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While most people think of metallic epoxy coatings as dull, they tend to fit well in certain commercial and residential settings. At Premier Concrete Coatings, we have offered concrete coating and metallic epoxy coating services in Dublin, OH, for over 9 years. Read on for insights about our metallic epoxy services and the process of installation.
What is Metallic Epoxy Floor Coatings?
A metallic epoxy floor coating is a liquid applied to dry on floors. This liquid can be used to create a variety of colors and patterns for the floor, giving the surface a shiny, reflective characteristic. Metallic epoxy coatings can be applied to any surface, including concrete, wood, and tile.
The Metallic Epoxy Application Process
At Premier Concrete Coatings, we strive to give our customers value for their money by doing our work to perfection. Below is our step-by-step metallic epoxy application process.
Getting tools and materials ready
Once we have a service agreement in place, our experts will arrive at the site with the required tools ready to get down to business. Among the tools we use are a grinding machine, a roller, a metallic epoxy kit, buckets, and approximately 100 solid clear epoxy topcoats.
Choosing the suitable metallic pigments
The next step is to pick the required pigment, which is proportionately added to the clear epoxy. Depending on your preference, we may use epoxy and add several metallic pigments. However, we usually recommend our clients to use between 2-3 coloring pigments for quality finishing.
Concrete surface prep
We prep the concrete surface through sanding and grinding to create tiny ridges that allow the epoxy to sink into the concrete. Concrete preparation also fosters an excellent bond between the concrete floor and epoxy. Once we are done with profiling and vacuuming the surface, we install a concrete moisture barrier.
Laying down a concrete moisture barrier
We typically install a pigmented vapor barrier that acts as the primer coat. Moreover, once metallic epoxy has been installed, all air spaces are blocked to prevent the epoxy from peeling or bubbling up. Moisture barriers usually come in several formulations, depending on the total pounds of hydrostatic weight they can tolerate.
Our experts will provide the required moisture barriers for your floor by taking moisture readings on several parts of your floor. We will also get the correct mixture ratio of the resins to get the desired results from these readings.
Once the resin is well mixed, we pour and spread it across the floor in slim ribbons. We do this swiftly, taking into account your customizations or designing according to your preferences before the coat starts to dry.
Cleaning the epoxy moisture barrier
When the moisture dries up, we clear up any debris or dust that has remained on the floor using a microfiber mop and acetone. Cleaning also helps prevent the formation of comets after installing metallic epoxy.
Mixing and application of metallic epoxy
At this stage, we mix the resins with the metallic pigment to achieve the required results. We do the mixing for 2-3 minutes to ensure complete mixing. We begin the application process using the mixing bucket while creating small puddles. Depending on your preferences, we may add different shades of metallic epoxy in accents to the main one. The total time of application is about 25-60 minutes.
Application of a topcoat
We refer to this stage as the “money step” due to the accuracy it commands. Topcoats vary with the level of your concrete traffic. High-quality wax works best with low traffic, while urethane sealers or polyaspartic are ideal for high-traffic floors. Topcoats are scratch and UV resistant, hence allowing for the floors to have enhanced durability.
Trust the Experts of Metallic Epoxy Flooring
When you know that the floors in your home are in desperate need of a facelift, you know it’s time to bring in the professionals. At Premier Concrete Coatings, we have been serving the residents of Dublin, OH, for over 9 years. Not only can you trust our quality work, but also our experience. Get in touch with us for more insights about our metallic epoxy coating services. You can also request a free and non-obligatory quote to be able to make an informed decision.
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What are concrete coatings?
Our epoxy floor coatings are a concrete resurfacing option that is installed over existing concrete floors for both interior and exterior concrete. All of our coatings are installed by hand (we do not use any stamps), thus giving our clients a true, one-of-a-kind floor. We install a wide range of flooring systems such as: 100% solid epoxy, concrete stain, acrylic cement, and rubber based products.
Clients have the ability to customize any coating with our various color options and design techniques. Concrete Coatings are used not only in residential, but industrial and recreational settings as well. Premier uses only the highest quality, industrial products on the market to ensure every customer is getting the best value.
How Much Do Your Concrete Floor Coatings Cost?
Each project is customized to your particular concrete flooring needs. Every job we do is different, because we offer different types of coatings and finishes. We will work with you to develop a free estimate keeping your budget in mind.
