Answers to Your Epoxy Aggregate Flooring Questions

Have questions? No problem, educating our clients is an important part of the job! Here are answers to some of the most common epoxy aggregate flooring questions:

What is epoxy aggregate flooring?

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Epoxy aggregate flooring (also known by the names aggregate flooring, pebble flooring, stone flooring, rock flooring, and the trademarked name Pebble Tec flooring) is a beautiful, long-lasting floor created by hand troweling a mixture of small pebbles and epoxy down to approximately 1/2" thick. This is followed by rolling a clear epoxy sealer over the top, which makes it very durable.

The popularity of epoxy aggregate flooring is growing, as it offers many advantages over other types of flooring.

Is epoxy aggregate flooring costly? How does its price compare with other types of flooring?

Epoxy aggregate flooring is much more reasonable than many people think. It costs less per square foot than most other long lasting floors such as tile, hardwood, marble, and even linoleum in some cases.

A basic flat lay floor runs approximately $5.00 per square foot, including minor prep, materials, labor, installation, and a sealer top coat applied the next day. Using specialty color stones or doing designs will push the price a little higher.

You can see on this flooring cost calculator how favorably these prices compare with other types of flooring.

How long will epoxy aggregate flooring last? Will it stain, scratch, or crack easily?

Epoxy aggregate flooring is extremely durable. It holds up very well against any kind of staining, scratches, or cracking, unlike hardwood or linoleum.

With proper maintenance, including cleaning and periodic re-sealing, epoxy aggregate flooring will last a life time and longer. It is virtually indestructible in most cases.

How often do we need to reseal the floor?

This depends somewhat on the amount of foot traffic and use, but normally we would recommend resealing every 5 years or so for indoor floors and every 1-2 years for outside jobs.

What colors are available? Can we mix them together?

There are around 20 base colors to choose from, and by mixing them together the choices are endless. Our floors use natural stone with colors like pearl, browns, blacks, greens, rose, rainbows and most every color in between.

Have a look at our floor pattern sample page to see examples of patterns we can do.

Can we do borders, designs, inlays, logos, toe kicks, fireplace faces, bathtub trim, etc.?

Yes, and because of the wide variety of colors the possibilities are endless. Some prefer to keep it simple, using just one color throughout, but others choose to go with various color combinations and use borders with squares, circles, curves, logos etc.

We can also do custom toe kicks under cabinets to match your floor. See our epoxy aggregate flooring gallery for just a few examples of the many things you can do.

How long does installation take? When can we get back on our floor?

An average residential job of 1,000 square feet or less takes one day to install and one day to seal. You are not able to walk on the floor that second day, however.

So basically, you will be off the floor for two days. You can get back on it the third day with very light foot traffic; however, you should not move furniture until the fourth day.

Can we stay in the house while the floor is being installed?

If you are able to get around without walking on the floor that's being installed, you can certainly stay in your home. If we are flooring most areas or the entire floor of your home or business, however, it will be difficult to get around and probably best for you to make arrangements to stay elsewhere.

How do I clean my epoxy aggregate floor?

Epoxy aggregate flooring requires very little maintenance overall. Like any floor, though, it does need to be cleaned now and then. For general maintenance you can vacuum it with an upright vacuum, just like you would carpet. You can also lightly mop it occasionally.

For spot cleaning, a good method is to get a wet/dry vac and a small hand brush. Simply pour a little hot water or cleaning solution onto the spill, agitate it with the brush, and then extract any liquid with the vacuum.

You can also steam clean it yourself or hire a professional like Hard Rock Flooring to do it for you, maybe once a year.

Is epoxy aggregate flooring slippery?

Epoxy aggregate flooring is approved by OSHA and ADA as a slip-resistant surface.

How thick is a normal epoxy aggregate floor?

The average thickness of a normal epoxy aggregate floor is right at 3/8". A floor can be as thin as 1/4", however, when using smaller pebbles.