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Concrete Floor Coating Guide: 10 Uses of Polyurea Flooring

Concrete Floor Coating Guide: 10 Uses of Polyurea Flooring

There’s a new name to look for if you’re searching for floor coatings that offer durability, longevity, waterproofing and easy application — polyurea floor coating. In many areas, this coating surpasses the popular epoxy flooring often used in home garages. You will find innumerable uses beyond your garage for applying polyurea flooring.

What’s the Difference Between Epoxy Flooring and Polyurea Floor Coatings?

For starters, both applications can cover concrete, hiding years of wear and tear. But that’s where their similarities come to an end. The two concrete coating options differ significantly in visual appeal, UV stability, durable functionality, moisture barriers, slip resistance and lifespan.

Visual Appeal

Epoxy and polyurea applications can enhance your garage, basement or patio. Epoxy can cover superficial flaws, but it is not a superior way to even out cracked, chipped or dangerously uneven surfaces. The polyurea chip system allows homeowners various options to choose a color that will match the rest of their interior or exterior decor.

UV Stability

Polyurea concrete floor coatings have UV-stable elements that will not fade or yellow with exposure to the sun. Epoxy cannot withstand UV damage and will become discolored over time.


Salts, chemicals, oils and temperature changes can significantly damage your garage door over time. Polyurea concrete floor coatings are among the most durable flooring choices. Proven to be nearly five times stronger than epoxy, polyurea can withstand heavy traffic, skids, abrasions and impacts. Polyurea concrete floor coatings also offer an impenetrable barrier against moisture and unwanted pests where epoxy does not.

Polyurea is impervious to damage, accidents and mishaps for over a decade, whereas epoxy will protect the flooring from salts and chemicals, but only for a short time.

Unlike polyurea concrete floor coating, epoxy provides less-than-ideal temperature change protection. The material lacks the elasticity to move with your home’s foundation when it expands and contracts. That means it will crack and pop over time in response to temperature changes. Polyurea will expand and contract with your concrete and has proven to be 98% more flexible than epoxy. People who depend on epoxy to withstand Minnesota and Wisconsin winters will encounter pitting, chipping and splitting within a few years.

Moisture Barrier

If your garage floor has a high moisture content, moisture vapor transmission from underneath the slab can delaminate the coating. BlackHawk Garage Door will always bring a moisture reader to your property to determine whether you have a moisture issue. If so, our polyurea floor coating can help.

Slip Resistance

We know epoxy is a non-porous product that creates a smooth surface. However, this can pose a threat when epoxy floors get wet and become slippery, especially with oil spills. With the polyurea chip system, the floor becomes slip-resistant. Ask about the various resistance levels BlackHawk Garage Door offers.


Polyurea is highly elastic (300%) and will accommodate expansion, contraction and relative movement within concrete without cracking. It has a service history that exceeds 25 years. Epoxy is a thermosetting resin that coats the floor, but doesn’t withstand the elasticity you need as your foundation settles. Minnesota and Wisconsin experience harsh winters, and epoxy floors experience pitting, chipping and splitting. Polyurea coatings receive high marks from homeowners and businesses for this reason, in addition to being stain-resistant, UV-stable and antibacterial.

Residential Uses of Polyurea Coatings

Thanks to polyurea’s durability and longevity, you will find many flooring uses that don’t include a surface to park cars on. While most people think of this option as a garage floor coating, there are many more places where you can have us install this flooring.

Garage Floor Coating

Of course, most people think of polyurea coatings for uses of garage flooring. While an epoxy floor may sustain damage from parking your vehicle with hot tires on it, a polyurea-coated garage floor will not. This type of floor can also hold up to the temperature and moisture extremes homeowners experience in our service areas of Wisconsin and Minnesota.

Home Gym Flooring

Because polyurea can stand up to impacts and have the option for varying levels of slip resistance, they are ideal for flooring in home gyms. In such locations, you need a floor that can hold heavy weights or machines, plus resist cracking or chipping if you drop a weight on the floor. Whether you have multiple workout machines or a single treadmill and set of free weights, polyurea flooring will offer the lasting performance you need.

