Metallic epoxy flooring coatings are similar to traditional high-performance resinous systems made to resemble a marble floor. Tiny, almost glitter-like pigments are mixed into an epoxy resin and then poured onto the floor or substrate. When these pigments become agitated with a paintbrush or roller, they gather, separate, twist and turn to reflect light at different angles. The installation technique is what determines the final look of the floor and is a critical part in attaining the desired look.
Metallic epoxy floor coatings continue to be popular choices where a high-tech, exotic-looking floor is desired. Essentially, they comprise mica pigments added to clear epoxy as opposed to pigmented epoxy. The pigments are designed to be dispersed in a variety of binders to produce a unique three-dimensional appearance with the color or colors showing through. Because the product is a clear epoxy, the result can end up being very translucent.
Metallic floors are one of the most durable systems on the market because they’re done with 100 percent solids. But because of their high-gloss finish, they are also a lot more susceptible to scratches.
For retail and residential interior jobs, protection can be made by applying four layers of wax. This way scratches will be embedded in the wax and not the floor. Whenever the floor is stripped and rewaxed, it will look brand new again.
For exterior residential jobs, such as garages, polyurethane can be used. It offers the best scratch and UV protection for metallic coatings.
What are the advantages of a metallic epoxy floor?
These coatings are not only aesthetically pleasing, but also have many other advantages. Metallic epoxy floor coatings can be customized to be extremely durable, low yellowing, seamless, antimicrobial, slip resistant, and chemical resistant. Not only will these floors look beautiful, but they will meet all your performance needs. They are great for places like waiting rooms, show rooms, restaurants, galleries, and more.
Is it used in commercial or residential settings?
Metallic epoxy can be used in both residential and commercial settings. In commercial spaces, you could find this flooring in salons, hotel lobbies, retail stores, restaurants, hotels and offices. In residential homes, you could find metallic epoxy flooring in living rooms, kitchens or basements.
If you really want to spruce up your space, check out our metallic floor epoxy coatings, which breathe life into concrete floors. This type of finish appears to “gild” a simple concrete floor, making it appear three-dimensional.