Today’s coatings industry has many choices for various industrial, commercial, or residential applications. In turn, paint manufacturers can now produce a broader range of products that vie against each other regarding environmental compliance, cost-effectiveness, protection, appearance, and performance.
We’re talking about polyurethane and how its technology has created a coatings solution that fits various demands from different end markets.
Polyurethane is a fantastic compound that is used in various ways. Polyurethane is a product of compounds called polymers. Among several multipurpose polymers, polyurethane stands out on top. While its primary application is in the manufacture of coatings/paints, polyurethane is likewise used in packaging, medical, marine, furnishings, flooring, electronics, composite wood, construction, automotive, and apparel. For example, Durabak specializes in various protective coatings for land and marine vehicles in the coatings industry.
Benefits and advantages of polyurethane coatings
Polyurethane is very versatile and provides users with many advantages, particularly in the construction industry.
- It adds durability to floors or walls, causing them to last longer than expected.
- Polyurethane seals concrete floors, walls, and other structures against chemicals.
- Polyurethane is flexible, preventing flaking and cracking from occurring. Likewise, it makes surfaces scratch-resistant.
- Polyurethane coating is waterproof, which is perfect for wooden floors. Water will only roll off the surface covered with polyurethane paint or clear gloss. Since concrete is also porous and will absorb moisture, coating concrete with polyurethane will keep moisture from damaging the structure. It is also resistant to grease and oil, making it suitable for surfaces and facilities that constantly get in contact with water.
- The product creates a strong bond with the surface you apply it to, so open areas or bubbles are not likely to occur. You can be sure that the paint application will be smooth and even. It can bond with plastics, wood, and metals.
- Polyurethane paints perform even under challenging environments because the materials resist extreme temperatures and harsh environmental conditions. Combined with the coatings’ other properties, they prevent the growth of mildew, mold, and fungi. With such properties, polyurethane coatings are excellent materials in tropical environments.
- Like regular paints, polyurethane paints come in a wide range of solid colors in a flat, matte, or glossy finish. Not only that, but you can also find coating in pearl and metallic finishes, which give you more versatility. So you do not only add protection to your home or building, you can improve your structures’ aesthetic appeal. There are also polyurethane coats with UV protection, which provide energy efficiency and better color stability when applied outdoors.
- Cleaning polyurethane-coated surfaces are easy. You can use a damp cloth, soap, water, or any natural-based cleaning solution to wipe/wash the surface. As a result, the surface will retain its smooth finish and shine. While polyurethane coating is liquid-resistant, it is better to wipe the surface dry to prevent dust and debris from sticking to the surface or leaving liquid marks.
From all the advantages of polyurethane coatings, it will be difficult not to give the product a try. Whatever project you are doing, whether it is large or small, renovating or building from the ground up, you can ensure durability, resiliency, aesthetic appeal, cost-efficiency, and energy efficiency when using polyurethane coatings.