Laundry Room Floor Coating

Laundry rooms require a durable surface that can stand up to moisture, humidity and temperature changes. For instance, when you run a clothes dryer, the room will heat and the humidity will rise. You also need a surface that offers slip resistance in case water from wet clothes gets on the floor. Polyurea flooring is the solution to these needs.

Workshop Floor Coating

In a workshop, polyurea will suffice for most applications. The only possible concern you might have is when you weld materials over the coating. While polyurea coating can stand up to heat, it may burn from welding’s excessive temperatures. Otherwise, as a workshop floor coating, polyurea will help reduce dust that might accumulate on a bare concrete floor and offer a slip-resistant surface, improving the area’s safety.

Finished Basement Flooring

For finished basements, you want flooring that is durable and easy to clean. Polyurea requires only spot cleaning to remove spills. However, with its stain resistance, you don’t need to worry about a spilled drink in your basement rec room causing a permanent problem. Dust mops suffice for removing any dust from the surface, and you can use a sponge mop for regular cleaning of heavily trafficked areas.

Outdoor Pool Areas

Epoxy floor coatings won’t stand up to the moisture, UV rays and temperature swings that an outdoor pool area would experience. Therefore, you need a durable surface coating like polyurea. Plus, you can choose various slip resistance levels for your surface. Around a pool, you want the maximum possible slip resistance to make the area safe for everyone.

Commercial Applications for Polyurea Flooring

Homes are not the only places where polyurea flooring has uses. Businesses in all industries made this floor coating their surface of choice long before consumers discovered its benefits. From auto shops to hospitals, many businesses can take advantage of this surface’s durability and long life with a faster application time than epoxy.

Auto Shop Flooring

Auto shops require tough flooring that can resist damage from hot tires, dropped tools and stains. Polyurea floor coatings excel in these requirements where epoxy floors would not. Additionally, with one-day installation, your business won’t need to delay operations long when you have polyurea installed.


Warehouses have heavy vehicular and foot traffic, plus weight from the shelves and stored products. Workers cannot risk slipping and falling in such a busy location. You need polyurea’s slip resistance that can also hold up for years.

Car Dealership Showrooms

Car dealership showrooms have unique needs. First, the flooring needs to hold up to customers walking over it daily. Additionally, the floor cannot experience stains or wear from vehicles driven over it as you pull model cars into their display locations. Lastly, the floor must look good and hold up for a long time. Polyurea flooring has many color and chip options to customize your space’s appearance.


The floors in hospitals undergo heavy traffic, but they must also be easy to sanitize. Polyurea flooring is antibacterial, preventing viral spread and allowing for quick sanitation. It also protects people walking on the surface from slipping. In a hospital setting, durability and ease of cleaning are essential attributes of any floor coating.

Contact BlackHawk Garage Door for Polyurea Flooring

With our one-day installation in most commercial and residential locations, you can begin to enjoy your new flooring much sooner than if you had epoxy installed. Find out more about our polyurea flooring on our site, or contact us at BlackHawk Garage Door for questions or to request an appointment. Our professional technicians are ready to help you get better flooring for your garage, gym, workshop or any other space where you need polyurea floor coating’s extra benefits.

