One of the main advantages of both polyurea and polyurethane is to protect against water damage. By creating a leak proof barrier, water cannot be absorbed into the underlying surface such as concrete or wood. This prevents rotting, rusting, warping and freeze-crack problems.
Areas of Concern
A major problem in construction is applying the right waterproofing treatment for the environment, one that will last for years. Some of these areas include:
- Basements, foundations
- Water featured in landscaping
- Wall-floor crevices
Creating Wall-Floor Waterproofing
Too often water is allowed to seep through the small crack where the floor meets the wall. Whether rain on a porch or wash water in a factory lunch room, liquid and microorganisms push under the trim and behind the wall where they fester and can damage the structure or create an unhealthy environment.
ArmorThane has the solution to create a seamless membrane by attaching chamfer molding and coating the floor and partway up the wall. Two minor seams replace the major one, making it easier to seal the cracks. Also read how to connect outdoor siding to wood decks to block water from penetrating the wall.
Leak Repair in Basements/Foundations
The source of leaking and the extent of flooding within the existing structure will indicate which procedures are best suited to repair and prevent further damage. The first step is to repair any cracks, then one of ArmorThane’s polyurethane or polyurea coatings are professionally applied to the outside, inside or both. These sprayed-on coatings have the strength to form a waterproof barrier and prevent future deterioration.
The best approach, of course, is to seal the foundation and internal walls during the new building process. This ensures a seamless application and prevents unnecessary destruction in the future.
Weatherproofing for Structural Strength
ArmorThane polyurea coatings actually make surfaces stronger against violent weather such as severe straight-line winds and even tornadoes, hurricanes and earthquakes. These brutal winds and ground shifts can easily bend, crack and break wood, metal and concrete. But, when polyurea is applied to outdoor walls, floors, decks, walkways, signs and other surfaces, it forms a bond that provides a high tensile strength. Therefore, the material stretches to absorb the impact, holding the structure together.
Polyurea also protects against dents and scratches from hail and flying debris in a storm. By reinforcing the surface, damage is avoided or reduced.
ArmorFoam offers another layer of protection by strengthening inside walls and ceilings of wood and metal structures. This closed-cell sprayed insulation fills in cracks and crevices as foam then hardens to add structural strength. An added benefit is energy-saving insulation from cold and heat with the twice as much R-value rating as conventional insulation.