Are you growing tired of those worn-out and outdated floors you have? Well, you no longer have to deal with flooring that can’t take a beating ever again. Instead, you can give your spot a new makeover with our designer metallic epoxy floors.
Whether you need to change the look of your home or your business, a designer metallic epoxy floor will be the perfect solution to your problem. Not only can you add some uniqueness to your home, but you can also bring some legitimacy to your business.
From durability to the ideal appearance you seek, a metallic epoxy floor has everything you could possibly want in a floor. Keep reading to learn more about epoxy floors’ numerous advantages, as well as plenty of tips and tricks from the pros.
What Are Epoxy Floors?
If you are someone who has never used epoxy flooring before or you don’t even know exactly what it is, then worry not.
To understand what epoxy flooring is, we must understand epoxy. Epoxy is an organic compound made up of chains of carbon linked to other elements such as hydrogen, oxygen, or nitrogen.
After curing, epoxy resin appears, which is also referred to as polyepoxides. Curing is a chemical process in which a material hardens after exposure to air, heat, or chemical additives. Epoxies can adhere to wood, metal, glass, stone, and some plastics and are stronger against heat and chemicals than most glues.
The chemical bond produces a stiff plastic material that is strong, resistant to deterioration and adheres to its substrate. Epoxy resins are primarily used in coatings, concrete restoration, crack repair, and flooring, and countertop applications.
Epoxy flooring, however, is a flooring surface comprising multiple layers of epoxy applied to a floor with a depth of at least two millimeters. Epoxy floors are classified as an epoxy coating of at least two millimeters thick. Any epoxy floor less than two millimeters thick is commonly referred to as epoxy paint or garage floor paint.
Types of Epoxy Flooring
There are a number of different types of epoxy floors for you to decide between. All have color options, are durable, and are versatile. A quick internet image search will bring up photos of the different types of epoxy flooring so you can see what they look like or you can take a look at our curated gallery to find the perfect image for your next project.
Before we learn more about the metallic floors you came all this way for, let’s go over the other types of epoxy flooring.
Standard Epoxy Floors
The original epoxy flooring is standard solid epoxy. This is the standard; it’s very reliable but also basic. Solid epoxy is simply epoxy resin combined with a hardener that does not contain any additional water or solvents. This epoxy is typically a very strong option and produces an adequately thick floor coating.
A solid epoxy floor system is mixed with various aggregates to create a durable, slip-resistant surface. This is an excellent choice if you want a beautiful, glossy finish or a matte finish top coat with slip resistant additive. You will find this to be ideal in high-use areas such as:
- Shop floors
- Car dealerships
- Manufacturing facilities
Chip or Flake Epoxy Floors
Chip or flake epoxy floors are made by mixing premium blended vinyl flakes with epoxy and polyaspartic coatings. These floors are resistant to chemical damage and will work in practically any environment. The flakes add additional traction to the floors and seamlessly hide imperfections introduced during the install process.
Chip or flake coatings are perfectly suited for environments with heavy foot traffic areas and require little maintenance. Here are some examples:
- Shop floors
- Grocery stores
Quartz Epoxy Floors
Quartz flooring is related to original solid epoxy because it uses the same premium polyaspartic coating and epoxy base. However, the main distinction between the two is that quartz gives the flooring a more organic appearance and is non-slip.
You will find this type of flooring to be long-lasting and decorative. In practically any environment, you won’t have issues with wear and abrasion. Quartz flooring has uses in a variety of residential and commercial settings, including:
However, quartz epoxy may not hold up as long as metallic epoxy floors and won’t have quite the slip resistance of flake epoxy floors.
Metallic Epoxy Floors
Metallic epoxy flooring is a unique multi-layered epoxy floor that uses metallic additives and a clear epoxy coating to produce a unique look. As the epoxy hardens, the metallic powder circulates, creating a pearlescent design.
This is why metallic epoxy is renowned for having a wide range of vibrant colors and patterns. Any facility that wants to upgrade its flooring will find the metallic epoxy flooring system to be ideal because of the color combinations and visual depth. This will work for:
- Event centers
- Basically, any indoor setting where you want the best looking floor
Benefits of a Metallic Epoxy Floor
We’ve briefly touched on a few of the benefits of each type of epoxy floor, but let’s give you a more in-depth look into what makes a metallic epoxy floor so special.
