Polyaspartic coating is another new product that is available for concrete surface coating. Epoxy resin has been in use for many years, but the hunt is always on to find a better, quicker surface coating. Both products have a fair share of benefits, but one stands out above the other in creating a safe, long-lasting concrete surface coat. The biggest separating factor between the two is the time it takes for the surface to harden.
What Is Polyaspartic Coating?
Polyaspartic coating is a product that is designed to offer a super-fast drying time. It’s able to completely cure within a half-hour to an hour. It beats epoxy when it comes to drying time between application and being able to use the floor. It also has a lower level of fumes. The ability to ward off scratch damage is better with polyaspartic coatings, but it does not hold up well to battery acid.
Unlike epoxy, polyaspartic can be applied during times of extreme temperature variances. Not everything is wine and roses with this product. The drawbacks might be few, but they are serious enough to cast doubts on its usefulness for flooring.
Polyaspartic Vs Epoxy Applications
The application of the polyaspartic coating is primarily used for basements, garages, commercial, and industrial flooring. Application of polyaspartic coating has to be done quickly due to the incredibly fast drying time. It is a project better left to a professional installer.
You can add a color aggregate to the surface of the polyaspartic coating, but it’s not really receptive to any type of color treatment, unlike epoxy resin. It results in less flexibility for the overall looks of your completed floor.
Why Choose Epoxy Over Polyaspartics
One specific difference between the installation of a polyaspartic coating and epoxy resin is the cost. Epoxy is much more affordable. Epoxy allows you to choose from a wide range of color additives and aggregates to make an almost endless choice in surface results.
Polyaspartics might dry faster, but the finished results are a surface that is super-slick when wet. It is a must to add a surface aggregate to simply have a level of stability. It’s an incredible drawback for spaces like garages and basements that are subject to moisture. When looking at the bigger picture, epoxy wins the battle through price and quality.