Epoxy Floor Styles

Epoxy Floor Styles

Each choice in epoxy flooring comes with a set of attributes which greatly enhance the flooring of a building. The durability and spill/stain resistance makes it an excellent flooring for harsh conditions. It’s non-slip and takes a great deal of foot traffic with minimal, easy maintenance.  Once a building owner or homeowner decides on epoxy flooring, the next step is to choose a style. Even form of epoxy, once poured and cured, will have a vastly different look. One of them is sure to please.

Within each style, there is a vast range of colors and looks. Generally speaking, the more complex the application and the more coats, the higher the cost will be. Here are the three basic types of epoxy flooring:

Solid

Solid is generally a matte color and offers the advantage of affordability and dust control. It’s the cleanest-looking epoxy because the solid colors don’t have variants which can make the cleanliness of the floor questionable. It also offers tremendous longevity.

Flake

Epoxy flake is decorative, and the natural mica material (or synthetic, which is also available) flakes are incorporated into the flooring while it’s still in a liquid form. The quantity of each color can make each floor unique and beautiful. Once the epoxy cures, the flakes won’t–flake. They are stable, durable, and retain their unique color and form. Epoxy flake is a popular option for garages since it’s tremendously chemical resistant. It stops the concrete dust entirely and makes the garage brighter when lighter colors are used because it’s so reflective.

Metallic

Metallic epoxy uses metallic glitter material to create a highly three-dimensional look from a two-dimensional floor surface. A primer coat will add depth to the finish.  Ripples, swirls, drizzle, blending, and other options are possible. Once it cures, it’s smooth, durable, and microbial surface produces an exotic, dazzling finish favored by high-end retail stores, salons, upscale nightclubs, and restaurants. It can provide a solid color or a color which looks more stained in appearance. Metallic stains are luxurious, glossy without being slippery, and reflective. Once it dries, a final gloss coat can be added.

Regardless of which type of epoxy is used, the result is gorgeous and upkeep minimal.  Low maintenance and longevity make epoxy flooring an excellent value for the money. Epoxy offers very few problems beyond occasional dusting or mopping.

Premier Epoxy is your flooring expert in the Tampa area, featuring epoxy floors, polished and stained concrete. Call us at 813-296-2937 today!

Epoxy Flooring Signals The End of the Dirty Garage

Epoxy Flooring Signals The End of the Dirty Garage

By studying the history of the garage, it becomes possible to track the rise in the use of the garage as a storage and project space, and the reasons epoxy flooring gained such massive appeal in garage applications.

History

In the ’70s and ’80s, housing developments became popular. The architecture of homes changed, offering an attached garage which opened at the front of the home. Previously garages (and carriage houses before them) were located behind the house.  The new design was necessary to streamline traffic in housing developments. 

Whereas before that time, porches and social activities were in the front of the house, the garage pushed those things to the back of the home, creating much more family privacy and less social interaction between neighbors. Meanwhile, the front-facing garage became a significant part of the house architecture. The new standard consisted of a concrete driveway which ended inside to the concrete garage.

Rising affluence

As the economy spiraled upward, television became more influential in selling products. As people bought more and better stuff, they began to need a way to store all of it. Since the garage was now attached to the house, it became an ideal place to keep everything. The security of a garage door was a bonus. Washers, dryers, and hobby benches in the garage became commonplace.

But, the problem is that concrete is dirty and dull. It can chip, crack, and it’s hard to clean. 

The epoxy coating solution

Garage floor coatings solve many problems at once. The concrete no longer sheds dust. It’s easy to clean. Truthfully, the first attempts in the past were pretty awful. But progress in garage floor coatings has been massive. For example, epoxy coating is stronger than concrete against chips and cracks. Part of the reason is that after it’s applied epoxy coating doesn’t just dry. It cures into its final hardened state.

Color and texture options

Epoxy coatings can be solid colors or patterns or include flakes. There is no limit to the colors or combinations of colors, but the result is highly uniform and highly durable. The light produced by the uniformity of the epoxy surface enhances the ambiance of the garage.

Even when the surface of an epoxy floor is textured to avoid slips, it will be easy to clean. The homeowner can easily wipe epoxy clean of grease and fluids from vehicles.  Incessant scrubbing or harsh products are not required to keep the epoxy flooring clean. There is no need to apply it continuously the way one does floor wax.

Other applications

Professional epoxy flooring is stunning, even in a garage. It’s so remarkable that warehouses, businesses, and retail establishments like it because it holds up well even under extremely high foot traffic. Even homeowners are starting to have epoxy flooring applied in their homes.

But, for the average garage owner, having a professional epoxy garage floor solves the problems of concrete dust, tough cleaning, and the tendency of concrete to chip when an object is dropped on it. This creates a garage that is clean, comfortable, and useful for all manner of projects and hobbies. It’s even a great place to store the car.

