WE’RE FIGHTING BACK: THE TRUTH ABOUT “1-DAY” CONCRETE COATING SYSTEMS
In August 2020, GarageFloorCoating.com released an article that brings attention to the risks associated with “1-day” coating systems (Polyurea-Polyaspartic One-Day Systems: Do They Work). These coating systems for garage floors have become incredibly popular. Contractors love them because they are quick and easy to install. Likewise, customers are pleased because the job is completed in just one day. Nevertheless, it’s crucial to keep in mind the timeless advice of caveat emptor (“Let the buyer beware”).
It’s something to think about, especially when it comes to contractors, how often does being “fast” mean being “good”?
What’s a Polyaspartic?
A polyaspartic is a fast-curing coating commonly used in the concrete industry. It offers excellent protection against UV rays, chemicals, and impacts once applied. Additionally, a high-quality polyurea-polyaspartic can even prevent staining from tire marks left by parked cars. These coatings are perfect for adding color or providing a durable clear topcoat.
However, there is one drawback to polyurea-polyaspartics: they are not suitable for use as primer coats directly on concrete due to poor bonding in moist conditions. To overcome this limitation, experienced contractors use a moisture-mitigating epoxy as a primer coat and then apply the polyurea-polyaspartic as the clear topcoat. This process does take a bit longer, usually spanning up to 2 days instead of just 1.
Contractors who provide a “1-day” system know about this and might attempt to undermine epoxy products when dealing with potential customers. They might even add a clause in the contract to safeguard themselves from any problems related to moisture by excluding warranty coverage. It’s worth mentioning that all types of coating products, such as epoxies, polyurethanes, and polyurea-polyaspartics, have their own advantages and disadvantages. A trustworthy contractor should possess a wide variety of products to guarantee optimal outcomes for every project.
Why Don’t “1-Day” Systems Warrant Moisture-Related Issues?
It’s never advisable to use a thin layer of polyurea for direct-to-concrete application as they use in “1-day” polyurea-polyaspartic coating systems, because they tend to delaminate over time in medium to high moisture conditions. Despite this, contractors still use this system as it saves them product and labor costs, making it a very profitable option. However, the warranty doesn’t cover “high-moisture conditions” and other factors like staining from hot-tire transfer, despite the fact that these are the number one reasons for coating failures. With these restrictive warranties, why would anyone invest in this type of concrete coating.
Us Versus Them
Our thick garage floor coatings are guaranteed against moisture-related conditions (including high hydrostatic pressures) and tire staining, as well as staining from most automotive fluids. We take pride in using industrial-grade, 100%-solids polyurea-polyaspartic coatings in every garage, applying two clear top coats for maximum protection. We simply never use polyureas as direct-to-concrete primers…instead, we use a thick, moisture-mitigating epoxy to ensure the longevity of our coatings.
What also sets us apart from the competition is our use of proprietary mica stone blends in our full-chip, mica stone concrete coatings. Unlike others who use thermoplastic only, our floors are thicker, stronger, more reflective, and more visually appealing. Our Bagari SE and Vintage Mica series, which incorporate an ultra-thick 100%-solids moisture-mitigating primer coat, a full-chip mica-infused broadcast, and two 100%-solids polyurea-polyaspartic top coats with anti-skid properties, result in garage floor coatings over 35 mils thick. This is why we confidently offer a warranty against moisture-related issues and “hot tire transfer”. which are the leading causes of coating system failures.
Looking for top-notch, heavy-duty garage floor coatings? Look no further! We’ve got you covered with our unbeatable lifetime warranty. Don’t waste another second, get in touch with us today. Call us or click here for your free estimate. Our team is dedicated to finding the perfect solution for all your garage flooring requirements.