Epoxy 3d flooring is a process of applying a primer coating of self leveling epoxy resin, adhering a 3d floor mural to the floor, then applying a protective, clear, two-part epoxy coating over it.
You can purchase a 3d design or print a "high resolution" image from your phone or camera.
These 3 dimensional floors are being used in bedrooms, bathrooms, kitchens, and living areas on newly built homes or older homes being remodeled.
Unlike stickers or painted vinyl floors, the epoxy resin covering the 3d floor mural gives the floor depth and creates a life like image.
The installation of an epoxy 3d floor design can be tricky, there's no room for error and might be better left to a pro.
But, if you're a die hard diy'er and want to do this yourself, follow the step by step guide below.
Most 3D epoxy floors cost between $10 - $20 dollars per square foot.
The size of the room, condition of the substrate, quality of materials used, and how complex the installation of the 3d mural is, will be what determines most of the cost.
A typical 3d floor installation will take between 3 - 5 days on most floors.
As a diy'r doing this yourself, you may get the cost under $10 per sq. ft. if you don't include your own labor & time.
Before deciding to do a 3d floor, let's consider some of the advantages and disadvantages of this type of flooring.
First, the positive things:
Now, the negative things: (although these may not be negative to you)
In most residential houses, 3D epoxy flooring will last between 15 and 20 years. This takes into consideration proper care and maintenance of the floor.
Commercial 3D epoxy floors will last about 5 - 10 years, maybe longer, if there's not too much foot traffic on them.
Keep in mind, if the top-coat looks a little dull or worn from traffic, it can be sanded and re-top coated to make it look like new again as long as there's no damage to the image.
The amount of use, type of foot traffic, and daily maintenance of these 3d epoxy floors is what really determines how long they will last.
Here are some pictures of 3D epoxy floor images you can have for your floor.
If you're going to do a 3d floor yourself, you're going to need the following supplies:
If you decide to use an image on your camera and have it enlarged & printed, it'll have to be a "high-resolution" image of at least 300 dpi.
Check with the printing company to see how large they can "enlarge" your image before it starts to look distorted.
You can purchase 3D Floor stickers on Amazon and Etsy. There's hundreds of different themed floor stickers to choose from.
You'll need some tools to clean the floor and lightly sand or grind the concrete if you have concrete floors.
When you install the 3d floor mural a plastic squeegee helps lay it down flat and a plastic roller helps smooth out any bubbles and wrinkles.
Sealing your 3d floor with polyurethane will dramatically prolong the life of the floor and protect it against scratches from foot traffic.
A top coat of epoxy will give the image more depth which is a better look. But epoxy scratches easier than poly so you need to protect it.
Epoxy also turns a bit yellow in direct sunlight (think big windows where the sun shines through) so adding a layer of UV resistant polyurethane over it will help prevent this.
So epoxy along with polyurethane is the best method on most 3d floors.
Note: never use epoxy outside, it's just for inside use.
If you're looking for someone to install your epoxy 3d floor, look no further than Facebook.
There's a few Facebook groups you can join to ask if someone local installs 3d epoxy floors.
The Facebook group in the picture is one you can search for, it has over 9000 members with a lot of those members being installers.
Hiring a pro usually means your 3d floor installation goes smoother and faster.