Metallic floors present a worthy combination of art and durability, which is why their popularity has risen so much recently. They are a cost-effective and beautiful solution, perfect for a huge range of indoor environments. Before we get into metallic floors specifically, we must first talk about epoxy floors in general.
Epoxy flooring systems are insanely durable and profoundly easy to clean, all while being remarkably sleek and professional. These floors essentially withstand everything. They are not only heat- and water-resistant, but oil, gas, transmission fluid, bleach and heavy cleansers, grease, and stains are all no match for the flooring system. The wear and tear usually caused by heavy factory machinery, cars, or heavy furniture will not crack the surface. Virtually any cleaner can be used to clean up any messes, and there’s no need to worry about things like grout or porous areas that make things like tile and hardwood so hard to clean. Epoxy floors do get scratched from time to time, but this can be prevented and/or maintained by taking the proper precautions, such as properly cleaning and waxing the floor at the appropriate times.
When properly installed and adequately cared for, epoxy resin floors can literally last decades without peeling or cracking. This, paired with the pro and polished appearance make it a solid choice of flooring for so many spaces including, but not limited to factories, salons, offices, schools, nightclubs, basements, kitchens, and garage floors. There are a variety of options for the style of epoxy floors like quartz, vinyl chips, and solid coloring, each with their own look and benefits, but this article will focus specifically on metallic epoxy floors.
Metallic floors are a brilliant option for commercial and residential spaces alike. The look of the floors is completely unique and customizable. Since the materials used generate natural variations each time they’re used, every single metallic epoxy project is different from the next. On top of that, the installer’s technique greatly effects the outcome and each puts their own personal touch to their projects. Also, keep in mind that metallic floors do not necessarily conceal blemishes in the underlying surface due to the high-gloss surface. These should be taken care of ahead of time or worked with in the process to incorporate them into the floor art. Imperfections and irregularities do make these floors even more cool and interesting.
These dazzling and sparkling floors have 3D and reflective effects that can be manipulated with a multitude of techniques for even more depth. It all starts with metallic mica powder being mixed into clear epoxy resin and applied to the floor surface. The metallics can be made to look acid stained, rippled, swirled, cratered, multicolored, etc. depending on the tools and artistry used. For instance, multiple colors can be dispersed throughout parts of the floor for a colorful, dynamic look, or denatured alcohol can be dropped into the metallic epoxy after being put on the floor to disperse the pigment into crater-like ripple pattern. These are just some basic examples of how to manipulate the materials. The creative possibilities really go on and on. The metallic pigment continuously moves with manipulation and gravity until the epoxy is 100% dry, so the end result is an exciting surprise.
Some things to keep in mind:
- If you see a picture of a metallic epoxy floor you like, it will never be recreated. However, the installer can use the same/similar colors and try to recreate the technique used to get as close as possible. Don’t try to copy, just go with the flow of your own space and materials.
- You can do a lot of things to enhance the look of metallic floors once they are done. For instance, you can use different types and colors of lights to alter the shine and reflections of the floor.