Custom Epoxy Flooring
Epoxy is an alternative, affordable and awesome choice of flooring for both residential and commercial settings. Epoxy is a heavy duty, industrial grade mixed plastic consisting of a Part A and a Part B. Ratios differ, but for flooring, its usually 2:1. It preforms the same but is made to withstand tougher environments. There are different choices for different climates- a sunny, hot place will require a slightly different one than a cold, snowy place. These small differences are all done to help extend the life of the floor, regardless of where it is. While labor intensive to do, it's the perfect combination of artistic, eclectic personalities in a functional form that seriously stands out!
Some things that are also used when working with epoxy flooring is non-slipping additives and top coat finishes; smooth, terrazzo, dimpled, and so on.
How long does it take?
Project work time varies from job to job, but expect to spend 3 nights away at most while the work is being done. This is because the fumes are not ideal for inhalation, especially over a long period of time. I use a mask when working, however, the actual pouring only has about 30mins-1hr before it starts to cure, meaning I am in and out which aids in minimizing my exposure.
Design options are nearly endless! Using white is not always ideal for highly sunny rooms, but there are additives that can be used to give extra protection from UV rays. It's just such a hard one with epoxy.
Things to Know Before Hand
Epoxy would only yellow or cloud if there was an issue with the bonding of the epoxy/primer or a rapid change in weather. We often do not consider these things with flooring because most of the traditional flooring options are manufactured where as epoxy is a hand-mixed material, is often used as an accent (not always the entire floor, but definitely can be), and is a very particular, difficult material to work with. It's important to know this when deciding what room to do!
Project pricing will vary and depend on factors like square footage, design complexity, material costs, travel cost (if necessary), expected work time, additives needed or wanted and rental tools for heavy duty prepping on rooms with rough floors such as sub-flooring (if necessary).
Below are some images from my first and only project thus far!
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