Architectural and engineering professionals, even various industries and consumers would naturally want their assets protected and become functional over a long time. Here at High Performance Solutions, we use polyurea coatings to protect various types of materials and surfaces, such as truck beds, boats and marine equipment. The application of these coatings is virtually unlimited.
What are Protective Coatings?
Protective coatings are made to be applied in both metallic and non-metallic substrates. They add a thin layer of protective membrane that does not alter the material’s natural composition. Instead, they are just meant to add a layer of protection to slow down the oxidation process.
Meanwhile, they also work to make the substrate resistant to UV rays, moisture, and other elements naturally present in the environment that normally speeds up its corrosion and eventually, its lifetime.
Aside from improving weather resistance and slowing down the corrosion process, protective coatings can also help improve a material’s aesthetics. Some protective coatings have added pigments and dyes to match any exterior or interior design.
And also, protective coatings can add certain properties to materials like electrical or moisture resistance. Some also cause UV rays to bounce off instead of getting absorbed.
Types of Protective Coatings
- Marine protective coatings: These are used to protect water-based or marine structures, equipment, and transportation from the deteriorating effects of different bodies of water. As you know, each water body type is composed of various minerals that can cause oxidation or hasten corrosion. Aside from corrosion control, marine protective coatings also make the substrate easy to clean and maintain.
- Polyurethane protective coatings: Various industries like aerospace, construction, automotive, and industrial manufacturing apply polyurethane protective coatings on their metal substrates for weathering, abrasion, corrosion, and chemical reaction resistance.
- Steel protective coatings: In general, steel protective coatings are effective in improving the corrosion resistance property of metals while prolonging their lifetime. There are different types of steel protective coating methods, too, with each having its own set of benefits, advantages, and even disadvantages. Choosing one over the other may bring in certain compromises in terms of protection or aesthetic appeal. Thus, you must work with professionals, especially when applying protective coatings on a larger scale.
- UV protective coatings: UV protective coatings primarily work to block UV rays or at least, decrease their absorption in materials. There are many benefits from this, including energy efficiency and improved comfort in indoor spaces, decreasing the degradation of materials or substrates, and resistance to cracking, peeling, and discoloration.