Metallic Epoxy Coatings Lake Forest, Il.
Metallic epoxy flooring is currently one of the hottest trends in decorative concrete floors. With metallic flooring, you can achieve a wide range of visual effects and different colors. Others enable you to achieve a stunning 3D appearance, which produces an appearance of ripples, swirling rivers and craters of metallic looking plasma.
Metallic epoxy also creates movement and depth in the floor, thus replicating molten metal. If you have been considering metallic epoxy flooring for your surfaces, here is everything you need to know, to determine whether it is a viable option for you.
What Is Metallic Epoxy?
This flooring material is obtained when a 2-component epoxy solids, is combined with metallic pigments. The result is a self-leveling epoxy coating, which is easy to manipulate to create or produce different visual effects.
When it is applied to the floor, various solvents like denatured alcohol, are then applied. These solvents diffuse and move the metallic pigments around in the epoxy. This creates the look of a flowing river, as well as spots of fractured-looking molten metal, sitting on the surface of the coating.
Are They Durable?
Durability is one of the most important considerations when choosing a flooring material. Looks can be deceiving, but these beautiful metallic flooring solutions, are a high-performance coating, with the ability to last many years.
An epoxy primer should be installed when applying the first coat. The actual metallic epoxy coating is the applied during the second coating. This is then followed by a third clear coat on the surface. Some contractors install the 4th coat if the top coat is polyurethane. The result is a very thick coating, because of a number of coats involved.
These metallic coatings are equally resistant to salts, oils, acids, chemicals, water, and wear, just like other high-performance epoxy flooring materials. Their ability to reflect light is outstanding because of their glossy surface. This results in considerable cost savings in energy bills. Furthermore, metallic flooring is easy to maintain. Similar to other epoxy coatings, these can also be slippery when wet, especially if you fail to apply anti-slip additive on the final top coat.
Epoxy floor coating systems give concrete surfaces a wear and chemical resistant surface. They are available in many color options, and can be broadcast with quartz or multi-colored paint chips to simulate granite or terrazzo. Typically light-duty coatings are sufficient for most concrete floors, though other medium-heavy duty coatings are available. Higher-end applications include metallic epoxy and terrazzo. Heavy duty epoxy mortar coatings are typically installed for locations with high traffic of heavy machinery and equipment that will impact floors frequently. The most popular options are granite-look epoxy paint chip system for garage floors, solid-color epoxy for warehouses and metallic epoxy for home, office, or retail space.