Who Says Industrial Has To Be Ugly???

The industrial ‘look’ is tremendously popular right now.  We get lots of calls from people and businesses who are gravitating away from traditional types of flooring and toward plain gray concrete or some similar variation.  The durability and low maintenance has its advantages, and plain gray concrete may just be the next big design trend.  So when a 50 million dollar a year commercial manufacturing facility calls and wants to redo a section of warehouse floor in a room that all of their potential clients tour, industrial seemed appropriate, but we wanted to offer something that had some fashion as well as function.  After some discussion we proposed a metallic epoxy floor with a polyaspartic topcoat.

The Old Painted Concrete Hallway

Our  first task on the job was to remove the old epoxy paint in the hallway.  We ground the floor to remove it and to create a good profile for the new epoxy.  In the room they call the ‘ink kitchen’ our plan was to clean the existing floor and recoat the existing epoxy.  After everything was cleared out, it became very apparent that the old epoxy paint had a very poor bond to the concrete substrate.  We had no choice, but to remove it.  One man and a hand scraper removed all the old flooring in short order proving how badly it had adhered.  We ground the ink kitchen concrete floor as well, patched the holes, and applied a primer coat for our new metallic epoxy floor.  We used a 100% solids epoxy with two different colors of metallic flake additives to give the floor a one of kind look that was sure to turn the heads of some potential clients.

 

The Failing Epoxy Floor in the ‘Ink Kitchen.’

To take this beautiful floor from a fashion statement to a functional industrial surface, we installed a polyaspartic topcoat.  The durability and chemical resistance of the polyaspartic made it a great choice to hold up to the 500 pound ink carts they wheel through regularly.  It also offers an easy to clean surface that won’t be damaged by any spilled ink or the cleaning compounds use to remove the spilled ink.  The superfast cure time and quick return to service properties of the polyaspartic also made it the perfect choice.

 

 

 

Titanium and Gunmetal Metallic Epoxy Floor w/ Polyaspartic Top-coat.

The client was thrilled to have a floor that would hold up to their rigorous industrial use, but was even more excited that the dingy and dirty old floor was now transformed into something they could proudly show off to the prospective clients.  They were so impressed with the new floor they decided to fully renovate the entire room!

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3 Responses to Who Says Industrial Has To Be Ugly???

  1. Joey April 3, 2013 at 12:14 pm

    That’s probably the best looking metallic epoxy floor that I’ve seen! I love the gunmetal color.

  2. admin April 10, 2013 at 6:13 am

    Thanks Joey!

    We have done more floors in this color combo than any other. It is a bit more subtle than some of the bright colors, but still provides the ‘wow’ factor. We just did a yogurt shop floor in this same combo and will have pictures posted soon.

  3. admin May 16, 2013 at 9:38 am

    Mae,

    Thanks for the compliment. The designer epoxies can be installed with slip resistance in the top-coat. It dulls the sheen slightly making it more like a satin finish than a high gloss.

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