Client:Residential Home, RanchKent SymanzikSouth Lyon, MI 48178USAInstaller:Home Owner (DIY)South Lyon, MIProducts Used:CP1000SkraffinoPerdure E02LumiereMetallic EssencePerdure U46The ChallengeCreate beautiful, contemporary floors for a residential ranch home located in Lyon, Michigan. The project must be cost-effective and the installation must be achievable by a do-it-yourself homeowner. Additionally, the products used must be able to coat both concrete and gypsum-based underlayments.The OutcomeA DIY homeowner was able to install beautiful, 3D, metallic floors for the basement and first floor of his residential ranch home with the help of Duraamen products, Duraamen instructional videos, and Duraamen technical support. OverviewMr. Kent Symanzik, a homeowner from South Lyon, Michigan, wanted to invest in his home by revamping the flooring. Because Kent owns a ranch style home with a basement he needed a cost-effective way to cover 2,800 sq.ft. of floor. (Basement: 1,200 sq.ft., First floor: 1,600 sq.ft.)He chose designer metallic epoxy resin flooring because he knows it’s durable, easy to install, provides a beautiful contemporary look with many color options, and is cost-effective.Kent chose Duraamen’s Lumiere Designer Metallic Epoxy Flooring System because of its high-quality, pro-grade products, Duraamen’s reputation for excellent technical support, and Duraamen’s easy-to-follow installation videos.InstallationThe Lumiere designer metallic epoxy floor system was directly installed over the concrete substrate in the basement. The substrate had imperfections repaired and was thoroughly cleaned. The installation consisted of applying a primer (Perdure E02) choosing colored metallic pigments (Lumiere Metallic Essence), mixing them with the Lumiere epoxy, then spreading the epoxy over the entire area with a squeegee. The coating was then protected by a polyurethane topcoat (Perdure U46).The first floor has a gypsum-based underlayment over a radiant heat system. Radiant heat flooring is energy efficient and comfortable making it more popular than ever, especially with many types of concrete floors. Epoxy coatings cannot be installed directly over gypsum. Therefore the concrete-based microtopping (Skraffino) was installed prior to the Lumiere metallic epoxy is applied. Skraffino is the easiest to apply professional-grade concrete microtopping on the market.Duraamen provides video series for the installation of nearly all of our products. Below are the videos for the DIY techniques mentioned in this case study.View the Lumiere installationvideo seriesView the microtopping installationvideo seriesBenefits of Metallic Epoxy FlooringHigh wear, impact, and abrasion resistanceVery low maintenanceModern, trendy, beautifulMany metallic colors available and nearly any color may be created by mixing themZero to Very Low VOCVarious protective topcoats available for Light, Medium, and Heavy trafficSlip-resistant finish available though it may diminish the shine somewhat.Benefits of Skraffino Concrete MicrotoppingHighly cost-effective solution for resurfacing micro-topping / skim coatMost user-friendly microtopping (overlay/skim coat) on the marketApplied over the interior, exterior, horizontal or vertical surfacesEpoxy and resinous coatings adhere to it with tremendous strengthVarious ways of applying it – Magic trowel, finishing trowel, hopper spray gun, etc.Cost:$4.50 – $5.00 sq. ft.Includes all products needed to complete the project.To have a professional install metallic epoxy flooring the cost is approximately $12.00sq.ft.Installer costs may vary by geographic location due to varying labor costs.The cost is comparable to other types of flooring including:HardwoodCeramic or Porcelain TileCommercial CarpetMarbleThe Success:Kent was able to install 2,800sq.ft. of designer flooring greatly reducing his cost. The floor is a lasting investment. His home now sports a beautiful, high-shine epoxy floor that is low maintenance and nearly indestructible.