3D Epoxy flooring: What you never knew.
Everything you need to know about Epoxy 3D flooring
As 3D technology has increased in popularity, epoxy 3D flooring has been used more and more often. Used now in halls, shopping malls, homes, offices and apartments because of its high performance and creativity. It’s the latest in the fancy floor world.
The flooring process involves laying down a layer of primer, then the image you want. It’s then treated with a 2-part epoxy or polyurethane to give the image depth. To protect the floor, a varnish is the last step.
Unlike a sticker, or painted vinyl that’s directly under your feet, epoxy 3D floors give the illusion of depth and is resistant to all kinds of damage that usually affects other flooring options.
Here we’ll discuss what you need to know before starting this project.
Pros and Cons
Just like any other kind of floor, there are going to be pros and cons, just a few of the pros are as follows:
High Strength-Epoxy is highly resistant to chlorine, bleaches, acids and daily cleaners. The floors are considered good for industrial sectors, as well as residences. When installed correctly, a 3D epoxy floor can last 15 years or more without loosing its color, vibrancy, or resistance.
Easy Maintenance-Epoxy flooring has no joints, pores, seams, cracks or gaps which make the flooring immune to any kind of water, dust, chemicals, and dirt.
Fire Resistance-These floors do not burn. That’s one of the reasons that it’s used in so many different areas like manufacturing, hospitals, childcare centers, and warehouses to name a few. These are all places where increased fire safety is needed.
Safe and Hygienic-The epoxy flooring doesn’t collect things like dust, pathogens or bacteria. The materials used have no odor or corrosive fumes and are safe for the health of humans and animals.
Visual Effect-The most significant advantage of 3D epoxy flooring is the amazing visual effect. Because of the gorgeous appearance, it can visually solve most problems of the interior of the room because of the unique aesthetic qualities. By choosing the right design, color and pattern and using a self-leveling epoxy coating, you can visually increase the size of the room.
The Cons of the 3D epoxy floor
Hard to install-Usually, and for the best results, a professional contractor and professional equipment is needed to install the floor. It also takes 3-5 days, or occasionally longer to properly cure the flooring.
High Cost-Because there aren’t enough professionals in the market, and demand for the floors is high, it does have a higher cost than other options. Popularity increases the cost. Also, materials aren’t cheap either.
Cold Floor-3D epoxy floors are as cold as concrete, tiles, or even hardwood. You should consider this when deciding where its best to use them.
How much it costs
The installation of a 3D epoxy floor is a lengthy and complicated process that will take 3-7 days. The cost will depend of many factors, the substrate condition, square footage, system complexity and more. The durability and lifespan are also factors when determining the 3D epoxy flooring price. High grade materials would be more expensive.
On average, a 3D epoxy floor installation would cost about $10-$20 per square foot. A more complex design will require more work and a higher cost of installation.
As you can see, there are many factors to consider when choosing a 3D epoxy floor. Though the effect is amazing, it will be more expensive than other, more simple floors. But if you can manage the cost and the time it takes to install, it’s more than worth it.