How Durable Are Your Epoxy Concrete Coating Systems??
We use only industrial products on all of our epoxy floor projects. They are designed to give clients the most value and longevity over any other coating material on the market. Just to give you an idea of how strong our products are, we installed an epoxy flake floor in the garage of a Fire Station in 2008 to protect the firehouse’s garage from dirt, debris, salt, and the extreme work environment. Due to our expertise and industrial coatings, we have yet to receive a repair call. Those same products are used in all of our residential projects.
How long does a typical epoxy flooring project take to complete?
A typical residential project takes approximately 3 – 5 days to complete depending on several variables. Variables include, but are not limited to: size of job, repairs and/or preparation requirements, weather, additional design details, customer requests, etc.
What if I already have an existing concrete coating?
Unfortunately, we must grind off any existing coating and repair materials before we can install any of our concrete coatings. This ensures the integrity and longevity of our flooring systems. If you have stamped concrete that has faded, please contact us for options in reviving it.
How Long Do I Need To Stay Off My Concrete Floor Coating After It Is Installed?
If using 100% solids epoxy, your floor will be cured and walkable in about 12-18 hours. You can return to full heavy traffic after about 24 - 72 hours. Wait for at least 24 hours before moving light weight furniture on your brand new concrete coating flooring. Before moving anything heavy (car, equipment and furniture).
How do you prepare concrete for resurfacing?
We start every project by first preparing the concrete for our products. It is imperative that we have a fresh concrete surface before installing our concrete coatings on your project – this will allow our products to have only the BEST mechanical bond.
We spend approximately 66% of the project prepping your floor which may either be by diamond grinding or pressure washing the concrete (depending on the location of the project) and in some cases we do both! Most contractors will come in and just acid wash or not even prep your floor – we get calls all the time about botched installs with customers asking if we can save their project; we must start fresh every time.
Will I Need To Reseal My Concrete Floor Coating?
If you follow our maintenance and cleaning guidelines, you should not have to worry about resealing the concrete floor coating. We offer a professional grade cleaner that will easily remove stains or tire marks, but will also preserve the life of your concrete coating topcoat.
What If My Concrete Floor Has Cracks, Chips And Is Old?
No worries, we are experts in repairing existing problem areas of concrete. In some cases we have been found to be a cheaper alternative over tearing out and replacing existing slabs of concrete. Once we have saved your concrete we then install our decorative designs to hide the flaws and repairs.
How Do I Care For My Concrete Floor Coating?
You can clean our concrete coatings with typical sweeping, mopping or steaming.
Will Oil Stain My Concrete Floor Coating?
Epoxy floor coatings are extremely resistant to most hazards, including cleaners, gas, oil, transmission fluid, and even most industrial chemicals. Our epoxy concrete coatings system is both oil and moisture resistant.
Who Invented Polyurea Coatings?
Andy Phelan, director of business development and training at Rhino Linings Corporation, explains, “Polyurea was invented in the early 1980s when a less moisture-sensitive form of polyurethane was desired. By replacing the hydroxyl group in the urethane with an amine group, a product we now call polyurea was formed.
What Are Polyurea Concrete Coatings?
Polyurea is useful for concrete floors, as it quickly and strongly bonds to concrete while providing a smooth, virtually impermeable surface that protects the floor from impact, water damage, chemicals, heat, and sunlight.
What Types Of Environments Can Epoxy Floor Coatings Be Used?
Epoxy flooring coatings can be used in a variety of environments. The durability, slip resistant finish is fantastic for any industrial setting, storefronts, patios, or even driveways or garages.
How Are Epoxy Floor Coatings Applied?
We have perfected a six step process for applying Epoxy Floor Coatings that involves prepping the floor, prime floor with epoxy primer, fill all cracks, holes with epoxy grout, then apply epoxy paint.
Can I Apply Epoxy Floor Coatings In Cold Temperatures?
You can! Epoxy can be used at cold temperatures but must be handled and applied with techniques adapted to cold temperatures.
Do I Need To Hire A Professional To Install Epoxy Floor Coating?
Installing Epoxy Floor Coating correctly is critical to the appearance and durability of your flooring. Hiring a professional is the best way to ensure that your flooring will look amazing and last a lifetime!