Lifetime Hardwood Floors is the first flooring company in the Omaha area to offer UV-cured coatings. UV curing has been used in a variety of industries, like dentistry, for decades, but the technology has only recently been applied to coatings for wood floors. As it turns out, UV curing is a game-changer for homeowners and business owners who want an odorless, low-VOC floor coating that cures instantly.
Since Lifetime Hardwood Floors uses only the highest quality products on your floors, our go-to coating for UV-cured floors is ProCoat Radcoat RX. ProCoat invented the technology behind on-site UV curing, and their products were developed by the best minds in the industry.
How Does UV Curing Work?
UV curing is a photochemical process. UV coating formulations are water-based, containing liquid monomers, oligomers, and photoinitiators. Monomers are molecules that can be bonded to other molecules to form a polymer. Oligomers are molecular complexes made up of a few monomers and are used, in part, to decrease volatile organic compound (VOC) content in the coating and improve adhesion and weathering. Photoinitiators are molecules that initiate the polymerization process by incorporating into the monomers and oligomers. When ultraviolet light moves over the coating, chemical and physical processes take place that cause it to cure instantly, without lingering odors.
UV coatings work on hardwood floors, pre-finished floors, and vinyl flooring. A UV-cured top coat on newer vinyl flooring stops VOC off-gassing in its tracks, helping to ensure good indoor air quality.
Low VOC Levels Mean Greater Safety and Peace of Mind
Volatile organic compounds are gases that are emitted from certain liquids and solids. VOCs found in standard air-cured, water-based coatings include benzene, arsenic, and formaldehyde, which have both short-term and long-term effects on your health. The off-gassing of VOCs is particularly harmful to young children, the elderly, and people with a respiratory illness or compromised immunity. VOC levels for standard air-cured, water based coatings fall in the range of 275 grams per liter, and the air-cured floor can off-gas long after it’s applied. Polyurethane coatings contain a whopping 500 grams per liter of VOCs, and the quality of the finish is far lower than both air-cured and UV-cured coatings.
ProCoat Radcoat RX is made in the USA. It contains no solvents and has very low levels of VOCs, to the tune of just 30 to 50 grams per liter. A slight odor may linger for a few hours after application, but by the following morning, you probably wouldn’t be able to guess that your floors had been coated just the day before.
Antimicrobial Technology Keeps Your Floors Cleaner
Hospital-grade Radcoat RX is the only evidence-based antimicrobial floor coating on the market. Radcoat RX has been tested with the global standard testing method JIS Z2801 and found to inhibit the growth of harmful microorganisms on the floor, many of which are carried into your home on animal paws and the soles of your shoes.
Cleaning your Procoat RX-coated floors with a damp Norwex (or similar) microfiber mop is a one-two punch against contaminants that can reduce your indoor air quality and make you and your family sick. Microfiber cloths remove up to 99 percent of bacteria and viruses from a surface without the need for chemical cleaners. These products don’t kill microorganisms, but rather contain microscopic fibers—1.6 million of them per square inch!—that scoop them up along with the cracker crumbs and hold onto them until you rinse them down the drain.
But don’t take our word for it.
“A damp microfiber cloth is a really good tool for removing microorganisms, including viruses and bacteria,” Kristen Gibson, microbiologist at the University of Arkansas, told the Wall Street Journal. Gibson published a study comparing the performance of a variety of cleaning cloths on food-prep surfaces without the use of chemical cleaners. Microfiber cloths effectively removed viruses and performed better than other materials at preventing viruses from being transferred from the cloth to other surfaces. Although chemical cleaners are unnecessary most of the time, Gibson says, there are times when microbe-killing chemicals are warranted, such as when someone in the household is sick.
Another major benefit of cleaning your wood floors with water-dampened microfiber mop pads is that your floor’s appearance won’t suffer from the buildup of silicones, waxes, and oils that can dull the surface and even make it difficult for new coatings to adhere.
UV Curing is More Durable than an Air-Cured Re-coat
All wood floors need to be re-coated periodically. A hardwood floor re-coat involves abrading the existing coating and putting down a new top coat. Re-coating restores sheen and shine to tired, worn floors and protects them against wear and damage. The National Wood Flooring Association (NWFA) recommends a re-coat every three to five years. Our standard, air-cured re-coat typically lasts five years with normal traffic.
Since UV curing produces a harder, more durable finish than air-cured coatings, and ProCoat Radcoat RX is a very high quality product, a Lifetime Hardwood Floors UV-cured re-coat typically lasts 10 years with normal wear. Over the lifetime of the floor, UV coatings can save you money and make your life easier.
UV Curing is Instant, So You Can Get Right Back to Living in Your Rooms
The second our UV light hits Radcoat RX, the coating cures. What this means for you is that instead of waiting a week to walk on your freshly coated floor in shoes, you can clomp around in your heels as soon as we pack up and walk out the door. And as we pull away, you can start hauling your furniture back in and putting your rugs back down. Your floor is now hard as nails, and you won’t smell a thing.