Decorative Epoxy Flake Flooring
Decorative epoxy flake flooring is a type of flooring that is made by mixing small flakes of colored plastic or aluminum with epoxy resin. The mixture is then applied to a concrete floor, where it hardens to create a durable and decorative surface. The flakes of plastic or aluminum provide a speckled, terrazzo-like appearance that can be customized to match a wide variety of design schemes.
This type of flooring is popular in commercial and industrial settings, showrooms, and warehouses. It is known for its durability, chemical resistance, and ability to withstand heavy foot traffic. It is also easy to clean and maintain.
The installation process for decorative epoxy flake flooring typically involves cleaning and preparing the concrete floor, applying a primer, laying down the epoxy and flake mixture, and then applying a top coat of clear epoxy. It is generally installed by professionals.
It's important to note that the preparation process is critical to the final outcome. If the concrete is not properly prepared, the epoxy coating may not adhere properly, or if there are cracks or unevenness, it may be visible after the coating is applied.
Epoxy Flake Floor Project
Existing Conditions: After the success of our epoxy decorative flake lab flooring installation for Berry plastics they called us back to perform the job in the rest of the labs and a few corridors. The Lab floor had an existing concrete slab in place that was in sound condition but our client wanted something that would be functional for their process but aesthetically pleasing as well.
Preparation of existing condition: The existing concrete floor was in sound condition foundationally but still required diamond grinding of the area to create a mechanical profile and remove surface contaminants. From there the next step for our team cut keyways at a depth of ¼” to allow for the material to maintain thickness and similar elevation of the surrounding floor and drain hubs. Finally, we masked the areas to be coated and marked out the height of the cove base.
Products Installed: The first step of this installation was to Install a 4" radial cove base to all wall-to-floor joints. Once that was complete we installed an epoxy resin glaze basecoat. This general-purpose high-solids epoxy resin coating acted as the broadcast coat for 1/8" color flakes. After sweeping off the excess color flakes our installation team applied a grout coat of epoxy binder resin to act as a seal coat. Once that was cured we applied the aliphatic urethane topcoat so the floor would retain sheen, color and add an extra layer of scratch resistance.
Conclusion: This installation was rather routine but unique in the way the floor was used. Our team was tasked with creating a lab flooring system that would not only be eye-catching but would have to be fully chemical resistant and hold up against heavy use which is not generally the case in areas in which epoxy decorative flake flooring systems are specified. If a quick turnaround is required consider our MMA flooring system, which can be completed in one day.