What Is Metallic Epoxy Flooring?
Metallic epoxy floors are an extremely popular choice within commercial and institutional facilities such as retail stores, restaurants, hospitals, and educational institutes.
These floors offer durability, stain resistance, and ease of maintenance but by far the biggest advantage is their aesthetic appeal.
Metallic floor coatings are a very striking flooring option and unlike with solid color pigment or chip epoxy floors, no two metallic epoxy floors look alike.
These floors utilize a 100% solids epoxy base and gain their unique aesthetic from the added metallic powder.
Despite their descriptive name, the truth about metallic epoxy flooring systems is that they contain no actual metal–no metal shavings, powders, or components at all.
The metallic look is created by using pearlescent, light-reflective aggregate blends. The aggregate powder blends are made of nano particles that have been coated with organic or inorganic pigments to produce an iridescent effect.
The metallic powder creates depth and almost a three-dimensional feel and can contain a variety of colors and visual effects. Its visual effect is created by mixing two or more colors and adds to the illusion of craters, ripples, and swirling rivers of metallic-looking plasma.
Generally, a black base coat is used because it creates a “mirroring effect” that enhances the depth of the three-dimensional appearance.
These floors are typically top coated with a clear, scratch-resistant urethane or polyaspartic coating and will last a long time in any space with minimal maintenance. To learn more about these top coatings check out Epoxy vs. Urethane Floor Coatings
Metallic Epoxy As An Alternative to Concrete
Stains & Concrete Polishing
Metallic epoxy flooring systems are a popular alternative to concrete stains and polishing treatments.
The problem with stained and polished concrete are that they typically highlight imperfections in slab surfaces, quickly wears away in high traffic areas, and fail to offer slip-resistance.
Benefits of Decorative Metallic Epoxy Floors
Metallic coatings are generally not recommended for outdoor surfaces because they may discolor when exposed to direct sunlight. However, they offer excellent impact and wear-resistance on high-traffic interior concrete floors, especially when protected by a clear topcoat.
If installed correctly, decorative metallic epoxy floors can hide blemishes, have a variety of slip-resistant finishes, and provide industrial grade protection in heavy traffic areas.
The main issue with metallic epoxy flooring is the complexity of installation. If insufficient time is taken to prepare the surface, the metallic pigment will collect in the joints and seams so the finished floor will look uneven.
Additionally, it can be difficult to have a uniform floor as it is difficult to match each section to the next when the epoxy is pulled. That is why it is imperative you get an experienced resinous flooring expert to install your floor. They can also be expensive and run anywhere depending on the number of colors, complexity of the design, and size of the job.