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The Pros and Cons of Epoxy Concrete Coatings in Central Florida

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When it comes to applying an epoxy concrete coating in Central Florida, there are several things that you should be aware of because not all Epoxy type coatings are the same. When applied successfully, Penntek’s Polyurea concrete coatings will protect your concrete for several years to come and the pros at XANO521 Concrete Coatings will get the job done right every time.

There are pros and cons to installing an epoxy concrete coating. The pros are that it will increase your overall property value. The cons, on the other hand, are that epoxy can ruin concrete when installed wrong, and regular Epoxy is not as durable as Polyurea concrete coatings.

Here at Xano521, we have a team of professional installation techs who are experts at installing Polyurea concrete coatings around most of Central Florida. Not all concrete coating companies are the same. I recommend that you check out our reviews section to see several examples of our clients who are happy with their epoxy coating.

Epoxy Vs. Polyurea Coating: Which Should You Choose?

Most people are aware of epoxy concrete coatings. This is because for the past decade people have been applying epoxy coatings not knowing about a better option. Hands down the best concrete coating that you can buy is Polyurea.

The system used at XANO521 is superior to epoxy in several different ways…

1) Polyurea is 100% UV stable, epoxy is not.  Over time, epoxy will fade, yellow, and discolor, but our product will not.  We offer a lifetime warranty against any fading.  

2)  Epoxy never stops curing so it becomes very brittle over time and will eventually become susceptible to popping, peeling, chipping, hot tire pick up, etc.  Our polyurea base coat actually seeks moisture in the foundation and anchors to it, creating a root system that will not pop, peel or chip.  We offer a 15-year warranty against those issues.  

3) Epoxy takes much longer to apply and cure.  A typical 2-car garage usually takes 2-5 days to be applied and cured.  We can install up to 1000 square feet in one day and once the crew is finished, the product can be walked on in 4 hours and driven on in 24 hours.  Our product is fully cured in 24 hoursPolyurea is a much better option for 90% of concrete coatings, especially here in the greater Central Florida and Volusia area. This is because Polyurea is tougher and longer lasting than epoxy. 

Polyurea is a newer coating system when compared to epoxy. Most people think there is only one option for a concrete coating. Here at Xano521 we specialize in providing the absolute best Polyurea coating money can buy. If you have questions about which solution is best for your home, please reach out to us for a no-obligation talk regarding the best concrete coating for your unique situation.

The Pros of an Epoxy Concrete Coating

There really is only one reason to install an epoxy coating. Generally, the best solution is to have a professional install a polyurea coating.

Pro 1: Increase the Overall Property Value

One of the biggest pros of applying any concrete coating, whether it is epoxy or Polyurea, is that it will increase the overall property value. With Polyurea, you are making the overall property much more valuable by investing in protecting the foundation of the property.

From property insurance to extending the life of your property, concrete epoxy coatings are perfect for homes in Central Florida. Experts say the housing market remains strong as more people move to the sunshine state.

Because concrete coatings increase your property value there really is no financial reason to not get one. Just make sure you get the right coating for your application. We always recommend getting the Polyurea coating as it is significantly better for 90% of concrete coatings.

When tested against normal exposed concrete, Polyurea-coated concrete provides excellent protection against standing water, UV resistance, and heat damage.

This is exactly what Central Florida property owners have to deal with on a daily basis. We get some of the worst weather in the state with hurricanes, hot weather, and intense sunlight damage. Polyurea coatings are far better than normal epoxy coatings for concrete here in Central Florida.

The Cons of Installing an Epoxy Concrete Coating

There are cons to installing an epoxy concrete coating. Both of these cons can be prevented if measures are taken ahead of time by an experienced installation tech.

Con 1: Installing It Wrong Can Destroy Concrete

There is one major con that we see all the time with epoxy concrete coatings. That is that people decide they will install the coating themselves. Whether it is epoxy or Polyurea installing it wrong can significantly damage your concrete.

The problem is that an epoxy coating is not like wallpaper. You can’t just smack it down on the ground and expect it to work. There are several steps that must be taken in precise order even before you begin to lay the first layer, not to mention the other layers.

On top of this, each layer of epoxy concrete coating is designed to help the other layers. The basic epoxy coating has three unique layers while more advanced coats can have over five. Each one of these layers needs to be layered on top of each other at a precise time.

Often we see people try to cut corners and install their own epoxy concrete coating here in Central Florida. From a combination of heat, weather, and lack of experience the customer ends up destroying their concrete by mistake. Don’t worry, we can fix it.

Benjamin Franklin, said it best, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Our team of experienced professionals installs Polyurea coatings and we make sure it is done right the first time. If you are thinking about getting a new concrete coating, give us a call, and let us show you how Xano521 gets it done.

Without exception, the first con of improper installation of an epoxy concrete coating can destroy concrete. 

Con 2: Epoxy Coatings are Less Durable than Polyurea Coatings

A major con of epoxy coatings is that they are less durable than Polyurea coatings. At Xano521, we ensure your coating will hold up to the test of time. When you install an epoxy coating, it’s simply less durable than a Polyurea coating.

The reason that epoxy coatings are less durable is because of the nature of the epoxy coating itself. Epoxy is a very malleable resin which means it is always in a state of moving. Our Polyurea coatings are both flexible, firm, durable, and long-lasting.

This is why we specialize in Polyurea coatings; they stand up to whatever you can throw or roll over them. Epoxy on the other hand will bend and eventually crack over time. Then you will have to install a brand new coat.

Conclusion

When it comes to the pros and cons of epoxy concrete coatings in Central Florida there are pros and cons to be aware of. Not only will the coating help to increase your home’s value but it also will provide substantial protection for your concrete.

Our Polyurea coatings can handle the worst you and nature can throw at them. On top of that, they look great. We can apply a custom Polyurea concrete coating for you in a fraction of the time it will take another company. Because of this, we are highly recommended by our customers.

We service and live in the Central Florida area. If you’re on the fence about installing a new concrete coating then I suggest you reach out to us. We will give you an honest answer to how you should protect your concrete.

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