Although the cast floor in origin is primarily an industrial product, brothers Miguel and Caëtan Garcia see it differently. In 2009, they founded Liquidfloors to bring cast floors to the modern living and working environment.
The driving forces behind Liquidfloors are the Garcia brothers. With a technical education, a career start in interior finishing and a passion for architecture, they decided to set up their own company more than ten years ago. ‘We started looking for a more refined application of cast floors – at that time mainly an industrial product – but that proved to be more difficult than expected. Finding good quality seemed like an impossible task. That fascinated me, because I strongly believed in the potential of seamless floors. I loved the look, but it could just be better. I dreamt of applications in contemporary interiors, but the market wasn't ready and there was almost no innovation. Since we couldn't find what we were looking for, we decided to do it ourselves,’ we hear from Miguel Garcia.
‘Thanks to all those years in the interior design business, we looked at it differently and managed to radically innovate the installation of cast floors. We then started to further develop what was originally an industrial product. And it worked out quite well,’ says Miguel resolutely. More than ten years later, Liquidfloors is the market leader in cast floors in Belgium, which now adorn both residential and commercial projects. ‘From the outset, we concentrated on casting floors for the higher segment: a different quality, durability and comfort. Our products are ideal for high-quality and sustainable interior finishing,’ we also hear.
"Seemless floors are the future"
Liquidfloors now has three types of cast floor in its range: Mellow, Endur and Socrete. ‘The latter we launched in 2019 at the Architect@Work exhibition in Kortrijk and has since experienced particularly strong growth, especially among architects,’ says Miguel. ‘Nowadays, we also prefer to talk about seamless floors rather than cast floors. Socrete is applied by using a spatula, so it’s not cast out on the floor. This mineral resin floor is distinguished by its natural look and wear-resistance. Thanks to the use of pure resins, the system is not only waterproof but also stain and scratch resistant. The look is created by the hand of the installer and require real craftsmanship and finesse. Each floor is unique, with its own nuances. Visually, our floors function as a supporting canvas. They have a timeless character and, as a design finish, are as striking as they are subtle. They can be combined without limit with other materials, colours and textures. The Mellow cast floor, for example, is a uni-coloured floor system with a sleek and flowing effect. Socrete, on the other hand, has natural nuances and a very tactile look,’ he further explains. We asked Miguel about the advantages of a cast floor. ‘Their timeless and seamless character is a big advantage. Cast floors bring tranquillity and create space in an interior, and allow other materials to stand out better. Thus, they are a rewarding material for innovative designers,’ we learn from the manager. ‘In addition, there are a number of important practical advantages. They offer pleasant walking comfort and are highly suitable for combining with underfloor heating. Finally, they find their application in both new construction and renovation projects.’ Due to their focus on innovation, Liquidfloors has also succeeded in applying their products and systems in vertical solutions. 'Liquid Bathrooms' is about the seamless application in bathrooms and walk-in showers and brings a pure and soothing look. ‘An additional advantage is that you create a walk-in shower without grouting and silicones, which means it requires hardly any maintenance. It makes bathrooms wear-resistant, slip-resistant and particularly durable. ‘Liquid Steps' are unique stair constructions. We can offer block steps, Z steps and even floating steps,’ says the manager.
In short: Liquidfloors specialises in seamless bathrooms and stairs to create peace and harmony in beautiful interiors. To find out more about Liquidfloors, please read our magazine Imagicasa Spring 2021. Here you will find the complete interview with Miguel Garcia about Liquidfloors and why it could be interesting for you too!
Images courtesy of Liquidfloors
Header image by architect Francisca Hautekeete