|Posted on May 28, 2013 at 4:30 PM|
We sometimes come across job projects that do not specify the type and quality of the protective coating for the finished concrete floor which is left to the contractor to decide what he should use and often this can back figher on the client.
There is a big difference between premium concrete coatings and concrete sealers. The best way to understand the difference between the two is similar to the analogy of wearing a cow hide leather coat versus wearing a light summer nylon jacket. A nylon jacket would be adequate for summer or spring use but would not be useful in the winter month due to lack insulation protection against the cold. Both premium coatings and urethane sealers offer protection to the concrete floor slab but you will get more quality floor finish and much more mileage out of premium coatings versus regular concrete sealer. Concrete sealers just don't wear as well and don't offer the same level of protection to the concrete slab.
Concrete Art-FX Inc., whenever possible or given the choice, will opt for premium protective concrete coatings such as cyclonic 100% solid resins epoxy, polyaspartic and polyurea concrete floor products, as well as aliphatic polyurethanes. These products can cost up to 3 to 4 times as much as an average concrete sealer but the result and long life of these products will often save more money in the long run by minimizing the re-coating cycle, inconvience resulting from having to re-coat more often and cost.
When we create a decorative concrete floor, we apply protective concrete coatings we know will last and is specifically selected for the intended purpose of the floor to ensure longevity and value.
So next time when considering to protect the concrete or a decorative concrete floor, make sure premium concrete coatings are part of the plan.