Old, worn-out looking floors can be a real eyesore in your home. These days many homeowners are replacing them with modern, sleek and unique looks; and the finish which has rapidly gained popularity in the last couple of years is epoxy flooring.
One of the most stunning options for epoxy flooring is metallic, which could be just the thing you need to bring style and pizzaz into your home.
What is metallic epoxy flooring?
Before we get into discussing some of the benefits of metallic epoxy flooring, you might be thinking to yourself ‘what is metallic epoxy flooring?’
This type of epoxy finish is made by using one or more coloured metallic epoxies or powders to create different designs and patterns. The metallic level is sealed in between durable and long-lasting epoxy coats and you have the choice of matte, satin or high gloss finishes as the topcoat. The desired look can be achieved in a number of ways by using different products. At this level of flooring, we provide sample boards to you for approval.
There are many reasons why a metallic epoxy floor finish could be for you, so let’s have a look at just a few:
1. Resilience and resistance
Like most epoxy flooring options, metallic epoxy is resilient and resistant, which means that (providing it is installed properly by a professional), it shouldn’t crack, warp or wrinkle. Epoxy flooring is tough and can withstand high traffic and is resistant to damage from most chemicals and fluids and heat, making it perfect not only for interior spaces within your home but in workspaces too.
2. Wow factor
The biggest reason why people choose a metallic epoxy finish is its amazing, sleek and modern appearance. A metallic look can help turn any floor, splashback or countertop into a contemporary work of art. When used in homes and foyers and retail areas, they really make a statement and become a talking point.
3. Unique design
What’s so good about a metallic finish is that combining the many different colours and installation techniques creates a totally unique design every time, which means it will be different to what anyone else has. We can create 3D illusions by manipulating pigmentation in the metallic mixture that is totally unique and is virtually impossible to replicate.
No two metallic epoxy floor designs are the same and every floor is bespoke. There are many possibilities with designs and outcomes.
As long as the metallic epoxy is professionally installed, it can last for several decades without peeling or cracking.It is why more and more homeowners are using epoxy in their homes; because it can extend the lifespan of your concrete slab.
Epoxy floors provide a reasonably safe and durable surface. With most intentions for metallic floors to be high gloss and shiny, the offset to this is that the floor can get slippery when wet. This can be the downside to bright and shiny. We recommend using mats and also to protect furniture feet, to ensure the floor is well protected.
For a little added safety, we can stir in a powdered aggregate that will give some slip resistance. In turn, this does dull the floor slightly. For the options, we can demonstrate the look with our sample boards.
A metallic epoxy finish is a great way to modernise any residential, commercial or retail space. With its clean, artistic and unique appearance, it is the perfect choice for adding wow factor that leaves a legacy.
What is important to note, is that with metallic epoxy flooring in particular, is that professional installation is essential. It’s not a finish to be attempted by a DIY enthusiast. Professionally trained installers know how to prepare the surfaces, and manage conditions and materials properly to eliminate the risk of the finish being ruined by amine blushing, wrinkles or premature cracking and aging.