FAQ

Minneapolis Floor Coatings Installer

Polyurea polyaspartic floor coatings have created quite the craze in the concrete floor coating industry. This is a new type of coating that has become a favorite for customers and installers because it’s an alternative to epoxy. It is preferred due to its fast curing ability. These coatings also protect against UV rays and they can stand up to the wear and tear that residential and commercial floors go through on a daily basis.

The following is a list of frequently asked questions about polyurea polyaspartic floor coatings:

Frequently Asked Floor Coating Questions


Does my Garage Floor come with a Warranty?

Yes, your garage floor is fully warranted with a Lifetime Warranty against peeling, delamination, and wear


will the new coating protect from bacteria buildup?

Our coating has been engineered to prevent micro scratches which harbor bacteria. Micro scratches are straight and not frayed (like epoxy coatings). A simple cleaning with warm water, small amount of detergent and a neoprene squeegee removes dirt and bacteria creating a hygienic surface.


will tires damage the floor?

Hot tires from your car will not damage the new coating. In an industrial facility forklift tires will not damage the surface. However, we have found that the wrong forklift tires can create rubber dust and tire marks. The tire marks can be cleaned as well as rubber dust.


Can the cracks and spalling of our concrete be fixed and resurfaced?

Concrete restoration is an important part of our business. Many floors with considerable damage can be repaired and resurfaced rather than removing and repouring new concrete. Our polyurea repair product and application system has saved many floors from costly construction projects.


Will chemicals, brake fluid or grease harm the surface?

Our coating is applied in many harsh environments like auto repair bays and high traffic warehouses. Most chemicals will not cause harm and can easily and quickly be cleaned with a stiff bristle broom and squeegee.


Are coatings slippery?

We can build non-slip, or as the industry calls it, Coefficient of Friction (COF), into each layer. Building COF into each layer ensures compliance with OSHA recommended levels.


Can the coating be repaired if damaged?

In most cases, the concrete will become damaged before the coating. However, from extreme wear and tear or dragging something across the surface, the floor can become damaged. If this happens we can lightly sand the surface and apply a new coating restoring the floor to new with minimal downtime.


Is the coating waterproof?

Polyureas soak into concrete becoming part of the floor, capping off moisture pressure from below. We can install cove molding along with all interior walls, then we apply the coating to the top edge. This makes for a seamless, waterproof surface.


Can coatings be applied in phases?

Commercial properties that are in operation can be completed in phases to avoid disrupting business. One of the beauties of our polyurea is the rapid cure time. Our coating applies and cures quickly with minimal downtime.


What is the floor cleaning process?

Floor cleaning is simple and labor saving. The best system is to use a small amount of detergent in warm water, apply to floor and agitate with a stiff bristle broom. Wisk away water using a neoprene squeegee. This system makes use of dirty mops obsolete.


Will coating application create a strong odor?

Our coating is a unique blend that is free of VOC’s and harsh solvents. Odors are minimal and not offensive. Due to the rapid cure process, any odors are short lived.


Do you acid etch the concrete before applying a coating?

Acid etching can rough up the surface but will not adequately open the pores of the concrete. Floor grinding removes the high spots and opens the pores enabling the polyurea to soak into the surface.


Can projects be completed in winter climates?

We use Polyaspartic Polyurea coatings that can be applied when temperatures are below zero or above 100 degrees. We adjust the cure time depending on the climate.


Will concrete grinding create a lot of dust?

Our floor grinding equipment has a high powered dustless vacuum that virtually eliminates dust.


How long will it take to complete a garage floor?

A small two car garage without cracks or surface damage can be completed in one day. Typically we allow for two days for most garage floor projects. Larger commercial floors typically take 3-5 days depending on the condition.


How long does installation take?

When you can’t have your area unusable for 3 to 5 days, a polyurea polyaspartic coating will be best for you. Most clients see their floors installed in one day. Normal floor use can resume the next day.


What are the benefits of polyaspartic coatings?

Two major benefits of polyaspartic coatings are time and temperature. Unlike an epoxy coating, the polyaspartic floor coating is capable of application at very low temperatures. This is perfect for outdoor applications in Minnesota’s cold weather. Other benefits include:

  • 100% UV stable, which means no floor yellowing
  • High gloss finish, which is reflective and brightens a room
  • Crystal clear finish that is moisture-resistant
  • High scratch and abrasion resistance
  • Flexible for better high impact resistance
  • Little to no VOCs
  • High chemical and stain resistance
  • Coating penetrates into the concrete, creating a strong bond

What is polyaspartic?

This may seem technical, but polyaspartic is an aliphatic polyurea. It’s the reaction of the aliphatic polyisocyanate and a polyaspartic ester (aliphatic diamine).In better terms, polyaspartic slows the very fast cure rate of polyurea so the coating is applied in a traditional way. Without a slowed polyurea cure rate, it would be impossible to apply it to an entire floor without issues. When a floor coating is polyaspartic, it allows you to have the amazing benefits of polyurea and still have a fast curing time. Not all polyureas are polyaspartic, but all polyaspartics are polyurea. That is something to keep in mind.

What is polyurea?

Polyurea is a subgroup of polyurethane. It is similar to epoxy in that it is a 2-part component that has to be mixed with a catalyst to cause the curing reaction that hardens the material. It has no VOCs or the VOCs are very low and it has more flexibility than epoxy. Because the coating cures fast, specialized equipment is needed for the application process.