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Types of Decorative Concrete Flooring
Mar 26 , 2021

Polished Concrete Flooring

Polished concrete flooring choice combines beauty and function in one durable, attractive package. Chemical densifiers and a concrete polishing machine like a power trowel or floor grinder will make your floor shine. And from there, you have a huge variety of finishes to choose from. Different levels of aggregate exposure can also create wildly different looks.

Stained Concrete Flooring

Concrete dyes, acid-based chemical stains, iron oxide pigments, and other products can be used to create colored concrete floors. Stains can even be used to refresh old concrete, breathing life into dull, unattractive areas. This isn’t a new approach—colored concrete has been in use since the early 1950s—but creating an aesthetically pleasing design or pattern is something of an art. It requires an understanding of both chemistry and color theory. When deployed correctly, the result is magical. You’ll typically see stained or dyed concrete in exterior settings, such as driveways and walkways, but you’re also likely to see it indoors in basements or building entrances.

Metallic Epoxy Flooring

Metallic epoxy floors are created by laying a pearlescent pigment over a primer that’s been tinted black. The result is a dramatic, shimmering surface. This decorative flooring may not be the best choice for locations like garages, which see heavy machinery traffic. But not because it’s weaker than other flooring options—we simply recommend reserving this kind of floor for areas that see mostly foot traffic because dirt and tire marks are more visible. Metallics are also more expensive than some of your other options, as they require you to set the coat with pigment, and you’ll need more material as a result.

Epoxy Flake Flooring

Decorative flake flooring is typically made up of three to four different colors of flakes, which are suspended in a clear resin. This creates a multicolored effect that can easily hide dirt and be customized to team or brand colors. You’ll often see these floors in locker rooms, but new techniques are bringing them into corporate offices and other high-end locales. Full flake flooring made with just one color of flake-they also have a multi colored chip to add a chic, classic surface perfect for both commercial and residential applications.

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