Concrete coatings continue to evolve in terms of application, popularity, durability and ease of use for contractors. According to George R. Pilcher, VP of The ChemQuest Group, Inc., the U.S. market for concrete floor coatings is about $650 million currently, and that number rises to $920 million if you add in non-filmforming cure-and-seal products and stains. ChemQuest, which creates industry reports and proprietary studies for individual manufacturers, is witnessing a growing need for particular concrete coating attributes. In response, there's been a focus on technology improvements—and typically more expensive products—that improve dry time and resistance to scuffing, staining, abrasions and chemicals.
By Jake Poinier 12
inPAINT | Nov/Dec 2018
hat are some of the specific needs? “A main driver in concrete flooring coatings is time savings,” Pilcher says. “A lot of the technology that’s being developed is aimed at putting a floor back into service as quickly as possible without compromising its protective properties. Although they’re less than 5% of the market right now, we’re seeing more new coatings being introduced based on polyaspartics, which react and dry very quickly.” A second growth area—the use of concrete for outdoor spaces including patios, kitchens, driveways and garages—is also driving a need to protect those surfaces. “During good economic times like we’re currently experiencing, more homeowners are willing to spend money upgrading certain aspects of their homes than they were seven to 10 years ago,” Pilcher says. “We’re seeing increases in sales of driveway sealers and garage floor coatings.” In addition to waterborne and
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