After a recent post about polyaspartic coating, more specific questions were also raised, so here are the responses from West Coast Epoxy.
Question: Is polyaspartic coating compatible with an already existing epoxy floor?
Answer: In many cases, yes. The existing epoxy floor does require a specific preparation for the polyaspartic topcoat to adhere properly. This typically includes sanding down the surface layer of the epoxy to allow the topcoat to adhere properly. This also provides an opportunity to add texture to the surface, if a better grip is desired. Since this option is only available to epoxy flooring in good condition, it will not compromise the integrity of the floor. Once the polyaspartic coating is applied, the epoxy floor has another layer of resilience and protection.
Question: Is polyaspartic coating more durable than epoxy?
Answer: Epoxy coatings are certainly durable, resistant, and aesthetically pleasing, but polyaspartic coatings are much better at resisting abrasion. If your floor is susceptible to scrapes, scratches, gouges or cuts, applying a layer of polyaspartic coating provides an extra layer of protection and durability. Polyaspartic coating is also designed to resist corrosion, extreme temperature and weather conditions. So if your floor is likely to meet corrosive liquids or nasty spills, adding this topcoat serves you well.
Question: Are there times when polyaspartic coating is not a good idea?
Answer: There are circumstances when polyaspartic coatings are not the best option. This topcoat creates an impermeable barrier over your epoxy floor. In other words, it does not allow anything to get through. If you need a breathable concreate sealer because of the nature of your foundation or work area, a polyaspartic coating is not your best option. If such a durable topcoat is not required, there are also good quality options available at a lower cost.
Contact Sacramento’s West Coast Epoxy if you have other specific questions about your current epoxy floor, or follow-up questions about adding polyaspartic coating to an upcoming project. We’d be happy to answer your questions with as much detail as possible to empower you into a well-informed decision.