Metallic Epoxy Coatings

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Designer metallic epoxy coatings are now the hottest trend in decorative concrete flooring. Once installed, they provide a flowing, 3-D marbled look with iridescent accents. They are being installed in residential, retail and commercial interior spaces because they are both aesthetically stunning and crazy durable.

Benefits of Metallic Floor Coatings

Metallic epoxy flooring is one of the toughest coatings around. Because it is resistant to abrasion, staining and harsh chemicals, it’s perfectly suited for high traffic areas where a real visual impact is desired.

Hotel lobbies, restaurants, kitchens, waiting rooms, nightclubs, show rooms, galleries, garages, workshops, basements and family rooms. And the zero VOC’s, low odor and ease of maintenance make certain that this long-lasting flooring is a great pick for most indoor applications. Unsightly carpeting, vinyl tiles or gray concrete don’t provide any of these benefits. So if you’re a sophisticated homeowner, restaurateur or other business owner with a flair for design, this is the flooring for you!

So What is a Metallic Epoxy Coating?

At (, our metallic epoxy coatings are typically composed of 3 components:

  • An epoxy resin (Part A)
  • A hardener or catalyst (Part B)
  • One or more metallic coloring components

The metallic components are tiny, glittering pigments that are mixed into the 2-part epoxy before the mixture is poured onto the floor. When applying the mixture with a roller or squeegee, the pigments become agitated. They twist and turn and in doing so, reflect light at different angles. When the epoxy hardens, the metallic pigments lock in place and provide the lustrous metallic flooring so popular today.

Decorative Effects

However, before the epoxy cures, professional applicators may use a variety of tools and techniques to create dramatic decorative effects. Dispersing solvents can be sprayed into the uncured coating to scatter the metallic pigment. Or, installers may use a leaf blower or notched squeegee to move the epoxy to produce rippled effects. Even unusual color variations can be created by drizzling, splotching or blending one or more metallic pigment colors over the top of the base color. The possible effects are only limited by the installer’s imagination. The end result is that no two metallic epoxy floors ever look the same. This is not cookie-cutter flooring!

The Wrap

It was the Roman architect and engineer, Marcus Vitruvius Pollio, who first asserted in his book, De architectura, that structures must exhibit 3 qualities: “firmitas”, “utilitas” and “venustas”. That is, structures must be solid, useful, and beautiful. Based on this premise, he coined the phrase “form ever follows function”.

This perfectly describes metallic epoxy floor coatings. A dream for homeowners, designers and business owners. This custom flooring provides sheen, color and pattern that simply can’t be achieved with any other flooring type. A space coated with metallic epoxy is like stepping into a 3-D floor mural. It will leave you breathless.

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