Benefits of Metallic Epoxy
Best Premium Interior Surfacing Option | Benefits of Metallic Epoxy
Characteristics that make Metallic Epoxy the crown jewel of an industry.
What is Metallic Epoxy?
Metallic Epoxy consists of a main body of epoxy with ornamental metallic pigments suspended within.
The main body is often finished with a polyurethane topcoat that further protects it from physical and chemical wear.
How is Metallic Epoxy Installed?
To understand the science behind Metallic Epoxy’s brilliant abilities, we need a brief insight into the application process.
Before it solidifies into the nigh-impervious slab of excellence you would expect. Metallic Epoxy is a viscous mixture known as liquid epoxy resin.
The resin is poured and spread across a designated surface by experienced installers. This phase must be completed quickly and smoothly before the resin begins to cure and solidify.
For a more detailed description of how our Metallic Epoxy system works, read this post.
After the epoxy fully cures, a comparatively thin layer of liquid polyurethane coating is spread over the epoxy body.
This protective layer is even tougher than epoxy and can take the brunt of everyday use, but requires the support of an epoxy body beneath it.
For more details on the types of finishings / protective layers you can choose, head over to this post.
“PORE” Favor? | Benefits of Metallic Epoxy
Now that you know how Metallic Epoxy is generally installed. You may have noticed a recurring theme.
The main components of a Metallic Epoxy system are liquids that harden into a smooth, continuous layer without any pores.
Why is having a Non-Porous Surface Important
This property is extremely important because porous materials are terrible for your home.
The pores, now packed full of debris, provide bacteria and mould with a warm place to sleep and good food to eat. None of which make for a clean home.
Materials such as stone and ceramic tiles are innately full of pores. Worse still, they are segmented and require grout.
Grout is a mixture of fine sand and cement used to fill gaps between tiles and stone. If you’ve grouted tiles or stone at home, you’ll notice that the grout is always the first to grow black scum in wet areas, or trap dirt in a recessed area that is highly inconvenient to clear.
Metallic Epoxy – no pores, no bacteria, no mould, no sweat.
Water Off A Duck’s Back | Benefits of Metallic Epoxy
Metallic Epoxy is waterproof. So are our floor tiles, you protest.
Well, floor tiles may seem like it. Depending on the material, the ceramic or stone may actually absorb a portion of the water, as some stones do.
Do remember tiles inevitably comes with grouts.
In fact, marble is notorious for its adverse reaction to water, which is typically slightly alkaline or acidic, depending on where you live.
Marble exposed to such water quickly forms obvious and unsightly stains in a process known as etching. You can read more HERE.
So no, stone and ceramic tiles are generally water-resistant, but hardly water-proof.
Stains | Benefits of Metallic Epoxy
Which brings us to our next point – stains. Metallic Epoxy is stain proof. Not stain-resistant, but veritably stain proof.
Marble, ceramic tiles & wood can be stained by the simple spillage of food or drink.
However, such worries are moot with a Metallic Epoxy Interior, which is chemically inert and non-porous.
Too Good to Be True? | Benefits of Metallic Epoxy
Well, yes. There’s actually a common drawback in a crucial process of any Metallic Epoxy finishing. This is the application of a polyurethane topcoat.
Savvy homeowners may know that traditional polyurethane coatings are extremely tough. However, they emit a high level of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) during application.
This stinks up your house and may cause or exacerbate respiratory problems for anyone around the work site. It gets worse, traditional oil-based polyurethane coatings continue to give off small amounts of VOCs.
This happens even after fully drying, for years after installation.
“If it’s toxic, why is it still being used?” you wonder.
No, not really. We simply avoid the entire problem by using water-based polyurethane top coats.
These modern water-based improvements on the traditional coating drastically reduce the amount of VOCs emitted during application. The level is so negligible that our installers require no special gear, just a moderately ventilated room.
You Visualise, We Realise | Benefits of Metallic Epoxy
The cherry on top of the multi-layered epoxy cake is, of course, the term Metallic in Metallic Epoxy.
It originates from the process in which metallic pigments of a specific colour are suspended in the epoxy during the curing process.
A design team works with the installers to create three-dimensional swirls within the suspended pigments in accordance with your desired design. The Metallic Pigments scatter and reflect light in a manner unique to Metallic Epoxy.
This allows for exotic designs such as galaxies full of stars, or a brilliant night sky.
The base colour of your Metallic Epoxy, and any additional colours, can also be changed to fit any design your mind can conjure.
You are limited only by your imagination. If you were dead set on a specific material for its characteristic look and feel. A Metallic Epoxy Interior might just be an acceptable alternative that will last you and your family decades.
Still on the fence about Metallic Epoxy?
Head over to this post for a comparison between metallic epoxy and conventional materials.
Otherwise, our consultants are happy to answer any questions you may have, both general and specific. Simply drop us a message or arrange for a free, non-obligatory consultation here.