The big question on your mind: What is epoxy flooring? Epoxy flooring is a newer flooring option that has been gaining in popularity in recent years. It is made up of two components, epoxy resin and hardener. They are mixed together to form a coating that can be applied to concrete or other properly prepared surfaces. Epoxy flooring is durable, easy to clean, and can be customised to fit your needs. If you’re thinking about installing epoxy flooring in your home or worksite, here’s what you need to know.
Perfect For High Traffic Areas
Epoxy flooring is ideal for high traffic areas such as garages or warehouses, because it is so easy to clean. Spills and stains can be easily wiped up, and dirt and grime will not be able to penetrate the surface. Epoxy flooring is also very durable, so it can withstand a lot of wear and tear. If you have children, pets or a little accident prone, you’ll appreciate the fact that epoxy flooring is easy to maintain when it comes to scuffs and scratches.
You May Not Realise You’ve Seen It Before
Many people don’t realise that they have seen epoxy flooring before. It has been typically used within public areas like hospitals, bathrooms, galleries, workshops and learning centres. Epoxy can be easily hosed down with minimum effort – just make sure you have some kind of drainage!
When epoxy is installed correctly, it is a nonporous finish, so mould spores are less likely to settle and bloom. Note, that if you have dark, damp parts of a room, mould may still spore on the walls and skirting.
One of the best things about epoxy flooring is that it can be customised to fit your needs. You can choose from a variety of colours and finishes, creating the perfect look for your home or workplace. Epoxy flooring is easy to install and more affordable than vinyl or polished concrete flooring. You won’t have to spend a lot of money or have long periods of downtime while professionals are installing.
Our installers are able to customise and colour the floor through the initial base coat, then the flake. The epoxy flake is added on top of the wet epoxy and when set, will give your floor extra depth. You can see a few examples of this in our gallery. The first example is a more subtle use of flake, which can be seen in the background throughout the space, while our second is a practical industrial setting where colour has purpose.
Subtle Flaking For A Natural Look
The particular choice our client made for the flake and colour is from the Hyper Flake range: Basalt. This is a signature series from our supplier, competing with your natural stone and polished concrete flooring options. The main reason you would choose epoxy flooring over these alternative options is that it is much more durable. It won’t highlight cracks like a polished concrete floor.
Epoxy will follow the behaviour of concrete as it is a coating to the existing floor. For the best results, older slabs are settled and less likely to crack compared to freshly poured slabs. With any minor wear or small cracks, we can easily grind and refinished with another layer of epoxy. Leaving no trace of the damage! This sets epoxy apart from competing flooring, giving you a worthwhile investment that will last you years to come!
Colour With Purpose
The second example is from an industrial job where we used brighter colours to delineate different areas in the workshop. The client was finding that staff were leaving equipment in different places around the workshop. This lead to important items going missing and unaccounted for. When they came to us, we had heard of similar issues amongst other industrial worksites and had the perfect solution.
There is a list of OHS industry standard colours to universally communicate safe, storage and danger zones. We abide by these standards to ensure that any warehouse or industrial workshop is compliant and easily navigated by all. When installing this type of epoxy floor, we began with laying a base coat. A neutral tone allows for easy visibility of small items dropped while working. As well as easily spot oil spills to ensure work safety and minimal waste of product. Our team then applies the designated OHS colours to the warehouse where needed.
Epoxy allows for these simple solutions to be implemented. In our team’s experience, we have found that some workshops had installed concrete and just simply painted these area outlines. The result of this is that you would find yourself constantly touching up the areas as paint doesn’t adhere as strongly to concrete. So, our supplier has been able to effectively formulate the coatings to adhere properly once applied. This will leave you with a workshop flooring you simply need to sweep and hose down now and then to maintain.
Personality In The Workshop
Our next range of flakes was used on a commercial installation. The client wanted something with a pop of character to inspire their creativity while working in their woodturning workshop. The installation had applied the Ultra Flake range in Cookies and Cream. This fun way to dress up your workshop is not only a great design feature, but incredibly practical. When turning a lathe, there is ample dust and micro wood fragments that can build up in concrete pores and seams. With epoxy flooring, it is a seamless finish and allows for the easiest of clean up, just needing to sweep or even vacuum the area clean!
This client sells their custom made wood pieces at local markets and online. They looked to epoxy flooring for not only the practical characteristics, but also to use the workshop as the perfect backdrop! The client is able to photograph their finished wood projects, giving them the unique photo they are looking for to stand out against fellow artists!
If you’re looking for a durable, easy-to-clean, and customisable flooring option, epoxy flooring is the perfect choice for you. Contact the team today to learn more about our epoxy flooring services. We would be happy to answer any questions you have, and help you choose the best option for your home or workshop!