Decorative Epoxy Flooring
What is decorative epoxy flooring?
Decorative flooring is a very broad category that can include just about any floor applied with the goal of improving aesthetics in mind.
For decorative epoxy flooring, coloured quartz floors, flake floors, glitter floors (like the stuff on party hats) or even solid-colour
flooring with swirls were once the only ways to jazz things up. These days, decorative epoxy flooring has flourished through the use of
metallic pigments and the seemingly unlimited effects they can create.
What are our top decorative epoxy flooring tips?
Customised and reproducible - while a few companies out there are doing some brilliant decorative epoxy floors, not all of
them can deliver something just for you if a designer floor is what you’re after. Likewise, not every company can reproduce their
designs either. If a large retail chain wanted the same floor in all of their stores, genuine reproducibility is something they’d
need to find.
- Designs that work - when choosing a decorative epoxy floor, it helps to know what does and doesn’t work. At the front of the queue are the glossy plain white or black decorative epoxy floors because both have some drawbacks. For white, they’re difficult to do well and keep clean as they show every small defect, speck of dirt, scuff etc.; for black it’s pretty much the same story and they also tend to act like a giant mirror, which makes them unsuitable for change rooms and the like. Both of these finishes can benefit greatly if you add something to “break it up”, whether it’s a semi-gloss finish, textured finish or a hint of metallic pigment.
Speaking of metallic pigments, epoxy decorative flooring has become synonymous with the brilliant swirls and illusions of depth these create, however some rules do apply. The most notable is “soft and subtle” is often best or, alternatively, “less is more” in other words. Many people dream up masterpieces and are shocked to see them resemble a spilled mess.
Timing - a trap many fall into with decorative epoxy floors is the timing, especially in a fit out or renovation scenario.
It’s tricky stuff organising all the trades within a tight schedule, however installing a decorative epoxy floor too early in the
piece can be a big mistake. The movement of heavy equipment, dropped tools and abrasive dust can damage any new floor no matter what it is.
If you want a decorative epoxy floor to look its best come opening day, it must be the last piece of the puzzle rather than the first.
Take care and keep smiling,
Real World Epoxies