If you’re looking to add value to your garage or other multi-use room or improve your patio space, polyurea coatings are a solid flooring choice. They’re up to 20 times strong than epoxy flooring and give you a variety of customization options to coordinate the flooring to your decor. 

You don’t need to settle for boring flooring when you go with polyurea coatings. There are numerous color and color flakes options you can choose from when you have your flooring installed. 

This guide will go over everything you need to know about decorative color flakes and what you can do to elevate polyurea coatings. 

What is a Color Flake Floor System?

Color flake flooring is made up of two layers and can be installed and cured in as little as a few hours. The first layer that’s applied is a basecoat or primer. It’s made up of a polyurea concrete coating and decorative chips. 

After that layer, an anti-slip topcoat is applied to seal the flooring. It also adds a high-gloss shine and additional durability. A color flake floor can be installed in just one day and can withstand traffic after 24 hours. 

Color flakes do more than simply make your floor look good. It can withstand gas, oil, salt, and grease. It’s the ideal choice for flooring indoors and outdoors. 

Our color flakes come in a variety of colors. They include:

  • Blue blend
  • Autumn blend
  • Dakota trail
  • Dolphin
  • Denim
  • Lighthouse
  • Portobello
  • Willow
  • Victorian
  • Woodland
  • Pumice
  • Obsidian

Wherever you plan on installing your color flake flooring, there’s a color scheme that will allow it to seamlessly integrate with its surroundings. You can even get the flooring to have the appearance of marble or granite. 

What is Polyurea?

You may have heard of epoxy flooring but polyurea is far superior. One of the benefits of this type of flooring is that it’s resistant to being damaged by ultraviolet light. Epoxy coatings tend to fade and yellow after being exposed to the sunlight for long periods of time. 

The second layer that’s applied during installation also helps moisture from damaging the concrete underneath the flooring. Since polyurea cures so quickly, there’s less time for any bubbles to form as it hardens. That’s another common problem with epoxy flooring. 

The end result of a polyurea coating is smooth and seamless. With all of the color flake options, you’re able to customize your flooring and create a one-of-kind look that you can enjoy for years to come. 

Benefits of Using Color Flakes

The aesthetics of installing a color flake flooring system is one of the primary benefits. There are countless color combinations and styles to choose from. You’re able to match the flooring to the decor of your commercial space or home. 

If you’re installing this type of flooring in a commercial or office space, it adds to your professionalism. When customers come, one of the first things they’ll see is your flooring. Leave a lasting, positive impression on anyone who visits your space. 

Color flakes also make your flooring look uniform. The seamless scattering of flakes ensures uniformity, even as we mix different patterns of colors. 

Installation Process of Color Chip Flooring

Our color chip flooring system is one of our most popular types of flooring. Like we mentioned before, the installation process is a snap and can happen in under a day. 

We first start off by preparing the concrete for installation. We want the floor to accept the coatings we apply so it adheres properly. After that, we clean the surface of debris and dust before applying the coating. 

Additionally, we also repair pits or cracks in the flooring. We coat the verticals, stairs, and floors with the polyurea basecoat. After that, we broadcast the chips. 

After that, we’ll remove any excess chips and scrape the floor smooth. We’ll then vacuum the floor and apply the clear polyurea topcoat. Let it cure for at least 24 hours and your floor is ready to go. 

How to Clean Color Flake Flooring

Polyurea flooring is able to withstand a lot of wear and tear but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t take care of them. Keeping them clean will help increase their lifespan and keep it looking great. 

Having the right tools and cleaning products is essential. You won’t need anything too heavy-duty. A microfiber mop and soft-bristled broom can handle everyday clean-up. 

One thing you should avoid doing is dragging heavy equipment across the flooring. The color flake floor is designed to resist damage and withstand a heavier load, but you don’t want to cause any unnecessary wear on your flooring. 

Avoid dragging any heavy equipment on the floor to prevent scrapes and scuffs. If you do need to move a heavy load, use padding or a protective cloth underneath. 

Letting debris or dust build-up can result in your floor’s coating wearing down faster. Liquids that have spilled, like antifreeze or oil, can eat through the coating over time. 

You should spot clean your floor frequently throughout the day. That’ll help you stay ahead of messes. 

There are a few different types of cleaning ingredients you should avoid on your polyurea flooring. They include:

  • Bleach 
  • Citric acid
  • Hydrochloric acid

Those types of chemicals can start to eat away at the coating. The flooring is resistant to most harsh chemicals, but it’s always best to operate on the safe side. Clean your floors with a mixture of ammonia and water

Contact a Garage Force Location Today

Color flakes take your average concrete flooring up to another level. Polyurea flooring doesn’t have to be boring. You can replicate the look of stone or have a colored floor to brighten up a dark space. 

Contact a Garge Force Location to speak to one of our specialists about having polyurea flooring installed in your home or commercial space.