The Advantages of Urethane Floor Coatings
Urethane mortar flooring systems are long-lasting, easy to clean, and require very little maintenance. Some of the main benefits of these systems include:
- Virtual Seamlessness. As a fluid-applied flooring system, urethane mortar coatings provide a nonporous, nearly seamless floor surface without deep grout lines or cracks where debris and bacteria can accumulate. This feature both increases their bearing capacity and makes them far easier to keep clean.
- USDA Compliance. Urethane mortar floor coatings can help inhibit the growth of microbes and meet USDA requirements for sanitation. They are an excellent option for food processing plants, breweries, and facilities that process meat, fish, and dairy products.
- Strength and Durability. These flooring systems have greater compressive strength and impact resistance than the concrete substrate itself, making them more able to withstand the demands of an intense industrial setting. They also perform well when exposed to a variety of chemicals, and extreme temperature changes.
Extreme Temperatures: Why A Urethane Mortar Does So Well
One pitfall of epoxy and other common fluid-applied flooring systems is that their performance tends to suffer when they are exposed to extreme temperature fluctuations. Particularly in the food processing industry, it may be necessary for some areas to be refrigerated or frozen, while others are subjected to high temperatures. Even when the same area experiences a drastic shift in temperature urethane mortar flooring systems continue to perform well.
The reason for this is that urethane’s thermal coefficient, or the rate at which it expands or contracts in response to a change in temperature, is similar to that of concrete. Because the urethane mortar reacts to the temperature shift in roughly the same way as the concrete substrate, the bond between the two remains strong. Other floor coatings with a thermal coefficient different from concrete’s will experience more stress during temperature changes, and the bond with the concrete may be weakened, shortening the floor lifespan.
Is Urethane Mortar Flooring Right for You?
The Tennant Co. name has long been associated with high-quality cleaning machines and reliability around the world. Now, that same level of performance and care you’ve come to expect for your floor cleaning solutions can be found in the floor coatings produced by Tennant Coatings. Urethane mortar concrete floor coatings are only one of the many options we offer, including epoxy, MMA, and a wide range of customizable flooring options. Get in touch with us today to discuss the flooring solution that would best fit your commercial or industrial facility’s needs.