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When should you use an Epoxy Floor Coating?
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Learn more about the most popular applications.

Epoxy terrazzo

This mosaic-like floor topping for concrete substrates goes on at a thickness of only ¼ to 3/8 inch. It is excellent for multi-colored patterns and designs because of the epoxy resin matrix. It can be pigmented, like paint, to achieve an unlimited spectrum of colors. It can also be colored with aggregates, including chips of marble or granite, recycled glass, mother of pearl, and various synthetic materials. Virtually indestructible, epoxy terrazzo is ideal for commercial, industrial, and institutional facilities, especially where durability, longevity, and minimal maintenance are crucial. The color and design versatility of epoxy terrazzo also makes it a popular choice for decorative flooring installations, especially in high-traffic retail facilities. See Epoxy Terrazzo Toppings Blend Beauty with Function.

Garage floor coatings

There are also special epoxy floor coating systems specifically for garage floors, to give them a wear- and chemical-resistant surface. They come in a wide variety of color options, and can be accented with decorative quartz or multicolored chips to provide a look similar to granite or terrazzo. See Garage Floor Coatings.

National Terrazzo & Mosaic Association
, The color and design versatility of epoxy terrazzo makes it a popular choice for decorative flooring installations. Credit: National Terrazzo & Mosaic Association
Epoxy Garage Floor
Yezco Concrete Polishing
Phoenix, AZEpoxy garage floor coatings provide a wear-resistant decorative surface that resists chemicals, oil and grease stains, and tire marks. Yezco Concrete Polishing in Phoenix, AZ.
Concrete Inspirations
Calgary, ABA metallic epoxy coating with a silvery finish.Concrete Inspirations in Calgary, AB

Metallic epoxy coatings

This new type of epoxy-based system allows you to "guild" your concrete to replicate the look of copper, silver, aged bronze, nickel, and other shimmery patinas. Some of these coatings contain real metallic powders, while others use special reflective pigments. They are especially popular for floors in retail, office, and restaurant settings, where a modern, upscale look is desired. See Adding Dazzle with Metallic Coatings.

How to Install

Epoxy coatings can be installed over most clean, properly prepared concrete slabs. Most manufacturers recommend applying a primer first to improve the epoxy/concrete bond. Installers mix the two-component epoxy resin with the desired decorative aggregate (if used) and then pour the material onto the slab. The final step is to apply a sealer, which makes the surface more resistant to water, chemicals, oil, grease, acids, and solvents.

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