May 30 2019 0Comment

Should You Use Epoxy or Urethane Cement (or Both)?

When deciding between types of floor resurfacing, people often find themselves choosing between epoxy and urethane cement. Fortunately, when it comes to concrete floor coatings, you can often use both. While each of these floor coatings works differently, they both offer a variety of advantages. With that in mind, let’s discuss the differences and advantages of epoxy and urethane cement.

An epoxy coating is a great option when it comes to resurfacing a concrete floor. Epoxy materials are typically made up of two parts: the curing agent and epoxy resin. Because of this formula, it can be applied quickly and safely. Furthermore, epoxy is durable, long lasting, and can make old, cracked concrete look brand new. Epoxy can come in multiple colors, allowing epoxy coating specialists to use colors to make logos or identify certain areas. Versatile and resilient, epoxy makes a great option for warehouses, hospitals, aircraft hangars, and many more industrial locations.

Urethane Cement
Urethane cement uses two liquids mixed with common cement, which then creates a solid surface. Because of the bond between the liquid and the cement, this material provides a smooth floor coating that is outstanding when it comes to resisting heat and moisture. Capable of being installed seamlessly, urethane cement decreases the risk of bacteria or chemicals getting stuck between the seams or cracks of the flooring. Additionally, it can be chemical resistant, making it perfect for industrial settings.

Why Use Both?
Because urethane cement doesn’t bond well directly to cement, it makes the perfect addition to an epoxy coating. With a base of epoxy and a topcoat of urethane, the flooring will outlast the original, untreated concrete. When both epoxy and urethane are used, the flooring will have unbeatable wear and abrasion resistance.

So if you’re looking for a floor coating that will increase the durability and resistance to heat, moisture, and chemicals, it may be beneficial to consider the advantages of using both epoxy and urethane. However, this combination isn’t perfect for every project. It’s important to speak with an epoxy flooring contractor to figure out what would be best based on the specific use and requirements of the flooring. Fortunately, epoxy and urethane can be customized to meet each customer’s individual needs.

All Stone Restoration can restore your concrete floor or add in a new, sparkling one. Whether you need help deciding on the finish or decorative style. We have over 47 years of hands-on experience in all phases of stone and concrete restoration. Contact us today to get your free on-site estimate.