Metallic epoxy flooring is popular among people in 2022 for a number of reasons, not the least of which is its durability. Your flooring shouldn’t crack or wrinkle if installed correctly. In fact, at Leggari Products, we guarantee our kits are so strong they will not delaminate (peel off) or wear off over time.
This flooring is designed to maintain its excellent condition in high-traffic areas such as restaurants, playrooms, homes with children, and more. Additionally, it is resistant to damage from most chemicals, fluids, and heat.
The wide range of amazing and stylish designs is a major factor in why people choose a metallic epoxy floor. There are many different floor options to choose from, so one might make you feel like you’re in Candyland, while another may make you feel like you’re on an elegant yet stunning black dance floor.
With these floors, you can make a statement and turn your floor into a work of art for your home or business. This is all possible simply by fusing various colors and installation methods. And even better, since each design is distinct from the previous one, you will receive an original design.
Easy to Maintain
The ease of maintenance for metallic epoxy flooring is the final advantage we’d like to talk about. It just so happens that we all have had accidents and made messes in the past. But if you have a metallic epoxy floor, you won’t have to worry about trying to remove a stain or scrubbing the floor until the stickiness finally goes away.
You can be sure that maintaining and tidying up after spills will be quick and simple with this flooring. Additionally, since these floors are perfect for garages, you won’t have to worry about oil spills and things of that nature. You will have the perfect design, durability, and maintenance with metallic epoxy flooring.
What Is Your Look?
We mentioned how a metallic epoxy floor could have an artistic effect, and soon enough, you will see why. Our floors are truly beautiful; they come in various vibrant, eye-catching colors or ones that sparkle, much like stars in the black sky. Whatever you envision can become a reality thanks to detailed video tutorial videos that will guide you through every step of the process, no matter which floor you choose for your project.
You can coat all this and more on wood, tiles, concrete, marble, and more. So, don’t worry about if it’s possible to get the job done. Instead, learn how to get started below for the best floors in town.
How To Set Up Your Metallic Epoxy Floor
Completing an installation project for metallic epoxy flooring is very quick. In only two days, you can have floors that will last decades. Check out the following steps but know that you will receive our industry-leading instruction tutorials that will guide you through every step of the installation process:
Prepping the Substrate/Surface
The surface of the concrete can be prepared by removing the top layer of the substrate. This is normally done by diamond grinding or using a shot blaster. You can also use something like Leggari’s prep replacement primer if neither of these approaches is possible. Even if you can only do a little prep, our prep replacement primer can still help you achieve a strong bond. It is also important to thoroughly clean the concrete surface prior to installing your new floors.
Priming the Substrate/Surface
It’s pretty simple to prime the floor. Once your premeasured primer is blended, roll the pigmented primer across the surface by dipping it until the floor is fully colored. Then, apply the base coat after waiting for the primer to dry completely.
Applying The Metallic Epoxy
Next comes the very best part, applying the epxoy base coat and metallic pigments to highlight. To do this, mix your pre-measured base coat, apply it evenly across the floor with your rubber squeegee, and then start spreading the epoxy.
Use your paint roller or squeegee to quickly go over the area and help the epoxy become more evenly distributed. Don’t stress about getting it perfectly even because quality metallic epoxy self-levels.
Then combine your pre-measured highlight color with the base color and apply it to achieve the desired effect.
High Wear Top Coat
Our urethane top coat comes in two different gloss sheen options, high gloss and a matte satin finish. To give it that extra durability, it must be rolled out thinly and left with a light texture. If you don’t apply it within 24 hours of installing your floor kit, you’ll have to sand the surface first.
You can watch our video for a more in-depth look at installing our metallic epoxy floor so that you’re as satisfied with the results as possible.
Wrapping It All Up
And that is how the professionals make your metallic epoxy floor possible. A metallic epoxy floor may be the best option for you out of the many types of epoxy floors available.
This is an essential method with many advantages you can benefit from in no time. Follow the step-by-step guide above to have brand new floors in two days. Contact us with any questions, and be sure to share this article if you find it informative.