Concrete is a very durable material, but it helps to maintain it with occasional cleaning or the application of paints or sealers. Polyurethane is one type of sealer that is used for maintaining concrete.
What is polyurethane?
Polyurethane is a combination between a diisocyanate and a diol, which chemically combine to form a polymer-type material that can be used in multiple applications, including everything from a form of paint to a rubber. The nature of the material allows it to take on several forms, which can be liquid, foam, or solid. Polyurethane is very durable and flexible, making for a very effective protective coating.
How can it be applied to concrete?
Polyurethane has been commonly used in dozens of products since the 1940s. You might be surprised to discover that it is in many of the household products you use every day. Polyurethane can be a form of thermoplastic. Thermoplastics create a strong seal on concrete surfaces because the material is smooth and resistant to water. Polyurethane seals are very easy to locate because they are so commonly used. You can find them on gym floors, factories, and other commercial and industrial applications where durability is important. One downside to polyurethane products is that they are not easily recycled. They can, however, be reused.
Polyurethane coatings can be used to help repair damaged concrete. Its flexible consistency allows it to effortlessly fill cracks and seal joints. It is available in various colors and offers a reliable alternative to other concrete treatments. Talk with a prescreened concrete specialist in your area to apply your polyurethane coating.
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