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Does Urethane Break Down?

Posted by Sioux Rubber & Urethane Team on Jul 28, 2023 1:06:56 PM

Extreme weather is nothing new for Midwesterners. Rain, snow, sun, or floods, we must be ready for almost anything in the Midwest. And our machinery needs to be, too. With below-freezing temperatures in the winter, machinery is often the first victim to heavy snow and freezing temps. Fortunately, Sioux Rubber & Urethane has you and your machinery covered! With high-quality urethane products, we keep your equipment tougher than the weather and lasting longer. 

What Is Urethane?

Urethane is a crystalline, powdery compound with no distinct odor. Urethane is highly malleable and an excellent candidate for a wide variety of uses. It can be used in solid form or liquid. Urethane is most commonly used as a sealant, coating, or adhesive, as well as several other uses due to its ability to resist water, oil, and oxidation. 

However, without proper maintenance and care, your machinery could cost you quite a bit once the heavy weather begins to hit. And despite urethane's versatility and strength, it does have a few weaknesses. 

What Can Cause Urethane to Break Down?

Exposure to UV radiation, extreme temperatures, and standing water can cause urethane to break down. Generally, polyurethane can withstand becoming compromised until it has been subjected to prolonged freezing temperatures of -80°F. However, conditions such as this can be scarce. 

Humidity due to standing water can cause a chemical breakdown of urethane, known as hydrolysis. The hotter the temperatures, the quicker hydrolysis can occur. This makes warm and wet summers in the Midwest something to be mindful of. 

Versatility and Superior Protection

Urethane exhibits outstanding tensile and tear strength and abrasion resistance. As an elastomer, it is also well known for its ability to retain durability when exposed to a wide range of extreme temperatures. Due to its versatility, urethane can be effectively applied in many different industries, including:

  • Buildings and construction
  • Electronics and electrical
  • Automotive
  • Apparel 
  • Appliances
  • Flooring and packaging

It would be difficult to identify an industry that does not use urethane or polyurethane in some form or manner. 

Get Your Quote

When you want superior protection against the elements for your equipment, no matter the season or temperature, get in touch with Sioux Rubber & Urethane. We offer custom polyurethane products for industry-size problems — providing year-round protection for your industrial equipment. For more information about our products or to get a quote, contact us!

Topics: Urethane Coatings, Urethane, polyurethane