Q: What is polyurea and why is it better than other floor sealing products?
A: Hinding floor coatings use a two-component product that, when mixed together, forms a 100% polyurea floor sealer. Polyurea is superior to epoxy, urethanes, paints and other coatings, and forms a harder, denser, more abrasion-resistant film than any of them.
Q: What about petroleum-based and other solvents? Will these damage the Hinding floor coatings?
A: Polyurea is impervious to gas, oil, salt and other harsh chemicals.
Q: Can I use a pressure washer to clean my polyurea floor if needed?
A: Yes, pressure washing will not damage the integrity of the floor. Pressure wash at a low PSI.
Q: Why do I need a protective coating on my concrete floor?
A: Polyurea beautifies your floor while prolonging the life of the concrete itself. Unprotected concrete floors will wear and be stained by oils and fluids. In garage and exterior applications, damage can occur from the corrosive effects of snow and ice-melting chemicals, such as rock salt. Polyurea coating systems protect concrete from wear, because it creates a surface that is actually harder and more durable than concrete, and so dense that oils and fluids cannot penetrate it to soak in and cause staining. Polyurea is impervious to the corrosive effects of rock salt.
Q: Why does the floor have to be prepared?
A: Floor preparation is crucial to the proper installation of the floor coating system. Without proper floor preparation, the floor coating liquids will not be able to penetrate and bond to concrete. To insure proper bonding, a concrete grinder with diamond bits removes a slight portion of the top layer of the concrete, thereby opening the pores of the concrete and providing an anchor for adhesion.
Q: Do I have to re-coat every year?
A: No, Hinding floor coatings have a lifetime warranty on the retention of its gloss.
Q: Is the Hinding floor coating slippery when wet?
A: No, the coating will not be slippery when wet. The aggressive texture of aggregate additives, coupled with the addition of aluminum oxide to the top coat, will provide sufficient texture to prevent a slippery surface.
Q: What are the decorative chips made of?
A: Our decorative chips are made of vinyl. Unlike other coating systems available on the market which use acrylic chips, vinyl chips are designed to lay down flatter, soak in better, and adhere better to the coating system. This leaves you with a flatter floor in which the chips are embedded, thus eliminating peeling or flaking over time.
Q: Will the polyurea coating fade or change colors?
A: No. Polyurea is UV neutral and is not affected by direct sunlight. Epoxy, on the other hand, will fade and yellow. Similarly, the apron, or outside edge of the garage floor, will not fade when coated with the polyurea. With epoxy, it will.
Q: What are the average dry times for the polyurea?
A: Foot traffic – 6 to 8 hours
Heavy traffic, moving items in – 8 to 12 hours
Vehicle traffic – 24 hours
(Drying times are dependent on temperatures. An epoxy floor coating system would take significantly more time to dry than a polyurea system.)
Q: How do I clean my Hinding floor coating if I stain it?
A: Stains wipe up with any standard cleaner or de-greaser. Tougher stains can be removed with mild automotive-grade rubbing compound.
Q: Why do we need a top coat?
A: Polyurea is a premium commercial-grade system. The top coat provides the ultimate protection against stains and normal wear and tear. A top coat also will make cleaning the floor a breeze, unlike other products on the market. Think of the top coat like a clear coat for your car. The automotive industry doesn’t manufacture cars without a clear coat, does it?
Q: How does the product stand up to snow and salt?
A: The polyurea manufacturer is based in Minnesota, so the products have been battle tested in the most adverse conditions. Polyurea is designed to be durable in all types of conditions.
Q: Why should I care about elongation?
A: All concrete moves and the number one failure of epoxy systems, because it is brittle, is its inability to bend or flex with the natural movements of concrete. Since polyurea has an amazing ability to elongate or stretch, it will bend and flex with the concrete, thus resisting the cracking and peeling of other coating systems.
Q: Can I use your product in residential basements or inside spaces?
A: Hinding floor coatings are an ideal choice for any location where you want a flooring system that will last for years and be impervious to water and household stains. The special formula for basements has no vapors and no smell.
Q: Can I use Hinding floor coatings on my porch, sidewalk or exterior surfaces?
A: Yes. Polyurea can be applied to any material except plastic. As such, it can be applied to a porch, sidewalk, drywall, wooden steps and basement floors. Epoxy will not stick to wooden steps or drywall.