Flake epoxy flooring and solid colour epoxy flooring are both popular choices for commercial and industrial flooring projects. Both types of flooring offer a durable, long-lasting finish that can withstand heavy foot traffic and equipment. However, there are a few key differences between the two types of flooring that may make one a better choice for your business.
before we make decision let me dig a bit deeper into each floor coating system
What is Flake Epoxy Flooring?
Flake epoxy flooring is rapidly growing in popularity among both homeowners and businesses thanks to its long lifespan, resistance to wear and tear, and environmental safety. To create the coating, small flakes are broadcasted onto a wet film of epoxy resin which then cures after being exposed to machine or air for a certain period of time. All loose flakes are vacuumed afterwards and followed with an extra durable layer for added protection. Aside from giving any room a vibrant look, this type of flooring is also highly resistant against scratches and scuffs making it perfect for any high traffic locations such as Garages, Retail spaces and commercial businesses.
Here are some benefits of flake epoxy flooring:
- Decorative appeal: The small flakes of colour added to the epoxy resin create a unique, multicoloured finish that can add visual interest to any space.
- Durability: Flake epoxy flooring is resistant to stains, chemicals, and wear and tear, making it a long-lasting flooring option.
- Easy to maintain: Flake epoxy flooring is easy to clean and maintain, as it has a smooth, sealed surface that does not trap dirt or debris.
- Hides imperfections: The flakes in the epoxy help to hide imperfections and blemishes in the underlying concrete, giving the floor a more even, polished appearance.
- Non-slip surface: The textured surface of flake epoxy flooring can help to improve safety by providing a non-slip surface, reducing the risk of slips and falls
What is Solid Colour Epoxy Flooring?
Solid colour epoxy flooring is created by applying multiple coats of epoxy resin to a floor surface. The resin is mixed with a pigment to create the desired colour, and is then applied in layers to the floor. The first layer, known as the base coat or primer, is applied to the floor and allowed to cure before a second, top coat is applied. The top coat helps to protect the base coat and provide an additional layer of durability. Solid colour epoxy flooring is commonly used in commercial and industrial settings, as it is durable and able to withstand heavy foot traffic and equipment.
Here are some benefits of solid colour epoxy flooring:
- Economical: Most solid Colour Epoxy Flooring systems are usually cost less than flake epoxy flooring and it makes a perfect choice for large warehouses, retail spaces and workshops.
- Durability: Solid colour epoxy flooring is resistant to stains, chemicals, and wear and tear, making it a long-lasting flooring option.
- Easy to maintain: Solid colour epoxy flooring is easy to clean and maintain, as it has a smooth, sealed surface that does not trap dirt or debris.
- Easy to repair: Any scratches or chips in a solid colour epoxy floor can be easily touched up with a matching colour, making it easier to maintain the appearance of the floor.
- Non-slip surface: Solid colour epoxy flooring can provide a non-slip surface by adding anti-slip media to the surface, reducing the risk of slips and falls.
Flake epoxy flooring gives a unique design with various colours dispersed throughout and generally looks best when seen from far away. Solid colour epoxy flooring provides a seamless and consistent look that really compliments a specific design choice, making it ideal for an office setting. Both types of floorings have their advantages, so the choice comes down to which type of design you prefer and how it will fit into your existing space. Ultimately, the decision of which type of epoxy flooring is best for you will come down to what you deem aesthetically pleasing in your environment.
With over 20 years of experience in the coatings industry, I have had the chance to install and monitor the lifespan of numerous types of epoxy flooring products, and based on my observations, the following spaces would benefit from a flake epoxy system application:
- Residential garage floors
- Retail store
- Stone range for inside homes
And will recommend solid colour epoxy flooring for the following areas
- DFO style retail settings
- Storage units
- Commercial Kitchens
- Large carparks
- Production areas
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