Many people see metallic epoxy flooring for the first time in an online photo or while walking through a showroom, a corporate office or someone's residence. Because the floor is so distinctive, some are confused by what it is; others wonder if this flooring will work for their business and home as well.
If you need a durable and hard-wearing solution for your industrial or commercial flooring, epoxy floor coating is the answer. Also, metallic epoxy floor coatings are gaining in popularity in the residential market! From light traffic to heavy duty, this is an ideal solution with a unique look. When a metallic epoxy coating is applied over concrete floors or substrates, it will provide an attractive, yet high performing and resilient, surface.
What Exactly is Metallic Epoxy?
A metallic epoxy floor coating is a low yellowing, multi-layered epoxy system. It incorporates the use of tiny, glitter-like pigments and metallic powder mixed into a clear epoxy resin. It's poured onto the floor to create exotic effects by agitating these colors and powders with paintbrushes or rollers. The pigments twist and turn, gather and separate, to reflect light. As the metallic powder moves through the epoxy as it hardens, it creates three-dimensional, swirly, and pearlescent designs or even the look of a lava flow.
Because of the metallic pigment movement, floors that use the same colors will not necessarily look alike; each surface can be truly unique. The installation technique is a critical part of attaining the desired look and determines the final pattern on the floor.
How is it Applied?
Epoxy floor coatings can be applied to new concrete floors, substrates, or re-applied over existing epoxy coated floors. Using a drill mixer or mixed by hand, the combined coatings are poured out onto the floor. Then, using a squeegee, it is spread over the entire surface area. Accent colors can be poured onto the floor and mixed gently with a roller. This offers endless options for personalization and creativity, as well as a depth of color. To ensure proper protection from high traffic and corrosive chemicals, a final top coat is added. Below we show three video tutorials on how metallic epoxy floor coating is applied and what the finished product looks like.
Why is Metallic Epoxy Better?
Compared to other flooring choices, professional epoxy flooring systems are durable, long-lasting, and offer numerous advantages. Not only are these metallic coatings aesthetically pleasing, but they can also take the abuse of constant cleaning, chemical abrasion, and variable temperatures.
An epoxy floor coating creates a high gloss and long-wearing overlay. Metallic epoxy floor coatings can be customized to be seamless, antimicrobial, chemical resistant, and slip resistant. The durable and beautifully striking surface that results from the epoxy coating will last for years to come, with little or no maintenance outside of regular washings with mild cleaners. These unique floors will always look amazing, and all your performance needs will be met. The metallic finishes are ideal for places like galleries, waiting rooms, showrooms, restaurants, hotels, and any place that wants to show a bit of glamor.
Finally, one last positive advantage is the quick turnaround time. Professionals can apply a metallic epoxy floor coating quickly over any new or old concrete floors in 1 to 2-day installations. This reduces the amount of time a business needs to shut down.
Upgrade the look of your business and your home with metallic epoxy flooring from Creative Maintenance Solutions today.
Creative Maintenance Solutions is the leader in epoxy floor coating and polished concrete located in Milwaukee, WI.