We think metal effect domestic flooring deserves a bit more positive exposure.
It seems to us that such flooring has not yet gone fully mainstream, possibly because not enough is known about the choices.
So, here is our guide to getting a metallic floor.
Let’s start with the options available.
Basically, floors that have a metallic look can be grouped within five material types:
1. Metallic effect resin coatings – as seen above.
2. Porcelain or ceramic tiles with a metallic effect surface.
3. Vinyl sheeting or vinyl tiles with a metallic finish.
4. Real metal flooring
5. Metallic wood flooring
Starting with the last on the list; the concept of wood flooring being combined with metal sounds a bit weird for those unfamiliar. Put simply, it is liquid metal pigment applied to the surface of solid or engineered timber flooring planks. Those planks can be wide, narrow or even briquettes. Various finishes and floor patterns are available, some of which are shown here:
From all the metallic flooring options available, the types of engineered or solid wood ingrained with metal shown above will almost always be the most expensive. But, they will provide floors of such beauty and longevity, that in a quality property, they can certainly be seen as a long term investment.
Usually a little less expensive than metallic timber flooring and second on our list, is porcelain or ceramic floor tiles. These are also extremely durable – and have the added advantage that walls and floors can be matched in the same or similar tiles. Here is an example:
Bathroom with porcelain metallic tiles on walls & floor
Next on our list is vinyl sheeting or vinyl tiles. These are a less expensive option but can still create a very stunning effect, as long as the sub floor onto which they are laid is perfectly sound and level.
Of course it is possible to have a real metal floor. At the budget end, some of those available look a little industrial. But, if your space is a trendy converted warehouse or barn or any kind of open plan loft style living – it could work really well.
Not for the faint-hearted, but for something really adventurous, how about a real metal checkerboard floor?
In a very modern space, laying a metallic effect Epoxy coating floor could also work. But with either the metal or the Epoxy, you might just need some design help, especially to use the flooring to designate a specific area in the best way possible.
Finally, if none of the above options suit your taste or budget, how about painting your floorboards with Hammerite paint or similar?
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