Color Flake is currently continuing to gain popularity amongst architects, designers, contractors and consumers. It’s unique properties allows complete customization to Commercial, Residential and Industrial floors with an endless range color-styles, texture, size and blending options.

This new guide will show you everything you need to know about Color Flake.

1. What’s Color Flake

  • The Basics
  • Typical System and Double Broadcast System

2. Color Flake Options

  • Size Profiles
  • Coverage Rate

3. Color Choices

4. Advantages & Limitations

  • Typical Application Environment
  • Features and Benefits
  • Limitations

5. Frequently Asked Questions

color flake

1. What is Color Flake?

The Basics

Color Flake, also known as Decorative Flake, Color Chips, Vinyl Color Chips or Fleck are specially formulated polymer paint aggregates utilized to improve the aesthetic attributes of resinous flooring systems. It is made up of a combination of acrylic and vinyl resins and generally composed of resin materials, organic minerals, additives, and various pigments. The thickness of a thin flake is typically 4 – 5 mils. Color Flake product is random in shape, sized within a standardized range and can be also custom blended to reach optimal appearance and texture qualities with a resinous flooring system and match any décor.

Typical Decorative Flake Resinous Flooring System

A typical three coats system is commonly used for decorative flake resinous flooring. It consists of a coat of primer, a base coat, a color flake broadcast layer, and a top coat to further protect the surface.

Tips: Some suggest clear epoxy or urethane top coat is not necessary. However, a clear topcoat is always recommended to fully encapsulate the flake and provide a durable wearing surface.

typical color flake system

A Better Double Broadcast Decorative Flake Resinous Flooring System

If you want to have a full broadcast color flake floor, we recommend this double broadcast decorative flake system, to achieve the best durability and optimal appearance. This is the most popular system among our customers and is proved to last longer and keep attractive appearing after many many years.

typical color flake system

2. Color Flake Options

Size Profiles

When choosing a Color Flake design, size matters. Color Flakes are generally available in six standardized size ranges, including: Original (1”), 1/2”, 1/4”, 1/8”, 1/16”, and 1/32”. Each size profile distinctively influences the appearance of the overall décor to achieve favorable appearance and texture qualities. Larger flake sizes are more random in shape and offer a broad range of dimensions, whereas smaller flakes become more consistent in shape and size as they are reduced.

1″

1/2″

1/4″

1/8″

1/16″

1/32″

Tips: 1/4″ size color flake is the system we normally recommend to our customers.

Application Coverage Rates

Application coverage rates will help you estimate how much color flake you will need to complete the flooring project. Although coverage rates vary depending on application techniques, here are some common application coverage rates which can be used as good references:

Flake SizeFull CoveragePartial Coverage
Original (1”)8 – 10 SF/LB25 – 250 SF/LB
1/2”7 – 9 SF/LB25 – 250 SF/LB
1/4”5 – 7 SF/LB25 – 250 SF/LB
1/8”4 – 6 SF/LB25 – 250 SF/LB
1/16”3 – 5 SF/LB25 – 250 SF/LB
1/32”2 – 4 SF/LB25 – 250 SF/LB
partial coverage light

Partial Coverage Light

partial coverage heavy

Partial Coverage Heavy

full coverage

Full Coverage

Tips: We normally recommend Double Broadcast Full Coverage decorative flake system to our customers. With this system, you don’t need worry about the imperfections of the concrete substrate, the pros & cons of different coverage rate, or the selection of base coat colors etc. It’s a proven system that guarantees to give you a beautiful floor with great durability.

3. Color Choices

Solid Color Options

Unlike traditional flooring options, decorative color flakes are available in a wide range of colors, sizes and styles that can be customized to enhance any décor. Let your passions run wild by observing creativity and individuality with a custom flake floor. Incorporate color schemes from surrounding construction materials and blend them to unite the design characteristics of your environments. Either set dissimilar colors at opposite ends of the spectrum to make a dramatic effect. Or include calming subtlety by pairing similar colors adjacent to one another on the spectrum.

Look at our Flake Color Palette to find your best color options.

