Epoxy and urethane are two different types of flooring but that doesn’t mean they can’t be used together. The first thing you need to do is understand what these two materials are.
There are a huge array of epoxy floor coatings on the market and the range is increasing. This is because this type of flooring is becoming increasingly popular in residential applications as well as commercial.
Epoxy flooring is made up of two parts, the resin, and the hardener. The two bonds together and adhere to a concrete sub-base to create a long-lasting finish. It is often referred to as a resin floor. This type of flooring is resistant to spills, stains, and shouldn’t crack when things are dropped onto it.
However, it should be noted that it can be slippery when wet, that’s why it needs a gripping compound included in the mix.
In contrast, a urethane, floor, also known as a polyurethane floor is made from organic links, generally carbon-based. It still chemically bonds with the concrete underfloor and provides a stylish and durable finish.
Urethane flooring is also resistant to spills and stains, is very easy to clean, and is generally more flexible than epoxy flooring.
In short, both are a good choice. The fundamental difference is where they are being used. Urethane flooring is more resistant to organic spills while epoxy is better at resisting chemicals. That’s why urethane flooring is often used in food factories and epoxy flooring in a garage.
Merging The Two
Most people don’t realize that these two compounds can be used together. It is best to get a professional to lay this type of floor for you. But, urethane and epoxy floorings can be blended, giving you protection from all types of spills and stains. The floor will also last much longer as the toughness of epoxy mixes with the flexibility of urethane to create a long-lasting finish.
In short, a blended epoxy and urethane floor will be resistant to industrial chemicals, water, oil, impacts, and abrasions. It will last for years, making it one of the best investments you will ever make.
How To Use the Two Elements Together
It is best to get the professionals to lay an epoxy and urethane flooring for you. However, you should note that these two flooring types are not actually being mixed together to create a single application. Instead, a layer of epoxy is put down on your concrete and then the urethane layer is placed on top after the epoxy has partially. This ensures the two layers bond together, giving a perfect and durable finish.
The floor can be laid in a variety of styles, colors, and even patterns. You should also be aware that urethane flooring doesn’t bond as well to a concrete base as epoxy, making a layer of each, starting with epoxy, the best option for many environments. In short, they are a more expensive option but it could be the best decision you ever make.