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Regular concrete simply can’t be compared to the incredible durability and appearance of epoxy floor coating. Epoxy is heat resistant, highly reflective, resistant to oil and water, and even fire-proof in some cases, making it extremely safe and durable. Epoxy also comes in a range of colours, coatings and styles, making it a great solution for retail spaces, commercial production facilities, warehouses, and more.

Here at South Island Surfaces, we have special tools, equipment, and experts on our team that allow us to offer a wide range of epoxy floor coatings. We can handle anything from retail shop installations to heavy industrial site jobs. Check out our complete list of floor coating types and finishes, along with our colour selection: Epoxy Coating Types & Finishes.

Depending on the level of durability, heat resistance, slip resistance, and design options you’re looking for one type of floor coating may be better than others. If you’re unsure what will work best for your space, get in touch with South Island Surfaces today for a free quote.

In this blog post, we’ll break down each type of epoxy floor system, as well as the various coatings available:

Types of Epoxy Floor Systems

Metallic Epoxy

This trendy flooring option is glossy, bold, and visually stunning. Many colour combinations and visual effects are possible with metallic epoxy – we can even make your floors look three-dimensional! A quick Pinterest search will show metallic epoxy floors made to look like flowing rivers, galaxies, and the deep sea.

Epoxy Mortar

Epoxy mortar is the strongest seamless floor coating on the market. It’s mixed with sand or quartz sand before being installed by hand. This heavy-duty floor coating is extremely durable with high impact resistance, making it ideal for industrial settings.

Quartz Epoxy

Decorative quartz epoxy flooring is very popular due to the range of colour options, along with the fact that it’s slip-resistant, highly durable, and long-lasting. This coating is made by combining high-performance polymer resin with blended colour quartz granules.

Self-Levelling Epoxy

Self-levelling epoxy can be applied to either new, old, cracked or damaged concrete. It’s easy to apply because it spreads out across the concrete and self-levels practically on its own. The result is a totally seamless surface – no rollers necessary!

Decorative Epoxy

If you’re looking to upgrade the aesthetic appearance of your flooring, decorative epoxy is the choice for you. The options are virtually unlimited, whether you’re looking for an intricate design, a shiny formulation, or splashy colours. Not only is this floor coating visually appealing, but it’s also slip resistant and easy to clean.

Epoxy Flake

Flake flooring systems are also decorative, but with a twist. Flake epoxy coating uses layers of chips or flakes to generate multi-hued surfaces with vibrant designs. Flake is available in a wide range of styles and colours, able to complement any décor.

Anti-Static Epoxy

As its name suggests, ant-static epoxy flooring protects against static charges and electrostatic discharges that occur frequently in the electronics industry, among others. This electrical discharge can be extremely damaging to equipment. Not only does this floor coating protect against electrical discharges, it prevents explosions and fires.

Epoxy Floor Finishes

Stonshield SLT

Stonshield SLT Epoxy & Urethane Floor Coating

Stonshield SLT epoxy & urethane floor coating is ideal for commercial and manufacturing flooring applications. That’s because they’re slip resistant, safe, and easy to clean. And as a bonus, they come in lots of colours, patterns and textures.

Stonclad UR

Stonclad UR Epoxy & Urethane Floor Coating

Stonclad UR epoxy & urethane floor coating is designed for more heavy-duty environments like manufacturing plants and places working with chemicals. These surfaces are resistant to most chemicals, and they’re also able to withstand impact and abrasion. They can even be custom-built to resist electrical discharge and stand up to both hot and cold temperatures.

Stontech

Stontech Epoxy & Urethane Floor Coating

Stontech epoxy & urethane floor coating comes in a variety of colour and flake options. This type of coating is dense, stain resistant, and quick to install, making it the coating of choice for university concourses and pharma labs.

If you’re interested in new epoxy floor coating for your commercial facility, warehouse or retail space, get in touch with us at South Island Surfaces. We service Victoria, Vancouver, and the rest of Vancouver Island, and we’ve installed flooring in various places like universities, processing plants, grocery stores, recreation centers and more.

