The difference between Polyurethane and Epoxy Flooring
Choosing the right resin flooring system for the job can sometimes be confusing.
Epoxy and polyurethane floors are two of the most commonly used types of resin flooring.
One question that we hear often is ‘what are the differences between the two types of floors and when should we pick one over the other?’.
We have created the below blog in order to help you differentiate between the two and make an informed decision on when you should be using the two of them.
While there are many benefits to each of the flooring systems, not all flooring systems are appropriate for all environments. It helps to consider the space they will be used as well as the overall facility demands.
1. Epoxy Floors are usually harder than polyurethanes
Epoxy floors are usually harder than polyurethanes. This means they have a higher compression and impact strength making them durable in heavy duty industries.
Epoxy floors are favoured in:
Industries with heavy forklift traffic
Polyurethane floors tend to be softer and more elastic, making them more resistant to scratching, as their elasticity tends to absorb some of the impacts. This makes polyurethanes a good choice for food factories where the storage temperature can reach -30 degrees or in car parks as the elastic coating can act as a waterproofing.
Polyurethane floors are favoured in:
Places with foot traffic
2. Epoxy floors and polyurethane floors react differently to different chemicals
Epoxy and polyurethane flooring react differently to different chemicals they are exposed to. This makes polyurethanes the favoured choice in food industries that have contact to lactic acids. Epoxy flooring under these conditions could turn yellow and could even experience corrosion.
Epoxy floors are more suited to industries which have exposure to sulphuric acids as epoxy flooring is more resistant than polyurethane.
3. Polyurethane is much more sensitive to humidity
Polyurethane flooring is particularly sensitive to humidity. Epoxy resins are also sensitive to moisture the damage will be far more limited to some discolouration or blushing. This means, in industries where humidity could be a factor, epoxy is the safer choice.
Both epoxy and polyurethane floors are available with many customisable and decorative options. Determining which floor is the right solution for your specific environment can be made easier with the help of an experienced industrial flooring specialist. Get in touch with our team today who will give you advice on the best flooring for your next project.