Why should you use Polyavastic for outdoor projects instead of epoxy and other binders and sealers?
Outdoor UVResistant Epoxy: Too many exaggerated claims?
Flooring material manufacturers make exaggerated claims about their products from time to time. These include "Best on the market," "Never fails," and "Can handle any weather conditions," just to name a few.
But, when put to the test, these products fall short, yet the manufacturers don't want to admit that their product is at fault (especially since they've already invested large sums of money into developing it).
When it comes to epoxy resin and outdoor environmental challenges, one thing is for sure: they do not mix! Remember, we're an epoxy flooring manufacturer (more on a better option below).
If used outdoors where it is exposed to sunlight, all epoxies will eventually yellow. This fundamental chemical reaction occurs when epoxy is exposed to ultraviolet (UV) light.
The chemical makeup of epoxy is simply not stable when exposed to UV light. Sure, there are all sorts of epoxies out there that claim to be "UVResistant" or "nonyellowing"Manufacturers can make this claim because they add stabilizers and UV absorbers to the mix. These do slow down the chemical reaction that causes the yellowing, but once these additives have reached the end of their limited lifespan, they reach their maximum tolerance level and then the yellowing begins.
Our proprietary two-component aliphatic polyavastic won't yellow like epoxy. With our superior product, your outdoor surface will not be marred by UV degradation. No more discoloring, not more "yellowing," and no more settling for an ugly outdoor floor (because who wants to reinstall a floor after only a few years?) Our Outdoor Tough system will last you for years to come.
What about aliphatic polyurethane?
Polyurethane works well if you want weatherability and only plan to use a thin film coating. Apply it too thickly and you will get foam.
If you're looking for a binding agent, keep looking, because aliphatic polyurethane will make bubbles throughout the curing process, leaving your surface porous and unsightly.
To solve the foaming problem that aliphatic polyurethane creates when it is used as a binder, polyaspartic was invented. It is an aliphatic resin that can be used as a binder and in thicker layers than those made of polyurethane.
To prevent bubbles from forming, polyaspartic was designed to have a faster curing catalyst. However, by solving one problem, they created two more:
- Polyaspartic can't be used as a trowelable binder because it has too little working time
- Polyaspartic cures so fast that it doesn't have time to develop good adhesion to either the substrate or the pebbles or granules it's mixed with. A resin needs enough time to be absorbed into a substrate before it cures in order to have good adhesion. Polyaspartic is essentially just lying on the surface like a sheet that lacks adhesion because it did not have enough time to "bite" into the concrete. If it cannot saturate the material, then it will have a weak bond.
If your binder can't stay wet enough to be troweled and won't stay wet long enough to saturate the material it needs to bond with, why would you use it?
Is a 1 part polymer the answer?
There are many one-part epoxies and polyurethanes on the market today. If you value ease of preparation over quality of product, this will work.
One-part polymers are designed to be user friendly. The manufacturers were kind enough to remove the necessity of mixing the two key components, and by doing so substantially reduced the quality of the product.
By "precatylizing" the product (starting the reaction between part A and part B in the factory and then stopping it by using additives to keep it from hardening in the can) and adding inert fillers, the manufacturers essentially compromise the overall quality of the end product.
You can lower the cost of and ruin almost anything good by just adding water to it.
Help! Doesn't anything work?
The answer you're searching for is Everlast® Outdoor Tough weatherproof flooring. Everlast Outdoor Tough weatherproof flooring uses a proprietary twocomponent aliphatic polyavastic.
At Everlast Epoxy Systems, we stand by our company philosophy: We believe that our customers are intelligent enough to blend the part A and part B resins themselves with our easy-to-follow instructions.
We feel that our customers value a flooring product's quality and longevity much more than the convenience of not having to blend two ingredients.
The quality of our products enables us to attract quality customerslike you!