Traffic coatings are an essential part of road maintenance. They help keep roads smooth and safe, keeping drivers and passengers safe from bumps and potholes. Traffic coatings can be made from various materials, but the two most common types are asphalt and concrete. Asphalt is more affordable but less durable than concrete; concrete lasts longer but costs more money to install. Selecting the right one for your project cannot be very clear, but it doesn’t have to be. In this blog post, I’ll cover the top types of traffic coatings and what they’re used for:
Epoxy coatings are the most durable and can be used on large areas. Their durability comes at a cost—they are heavier than other coatings and need to be cured for a longer period. Epoxy is also very sensitive to moisture and temperature fluctuations, so you need to take extra precautions when applying it.
Epoxy can be applied to concrete surfaces or metal surfaces with different results:
- Concrete: The most common type of epoxy coating is an epoxy-based sealer used on concrete floors in factories, warehouses, and other industrial locations where there’s high traffic. It creates a smooth finish that doesn’t scratch easily but offers good traction for safety footwear (including steel-toed shoes).
- Metal: While it might sound like an oxymoron (how can something made from oil not get stained by oil?), using epoxy over metal surfaces like doors or walls will prevent fingerprints from showing up as much as they would with regular paints alone.
Urethane coatings are used to protect concrete and masonry surfaces. They are used to protect against abrasion, chemicals, salt, and other corrosive elements. Urethane coatings are also known as powder coatings because they provide a dry film that is flexible and lightweight once cured (hardened).
Unlike epoxy or elastomeric paints, which penetrate the pores of the surface being coated, urethane paints form an independent layer on top of existing materials. This makes them ideal for protecting surfaces like concrete floors that may be prone to chipping or cracking if pressure is applied directly over them (such as in factories where heavy machinery drives across them regularly).
PMMA is a high-performance coating that is transparent, allowing light to pass through the coating. It is an excellent choice for applications where light must pass through the coating, such as with high intensity, and in applications where there is a need for clarity. The PMMA system provides excellent abrasion resistance and low outgassing levels (less than 1% per year).
Epoxy Broadcast Systems
Epoxy systems are used to coat large surfaces. Epoxy is a two-part system, and the epoxy must be mixed in order to cure properly and be applied correctly. Epoxies are popular in the automotive industry because they have excellent adhesion properties and good impact resistance. They’re also used in aerospace applications because of their high-temperature tolerance and chemical resistance, making them ideal as an insulator on aircraft engines or as a coating on electrical components (like wires) exposed to extreme temperatures.
Latex/Vinyl Copolymer Systems
Latex/vinyl copolymer systems are applied in two coats: a primer followed by a topcoat. The topcoat is shiny and comes in clear or colored varieties. The topcoat is water-based and can be applied over a wide range of substrates to produce the desired aesthetic effect.
We hope that you now know more about the different types of traffic coatings! There are so many on the market, and it can take time to choose which is right for your needs. Hopefully, this article has helped you understand more about each type so that when it comes time to make your purchase, you will be confident in knowing exactly what kind of coating you want and why. If not, don’t worry – we’re here for anything else!