What is a concrete coating?
Coatings can cover a very broad range of products. Generally speaking a coating is any material which bonds to and coats any concrete surface with the intent to protect the concrete from a particular usage.
What kinds of coatings do we use?
We prefer to install Flexmar Polyaspartic coatings. We have found them to be excellent products which give us the flexibility to install and design over a wide range of needs. We also install Elite Crete, a polymer modified cement. Elite Crete is an excellent concrete overlay able to achieve a wide range of decorative finishes.
Can any concrete be coated?
In a simple word, yes. Will they all work on any surface? No. They each have limit and minimum requirements for success. Concrete must be structurally sound to be a candidate for a coating.
Polyaspartic coatings have many of the high build properties and durability of epoxies but are much more flexible, scratch resistant, and they do not yellow when exposed to sunlight. Specific benefits are;
- Rapid Curing
- High film build (up to 18 mils in a single coat)
- UV stable so it will never turn yellow
- Crystal clear and does not blush white from moisture in the concrete
- High abrasion resistance-higher than epoxy or urethane
Where to use a Polyaspartic coating
Polyaspartics are a great coating for a high traffic, commercial� application because of their superior abrasion resistance and fast cure��time.���Because of their resistance to hot tire marks, polyaspartics make a great garage floor coating.
What is a Polymer Modified Cementitious Overlay?
Cement gains its strength from the cement paste coating an aggregate and curing to a hardened state. These aggregates or gravel, dictate a minimum thickness to be sound. With advances in polymers, we can replace the aggregates and gain great strength while remaining extremely thin. Essentially a new concrete canvas is created upon which the decorative possibilities are virtually limitless.
Overlays can be dyed, stained, microfinished, textured, patterned, integrally colored and even used to cover walls. It is one of the most versatile tools in a decorative artists arsenal.