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Decorative Flooring Installation and Options - Discover Your Floor’s Potential!

Posted on Wednesday, August 31, 2016

If you follow our articles and stories of flooring installation and coating, you know that we install, create, and maintain a huge variety of surfaces. For more specialized industries and environments, the systems become equally specialized: ESD control systems, antimicrobial flooring, thermal shock, etc...

One common denominator among our projects, however, is that we like to demonstrate how floors don’t need to sacrifice aesthetics to achieve function. In other words, your floor doesn’t need to be an ugly, industrial-grade surface to work as hard as you need it to.

As an example of this, how familiar are you with the options and benefits relating to decorative commercial flooring?

What Is Decorative Flooring?

If you are looking for elevated, customized style in your facility, decorative flooring is the option for you. And, each system and blend is unique, meaning that your flooring installation expert can help you arrive at just the right color and texture for your facility, whether in a production area or a reception space where you need to impress clients and guests.

What do these decorative options include? Here are just three of the most popular:

  • Colored Quartz - Available with either large or small aggregate mixed into a durable epoxy matrix, colored quartz is versatile and attractive. Thanks to its seamless surface, it is also a low-maintenance workhorse that can be easily cleaned and cared for. As an extra benefit, ask for a cove base! This turns the sharp angle where wall meets floor into a curve, allowing for even easier cleaning.
  • Colored Vinyl Flakes - The potential is endless! Colorful vinyl flakes (you can choose the size) are mixed into your seamless epoxy system. The colors can be matched to your facility in any way you would like, creating an appealing, durable, professional floor.
  • Metallic Pigments - While vinyl flakes offer a tightly-speckled, textured appearance, metallic pigments can be used to achieve swirling effects that look almost like marble. Don’t be fooled by the glassy, intricate finish; the epoxy or polyurethane resin system is extremely tough. For examples of gorgeous finishes and more information, take a look at this overview of metallic finishes offered by Concrete Decor.

Don’t Forget to Consider the Surface Texture of Your Decorative Flooring Too!

The power of decorative flooring is found in its versatility just as much as its style. Working with your flooring expert, you can achieve nearly any custom finish you’d like.

This extends to the texture as well! From a mirror-like aesthetic that is perfectly smooth to more coarse finishes that offer crucial traction, the potential is there.

Don’t Mistake “Decorative” for “Flimsy”

We’ve mentioned this already, but it bears repeating.

Even though the word “decorative” carries the connotation of being visually appealing but not very functional, nothing could be further from the truth when it comes to decorative commercial and industrial flooring. The basic system is just as durable as any other epoxy flooring option; the “decorative” aspect comes from what’s added to that rugged matrix.

Going into the floor selection process with your eyes wide open to all your options is the first step toward finding a solution that truly works for you.

Kaloutas is New England's premier contractor for commercial & industrial painting, flooring, and related services. Established in 1987, Kaloutas has become a trusted resource for general contractors, facilities managers, and building owners from Connecticut to Maine. Our team prides itself on high quality workmanship, jobs done on time & budget, and tackling complex projects that other contractors don't have the experience or resources to handle. Contact us today for a painting or flooring estimate, or give us a call at 978-532-1414 to learn more.

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