The Pros and Cons of Metallic Epoxy Flooring

Metallic epoxy is becoming an increasingly popular flooring trend thanks to its variety of colors, visual effects, and glossy attractive appearance. Metallic epoxy flooring is a two-part mixture made up of metallic mica powder and finished with a hardened resin. It can be installed over wood, tile, or concrete. Chemical reactions caused by the main ingredients in metallic epoxy flooring create an alluring, sleek glitter-like design on floors. Epoxy flooring can be commonly found in garages, basements, restaurants, hospitals, sports facilities, and many other residential and commercial spaces. Metallic epoxy can be a great flooring design for many reasons and has unique advantages over other options, but it also has some disadvantages. Before you commit to integrating metallic epoxy flooring into your space, it’s a good idea to weigh the pros and cons.

PRO’S

  • Durability

Metallic epoxy flooring is one of the most durable floor types available as it’s extremely long-lasting and highly resistant to all sorts of chemicals and scratches. Because it contains multi-layers, epoxy flooring is well protected against daily wear that takes place in high-action commercial spaces like office buildings or gyms where heavy machinery can seriously damage floors.

  • Unique Appearance

As metallic epoxy is mixed, a chemical reaction causes a shiny, glossy swirl that is elegant and captivating- it’s unlike anything else. Metallic epoxy flooring is highly customizable and available in a variety of colors and shades to fit the design of different commercial or residential spaces and bring them to life. This kind of flooring is resistant to cleaning chemicals making it easy to keep tidy and fresh.

  • Price

In comparison to other similar flooring types, epoxy is generally more inexpensive per square foot, since it’s poured directly over concrete. Of course, prices change and are dependent on your selection of color, design, and size. Regular epoxy flooring is cheaper than the metallic version, but if you go this route, you will miss out on the aesthetic that metallic provides. Because of metallic epoxy’s durability, you will save money in the long run since the flooring is high quality and long-lasting.

CON’s

  • Slippery

One disadvantage to using metallic epoxy flooring in your residential or commercial space is that it can be slippery when it gets wet. As a result, metallic epoxy flooring might not be a good option for buildings that host small children or sports facilities where people can get injured easily. However, there are ways around this, including additives that can be topped on epoxy to provide stability in the flooring.

  • The “Wow” Factor Might Not Be Everyone’s Cup of Tea

Metallic epoxy flooring is known best for its striking high-gloss looks. However, the aesthetic of metallic epoxy can be a pro or a con, depending on your taste. For some, it’s too flashy and they may opt for a simpler flooring option. UV protection in metallic epoxy is not as high as other floorings like polyurethane- epoxy floors may yellow over time.

  • Possible Issues with Installation

Applying metallic epoxy flooring can be difficult to install and a lengthy process, taking several days to properly dry. The application process is sensitive; moisture and humidity backtrack the entire installation if it’s not monitored carefully. Another important consideration when installing metallic epoxy floors is the strong, harmful fumes that could be ingested.

If you are thinking about installing metallic epoxy floors in your commercial or residential space, but you’re not sure if it’s right for you, contact us! Our team of professionals will gladly assist you in finding the perfect flooring option to fit your needs.

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