The Difference between Polyurea and Epoxy for a Concrete Floor

We are often asked about the differences between epoxy and polyurea. First, all of these products containing two components can be applied to a garage floor or an industrial floor. However, some products are better suited to certain floors, depending on their use and the period available for the application. Let’s take a look at the differences between these two products – and include polyurethane, which is also very popular in the field of garage flooring and commercial flooring.

Polyurethane Concrete Surface Polyurea Epoxy
Adherence Good (normally used as a finishing coat with an epoxy primer) Excellent Excellent
Durability 4-7 years 30+ years 30+ years under optimal conditions
Adaptability Excellent Excellent (50x more than epoxy) Weak (little motion tolerance)
Interior/Exterior Use Yes Yes, resistant to temperature extremes No, not resistant to UV radiation
Application Temperature 2°C to 43°C -7°C to 54°C 10°C to 54°C
Drying Time 2-4 days 1 day 3-6 days
Resistance to Hot Tires Moderate Excellent Excellent (with industrial products not available in stores)
Odour Strong None Strong/weak depending on the type
Resistance to Oil and Contaminants Excellent Excellent Excellent
Radiation to UV Radiation Excellent Lifetime warranty Not resistant, discoloration in the sun
PVC Moderate Very low, LEED ecological product Low to high, depending on the quality
 

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