The difference between Polyurethane and Epoxy Flooring

Choosing the right resin flooring system for the job can sometimes be confusing.

Epoxy and polyurethane floors are two of the most commonly used types of resin flooring.

One question that we hear often is ‘what are the differences between the two types of floors and when should we pick one over the other?’.

We have created the below blog in order to help you differentiate between the two and make an informed decision on when you should be using the two of them.

While there are many benefits to each of the flooring systems, not all flooring systems are appropriate for all environments. Therefore, it helps to consider the space they will be used as well as the overall facility demands.

1.Epoxy Floors are usually harder than polyurethanes

Firstly, epoxy floors are usually harder than polyurethanes. This means they have a higher compressive and impact strength making them durable in heavy duty industries.

Epoxy floors are favored in:

  • Warehouses
  • Heavy industries
  • Logistics centers
  • Industries with heavy forklift traffic

Polyurethane floors tend to be softer and more elastic, making them more resistant to scratching, as their elasticity tends to absorb some of the impact. This makes polyurethanes a good choice for food factories where the storage temperature can reach -30 degrees or in car parks as the elastic coating can act as a waterproofing.

Polyurethane floors are favored in:

  • Places with foot traffic
  • Car parks
  • Food factories

2.Epoxy floors and polyurethane floors react differently to different chemicals

Epoxy and polyurethane flooring react differently to different chemicals they are exposed to. This makes polyurethanes the favored choice in food industries that have contact to lactic acids. Epoxy flooring under these conditions could turn yellow in color and could even experience corrosion.

Epoxy floors are more suited to industries which have exposure to sulfuric acids as epoxy flooring is more resistant than polyurethane.

 3.Polyurethane are much more sensitive to humidity

Polyurethane flooring is particularly sensitive to humidity. Although epoxy resins are also sensitive to moisture the damage will be far more limited to some discoloration or blushing. This means, in industries where humidity could be a factor, epoxy is the safer choice.

Both epoxy and polyurethane floors are available with many customizable and decorative options. Determining which floor is the right solution for your specific environment can be made easier with the help of an experienced industrial flooring specialist. So, get in touch with out team today who will give you advise on the best flooring for your next project.