Why Isomat Thor Floor Protection?
Polyurea coating technology constitutes a more recent and advanced system than the traditional ones used in waterproofing and protective coating applications. However, it is not new technology, as it has been in use and studied for over three decades.
Thor Floor is dry to the touch in seconds, is walkable within a few minutes, and drivable in a matter of hours to form an outstandingly tough, flexible and chemically resistant surface. This coating waterproofs the substrate and also has the ability to extend by 400+ percent, thereby enabling it to bridge hairline cracks on concrete surfaces.
Elastomeric Thor Floor is ideal for numerous applications such as industrial work floors, hangars, parking decks, and so on.
The Isomat Thor Floor Protection System
Dependent on substrate and moisture level:
- Isomat Primer-PU 100
- Isomat Primer-PU 140
- Isomat EpoxyPrimer 500
100% Pure Polyurea Membrane:
- Isomat Thor Floor Polyurea Protective Coating
UV Resistant Topcoat Options for external or UV exposed areas only:
- Isomat Durafloor PU
- Isomat Topcoat-PAS 760
- Isomat Topcoat-PAS 780
Parking decks have a constant stream of heavy vehicles passing through with the average passenger vehicle weighing approximately 4,000 pounds. These parking decks are constantly exposed to heavy loads, mechanical abrasion (tire friction), chemicals (sitting cars may leak fluids or oil), road salt tracked in on winter tires etc.
Parking Decks are made up of concrete and steel. Thor Floor is ideal for these applications because it:
- Shields against abrasions to concrete
- Fills in cracks caused by weather exposure
- Combats moisture exposure and corrosion
- Protects against changes in temperature
- Can be applied in both humid and colder temperatures.
- Has a faster set up than with many other types of coatings
- Cures quickly allowing only a slight time lapse in a return to parking availability
- Is chemically resistant to salt, oil, gas, and other harsh chemicals
- Is 100% solids in composition – Odour, VOC and Solvent Free with no effect on the environment.
Stop letting ugly oil, gas, and dirt seep into and ruin the concrete in your parking garage.
Industrial flooring represents all concrete surfaces in industrial environments that need to be protected, such as the following:
- Manufacturing plants (textile, paper, appliances, furniture, miscellaneous manufacturing, etc.)
- Distribution centres
Industrial Floors are exposed to a variety of extreme conditions affecting performance including: chemicals, punctures, abrasions, wear, temperature variations etc. Thor Flor protects concrete floors from all of these extremes and is odour free with no VOCs or solvents.
Institutional and Commercial Flooring
There are a variety of institutional and commercial environments that have their own flooring specifications and requirements.
- Shopping Centres
- Schools & Libraries
- Convention Centres
- Correctional Facilities
Many of these environments often need high-performance systems that can handle intense pedestrian traffic (schools, supermarkets, etc.) while being aesthetically pleasing. Thor Floor meets and exceeds these requirements and is odour free with no VOCs or solvents.
Polyurea flooring is 20 times stronger than epoxy and 98% more flexible allowing for natural concrete movement, also it won’t peel or crack.
The Benefits of using Polyurea coatings in food manufacturing plants, water storage and healthcare are:
- A faster return to service can be achieved by a fast setting material that is 100% VOC-free
- No residuals
- A wide application temperature (-20°F to 104°F)
- An even wider operating service temperature (-40°F to 230°F)
- Withstands thermal shock when sanitizing cold flooring
- Extends the time between flooring repairs and recoats by being impact and abrasion resistant
- Less water and lower chemical spend needed for floor cleaning, and in some cases less frequent sanitization cleaning is needed
- Seamless for easy cleaning and excellent sanitation
- Crack free, reducing bacterial growth
- Lower risk of product contamination
Enhance Food Safety Management
Managing high-quality food production involves a lot of variables, but one of the biggest factors is the viability of your processing plant. Many industrial buildings use acids and caustics in their production process, generating concrete deterioration, steel corrosion, and even mold throughout the facility. All of these can put your entire operation in jeopardy. Keeping food-processing plants and beverage facilities clean and sanitized is also a challenge. The goal is to find the simplest way to protect the elements (floors, walls, ceiling, gate, posts and rails) during the cleaning process while maintaining a sterile environment.
Food processing plants that produce ready-to-eat (RTE) foods, particularly meats, cheeses, and other products that require refrigeration, unfortunately provide ideal conditions for microbiological contamination. Listeria monocytogenes, for example, is commonly found in pasteurized milk, soft cheeses, ice cream, raw vegetables, fermented raw-meat sausages, raw and cooked poultry, and deli meats. Older processing plants that have walls and ceilings constructed with angled steel, I-beams, concrete block, interlocking metal and fiberglass panels, double-t ceilings, and tiles with concrete grout, serve as excellent places for standing water and the build-up of dust, dirt, mold, and bacteria, including Listeria, Escherichia Coli, and Salmonella. Often the cracks, pits, and seams present in these plants provide surfaces for bacterial growth despite the use of aggressive power washing and chemical sanitation techniques. In addition, Listeria not only continues to grow at low temperatures, it can aerosolize and attach to equipment and people, and is therefore difficult to control in the processing environment.
It should also be noted that in older plants, other sources of contaminants are of real concern, such as chipping paint and spalled and cracked concrete. The aggressive cleaning protocols used in food processing plants only hasten damage to coatings and other surfaces, thus leading to the need for frequent maintenance and repainting and or complete replacement. Not only is this approach labor-intensive and very costly, in some cases plant shutdowns are required, having a further negative impact on profitability.
One of the keys to prevention of bacterial contamination is the maintenance of smooth surfaces throughout the plant, including walls, ceilings, floors, and food preparation surfaces, which are easy to clean and sanitize. As one possible solution Isomat has developed a polyurea system specifically designed to provide desirable surfaces. To keep production safe and on track, you’ll want protective coatings on key areas of your food processing plant. Sprayed on Isomat polyurea can reduce maintenance costs because it’s easily cleaned by pressure washing without fear of it being damaged by the cleaning process. Our polyurea is applied as a liquid that turns solid in 6-8 seconds. It is incredibly durable and able to easily withstand extreme temperatures from -20°F to in excess of 300°F. Polyurea coatings also contain anti-bacterial properties that make it invaluable in food processing plants.
Healthcare and Polyurea
In a hospital environment, ideally the floor and wall coverings will be resistant to viruses and bacteria because there is a constant risk of patients acquiring a secondary infection. Cracks, crevices and scratches on the floor can cause moisture seepage and spread dangerous diseases.
Polyurea coatings seal cracks and prevent scratches that might otherwise occur due to frequent scrubbing, thus minimize the risk of bacterial propagation. These coatings can help maintain sterile conditions in surgical areas, intensive care units and neonatal care units.
Polyurea coatings contain anti-bacterial properties that make them invaluable in food processing plants and healthcare facilities.