The days when epoxy flooring was only used in warehouses and hospitals are long gone. An interesting trend, however, is that an increasing number of residential projects are being kitted out with epoxy floors.
It’s not hard to see why, as epoxy flooring is incredibly tough, durable and versatile. Many designers would be hesitant to specify an epoxy floor in a residential project if the pre-existing concrete floor isn’t flawless. Epoxy that is being spread by hand on smaller projects on top of a poorly maintained floor could cause a knee-jerk reaction, but with proper floor preparation and good time management (remember that it takes a few days to prepare the floor as well as a few days for the epoxy to cure), the results can be spectacular.
Designers can also consider applying different epoxy coating systems – from light duty sealers and coatings, medium duty hi-build systems to heavy-duty chemical resistant systems. When your surface is not flawless, you could also consider different epoxy screeds – from medium duty self-levelling, heavy duty chemical resistant to build up systems that are all decorative.
A new trend in the industry is home owners wanting a seamless look to their floor. They therefore opt for a 1mm self-levelling epoxy coating. These coatings are high gloss and smooth. They are therefore very easy to clean and maintain. White is certainly a very popular colour choice and we get this request on a regular basis.
Combining epoxy with alluvial stone for a decorative seamless floor
Besides epoxy being used on its own as a very tough, chemical resistant and resilient flooring system, it can also be used in combination with 2-3mm sized alluvial stone as a decorative seamless stone floor. These floors are primed with epoxy primer and then screeded with a pre-weighed-off combination of natural quartz and a specially formulated epoxy binder. The finished floor looks like a designer seamless wall to wall stone carpet, the colour range is huge and the strength of the finished floor measures 8 on the MOH scale – where a diamond measures 10.
For designers who have clients inquiring about epoxy floors, it’s important to give them the information they need to make an informed decision. Let them know that many epoxy floors can be slippery when wet and that they might want to consider putting felt pads under furniture. Also advise them on how to deal with any marks that may arise. A client will likely thank you and turn to you for more work if you educate them on all the options that are available to them.
The contractor selected for this application is of utmost importance.
Full thanks and acknowledgement are given to www.abe.co.za, www.flowcretesa.co.za, www.seamlessflooring.co.za, and www.architecturaldigest.com for the information contained in this article.