What is Vinyl Chip Flooring (and what are the benefits)

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Vinyl chip flooring has long been a popular option for commercial and residential flooring. Vinyl chip flooring is a type of epoxy floor used for high-traffic commercial flooring or extra durable residential flooring. It’s known by a range of names including epoxy flake flooring, polymer flake flooring and decorative concrete sealing to name a few.

It has a broad range of domestic and commercial and commercial applications and is commonly used for:

  • Garage and workshop floors
  • Showrooms and retail flooring
  • Gyms, fitness centres and sports facilities
  • Hospitality venues
  • Commercial and residential laundries
  • Warehouses and factories
  • Hospitals and medical centres
  • Schools and childcare centres

What is it?

Vinyl chip flooring is a two-part epoxy floor system. Epoxy coatings are created by mixing an epoxy resin with a co-reactant, typically a curative or hardener that cures the resin creating an incredibly strong floor. It features decorative vinyl flakes in a range of colours, sizes and shapes distributed through the pigmented basecoat. The surface is topped with multiple layers of clear polyurethane topcoat.

The result is an extremely durable, scratch-proof and easy to clean floor that is more aesthetically appealing than plain polished concrete or epoxy flooring. So let’s have a look at some of the benefits of vinyl chip epoxy flooring.

Looks great

Vinyl chip flooring is a versatile floor system that can be designed to suit your decor or match your branding or business. There are wide variations in colour, texture and finish available, including matte and gloss finishes, quartz blends, mica-flake finishes and more.

Depending on the effect you’re going for you can go for a full broadcast system for maximum visual impact or just light flaking for a more subtle effect. The chips and flakes are available in a range of colours and can be micro or macro sizing, depending on your preferences.

Vinyl chip flooring can bring definition and style to flooring making it great for commercial premises where aesthetics are important, like showrooms and retail shops.

Incredibly durable

Epoxy flooring is designed for industrial strength and use in high-traffic and heavy-duty areas like schools, warehouses, hospitals and manufacturing facilities. Quality epoxy flooring is UV-stabilised, highly impact resistant, scratch resistant and can handle high temperatures.

Unlike concrete flooring, epoxy flooring won’t chip, scratch or crack and won’t generate dust. It is also resistant to oils and chemicals, like solvents and acids, making it ideal for laboratories and health facilities, manufacturing facilities, warehouses, commercial kitchens and more.

Finally, vinyl chip epoxy flooring has a high weight capacity, meaning it can handle heavy loads and machinery without cracking or surface damage.

Water resistant

As a result of the multiple coats of surface sealant, this type of flooring is water resistant and watertight. This means that it won’t get stained or damaged by moisture and that water cannot penetrate the surface, keeping the substrate protected from water damage. This makes it a great option for residential wet areas like laundries and bathrooms, or commercial wet areas like kitchens, bars, laundries and manufacturing facilities.

Smooth and level

The application process ensures a completely smooth and level flooring surface. This is particularly important in areas where there is a lot of movement like gyms and fitness centres, or where heavy loads are carried or machinery operates, like warehouses or manufacturing facilities. In these areas, level flooring is vital to minimise the risk of trips and falls and to ensure the safe operation of machinery and equipment.

Seamless and easy to clean

One of the major benefits of epoxy flooring is that it’s a completely seamless flooring solution. The absence of seams, joints or grout lines makes the flooring stronger and smoother and removes those areas where germs and bacteria tend to accumulate. This makes the flooring much more hygienic and easier to clean. And because the chip and flake decoration is beneath several layers of protective surface, you don’t need to worry about damaging or fading the decorative elements of the flooring during cleaning.

Anti-slip

High-quality vinyl chip epoxy floors are designed to be non-slip, even when wet. To heighten the slip resistance, a non-slip additive can be added to the surface coat or the floor can be topped with a textured non-slip finish for optimal floor safety. This makes it ideal for heavy-traffic wet areas where the risk of spills is high, like commercial kitchens or mechanic workshops.

When it comes to decorative flooring there are few options that can match vinyl chip flooring for its durability, practicality and design versatility.