Colour Flakes - Everything You Need To Know

Updated: Jul 30, 2020

Among all the Floor Coating Services we offered, Colour Flakes is currently continuing to gain popularity. It’s unique properties allows complete customisation to Commercial, Residential and Industrial floors with an endless range of colour-styles, texture, size and blending options. Decorative colour flake system is normally installed with epoxy floor coatings, polyaspartic floor coatings or other resinous flooring systems. With careful design and installation, decorative colour flake can reach optimal appearance and texture qualities and match any décor.

1. What is Color Flakes?

The Basics Colour Flake, also known as Decorative Flake, Colour Chips, Vinyl Colour Chips or Fleck are specially formulated polymer paint aggregates utilised to improve the aesthetic attributes of resinous flooring systems. It is made up of a combination of acrylic and vinyl resins and generally composed of resin materials, organic minerals, additives, and various pigments.

The thickness of a thin flake is typically 4 – 5 mm. Colour Flake product is random in shape, sized within a standardised range and can be also custom blended to reach optimal appearance and texture qualities with a resinous flooring system and match any décor.

Typical Decorative Flake Resinous Flooring System A typical three coats system is commonly used for decorative flake resinous flooring. It consists of a coat of primer, a base coat, a colour flake broadcast layer, and a top coat to further protect the surface.

Tips: Some suggest clear epoxy or polyaspartic top coat is not necessary. However, a clear topcoat is always recommended to fully encapsulate the flake and provide a durable wearing surface.

A Better Double Broadcast Decorative Flake Resinous Flooring System

If you want to have a full broadcast colour flake floor, we recommend this double broadcast decorative flake system, to achieve the best durability and optimal appearance. This is the most popular system among our customers and is proved to last longer and keep attractive appearing after many many years.

2. Color Flake Options

Size Profiles When choosing a Colour Flake design, size matters. Colour Flakes are generally available in six standardised size ranges, including: Original (1”), 1/2”, 1/4”, 1/8”, 1/16”, and 1/32”.

Each size profile distinctively influences the appearance of the overall décor to achieve favorable appearance and texture qualities.

Larger flake sizes are more random in shape and offer a broad range of dimensions, whereas smaller flakes become more consistent in shape and size as they are reduced.

Tips: 1/4″ size color flake is the system we normally recommend to our customers.

Application Coverage Rates

Application coverage rates will help you estimate how much colour flake you will need to complete the flooring project. Although coverage rates vary depending on application techniques, here are some common application coverage rates which can be used as good references:

Tips: We normally recommend Double Broadcast Full Coverage decorative flake system to our customers. With this system, you don’t need worry about the imperfections of the concrete substrate, the pros & cons of different coverage rate, or the selection of base coat colours etc. It’s a proven system that guarantees to give you a beautiful floor with great durability.

3. Color Choices

Solid Color Options Unlike traditional flooring options, decorative color flakes are available in a wide range of colors, sizes and styles that can be customized to enhance any décor. Let your passions run wild by observing creativity and individuality with a custom flake floor. Incorporate colour schemes from surrounding construction materials and blend them to unite the design characteristics of your environments. Either set dissimilar colors at opposite ends of the spectrum to make a dramatic effect. Or include calming subtlety by pairing similar colours adjacent to one another on the spectrum.

Blend Color Options Colour flake manufacturers has carefully customised many colour blends to suit the aesthetic and ergonomic requirements of the most challenging flooring environments. Explore these thoughtfully arranged decorative flake blends to locate a colour layout that compliments your décor.

Base-coat Colour Options You don’t need to worry about base-coat colour if you have selected the full broadcast system. If partial coverage is picked, make sure you choose a base-coat color that matches the colours of your flakes and suits surrounding environments.

4. Color Flakes Advantages & Limitations

Typical Application Environment There are many recommended application environments for Decorative Colour Flake Flooring System, including, but not limited to:

Auto Dealerships, Laboratories, Banquet Halls, Laundromats, Bars, Pubs & Taverns, Lunch Rooms, Basements, Night Clubs, Bathrooms, Offices, Bowling Alleys, Pet Stores, Butcher Shops, Pharmaceutical Plants, Cafeterias, Pool Decks, Churches, Public Municipalities, Clean Rooms, Restaurants, Commercial Kitchens, Restrooms, Corridors, Retail Stores, Dog Kennels, Salons, Food Processing Plants, Schools, Garage Floors, Showrooms, Stadium Hallways, Greenhouses, Sunrooms, Grocery Stores, Vestibules, Hallways, Veterinary Clinics, Hospitals, Zoos, Industrial Hallways, and more…Features and Benefits

DURABLE Resinous flooring systems provide superior chemical and abrasion resistance over pre-engineered floors.

DECORATIVE Enhance your high-performance flooring environment by adding custom colour and texture to complement any decor.

ECONOMICAL Colour Flakes resinous flooring systems provide a cost effective alternative to pre-engineered floors.

SAFE Colour Flakes resinous flooring media provides and orange-peel texture that increases the slip-resistance and safety.

CLEAN Resinous flooring systems are wax free and economical to upkeep with soap and water.

MONOLITHIC Resinous flooring provides a seamless flow of wall to wall beauty that does not collect dirt, moisture, or germs.

LOW SOUND Resinous flooring systems provide a seamless and flexible surface that deadens the noise of foot traffic and carts.

RENEWABLE After years of use, efficiently revitalise your resinous flooring system by sanding the surface and applying a new top-coat.

Color Flake Limitations

  1. Colour Flakes are random in shape to provide optimal aesthetics.

  2. The colour pigments used in Colour Flakes are UV stable, however, the specifications for the UV stability and environmental durability of your coating system will determine outdoor suitability.

5 .Frequently Asked Questions

Is the top-coat necessary?

We believe the topcoat is completely necessary. Applying the top-coat will provide a uniform sheen and add another protective barrier to your floor. Without the top-coat, yellowing (or ambering) is much more likely to occur on the floor and dirt and debris get easily lodged around the flakes.

Will the colour flakes work with other epoxies or polyaspartics? Will they work with waterborne products as well as solvent based products?

Yes. They will work with any epoxy, polyurea, polyaspartic or urethane product, whether it’s water based, solvent based, or 100% solids.

What about a base coat colour. Can you custom tint the epoxy?

Yes. We can custom tint the base coat epoxy.

Will the colour flakes provide a non-skid surface?Color flakes can provide some additional texture to the surface. For special slip resistance needs, ask us about the non-slip options.

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