WHAT IS POLYASPARTIC COATING?
A. ORIGINAL POLYASPARTIC CHEMISTRY
Was originally introduced around the early 1990s making it a relatively new class of concrete coating. Polyaspartic is actually an aliphatic polyurea as it is derived from the chemical reaction of aliphatic polyisocyanate component and a polyaspartic ester component, which is a new type of amine/diamine functional co-reactant for aliphatic polyisocyanate.
Polyaspartic esters perform well as a reactive diluting agent for high solids polyurethane coatings. As such, polyaspartic esters initially used in conventional solvent-borne two-component polyurethane coatings. Eventually, the advantages of using polyaspartic esters as the main component of the co-reactant for reaction with an aliphatic polyisocyanate in low to zero volatile organic compound (voc) coatings has been realized.
The reaction rate of polyaspartic esters can be manipulated, thus extending the pot-life and controlling the cure rate of aliphatic coatings. This allows formulators to create high solids coatings systems which are user-friendly with longer working times and still maintain a rapid-cure time.
Traditional aliphatic polyurea formulations required high-pressure and temperature plural component spray systems to be applied due to quick initial reaction rates. Aliphatic polyaspartics can be formulated with slower reaction rates to accommodate batch-mixing and application by roller-applied methods.
When coating concrete, polyaspartics can be installed in both clear and pigmented form. Additionally, broadcast media such as quartz, vinyl paint chips can be incorporating, as well as metallic pigments
Is concrete staining eco-friendly?
Yes, Concrete Floor FX uses eco friendly dyes in colouring polished concrete or epoxy coated floors. The topical sealers we use in indoor setting are water based and using the structural concrete as your floor is an obvious eco-friendly method to create gorgeous floors for less while maintaining a small environmental foot print.
What is Metallic epoxy floors?
Metallic epoxy concrete flooring is a durable and innovative way produce unbelievably beautiful floors. Metallic epoxy is typically a 3 to 4 step or coating process which involves an application of solid color base coat of epoxy, then with 100% epoxy 2nd coat infused with your choice metallic colour powder, followed by final top coat of either polyurethane or epoxy. Highly recommended for places where an impressive floor is desired on a small budget, or where concrete floor slab has too many imperfections for other type of decorative concrete flooring.
Can polished concrete floor be colour stained?
Yes. We use specialty designed dyes to permanently colour polished concrete floor.
Is Polished concrete floors good for radiant heated concrete?
Yes. We produce polished concrete flooring, or stained concrete finishes over the radiant heated concrete slab has been installed and the new poured concrete floor is cured.
NOTE: Many flooring materials such as hardwoods, often will buckle under a radiant heated concrete floor over time.
Difference between concrete staining and metallic epoxy colours?
Although both methods produce rich and beautiful concrete flooring, the 2 processes and products used ae entirely different.
In concrete staining is less expensive and is ideal to achieve a natural stone like appearance and requires that the concrete is sound condition without too many faults or imperfections. Metallic epoxy floor also produces stone like effects but with rich metallic sheen and is a more involved process to produce. However metallic epoxy coating can be applied on any type of concrete floor slab regardless or the amount of cracks and imperfections to produce a fault free very expensive, and unique floor appearance that people will take notice yet metallic epoxy floor can be had at a very competitive prices compared to conventional flooring.