Sealing your basement floors can prevent mold and mildew, transforming your basement from unusable space to safe storage space. Basement floors, especially in our cold weather country, can be very susceptible to moisture because the concrete acts almost like a sponge, wicking water from the soil.Have you ever thought about sealing and finishing your basement floor but have been told it’s too cold to do right now? For companies who use epoxy to seal floors, which the majority of them do, it’s true – it’s already too cold. To apply an epoxy seal to your basement floor, the concrete has to be at least 50 degrees. However, White Rabbit has opted to use a revolutionary new flooring product called polyurea – a special polymer coating designed to provide a long-lasting seal.
Polyurea is the latest advancement in concrete coating technology. However, it is not a new product; it has been in use in industrial applications for over 25 years. It’s the type of product used for sewer linings, water treatment plants, and other industrial uses. Its incorporation into the garage and basement flooring is just beginning, but White Rabbit immediately saw the benefit to our customers.
Not only does the switch to polymer from epoxy allow us to work on your floor, when you want it done, regardless of the temperature, but polymer floors are also four times stronger than epoxy floors and three times more scratch resistant. Polymer floors even maintain a high sheen better than epoxy. Best of all, though, your floor can be done in one day, without the odor epoxy brings, for the same price as epoxy floors.
Epoxy is an older product with some severe downsides. Not only does it take two to three days to install epoxy floors, but the odor from epoxy, while not toxic, can be overwhelming. We were once working on a polymer floor when our client’s neighbor stopped by and marveled at the lack of smell. She had recently had her floors done using epoxy, and the odor soaked into her drywall and was still giving off an odor two months later! Polymer is virtually odorless.
You can apply polymer onto any surface, including plastic and wood. Epoxy does not always adhere well to wood, so if you have wood stairs leading from your garage, it can be difficult to get the epoxy to properly bond. Polymer offers a wide variety of choice for color and other additives that will allow you to customize the look of your basement floor.
White Rabbit provides you with a better and more versatile basement floor product at the same price. In our next post, we will talk about the steps White Rabbit takes during the sealing process, to ensure your basement floor coating lasts as long as possible.
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