< Cementitious Urethane Concrete Flooring Vs. Everlast Epoxy

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Cementitious urethane flooring companies claim to provide enough industrial and heat resistance when applied to high traffic and high contamination areas. They will often tell you that it is an ideal floor for commercial foodservice establishments.

Cementitious urethane flooring is concrete
The difference between cementitious urethane and everyday concrete is cementitious urethane is a little harder and reinforced with urethane. It is still porous. And as such, it can harbor bacteria as well as it is prone to deterioration when it is saturated. In order to make claims of it being non-porous and seamless, there needs to be a top-coat on it. But because cementitious urethane flooring is concrete, this topcoat is really the only floor. One would get the same result by putting the top-coat straight on the concrete, and by-passing the cementitious urethane layer. So then it is not much better than just using a coat of paint.

Cementitious urethane flooring is prone to user error
When installing cementitious urethane flooring, the concrete slab must be laid out without any unevenness. Any unbalanced area on the surface would lend to an even weaker bond between the coat and the substrate.

Cementitious urethane flooring is unhealthy
Because the cementitious urethane is a form of concrete , it is prone to pinholes and condensation. Tiny pockets of moisture could be retained during the curing process. These microscopic holes can retain microbes and debris, and will shorten the lifespan of the coat tremendously. The inevitable cracks on the surface and the unsanitary conditions will become a costly and time-consuming problem.

Everlast® epoxy flooring is resin-rich throughout the system so penetration is not a concern. It holds up especially well in areas that are consistently wet, unlike cementitious urethane.