Performance differences between epoxy and polyurethane floors

by Ofentse Sefolo
Performance differences between epoxy and polyurethane floors

When referring to a resin floor, some people use the terms epoxy and polyurethane interchangeably. Both of these products produce a smooth, seamless and durable floor, but there are fundamental differences between the two in terms of performance. These differences need to be understood to specify a fit-for-purpose industrial floor.

Epoxy flooring systems
These floors offer a high compressive strength, making them an ideal choice for areas that experience heavy traffic and loads such as warehouses, logistics centres, production facilities and packaging lines. Their chemical resistance also makes them well suited to chemical handling and processing industries such as battery manufacturing. This flooring system delivers a glossy finish. It needs to be noted that epoxies can yellow when exposed to direct sunlight and should not be installed externally.

Polyurethane flooring systems
A polyurethane flooring system delivers either a matt or gloss finish with excellent chemical resistance, making it ideal for applications such as chemical processing, fabrication workshops and food and beverage processing plants. It is also the flooring system of choice where thermal shock is expected because it has an operating temperature range of approximately -15oC to +120oC. A polyurethane flooring system is softer and more “elastic” than an epoxy system, which means it offers superior wear, scratch, abrasion and impact resistance.

Epoxy flooring systems from TAL include the TAL EpoxyFloor SL range and TAL EpoxyFloor FLR100 while the company’s polyurethane flooring systems include products such as TAL UraFloor CS, TAL UraFloor HT and TAL UraFloor TF.

For more information, contact TAL on Tel: +27 (11) 206 9700 or via www.tal.co.za.

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