Glossy White Floors
Can I get a glossy white floor?
Ever since we started making Artepoxy resins there has always been a strong demand for seamless, white floors. We certainly understand how the glassy, pristine finishes you see in fancy magazine spreads capture the imagination of homeowners in particular, however we also understand that such a floor can be tricky in a number of ways.
Now, we are by no means suggesting that you simply should forget about getting a beautiful, white resin floor. What we are trying to do is educate people that there are a number of things that can spoil the picture-perfect finish most expect when they sign up for it.
The following are a few issues that you need to consider before proceeding with a pure white floor.
What are our top glossy white floor tips?
- Visibility - completely smooth, white floors, more than any other, will show up any defects in the finish. Being a field-applied product (as opposed to factory machined) makes a resin floor susceptible to the conditions at the time of application. Measures can be taken to ensure the surface is as even as possible, temperatures are ideal and no dust is blown or bugs land on the film while it's curing, however, there are no guarantees and a plain white floor is very unforgiving.
- Maintenance - closely linked to defects is a white floor's tendency to show up the slightest layer of dirt - even household dust will be much more visible. It’s no different to white tiles in this sense. Scuffing from the soles of shoes also tend to take on an extra dimension when they have a white background to work with. All in all, a white floor can make cleaning a bit of a chore.
- Cost - installing a flat, white floor will generally require more coats and greater thickness, which means more volume of coating and a higher cost. There are two main reasons for this. Firstly, white simply doesn't have the same hiding power as darker colours, so to fully block out the surface underneath greater thickness is required. Secondly, to get the perfectly flat surface desired, extra resin is needed to level any unevenness and avoid inconsistencies.
- Another approach - instead of going for the pure white, glossy floor, we usually advise adding something to "break up" the surface and help lessen the impact of the matters raised above. For instance, adding a subtle metallic effect can be a tremendous alternative and introduce another dimension to your floor, while the use of light grey rather than white can give you a similar brightening effect without showing up every imperfection. Reducing the gloss levels through the use of a polish or topcoat will also make a big difference to the maintenance demands of a white floor.
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