications that we offer: 

Polyurea

This relatively new and popular option is the one we recommend for garage floor coatings. We utilize a polyurea base coat with a polyaspartic polyurea top coat. This is a very flexible material that is able to withstand extreme weather changes from season to season. It can be applied in hot or cold temperatures. It’s also very abrasion and chemical resistant. And, polyureas won’t be faded by exposure to UV rays. It cures quickly within minutes and can be used in 24 hours. However, it is a more expensive choice.

Epoxy

This type of product is a versatile floor coating used on concrete floors in many settings. It bonds very strongly with the existing concrete and can be applied in different thicknesses. When pigmented, the epoxy can cover flaws in the concrete surface. It is best applied during moderate temperatures and takes three to five days to fully cure. This surface is popular for basements, malls, galleries, automotive garages, home garages, and vehicle and pedestrian ramps. It’s a good choice for indoor use, since it’s not UV stable. While less durable than the standard high-solid epoxy, water-based epoxy paint is an affordable option.

Polyurethane

This surfacing option is more scratch and abrasion resistant than epoxy, plus more resistant to chemicals. It can handle temperature variations, and it is UV stable so can be used outside. It is applied in a thinner layer than epoxy, so it isn’t as good at repairing small cracks and divots by itself. This is a very clear material and is often chosen as a top coat applied over epoxy. Some polyurethanes can also have high VOCs.

Urethane

In use for decades, this type of product ranges from oil-modified urethanes to chemical-resistant urethanes. With a thin application, urethane can be good as a top coat. It has been used in hangars, car dealerships, and warehouses. While glossy and easy to clean, urethane can sometimes be prone to discoloration and peeling over time, since it isn’t UV stable. 

MMA

MMA is short for Methyl Methacrylates. This floor coating has a fast curing time of only one to two hours and is known for being very durable. We are able to apply it in hot or cold temperatures and it’s UV stable, so it can be used outside. It does have a strong odor and requires proper ventilation during application.

Polymer-Modified Cement

This floor coating can be used to resurface interior floors, especially if the existing surface is uneven. It can also be used to create color, texture, or pattern, including the look of stone or brick. It is stronger and more durable than standard cements. It cures quickly and can sometimes be walked on after only a few hours.

In addition, our applications have a choice of finishes in a variety of colors and textures. This includes color from chips or quartz blends as well as solid color and metallic finishes. Textures include anti-slip additives. We also stand behind the quality of our work and provide a 15-year warranty on residential flooring. We’re happy to answer any questions you may have. Contact us to learn more about our residential floor coatings.


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