Blend Color Options

Color flake manufacturers has carelly customized many color blends to suit the aesthetic and ergonomic requirements of the most challenging flooring environments. Explore these thoughtfully arranged decorative flake blends to locate a color layout that complements your décor. Don’t settle for the status quo and don’t hesitate to make the most of our unique Visualization Design Tool by altering any of these blends to find the best blend for your space.

Explore our Flake Blend Colors to locate your best color blends.

Basecoat Color Options

You don’t need to worry about basecoat color if you have selected the full broadcast system. If partial coverage is picked, make sure you choose a basecoat color that matches the colors of your flakes and suits surrounding environments. Here are some popular basecoat colors:

General Polymers Standard Colors Charcoal

Charcoal (53)

General Polymers Standard Colors Steel Gray

Steel Gray (54)

General Polymers Standard Colors Bone White

Bone White (55)

General Polymers Standard Colors Silver Gray

Silver Gray (56)

General Polymers Standard Colors Parchment

Parchment (62)

General Polymers Standard Colors Royal Blue

Royal Blue (69)

General Polymers Standard Colors Pewater

Pewter (71)

General Polymers Standard Colors Classic Tile Red

Classic Tile Red (74)

General Polymers Standard Colors Caramel

Caramel (75)

4. Advantages & Limitations

Typical Application Environment

There are many recommended application environments for Decorative Color Flake Flooring System, including, but not limited to,  Auto Dealerships, Laboratories, Banquet Halls, Laundromats, Bars, Pubs & Taverns, Lunch Rooms, Basements, Night Clubs, Bathrooms, Offices, Bowling Alleys, Pet Stores, Butcher Shops, Pharmaceutical Plants, Cafeterias, Pool Decks, Churches, Public Municipalities, Clean Rooms, Restaurants, Commercial Kitchens, Restrooms, Corridors, Retail Stores, Dog Kennels, Salons, Food Processing Plants, Schools, Garage Floors, Showrooms, Stadium Hallways, Greenhouses, Sunrooms, Grocery Stores, Vestibules, Hallways, Veterinary Clinics, Hospitals, Zoos, Industrial Hallways, and more…

Features and Benefits

DURABLE

Resinous flooring systems provide superior chemical and abrasion resistance over pre-engineered floors.

DECORATIVE

Enhance your high-performance flooring environment by adding custom color and texture to complement any decor.

ECONOMICAL

Color Flakes resinous flooring systems provide a cost effective alternative to pre-engineered floors.

SAFE

Color Flakes resinous flooring media provides and orange-peel texture that increases the slip-resistance and safety.

CLEAN

Resinous flooring systems are wax free and economical to upkeep with soap and water.

MONOLITHIC

Resinous flooring provides a seamless flow of wall to wall beauty that doesn’t not collect dirt, moisture, or germs.

LOW SOUND

Resinous flooring systems provide a seamless and flexible surface that deadens the noise of foot traffic and carts.

RENEWABLE

After years of use, efficiently revitalize your resinous flooring system by standing the surface and applying a new topcoat.

Color Flake Limitations

  • Color Flakes are random in shape to provide optimal aesthetics.
  • The color pigments used in Color Flakes are UV stable, however, the specifications for the UV stability and environmental durability of your coating system will determine outdoor suitability.

5. Frequently Asked Questions

Is the topcoat necessary?

We believe the topcoat is completely necessary. Applying the topcoat will provide a uniform sheen and add another protective barrier to your floor. Without the topcoat, yellowing (or ambering) is much more likely to occur on floor and dirt and debris get easily lodged around the flakes.

Will the color flakes work with other epoxies or urethane? Will they work with waterborne products as well as solvent based products?

Yes. They will work with any epoxy, polyurea, polyaspartic or urethane product, whether it’s water based, solvent based, or 100% solids.

What about a base coat color other than the ones pictured on your site. Can you custom tint the epoxy?

Yes. We can custom tint the base coat epoxy.

Will the color flakes provide a non-skid surface?

Color flakes can provide some additional texture to the surface. For special slip resistance needs, ask us about the non-skid options.

Have More Questions? Contact Us! We’d love to help!