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Epoxy Floors Coatings vs. Kong’s Polyaspartic Floor Coatings: What’s Right for You?

Deciding between epoxy and Kong’s polyaspartic coatings for your project is a bit like choosing the perfect toppings for your pizza – it all depends on your taste and what you’re looking for – but it can also depend on what will be best for your system based on current conditions. As a seasoned epoxy company in Orlando, we’ll help you determine what’s right for you.

This article will help you determine what’s right for your project and inform you on some key benefits of each coating type. So, let’s take a closer look at when to use epoxy and when to opt for polyaspartic.

Overall Finish and Preferences

If you’re looking for the best solution for a vinyl flake garage floor coating or a heavy-wearing floor coating for your commercial space, then polyaspartic will be the best long-lasting solution for your project.

Unlike traditional epoxy, Polyaspartic is stronger, more flexible, more resistant – and has better UV stable technology for overall protection. Polyaspartic coatings tend to maintain their clarity and resist yellowing better than epoxy coatings, especially when exposed to UV light.

If you’re working with lighter colors where any yellowing or ambering would be more noticeable, using polyaspartic as the base coat can help maintain the desired appearance over time.

Conversely, for darker floors where any potential ambering might be less noticeable, epoxy can be a suitable base coat, especially if the top coat is polyaspartic. The polyaspartic top coat can provide additional protection and minimize the visibility of any ambering or discoloration that might occur with the epoxy base coat over time.

We find that applying epoxy as the base coat and polyaspartic on the top coat provides a smoother overall finish with a single top coat of polyaspartic. This will provide a stronger floor with a smoother overall finish without having to opt-in for an additional top coat. 

If you are looking for the most durable floor that will outlast epoxy, and you prefer a floor with a smoother finish, then we recommend completing your job with our polyaspartic solution and opting in for a second coat of polyaspartic once the initial top coat dries. This solution delivers gorilla tough strength with a super smooth finish.

Metallic Epoxy Floors

If you are looking for a designer floor which are metallic epoxy floor system to create a marble glossy finish. Then epoxy is the recommended coating for your project. Epoxy is thicker and spreads like honey whereas polyasaprtic is a thinner material and spreads more like water. 

Polyaspartic will not have the glossy or glass-like finish like epoxy, but it does have several advantages for those looking for a beautiful floor with some grip to help reduce falls and slips.

Coating Cure Time

Our company has completed tons of projects for residential homeowners and commercial business. Additionally, we partner with large builders and local award-winning homebuilders. At times, projects will have strict deadlines that require a quick turnaround.

Epoxy, with its longer curing time, might leave you waiting longer than you would like. That’s where polyaspartic steps in – it dries and cures much faster, making it perfect for projects that require a quick turnaround and minimal disruption. If you’re on a tight schedule and need to get the job done quickly, polyaspartic might be the best route for you.

Chemical Resistance

Surfaces can be exposed to various chemicals – spills, splashes, you name it. This is where polyaspartic shines, offering superior resistance to chemicals and ensuring your surface stays protected for years to come. If your project involves exposure to harsh chemicals, polyaspartic is the clear winner, providing unbeatable durability.

UV Stability

Surfaces can soak in the sunlight day in and day out. While epoxy might start to show signs of wear and tear under such conditions, polyaspartic remains strong, thanks to its excellent UV resistance. If your project includes outdoor areas or spaces exposed to sunlight, polyaspartic is the way to go, ensuring your surface maintains its integrity and looks great for years to come.

Other Considerations

Our premium polyaspartic floor coatings are heavy-wearing, offer exceptional durability and uses the best UV stable technology in the market to prevent from yellowing, making them the ideal choice for the top coat if you are looking for lighter color combinations or a long-lasting flake floor in general.

On the other hand, epoxy can be a great choice for the base coat for darker floors, especially when paired with a polyaspartic top coat for added protection. Polyaspartic will give you a stronger finish, but a more textured finish.

If you are looking for a marble epoxy floor, commonly referred to a metallic coating, then epoxy will be used throughout the entire process since epoxy will provide a more smooth, glossy, glass-like finish it requires.

If you’re leaning towards epoxy or polyaspartic, it’s best to understand the unique qualities of each coating – and If you’re the type of person who likes to have guidance and be provided recommendations, our epoxy company in Orlando has trained and certified technicians to help you choose the floor that will work best for you project.