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When you don’t know what best fits your company, coating your industrial floors can be overwhelming. Therefore, you must take the necessary steps to find the right solution that best fits your facility, application needs and budget. Coatings are important to the lifespan of your industrial floors, thus making a big impact on your overall investment. 

For example, if you are dealing with harsh chemicals or acids, you’ll want to consider a floor coating that can stand up to the spillage. The coatings you choose will enhance the durability of your floor, so you’ll want to take notes on what it can withstand daily. Two options for your flooring are polyester and vinyl ester. Read on to find out the differences and similarities between the two popular coatings.

The sensitivity of polyester coatings

Polyester and vinyl ester coatings are applied much like epoxy coatings on industrial floors. If properly installed, they can meet those demanding applications. The question is which is better – polyester or vinyl ester coatings? When comparing these two resin systems, facility managers must evaluate both upfront costs as well as long-term durability and performance factors to determine the ideal solution for their specific production environment.

The bonding in vinyl ester is more effective than polyester. Therefore, they can withstand hard impact from heavy equipment. Polyester coatings tend to be more affected by conditions like temperature and humidity. Vinyl esters offer improved tolerance. Additionally, vinyl esters provide superior adhesion properties, allowing them to better resist damage from dropped objects or heavy loads. Polyester coatings are basically more sensitive to their environment. So, if improved durability and resistance to impact are important to you, vinyl ester may be better suited for your facility. 

But before making the decision, decide what the specifications for durability include while weighing out the cost. In the end, the cost of investment may or may not be worth it. In the end, the increased cost of vinyl ester coatings may or may not align with your facility’s specific needs and budget.

Vinyl ester coatings for those harsh environments 

When it comes to chemical and solvent-resistant coatings, a vinyl ester solution may be the one for you. Not only are vinyl ester coatings resistant to a wide range of chemicals, like acids, they also are the right fit for corrosion control. The molecular structure of vinyl esters enables exceptional chemical tolerance and longevity compared to standard resin systems.

Due to its porous nature, it’s not good for concrete to be bare. If it’s left uncoated, bacteria and contaminants will seep in, which will cause several issues. Vinyl ester coatings are an ideal concrete flooring solution given their impenetrable barrier against bacteria, chemicals and moisture. This type of coating may be utilized in concrete or steel tank lining, as well as the concrete floor coatings. Offering unmatched protection and stability even under extreme conditions, vinyl ester coatings are more desirable to those who need high durability, thermal stability and high corrosion resistance. 


There are many types of floor coatings that may be suitable for you. We work closely with our contractors to install vinyl ester solutions that meet the requirements of your facility’s floors. Visit our website to learn more about our coatings and request additional information on how we can provide a customized flooring recommendation tailored to your specific production environment and performance requirements. Let us help you determine if advanced vinyl ester or standard polyester systems are right for your floors.

Sean Walsh