Retail Epoxy Flooring Projects and Systems

Modern trends and long-lasting epoxy floor finishes for retail spaces

Our retail epoxy flooring finishes offer architects, designers and business owners the rare combination of wow factor and durability, ensuring their floors have an immediate impact on customers and look good for many years to come.

Where can retail epoxy floors be used?

Shops and shopping centres Supermarkets
Retail spaces and retail outlets Bakeries, restaurants and cafés
Hotels, bars and nightclubs Salons and hairdressers
Showrooms and display areas Retail warehouses and storage facilities
Serving areas Food and beverage

A retail epoxy flooring system from Real World Epoxies in a clothing and shoe store. A retail epoxy flooring system from Real World Epoxies in the showroom area of a decoration supplier. A metallic epoxy flooring system from Real World Epoxies in the seating area of a trendy city cafe.

Why choose our epoxy flooring for your retail project?

Safer - Our retail floor coatings and retail flooring systems are completely solvent free. No strong smell, disruption or risk to your customers or staff!
Versatile - We can do retail flooring projects in every application and in any style - from the head-turning metallic flooring in clothing stores, to decorative non-slip finishes in bars.
High performance - Our retail epoxy floors are formulated using only the highest quality epoxy resins to protect against wearing, staining and other service challenges.
Easy to clean - The seamless, impermeable surface is hygienic, handles all common liquid spills, and is easily maintained with normal retail cleaning equipment.
Easier scheduling - With no solvents, odours or flammables, and the ability to be applied in all conditions, our retail epoxy systems can be installed when others can't.
Track record - We have over 20 years of epoxy flooring experience and a great track record of successful retail flooring installations. 

Our retail epoxy flooring systems

Click on the buttons below to see full system details, including a selection of past projects and access to technical data sheets, safety data sheets and other specification tools.

Resin Vinyl

A durable and decorative floor with traditional flake finish.

Our Resin Vinyl System Our Resin Vinyl System

Resin Granite™

A durable and decorative flake floor finish with modern granite look.

Our Resin Granite™ System Our Resin Granite™ System

Resin Guard™

A smooth, solid-colour finish that seals, protects and beautifies.

Our Resin Guard™ System Our Resin Guard™ System

Resin Marble™

A stylish, modern floor finish with striking marble look.

Our Resin Marble™ System Our Resin Marble™ System

Resin Rustic™

Specially designed epoxy finish gives the concrete look with a modern edge.

Our Resin Rustic™ System Our Resin Rustic™ System

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Our retail epoxy flooring know how

Our goal at Real World Epoxies is to help get the best possible outcome on every project, and we continue to back this up by offering the best support of any Australian supplier.

Here's an example of that support and our retail flooring know how.

Metallic epoxy flooring for retail spaces

By Jack Josephsen

While epoxy flooring had its origin in the commercial and industrial sectors, slowly but surely people started to wonder whether the tremendous all-round durability and seamless, easy-to-clean finish could be used in more decorative ways. Retail spaces were no exception!

In the early days, coloured quartz floors, flake epoxy flooring, glitter floors (like the stuff on party hats) or even plain colours with swirls were the only ways to jazz things up. These days, however, decorative epoxy flooring has flourished through the use of metallic pigments and the stunning effects they can create.

Here are some tips to help get the best possible results on metallic epoxy floors in a retail space. 

Note: You can read more about epoxy flooring advantages and epoxy flooring basics in separate know how articles.

Metallic epoxy flooring tips for retail spaces

As with any floor, planning is important for metallic epoxy flooring, and there are a few things owners, builders and specifiers need to consider to make sure they get the beautiful floor they’re hoping for.

1. What metallic flooring designs work best?

While metallic epoxy flooring has become synonymous with brilliant swirls and illusions of depth, there are some rules that apply when it comes to these types of designs.

The most notable here is that soft and subtle designs like traditional marble patterns work best. Many people get carried away with the possibilities of a custom floor design and dream up intricate masterpieces for their retail space that unfortunately resemble a spilled mess when applied. If you have your heart set on a custom floor, the safer option is to take an existing design and tweak it.

Also, if your custom metallic floor involves matching up with décor or other colours, please keep in mind that getting an exact match is always a challenge whether you’re flooring, painting or whatever.

Metallic epoxy floor with marble pattern in kitchen.

2. Getting the retail floor you want

Perhaps the best advice when it comes to any kind of decorative flooring is to view it in the flesh before you commit. If visiting working examples of the floor or a showroom isn’t possible, ask to see a sampleboard at the very least. A large board (600mm x 600mm) will enable you to approve a design concept as well as “touch and feel” the finish for yourself. This could involve laying it down in the corner to see if it complements the décor or looking at the finish from a distance to see if it matches your expectations. These are simple yet powerful tests that will allow you to evaluate metallic epoxy floors more accurately.

Sampleboards of metallic epoxy flooring on a wall.

