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[vc_row][vc_column][ultimate_heading main_heading=”Limitations and Constraints of Polyaspartic Coatings ” margin_design_tab_text=””][/ultimate_heading][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]The applications of Polyaspartics are many. That being said, consumers should to be advised of the limitations of polyaspartics as some installers are installing polyaspartics where they shouldn’t.

Now that Polyaspartics are making their way into the vocabulary of homeowners and onto the Christmas wish lists of many garage owners, we thought we would briefly discuss the limitations of Polyaspartics as customers have been inquiring about installing polyaspartics on places we never thought we would have heard (get your head out of the gutter, you definitely don’t want it applied there).  The three most common places in ranked order of most controversial to least controversial that we get requested to install Polyaspartics are…

#1. Steps that are not protected from rain, ice or snow build up.

#2. Walkways to and from houses and garages also unprotected.

#3. Older basements with water problems or improper drainage.

Although polyaspartics are UV stable and can withstand a barrage of chemical and abrasive assaults, they really are not designed for the swings in temperatures that Saskatchewan faces. Yes, they will withstand -40 °C and +40 °C, however, the surface that polyaspartics are applied to will expand and contract as weather systems heat and cool the object which wears the bond that polyaspartics (or anything for that matter) create when applied. Yes, you can google image search a million pictures of polyaspartics on sidewalks, in basements and on driveways but if you find out where the location of the coating is it is generally in a climate that doesn’t have the wild mood swings that Mother Nature has in Saskatchewan.  There are ways you can make the coating last longer on these surfaces but be wary of anyone applying this coating to an outdoor surface that claims it will last just as long as in a garage. Furthermore, to operate a business that applies a coating every day for at least nine months out of the year, completing outdoor coatings becomes a logistics nightmare as Superior Garage is not in control of the weather which is yet another reason why we stick to garage spaces.

As for basement installations, the trick is to ensure that the installer is using a polyaspartic that contains no Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC’s).  These nasty little chemicals can stay in the home for long periods of time, long after the activity (coating using polyaspartics) has been completed. For more information on the use of these chemicals and the damage they cause please feel free to google or for the lazy, click on the links below.

http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/ewh-semt/air/in/poll/construction/organi-eng.php

http://www.epa.gov/iaq/voc.html

http://toxtown.nlm.nih.gov/text_version/chemicals.php?id=31

If you have done some independent research and you are aware of the pros and cons of applying the coating outside then give us a call and we will come out to the location of your project and give you a free estimate.  With this free estimate, we will advise you on any other issues that we foresee that may occur and that you may be able to mitigate or proactively avoid because we don’t want to install a beautiful coating that does not last in its entirety. In short, we will coat whatever you desire so long as you understand that coatings are not meant to be hit with ice chippers, bobcats, carbides on ski-doos, and other heavyweight fine tipped tools.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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