Graveled Epoxy Floor
There are a wide variety of flooring options available to you when you choose to go with an epoxy floor. In this article we explore the graveled epoxy floor.
What is a Graveled Epoxy Floor?
This flooring system is comprised of resin and small pieces of gravel. The most decorative and also the most complex of the epoxy floors, gravel epoxy flooring is often used on surfaces where a logo, mascot, words, or other more detailed designs are required. In addition to being decorative, it is also a hard wearing type of floor covering ideal for outdoor surfaces and gyms. This kind of epoxy floor can come in many colors and can either blend in to its surroundings or contrast to stand out and get noticed.
Where is a Graveled Epoxy Floor Used?
Strong enough to withstand traffic, graveled epoxy flooring is often used on sidewalks and on streets. Schools can easily delineate bus lanes and pedestrian walkways, and parking spaces can be clearly marked. Sidewalks can be made to look more appealing with the added dimension that gravel brings. Steps can be made skid-resistant with this rough-textured type of epoxy flooring. Schools can include their mascot, even on a heavily used gym floor, and retailers can bring attention to their name and logo with a colorful gravel design that will pop off the floor and catch customer’s eyes.
How is a Graveled Epoxy Floor Applied?
This type of epoxy floor is challenging for the novice to apply. It can be applied “resin bound” meaning “hand trowelled” or “resin bonded” meaning “scatter coated“. Regardless, the substrate can be an existing pavement and can be any monolithic material such as bitmac or concrete, as well as a new base.
Before you start application, make sure that the surface is clean and does not have any cracks or debris on it. If you are using the “scatter coating” method, first apply the resin and smooth it out and then scatter the gravel on top while the resin is still tacky. If you are using the “hand trowelling” method, the gravel and resin must fist be combined in a mixer and then you can spread it over the area using a trowel. This is the most preferred way to apply a graveled epoxy floor because you can achieve the desired thickness as you go.
No matter which method you choose, the trick is scattering the gravel or applying the mixture before the resin dries and hardens. If that happens, the gravel will not stick to the resin or be malleable enough to spread by hand. Generally, you will have about an hour to get the job done. As a result, the application of this style of flooring is best left to a professional team to avoid frustration and wasted materials.
Special Features of a Graveled Epoxy Floor
Popular not only for its aesthetic appeal, graveled epoxy floors have many other advantages. After it has set, there will be no loose stones and weeds will not be able to penetrate this extremely durable surface. It is a very slip-resistant kind of floor covering and can withstand vehicular traffic. It and can be used throughout a large complex, both inside and outside, to create flow and continuity while adding an ornate look that can not be achieved with concrete. Aside from being available in multiple colors, the gravel can also be mixed to create a look that is unique and captivating.
Want to see what else is available? Check out all of the types of epoxy floors:
Epoxy Flaked Floor
Epoxy Anti-Static Floor
Self-dispersing Epoxy Floor
Self-dispersing Epoxy Floor with Quartz Sand
Self-leveling Epoxy Floor
Mortar Epoxy Floor
Graveled Epoxy Floor
Epoxy Terrazzo Floor