Elastomeric coatings are quickly becoming a popular choice for North American businesses and industries. If you’re not familiar with elastomeric coatings, they are liquid-applied membranes that form a flexible coating over a surface.
Elastomeric coatings offer many advantages, such as protection from the elements, improved insulation, and resistance to corrosion.
In this post, we’ll take a closer look at some of the benefits of using elastomeric protective coatings in Canada from IMC Distributors. Keep reading to learn more!
What Are Elastomeric Coatings?
An elastomeric coating is made up of elastomers, which are polymeric materials that have the ability to reversibly deform under stress. This means that they can typically be stretched at least twice their original length and recover to their original dimensions.
Elastomeric coatings are typically roller or spray applied and they cure to form a flexible, rubbery membrane. They are also often used as a protective barrier against chemicals, abrasion, and impact.
Elastomeric coatings are often used in applications where a durable, flexible, and water-resistant coating is required, such as on roofs, walls, and floors. They can be applied to a variety of surfaces, including metal, concrete, wood, and asphalt. They are typically used in commercial and industrial applications, but they can also be used in residential settings.
Advantages of Applying Elastomeric Coatings
There are many advantages to using elastomeric coatings:
- Durable: Elastomeric coatings are very tough and can withstand significant wear and tear. They are completely waterproof and once cured, they are resistant to UV light, chemicals, and extreme temperatures. This makes them an ideal choice for use in harsh environments.
- Flexible: Elastomeric coatings are very flexible and offer 400% plus elongation, meaning they can expand and contract without cracking or breaking. This makes them ideal for use on surfaces that experience a lot of movement, such as buildings in seismic zones.
- High Corrosion Resistance: Elastomeric coatings have a high resistance to corrosion, making them ideal for use in environments where there is a lot of moisture or chemicals present.
- Energy-Efficient: Elastomeric coatings with higher SRI values can help to reduce heat gain and UV exposure, making your home or office cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter. This can lead to lower energy bills.
- Easy to Apply: Elastomeric coatings are easy to apply and can be done so with a brush, roller, or sprayer. Applying elastomeric coatings is a great way to protect your property from the elements.
- Environment Friendly/Low VOC: Elastomeric coatings have low volatile organic compounds (VOCs), meaning they emit fewer harmful fumes into the air, so they are better for the environment.
- Available in Various Colours: Elastomeric coatings are available in a variety of colours.
- Quick Drying: Elastomeric coatings typically dry quickly, so you won’t have to wait long before they are ready for use. Once applied, elastomeric coatings typically take 24 to 48 hours to cure. During this time, the coating will become harder and more resistant to damage.
- Electrical Insulation: Elastomeric coatings can act as an electrical insulator, making them ideal for use in electronic applications. Some are also fire retardants and can be used in fire-prone areas because they can help to prevent the spread of fires.
- Low Maintenance and Easy to Repair: Once elastomeric coatings are applied, they require little maintenance. They can extend the lifespan of the areas of your building they are coating between 10 to 20 years, which in turn, saves you money on repair costs and maintenance. If elastomeric protective coatings do become damaged, they are easy to repair.
- Protection from the Elements: Elastomeric coatings form a barrier that protects surfaces from water, UV light, and extreme temperatures. They also seal cracks and completely waterproof the surface in question.
Contact IMC Distributors for Elastomeric Coatings in Canada
IMC Distributors is one of the leading suppliers of advanced polyurea, polyurethane, polyaspartic, and epoxy coatings in Canada. We offer excellent protective solutions for both commercial and industrial applications. We are proud to be the exclusive partner of ISOMAT and Nukote Coating Systems in Canada and to supply a long list of elastomeric coatings for your commercial or industrial needs.
Our mission is to provide the latest product advancements and the most efficient installation methods. Contact us today to learn more about our products or to place an order.