The benefits of hybrid nanotechnology floor polishes
Hybrid technology is the next step in floor finish technology, according to Omar Hammam from Peerless JAL.
Hybrid technology is the next step in floor finish technology, according to Omar Hammam from Peerless JAL. He notes that, in the past, floor finishes have used solvent-based and water-based acrylics or polyurethanes, and that, historically, the advantages of acrylic finishes included that they are easily strippable, easily applied and easily maintained, and their price.
The disadvantages of acrylics are their durability and maintenance costs, he adds, noting that for this reason acrylics have been used largely as floor polishes, decking seals and concrete seals.
Polyurethanes have been used predominantly in the wood floor industry because of wood’s hardness and durability, and the reduced need for maintenance. The disadvantages of urethanes are the cost, difficulties in reparability and scratches occurring due to hardness, Hammam states.
“Hybrid technology is a technology where acrylics and urethanes are cooked together at the chemical bonding stage. Polyurethanes and acrylics are used together in a waterborne solution to gain the benefits and advantages of both technologies without the disadvantages. Nanoparticle technology floor finishes have much smaller particles and, therefore, smaller bonds than conventional floor finishes. Through using nanotechnology in floor finishes, the bonds created between the substrate and finish are made deeper in the floor and the bonds created are much stronger,” he notes.
“A nano hybrid technology floor polish has the hardness of a urethane, but can be stripped as a conventional floor polish would be. In the example of wood floors, this technology retains the durability of polyurethane, but can flex and will not crack like standard floor finishes.
“This technology can be used over the whole range of substrates in flooring, including decking, concrete, wood floors and vinyl. This technology provides unique advantages that standard floor finishes cannot. For a contractor, this means a number of advantages depending on the substrate, for example less labour spent on recoating, less cases of edge bonding or unique bonding over damaged or problem floors,” he concludes.