3. Protecting your new metallic epoxy floor

If your new retail floor is part of a larger project, it’s important to get the timing right. Other trades can very quickly ruin a pristine new floor regardless of how well you try to protect it, so you’re much better off making it the last piece of the puzzle rather than the first.

Speaking of protecting your new metallic epoxy floor, we’d like to make special mention of the barricades, tape and other sealing-off measures put in place while the floor is being installed. A beautiful finish can quickly be ruined if a breeze dumps a blanket of dust on it or a moth gets stuck in the film, so it pays to keep clear as much as possible. A bit of discipline is required here because taking a sneak peek can be very tempting!

An epoxy metallic floor installation with other trades working next door.

Metallic epoxy flooring tips - for retail flooring installers

While metallics and other high-gloss decorative floors can look spectacular in retail spaces, they aren’t always easy to get right. Here are four big decorative flooring lessons we’ve learned from being involved with these projects for over 20 years:

1. Do metallic flooring sampleboards regularly

Not every design or colour combination looks good. For example, red metallic pigments on a light background usually just ends up looking like blood! The only way you can prove what actually works, and develop a good feel for metallic designs in general, is to get into the habit of doing sampleboards regularly.

Sampleboards are also a great marketing tool to help clients choose and know what to expect with the metallic epoxy floor you’re delivering – colours, design, gloss, possible imperfections and everything else in between. Talking about these things openly and honestly is important, but it often doesn’t really sink in until they’re holding a sampleboard.

An installer applying a metallic epoxy design onto a sampleboard.

2. Get every stage of metallic flooring installation right

With metallic floors more than any other type of epoxy flooring system, you simply need to get every stage right to ensure a great result. Slow down, be meticulous about getting preparation and application spot on for each coat. For example, issues such as the flatness of the concrete slab take on extra importance when using low-viscosity decorative epoxy resins that flow extremely well and easily find low spots.

Inspecting the application of a metallic epoxy floor topcoat.

3. Use the right equipment and epoxy resins for metallic floors

With decorative metallic floors, using the right equipment is an essential part of producing the high-end retail finishes you’re aiming for. Common examples of equipment that can make a big difference in this regard are specialist resin flooring mix blades that don’t trap too much air, and quality roller covers that don’t shed too much lint. Full-length clothing is also a good idea to stop hair and sweat from landing in the high-gloss films.

When it comes to the epoxy resins used in metallic flooring projects, unfortunately a great finish can’t be guaranteed just because the resin is water thin and crystal clear. To get the best results, you should be looking to use specialist decorative floor coatings that are formulated to flow, defoam and avoid issues like amine blush. To ensure the right equipment and epoxy floor coatings are used, work with a proven epoxy flooring supplier that knows what it takes to get a fantastic result on metallic and retail flooring projects.

An installer using specialist equipment to apply a metallic epoxy floor.

Want more information on metallic epoxy flooring?

You can find more metallic epoxy flooring information on our site through the following links: 

Read our installation guide - How to apply metallic epoxy flooring
Read our specification guide - How to specify metallic epoxy flooring
Read our maintenance guide - How to maintain metallic epoxy flooring
Watch our How To Videos on metallic epoxy flooring

Want to see examples of metallic epoxy flooring?

If you're looking for inspiration with your retail flooring project, you can view a selection of our past metallic flooring projects here:

Metallic epoxy flooring projects - bedrooms and bathrooms
Metallic epoxy flooring projects - residential kitchens
Metallic epoxy flooring projects - living rooms
Metallic epoxy flooring projects - retail spaces
Metallic epoxy flooring projects - restaurants and bars
Metallic epoxy flooring projects - commercial areas

Metallic epoxy flooring project - apartment
Metallic epoxy flooring project - games room
Metallic epoxy flooring project - laundry
Metallic epoxy flooring project - bathroom
Metallic epoxy flooring project - restaurant
Metallic epoxy flooring project - kitchen
Metallic epoxy flooring project - wine cellar
Metallic epoxy flooring project - office
Metallic epoxy flooring project - garage

Frequently Asked Questions

Proven Retail Epoxy Flooring Suppliers

Real World Epoxies has formulated, manufactured and supplied high-quality metallic epoxy flooring systems and products for more than two decades. We stand behind our products because we only use proven, high-quality materials that we know will perform as expected. You can trust our metallic epoxy flooring systems for your retail flooring project.

Let us help you with your retail flooring needs when you fill out one of our contact forms or call us on 1300 EPOXIES (1300 376 943).

Our Vision

To help build a strong resin flooring industry that sits alongside timber, carpet, tiles and vinyl as a mainstream flooring option.

Our mission

To  eliminate preventable failures
that hurt the resin flooring industry
and prevent it from reaching its full potential. 

Our Promise
To only supply proven, reliable, safe products, with no sales talk, and a commitment to help get the best possible outcome for their projects.
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