Homeowner Installs Metallic Epoxy on Gypcrete Subfloor in Michigan

Create a contemporary look in your home with easy to use designer metallic epoxy floor coatings and metallic coloring

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Residential Home, Ranch
Kent Symanzik
South Lyon, MI 48178


Home Owner (DIY)
South Lyon, MI

The Challenge

Create 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 Outcome

A 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.


Mr. 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.


The 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.

Benefits of Metallic Epoxy Flooring

  • High wear, impact, and abrasion resistance
  • Very low maintenance
  • Modern, trendy, beautiful
  • Many metallic colors available and nearly any color may be created by mixing them
  • Zero to Very Low VOC
  • Various protective topcoats available for Light, Medium, and Heavy traffic
  • Slip-resistant finish available though it may diminish the shine somewhat.

Benefits of Skraffino Concrete Microtopping

  • Highly cost-effective solution for resurfacing micro-topping / skim coat
  • Most user-friendly microtopping (overlay/skim coat) on the market
  • Applied over the interior, exterior, horizontal or vertical surfaces
  • Epoxy and resinous coatings adhere to it with tremendous strength
  • Various ways of applying it – Magic trowel, finishing trowel, hopper spray gun, etc.


$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:

  • Hardwood
  • Ceramic or Porcelain Tile
  • Commercial Carpet
  • Marble

The 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.

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Lumiere Designer Metallic Epoxy Floor Kit
Metallic Epoxy Flooring System for Concrete Substrates
concrete microtopping, microcement, skim coat
Perdure U46
water-based non-yellowing polyurethane sealer (gloss)
Perdure E02
Epoxy primer for concrete and masonry surfaces