Premier Epoxy is your flooring expert in the Tampa area, featuring epoxy floors, polished and stain concrete. Call us at 813-296-2937 today!

Why Epoxy Flooring Makes a Floor Look Great

Why Epoxy Flooring Makes a Floor Look Great

The epoxy coating floor process is quite detail-oriented compared to some flooring treatments. The goal of epoxy flooring is to achieve beauty through uniformity. If you watch a flooring company create epoxy flooring, you’ll notice that each step in attended to with precision, and that every square inch of the floor is treated with the same loving care.

Grinding

The grinding step is the first, and it’s the step which eliminates the flaws and inconsistencies in the concrete. The grinding is a slow and laborious process, but in some ways, it’s the most important, because without getting down past the lumps and flaws, the surface won’t be smooth and even for the next step. 

Cleaning and repairing

The second phase is the removal or debris ground up during the grinding process. Once the floor is meticulously cleaned, remaining flaws are glaringly obvious. Most of these are cracks which were too deep to be eliminated by the grinding process. These are caulked with a filler until the floor is perfectly flat.

Primer

During the priming phase, a resin primer is applied as a base coat to the clean, smooth concrete. The primer covers any other anomalies such as discolorations and seals the caulked cracks until the entire floor is uniform with the primer. 

Once the primer has dried to a hard finish, it is buffed and then polished with a lightly abrasive polishing tool. The light abriding creates a surface which is highly prepared for adhesion. 

Epoxy coating

At last the epoxy coating is poured and smoothed over the entire floor. This is the step which brings out the beauty of the floor, but it isn’t the final step. The final step is a top coat of high-quality urethane. This top coat is much more durable than epoxy along, making the floor about to withstand heavy foot traffic. 

The top coat also gives the flooring its shine.

The reason that an epoxy coated flooring stands out is that it’s given a generous amount of  attention and care. The grinding, cleaning, repairing, priming, sanding, coating and top coating all work together to create a gorgeous floor a family or business can be proud of for years. 

Tile takes the existing flooring and covers it up. The same is true of carpeting and laminate. But, epoxy adheres to the floor itself. This fact alone makes it very strong and able to tolerate heavy traffic.

An epoxy flooring which is installed by professionals has some distinct advantages over DIY epoxy flooring. The kits available for doing the process yourself are lacking in quality and uniformity.  If a homeowner wants a garage floor which will have incredibly beauty, strength and longevity, professional installation is the way to go.

Premier Epoxy is your flooring expert in the Tampa area, featuring epoxy floors, polished and stain concrete. Call us at 813-296-2937 today!

Advantages of Epoxy Flooring for Your Business

Advantages of Epoxy Flooring for Your Business

A building represents a significant investment, which means that the manager of a building will want to go to great lengths to protect that investment. One such measure is to have an epoxy coating applied to the floor.

Why epoxy coating?

Coating a concrete floor seems like such a fuss. After all, concrete doesn’t seem like it needs anything. But, eventually, if the area is used for anything which requires reasonably clean storage or where there is foot traffic, the epoxy coating provides excellent flooring.

In addition to an attractive array of colors and styles, epoxy is durable. That means it is reasonably well impenetrable by oil, dirt, grease, moisture, and other products. It’s clean for many reasons.

Cleaner

One thing an epoxy coating will do is stop concrete dust.  Most people think a family garage is dusty because it’s outside. Upon review, that doesn’t make sense. Because a garage really shouldn’t get a lot dirtier than your home.  But, concrete floors stained, concrete dust, which means that everything on or around that concrete is going to get dusty in a hurry.

In addition to holding down dust, an epoxy color coating will also make everything easy to clean up  That means if you can spill it, you can wipe it off the epoxy layer, even if it’s sat a while. Epoxy doesn’t dry, per set cures. When water or another liquid with a slippery viscosity is spell onto the floor, it needs to be wiped up so no one can slip on it because epoxy is so impervious, spills don’t soak in! If you think it might be an issue, have us use acrylic flakes.

Strength

Epoxy coating seals small hairline cracks and imperfections, making the concrete smooth and elegant without being slippery. Epoxy doesn’t dry; it cures, giving it a far superior strength to paint and which holds up well to the wheels of rolling tool boxes and dollies. This strength is one reason a professional epoxy company is the best option: they know how to properly prepare the concrete before applying the epoxy, which will make the epoxy cling fiercely to the concrete.

Beauty

Epoxy floors are gorgeous. There are many colors and options from which to choose, and the final product will last an average of 15 years if it’s treated with care.  Otherwise, just a dust mop and an occasional damp mop are all an epoxy floor needs.

When a business is looking for a strong, durable, long-lasting floor option which requires minimal maintenance, epoxy flooring is a great option. Epoxy floors add value to a building investment without slowing down the business with high maintenance and repairs.

Premier Epoxy is your flooring expert in the Tampa area, featuring epoxy floors, polished and stain concrete. Call us at 813-296-2937 today!