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Protecting Your World

If refinishing commercial or industrial flooring involves a coating, the first step is to understand the scope of the project.  These require much more durability than the typical residential selection.  The worst thing that can happen is spending money on a new floor then realizing it is not performing as expected.

Here are a few questions to get started:

What type of floor is being covered?

ArmorThane coatings work best on wood or concrete.  Prep and polymer selection varies with each.

What is the condition of the floor?

New floors require different preparation that old ones. Crack repair and/or sanding may be required to smooth out deteriorating surfaces and prevent further damage.  On the other hand, the surface may need to be roughed a bit to obtain maximum bonding.

What performance characteristics are required for the floor?

Several factors may be involved to choose the right coating:

  • Color – is the desired visual effect best reached with a solid color or a design?
  • UV stability – does the application involve outdoor wear in intense direct sunlight?
  • Chemical resistance – beyond the typical cleaning procedures, will the floor be in contact with chemicals such as oil, gasoline, acids or extra harsh cleaning materials?
  • Waterproof – will water from spills or cleaning with a hose need to be blocked from leaking through the floor or leaching into the walls?  Are health risks a concern?
  • Cleanliness – is a smooth area important for maximum cleaning such as a medical or food facility or is a rough surface better to protect against slipping or something in between?
  • Anti-slip or skid resistance – do you need to protect foot traffic from slip-and-fall injuries?  Is skidding of equipment or containers a danger or necessity?
  • Temperature stability – is the floor subjected to extreme climate changes – hot and cold – that may crack or buckle if not coated with a flexible material that expands and contracts without cracking?
  • Dent and scratch resistance – does the surface endure scooting of equipment, containers, etc. that eventually turns an attractive floor into a scarred mess?
  • High traffic – does the day-to-day activity add extra wear with heavy foot traffic, vehicles or equipment such as forklifts?  Is the wear pattern in one area or all over?
  • Vibration – is the ground stable or subjected to equipment or traffic vibrations that can cause fine cracks or faster wear?
  • Cure time – how much downtime can be allowed to let the coating cure?
  • Spraying conditions – can the floor be sprayed in temperate climate and low humidity or is a high humidity spray required?

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Choosing the Right Coating

Rest assured that ArmorThane has the expertise and products to overcome these issues.  The key is to know the parameter before getting started. We have pure and hybrid polyurea and polyurethane, as well as prep materials, primers and top coats.

Industrial areas, even old concrete manufacturing floors, can be both attractive and highly functional with the right concrete sealer.  Damaged floors are easily repaired and given a whole new look.  Even better, coatings give both new and repaired floors years of permanent protection against excessive wear, plus offer many additional product benefits.

Our coatings are pigmentable and paintable. While the underneath coating permanently covers damage and gives a good strong underlayment, painting over it may not be durable enough for high traffic areas.  Instead, pigmenting with a color before spraying provides maximum protection and the color will not peel or scratch off.

A wide range of colors can match or contrast existing themes.  With the addition of ColorCoat aliphatic coatings or the use of aliphatic polyurea or aliphatic modified polyurethane, a design is protected from damaging UV deterioration.

Colorful coatings that don't peel or fade

ArmorShield is quick-dry sprayed coating processed from recycled ground thermoset colored plastic. Our applicators apply different colors to create a faux brick or tile look and can even stencil a permanent design.

ArmorShield permanent faux tile

ArmorFloor is a unique roll-on coating aliphatic modified polyurethane designed for concrete refinishing applications.  Color chips or quartz can be broadcast onto the wet surface to dry as design and texture. ArmorFloor and ArmorShield can be 25-40% less than comparable epoxy coatings and you get outstanding durability.

ArmorFloor for concrete

All of our polyurea and polyurethane products offer excellent properties compared to paint, epoxy and other flooring materials, but they vary in terms of degree of strength and flexibility.  These differences are also important in terms of the material being coated.  Concrete and wood have unique properties and therefore accept coatings differently.

Our coatings are chemical resistant, waterproof and stable in all types of weather.  They resist scratching and denting and the flexibility allows the coating to move with the surface to prevent cracking.

A seamless waterproof basin can even be created by spraying partway up the walls.  This prevents contaminants from leaching between the floor and walls, which is extremely important in health or food environments such as hospitals, kennels, restaurants and much more.  Read more how ArmorThane reduces the spread of bacteria and infectious disease on floors.

We’ve written two additional articles on wood decks and concrete patios but the concepts apply to any flooring surface.

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