Epoxy floor coatings are available in a variety of types, each with its own unique features and benefits.
Here are some of the most common types of epoxy floor coatings:
- Vinyl flake epoxy: Vinyl flake or chip epoxy is a type of flooring treatment that involves applying a layer of epoxy resin to a concrete garage floor, along with decorative flakes that create a textured, speckled appearance.
- Metallic epoxy: Metallic epoxy coatings are a popular decorative option, as they create a unique, shimmering effect on the surface. They are available in a range of colors and can be customized to create a one-of-a-kind design.
- Quartz-filled epoxy: Quartz-filled epoxy coatings are highly durable and resistant to abrasion and impact. They are often used in high-traffic areas such as warehouses, factories, or hospitals.
Overall, the type of epoxy floor coating chosen will depend on the specific needs and requirements of the space in which it will be installed. Consulting with a professional installer can help determine which type of epoxy coating is best suited for a particular application.
The basic steps involved in applying an epoxy floor:
- Preparation: The first step is to prepare the concrete surface by using our concrete grinder and also repairing any cracks or defects.
- Base coat: A moisture vapor reducing base coat of epoxy is applied to the floor using a squeegee and roller. The base coat is usually a solid color and allowed to dry for several hours.
- Flake/Quartz broadcast: Once the base coat has been applied, the decorative flakes are broadcast evenly over the surface of the epoxy while it is still wet. The flakes are typically scattered by hand or using a specialized dispenser.
- Metallic Epoxy: Once the base coat has dried, the metallic colors are laid in random patterns. Single colors or multiple colors can be applied depending on look. The metallic pigments will “move” while curing to create a flowing and unique appearance.
- Grout coat: After the flakes or metallic pigments have been applied, a clear coat of epoxy is applied to the surface to seal in the flakes and provide additional protection against UV rays, abrasion, and stains.
- Top Coat: A final top coat of epoxy is applied roughly 1-2 hrs after the first to create a super durable and long lasting floor.
Overall, an epoxy concrete floor provides a durable and attractive surface that is easy to clean and maintain. It is a popular choice for commercial and industrial spaces, as well as for residential homes, due to its durability, low maintenance, and modern aesthetic.