March 8

3 Common Types of Industrial Coatings and Their Advantages


Commercial buildings need special attention when it comes to maintenance and upkeep. Whether a building is used for manufacturing, warehousing, storage, distribution, or other commercial operations, there are industrial coatings for virtually every type of surface. Industrial coatings are essentially a type of paint that is applied on surfaces like steel or concrete. 

The types of applications for industrial coatings are numerous; their primary function is to protect the surface beneath them. These coatings are most commonly used to protect steel and concrete from corrosion, but they have other important uses as well. There are industrial coatings designed to protect surfaces against corrosion, fire, water, and damaging chemicals. 

Understanding Industrial Coatings and Applications

Industrial coatings are specifically engineered for their protective and functional properties. Different coatings are used for different purposes, depending on what kind of protection is needed. To get the results you need, it’s important to understand the different types of coatings and their applications. Here are three of the most common types of coatings used in commercial settings.

1. Epoxy Coatings

Epoxy coatings typically consist of an epoxy base and a curing agent. Epoxy coatings are used in interior or submerged industrial applications. These coatings are resistant to chemicals and abrasion and can withstand high temperatures that other coatings cannot. 

Many facilities choose an epoxy coating for concrete flooring because of the numerous advantages it provides, including:

  • Epoxy is about three times stronger than concrete on its own.
  • Epoxy coatings are long-lasting, cost-effective, waterproof, and shock-resistant.
  • They can also improve operational safety since they aren’t slippery like polished concrete.
  • Epoxy increases visibility with its high sheen, reflecting light sources and improving visibility making for a safer working environment.  
2. Polyurethane Coatings

Polyurethane coatings can be used in a wide variety of environments and are often used as a final protective topcoat. Floors in shopping centers, office buildings, bowling alleys, aircraft hangers, and body shops often have a polyurethane coating. 

Polyurethane resists abrasion and can improve the durability of a surface, keeping it from scratching. Polyurethane coatings retain their color and add a glossy finish. Since polyurethane prevents corrosion and makes materials more durable, floors, steel supports, and concrete supports are often sprayed with a polyurethane coating during construction.   

3. Elastomeric Coatings

Elastomeric coatings are an above-grade exterior wall or roof coating that is approximately 10 times thicker than paint. It forms an incredibly thick yet flexible coating that helps waterproof the exterior of a structure. 

Elastomeric coatings are UV resistant and can help improve the energy efficiency of any building. Elastomeric coatings can be tinted in a number of colors and retain their color so they provide a long-lasting exterior finish for commercial properties. 

Benefits of Industrial Coatings

The right type of industrial coating provides numerous benefits including:

  • Better Protection. In any type of industrial or commercial environment, heavy wear is an issue. Applying an industrial coating to floors and other surfaces protects them from chemicals, water damage, and heavy use. Concrete floors with an epoxy coating are three times stronger than concrete on its own, making it able to withstand heavy industrial equipment.
  • Prevents Corrosion. Rust and other corrosive debris is a common issue in industrial settings. If rust is allowed to progress, metal surfaces will gradually erode and permanently damage a structure. There are a variety of rust reformers that will remove existing rust and protect a surface to minimize further damage. 
  • Fireproofing. Industrial settings often require fireproofing to protect the facility from chemical fires. Industrial coatings can mean saving a building from severe fire damage or total loss. There are a number of industrial coatings available where architectural designs call for an extremely thin, aesthetically pleasing finish along with fire protection for concrete or steel columns and beams.
  • Prevents Rot and Decay. Wood surfaces can take a beating, especially when they are located in an industrial setting. Outdoor decks, loading docks, and other wood structures benefit from a protective coating and stain. Waterproof coatings protect wood surfaces from moisture and rain and prevent rot and warping. 
  • Easier Sanitization. In commercial environments, keeping surfaces clean is important for both safety and functionality. With the right industrial coatings, surfaces are easier to clean. Cleaning and sanitation processes are dependent on facility use. Some coatings repel water while others hold up against harsher chemicals. Selecting the right industrial floor coating plays a critical role in keeping a commercial facility sanitized and ensures the health and safety of employees. 
  • Antimicrobial Protection. Antimicrobial paint and coatings offer long-term hygienic protection against airborne pathogens and bacteria. Antimicrobial coatings have been proven to eliminate the spread of dangerous pathogens and infectious bacterial growth. These coatings are ideal for places where large numbers of people congregate, including gyms, schools, churches, office buildings, and healthcare facilities.
  • Improved Safety. Fire and corrosion protection are both forms of safety precautions, but there are other safety concerns that industrial coatings address. Depending upon the type of industry or facility, there are state, federal, and OSHA requirements that must be followed. Industrial coatings can make surfaces non-slip or non-stick, improving workplace safety. Ensuring that all surfaces are properly protected where necessary makes tasks more efficient and reduces workplace injuries.

Let the Experts Ensure Your Facility Is Protected

When it’s time to improve the appearance and safety of your commercial property, call Adam Roe Painting at (208) 306-4240 to discuss your needs. Whether you need fireproofing, waterproofing, rust reform, or other industrial coating services, our highly skilled employees have the experience to handle the job safely and efficiently. 

In business since 1985, we specialize in decorative concrete coatings, deck waterproofing, and epoxy flooring. These coatings are ideal for residential, industrial, and commercial applications. We offer custom color matching, a residential exterior warranty of 5 years, and a one-year warranty on commercial and industrial projects. We look forward to working with you.


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