In the industrial sector, Flooring is one of the components that undergo immense wear and tear. Be it the food industry, metal fabrication industry or other, every industry has different requirements when it comes to epoxy flooring. For example, facilities with high humidity will require flooring that has high moisture resistance.
Are you looking for a suitable epoxy flooring for your industrial facility? Have you been trying to figure out the best option between epoxy and polyurethane flooring? If so, research is key. You might want to read up on polyurethane composites so that you know a little more about it. To add to your own research, we have discussed the differences between the two and which one is ideal for your facility below.
Cost-wise, polyurethane flooring costs more than epoxy flooring. But in the long-term, the former is more cost-effective. The lifespan of polyurethane is almost double that of a typical epoxy flooring. On an average, polyurethane flooring can last upto 10 years whereas an epoxy flooring can survive for 5 years. To add to that, PU is more durable compared to epoxy flooring.
Polyurethane flooring is known to be highly resistant to corrosion, abrasion, wear and tear, solvents, and organic alkalis such as methylene chloride. It is also scratch resistant, so there will be lesser chances of dirt and bacteria getting collected in the cracks of the flooring. On the other hand, epoxy resins offer limited resistance to the organic acids. This makes it a less preferred choice in the food and beverage industry where most of the raw materials are acidic.
Tolerance to Heat
A standard two-pack, 100% solids epoxy coating, has a heat resistance of up to 65°C, whereas some PU systems can tolerate 120°C. Therefore, polyurethane is more tolerant of heat, thermal shock, and cold. Thermal resistance is an important quality for facilities that undergo major temperature changes. Food based industries have large boiling equipment and floors need to be durable enough to sustain spillage of boiling substances.
When it comes to the application process, polyurethane floor resins are extremely sensitive to the presence of humidity. This also applies to epoxy flooring but the damage done to polyurethane flooring will be much more than that of epoxy flooring. Therefore in environments where there is a lot of moisture, epoxy flooring is a better option. But in terms of composition, polyurethanes have a higher cross-link density. This makes them much more durable than epoxy flooring. For the food and beverage industry, polyurethane flooring is considered to be ideal whereas epoxy is best suited for shop floors in the metal fabrication industry.
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