Team Green Painting recently completed this 'ocean inspired' floor, and it's certainly getting attention! The floor has been featured in articles across the country and in the United States, and we're pretty proud of our creation. We'd love to see it in a pool shop or a fancy 'fish and chippery'. What do you think?
The products are, as the name would suggest, made up of two primary components:
Polyurea is a sub-group of polyurethane. Like epoxy, it is a two-part component that mixes resin with a catalyst, causing a curing reaction that makes the coating hard. It has zero to low volatile organic compounds, and an impressive elongation rate that exceeds 300% (so it’s more flexible than epoxy). It is commonly used for spray-on bed liners, interior pipe coating, liquid containment lining and many other industrial applications. Because of their extremely fast cure rates (fully hard in less than 5 minutes), most polyureas require specialized equipment for application.
Polyaspartic is a type of aliphatic polyurea. Its role in the coating is to tame the difficulties of the extremely fast cure rate of polyurea and extend the pot life, making it easier to apply.
Besides the environmental considerations, the biggest and most obvious advantage of using a polyaspartic polyurea floor coating is the time factor. While an epoxy floor will move you out of your garage/gym/studio/showroom for three to five days (at a minimum), a polyaspartic polyurea system, consisting of a primer, base colour coat and a top coat, can be applied in one day and allow ‘return to service’ in only 24 hours.
Other advantages over epoxy include:
Of course the next question is always ‘how much?’. A polyaspartic polyurea coating will almost always be slightly more expensive than an epoxy coating, but like most things in life, you get what you pay for. While the labour is less intensive time-wise, the application is no easy feat: Team Green applicators have the advantage of being trade-qualified painters, so they understand the paramount importance of preparation and the variables that apply in any coating system. The product itself is considerably more expensive than an off-the-shelf epoxy, so a skilled applicator is essential to avoid waste and potential headaches!
For more information regarding the types of finishes available, contact Patrick today on mobile no. 0417 611 027.