Contact us today to get yourself a quote:

conference room with shiny epoxy coating

Epoxy floor finishes aren’t just for shops and industrial floors anymore. With the near infinite colours and textures available, you can completely transform any room that starts a concrete floor foundation. We can pour out virtually any colour combined with any texture and even metallic! An epoxy floor coating is certainly a rugged flooring product that is designed to last a long time under some heavy traffic situations involving people or vehicles. So, you know you’re getting a super high-quality finish that can withstand some abuse.

In this blog post, we break down some of the key benefits of using an epoxy floor coating, the installation process, as well as some of the most common applications of the product:

Benefits of Choosing Epoxy Floor Coating

There are a few key benefits that have made epoxy floor coating extremely popular in industrial industries and warehouses. For one, the coating leaves a slick, shiny surface. This surface reflects light, and makes flooring appear brighter, as opposed to the dull surface of regular concrete. Not only does it look better, but it increases visibility for those inside.

The epoxy floor coating is also incredibly durable. Heavy traffic from people and vehicles like forklifts are no problem, where traditional concrete would normally crack and break down over time – especially when exposed to equipment and machinery. By choosing epoxy floor coating, you’re choosing durability!

Another major benefit that has made epoxy floor coating popular among warehouses and garages in particular is the resistance to oil and water. When compared with typical concrete, epoxy floor coating simply outshine regular concrete in this instance. Concrete without coating will show oil stains immediately, which will also cause decay over time. Same with water stains, which lead to mold and mildew growth over time. Aside from being oil and water resistant, the coating is also repels chemicals, making it the ideal choice for many industrial organizations.

Safety is a big concern for industrial organizational and warehouses, especially since they’re often dealing with extreme heat, chemicals, fuel, and other dangerous elements.  As we touched on above, epoxy floor coatings reflect light, meaning there’s great visibility throughout the surface. But concrete floors with this coating are fire and heat-resistant.

There is another benefit of epoxy floor coating that makes the option intriguing for not only industrial organizations but everyday home owners as well – the coating is easy to install. It doesn’t require any fancy tools equipment, or adhesives. On top of that, once the coating is applied, there’s very little to no maintenance required over time.

South Island Surfaces has all the tools, equipment, and expert personnel to take care of your epoxy floor coating project. Contact us today for a quote.

Installing Epoxy Floor Coating

The first step to installing epoxy floor coating is preparing your floors. You’ll want to start by grinding (cleaning) the existing concrete. This concrete is where the coating will be applied, so it needs to be as smooth as possible. Any dust, debris or stains should be grinded away to avoid an uneven floor coating. If your concrete has cracks it’s also recommended you get them filled before any coating is applied. After you’ve grinded down the concrete, it’s time to tape up your surfaces where the coating should stop.

*Keep in mind, concrete grinding should be done professionally. Before installing epoxy floor coating, a thorough clean is needed, which includes the use of mechanical equipment or chemicals.

After the grinding, crack filling, and taping is done, your floors will be ready for the epoxy floor coating. The coating will need to be mixed until it’s fully blended before the first layer can be applied. Once the first coat is fully dried, and second coat will likely be required to smooth out any inconsistencies. This process may need to be repeated a couple times, and professional help is highly advised at this stage.

Luckily for customers, epoxy floor coating is extremely low maintenance. If your coating was applied professionally, dust and debris won’t be able to penetrate cracks in the floor. All you have to do is keep the surface tidy, and mop up any spills as they happen, using soap and water if necessary.

Applications of Epoxy Floor Coating

Here are a few examples of some super fun epoxy flooring coating projects that we recently completed in retail spaces, offices, commercial production facilities, schools, and more.

  • Warehouses
  • Washrooms

washroom floor epoxy coating

  • Salons and barbershops
  • Grocery stores

grocery store with epoxy floor coating

  • Retail shops
  • Manufacturing and processing plants

processing plant floor with epoxy coating

  • School hallways and classrooms
  • Kitchens

kitchen storage area with epoxy coating

  • Underground parking

parkade floor with epoxy coating

  • Office space

conference room with shiny epoxy coating

  • Storage facilities
  • Coffee shops
  • Garages

mechanic garage floor with epoxy coating

  • Big box stores
  • Community centers
  • & more!

Interested in epoxy floor coating for your commercial or retail space? South Island Surfaces provides the highest quality concrete resurfacing, restoration and coating services for retail and commercial floors in Victoria, Vancouver Island, and Vancouver. Contact us today for a free epoxy floor coating quote.