A photo sensation that’s sweeping social media recently is a variety of images of intensely realistic-looking floor treatments, that seem to give amazing depth to the flat surface underfoot in a home, office, or school.
Are these real pictures of floors, with beautiful images of waves, canyons, beaches, or even city buildings and streets, or just an internet trick?
The simple answer seems to be that, yes, at least some of the amazing interior photos of 3D epoxy floors are totally legitimate, while some may be done with photo-editing software.
However, with the right amount of money, and a skilled installer to do the job, one of these floors could find its way to your home.
The good news is that once installed properly, the thick coating of epoxy resin and polyurethane on a 3D floor treatment is likely to be very easy to clean, care for, and maintain. It will stay in a beautiful condition, for many years to come.
A 3D epoxy floor has no seams or cracks, which can allow elements to weaken the floor, so it will likely keep looking shiny and fresh for many years. It will need a little epoxy flooring maintenance to stay amazing for a long time.
The basic steps of a 3D epoxy floor installation seem simple to explain. However, it is very challenging to do it to perfection, so that no ripples, waves, or imperfections mar the smooth surface of your floor image.
First, the installer tests the floor slab for excess moisture or vapors, which would allow mold or mildew, or even cause bubbles in the picture surface over time.
Next, they will sand and polish the concrete perfectly, so that it’s incredibly smooth. Then, the entire floor surface must be cleaned meticulously, so that no speck of dust remains. It will be sealed beneath so that no moisture can evaporate up through the concrete.
The humidity of the area must be constantly at less than four percent, to allow the image to smoothly stick to the floor substrate.
Using special flooring tools and squeegees, the installer then applies a self-leveling epoxy primer and applies the image (obtained from a commercial printer, with the capability to produce oversized images in intense graphic detail) to the floor surface carefully.
This will make sure that there are no ripples, bubbles, or uneven spots remaining. Over the image on the floor, the professional will coat the surface with two or more layers of clear epoxy, or polyurethane.
This will protect the image from damage, and add the thick layer of clear coating, which helps create the 3D illusion of depth in the floor surface.
It is crucial that no speck of dust, hair, or any slight particles are allowed to enter the room and settle on the clear coating level before it dries. This can take many hours in between each coat.
Finally, the flooring expert will apply a topcoat of clear, strong protective sealant over the entire floor surface, and another beautiful floor illusion is complete.
Done properly by an experienced epoxy flooring contractor, the 3D epoxy floor should last a very long time, and continue to wow visitors for years to come. Epoxy and polyurethane are extremely durable and simple to keep clean, just right for a floor surface.
Here are the major pros of 3D epoxy floors:
Amazing visual effect – The greatest advantage of the epoxy 3D floor is their stunning visual effect. Apart from its gorgeous appearance, a 3D epoxy flooring can solve a few design-related problems of the room interior owing to its unique aesthetic qualities.
If you go for the right 3D floor design, color and pattern, you can visually increase the room space, which is of great value for smaller rooms or garages. The imagination of the designer in consultation with you and implementing your design ideas go a long way towards making your living space beautiful, refreshing, cool and intriguing in every way.
Great strength and durability – Epoxy is almost impervious and highly resistant to acids, chlorine and other materials such as bleaches and daily cleaners. For the very same reason, the floors are considered great for industrial as well as for home use. If you have them professionally and properly installed, epoxy 3D floor can last for a decade or two without changing its color or structure.
Easy maintenance – Epoxy 3D floors have no seams, joints, cracks, pores or any kind of gaps. This makes the 3D flooring resistant to any kind of dirt, dust, water or chemicals.
Safe and hygiene friendly – Epoxy 3D floors don’t gather dust and do not make a favorable environment for a variety of allergens, pathogens or bacteria. Epoxy floor materials have no odor or corrosive fumes, which makes them safe for human health.
Fire resistance – These materials are also resistant to high temperatures, which is paramount in case of a fire. Epoxy polymers do not burn, which is one of the reasons they are widely used in manufacturing facilities, warehouses, hospitals, child care centers and other places where increased control of fire safety is a must.
There are some drawbacks of the epoxy 3D floors, however:
They are difficult to install and take more time to cure – a professional contractor and equipment are usually needed to properly install an epoxy 3D floor. This usually takes 3 to 5 days.
3D epoxy floors cost more –not enough professionals are available in the market, and demand for amazing 3D designs is high. As always, the popularity increases the cost, and the materials themselves are not cheap either.