Polyaspartic Floor Coatings: Frequently Asked Questions

Polyaspartic Floor Coatings: Frequently Asked Questions

August 23, 2023

Polyaspartic floor coatings are one of the leading choices for commercial and residential flooring in the United States. Reading this article, you are probably already considering this as an option for yourself – rest assured, you’ve reached the Colorado specialists. 

Trust in Epoxy Colorado, a family-owned business serving Colorado for 19 years. Contact the experts today for a free estimate! 

Here is a complete list of questions we frequently get from our customers. 

What are Polyaspartic Floor Coatings?

Developed in the 1990s as a corrosion-resistant coating, polyaspartic floor coatings have surged in popularity in commercial and residential applications. It is the perfect option for long-lasting, durable, and great-looking floors. 

Polyaspartic floor coatings combine ester and various other materials to create an aliphatic and polyurea sealer. It is more durable and quicker to cure than epoxy flooring systems, making it a truly premium flooring choice. It is most commonly used in garages, basements, and commercial/ industrial spaces. 

Where Does Epoxy Colorado Install Throughout the State? 

Epoxy Colorado installs all throughout Colorado. We have served Ault, Berthoud, Boulder, Colorado Springs, Denver, Estes Park, Evans, Fort Collins, Greeley, Lafayette, Louisville, Loveland, Thornton, Windsor, and more!

What are the Biggest Benefits of Polyaspartic Floor Coatings?

Benefits include:

  • UV Resistant (Doesn't Yellow)
  • Durable Gloss Finish
  • Eco-Friendly and low VOCs
  • Chemical Resistant
  • Higher Abrasion Resistance Than Epoxy
  • Easy to maintain
  • 1-Day install
  • Vehicle-Ready in 24 Hours
  • Lifetime warranty
  • Installation Available in -30°F to 140°F Temperatures

How Long do Polyaspartic Floors Last? 

Polyaspartic floors last up to 25 years with regular maintenance. With the Epoxy Colorado lifetime warranty, you will not have to worry about your floors again. 

How do You Maintain Polyaspartic Floors? 

  1. Vacuum or sweep the floor regularly to remove dirt and debris. The abrasive elements of dirt and debris can cause damage to the polyaspartic floor over time.
  2. Use a soft cloth mop and a neutral pH cleaner to clean the floor. Harsh cleaners can damage the finish of the polyaspartic floor and should be avoided.
  3. Place mats or rugs at the entrances and in high-traffic areas to reduce dirt and debris from being tracked onto the floor.
  4. Place furniture, appliances, and other heavy items on felt pads or coasters to avoid scratches.
  5. Avoid dragging furniture and other items across the floor, which can cause scratches.
  6. Avoid waxing the floor, as this can cause a buildup of wax, which can interfere with the performance of the polyaspartic floor.
  7. Avoid using harsh scrubbers or abrasive cleaners, as these can damage the floor's finish.

Read our blog for pro tips on cleaning and maintenance

Do Polyaspartic Floor Coatings Have a Lifetime Warranty?

Yes! Epoxy Colorado is highly confident in our results and provides a lifetime warranty on all of our floors. 

How are Polyaspartic Coatings Different From Epoxy Coatings? 

Polyaspartic and epoxy coatings have several clear differences. Polyaspartic can be installed both indoors and outdoors, is highly weather resistant, eco-friendly, fade resistant, and has incredibly fast install times. Epoxy falls short on those points but is also less expensive and far superior in its resistance to chemical/ acidic liquid damage. Read our deep dive into differences between polyaspartic and epoxy

How are Polyaspartic Floor Coatings Applied? 

Polyaspartic flooring can be installed in a short period of time with 7 easy steps. 

  1. Prep surface. Use a dry diamond grinder or shot blaster to open the concrete pores. Use biodegradable degreasing agents or organic oil emulsifiers to remove any contaminants.
  2. Test moisture level. Moisture can weaken the bond between polyaspartic flooring and concrete. Levels should be no higher than 75% internal RH. Usually not a problem in the dry Colorado environment. 
  3. Fill in cracks and gaps. Use a mixture of sand and polyurea to fill in any surface defects.  
  4. Mix material. Polyaspartic coatings will come with two parts you will mix together at a 1:1 ratio. If you’re adding in pigment, be sure to add it to part A and mix that with part B. 
  5. Prime surface. Apply a light coat to see if it’s absorbing into the concrete appropriately. Let this settle for roughly an hour, depending on the temperature and humidity.
  6. Apply more layers. Build up the floor to your desired thickness. This can range anywhere from 2 mils to 18 mils thick. If you’re adding in vinyl chips or decorative quartz, begin to incorporate it in while the second coat (or base coat) is still wet. 
  7. Apply top coat. If you add in vinyl or quartz texture, smooth over the dry surface with a scraper and vacuum. This will make applying the base coat easier. Once that’s done, or if you didn’t include textured chips, apply a coat of the polyaspartic mixture and roll it out. 

Who Can Install Polyaspartic Floor Coatings? 

Polyaspartic floor coatings take precision to achieve a quality finished product. We recommend leaving the installation to the pros at Epoxy Colorado. 

How Long Does it Take to Install Polyaspartic Floor Coatings?

Polyaspartic floors can be installed and cured completely, ready for walking and use, within 24 hours. It can be installed in both high and low temperatures. 

Are Polyaspartic Floor Coatings Environmentally Friendly?

Using a low volatile organic compound (VOC) formula, polyaspartic coatings are perfect for those with an extra sensitive nose and a love for the environment. While it is not 100% eco-friendly when compared to epoxy, polyaspartic is a much cleaner and less foul-smelling alternative.

When is Polyaspartic the Best Flooring Option? 

Polyaspartic floors are perfect for intense environments. They can withstand extremely high and low temperatures (above 300 degrees and below 0 degrees Fahrenheit), and they can hold up to high-traffic usage. It is also highly resistant to UV rays, so it can be installed indoors or outdoors. 

When Should Polyaspartic Not be Used? 

If flooring needs to be breathable, then polyaspartic is not the best choice. Polyaspartic finishes are completely non-porous. 

What are the Drawbacks of Polyaspartic Floors?

Polyaspartic has only a few downsides. They are hard to install, can face corrosion from acids, and generally have a higher cost than alternative flooring options. 

Can Polyaspartic Coating be Applied on Top of Epoxy Coating? 

Yes, following some preparation, polyaspartic coating can be applied on top of an old epoxy-coated floor. 

How can I get started?

Get started right away with your dream flooring solution by contacting the experts at Epoxy Colorado today! A free estimate by our Colorado professionals is the first step.

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