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Dorothy Marty
Dorothy Marty
15:11 08 Mar 22
Bryton Gunderson and his co-worker replace both garage doors. Showed up on time and finished in the time they said they would. Did a great job at installing and clean up was good. Highly recommend them!!
Deborah Lind
Deborah Lind
01:03 12 Feb 22
Jeremy was sent out to fix my garage door after the wheel came off the runner. and made it impossible to close. He assessed the situation and saw more issues causing problems. He was quick, knowledgeable, efficient, and polite. In this winter... weather, it was essential get this garage door fixed quickly and Blackhawk Garage Door sent a repairman as fast as they could. Thank you, Deborah Lind .read more
Ben Graf
Ben Graf
17:47 24 Jan 22
We hired BlackHawk to replace both of our garage doors. Anticipated start date for install was spot on and install went very smooth. Also had them install jackscrew openers a few months later and they installed them less than a week from my... initial phone call. Would highly recommend.read more
Craig Zuelke
Craig Zuelke
21:41 14 Jan 22
Jeremy arrived on-time even though the weather made driving difficult. He did a great job installing the new springs and keypad and explaining the functioning of the door. He was also very helpful in going over preventive maintenance and repair of... the weather seals. Excellent job!read more
john quest
john quest
05:09 02 Dec 21
Great installer. Ask for Bryton Gunderson to do your work He does great work.
Lois Peper
Lois Peper
20:14 20 Oct 21
Our new garage floor is beautiful, the installers, Davis Marshall and Kevin Graham were very meticulous, professional and friendly individuals. The area was thoroughly cleaned up afterwards and the job was completed exactly as predicted. We are... very impressed!read more
Julie Noyes
Julie Noyes
19:53 03 Sep 21
Jeremy was on time and really helpful with a solution for achieving a tight fit on my uneven garage floor. He got in touch with another installer close by and was able to get the parts he needed. He was patient and informative with all my... questions. Thank you!! The doors look great.read more
Rey of Sunshine Rey
Rey of Sunshine Rey
18:43 12 Feb 21
I started having issues with my old garage door openers a few years ago, each winter their performance got worse and worse, until finally one just died. I called several companies to get a quote over the phone. Blackhawk came in less than any... other companies I spoke with by over $100. Tom was a blast to converse with, asking detailed questions regarding the garage door openers I had at the time. Nate called me to schedule an install in a timely manner and when Tom stated her would. A pleasure to speak with and set up an appointment. I was expecting to wait a week at least. When he booked a tentative appointment for 2 days later ......I was elated. It was the coldest week so far this winter and I was so sick of parking outside in the subzero weather! Kyle and Colten showed up on time and both had smiles on their faces and were here and gone within 3 hours. Understand, they had to replace springs and had to install overhead rails etc as the previous opener was a wall mount type opener. They completely cleaned up their mess, briefly went over programming the new openers and were on their way. Thanks guys! You all rock!!!read more
Brent Haglund
Brent Haglund
20:54 05 Feb 21
Great company and great experience. Our garage door spring broke and within hours after talking with Nate their crew had the springs fixed, adjusted and door works perfectly. Thanks Blackhawk Garage Door and Nate!
Laura McNiff
Laura McNiff
20:19 02 Feb 21
The staff and crew at Blackhawk Garage Door were awesome. I have had them out twice in the past two weeks fixing broken springs and helping me to fix my door opener. They were very professional, timely, and most of all honest and trust worthy,... fixing a problem while giving honest answers. I would recommend them full heartedly. Thanks so much, Manny Krugread more
Sam Webber
Sam Webber
22:48 07 Jan 21
Had these guys fix a broken spring on one door and install an opener on another. Very knowledgeable and efficient techs. I will definitely be using them in the future and will recommend to friends. Big thanks to Nate, John, Colten, and Jordan!
David Feyereisen
David Feyereisen
11:51 03 Jan 21
John and Kyle put my garage doors in and did a FANTASTIC job. Great workmanship and great customer service. I highly recommend these guys. Thanks!!!!
Randy Prescott
Randy Prescott
15:58 29 Dec 20
Truely Excellent Service! I called on Monday evening about a broken garage door spring and they had a tech out to fix it up Tuesday morning. John, the tech they sent out was quiet, curtious and fast. He had the job done in about 30 minutes, Awesome!
Robert Schmitz
Robert Schmitz
22:16 17 Dec 20
Great service! The cable broke on my garage door at work...called mid morning and it was fixed before noon. Very efficient in their work and very professional. The customer service person that I talked to was very helpful and the technicians did a... great job. Would highly recommend them!read more
Scott Lee
Scott Lee
16:17 28 Aug 20
Blackhawk Garage Door was fantastic to work with when my garage door spring broke. When I called, Nate answered. He took care to understand my problem, he gave a clear estimate of the investment involved, and promptly scheduled a time for their... service crew to come and fix my issue. The 2-man crew came at their scheduled time, and replaced, and upgraded my spring setup in a quick and professional manner. They were in and out within about 45 minutes!! I would definitely do business again with Blackhawk Garage Door, and would refer them to my friends and family. 5-Star Rating, for sure.read more
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