Polyaspartic is a hybrid material that resembles polyurethane. It was first developed in the 90’s as a coating for steel in bridges and used for its corrosion-resistant properties. It has a low VOC (Volatile Organic Compound – simple terms “odour”), dries quickly, can have coloured flake added for style and anti-slip characteristics, can withstand heavy traffic and usage, is UV resistant, and is highly durable. Polyaspartic can be cleaned by either low-pressure washing, mopping, or simply wiping up. This is the preferred flooring for residential garages.
Epoxy is a resin polymer that is rolled or painted on the garage surface. It can be customized to include colouring and anti-slip texturing. Epoxy is much more susceptible to UV exposure resulting in discolouration (or “yellowing”) and is vulnerable to abrasion. This flooring is generally used for large, commercial projects.
Polished concrete is exactly that – a procedure which entails grinding the surface with finer grit material to produce up to a glass-like finish which can be sealed. This is a great option for outdoor applications including driveways, pool and patio surfaces and anything exposed to weather. Each of these applications still requires surface preparation including crack and pitting repair and surface grinding.