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The Cost of Epoxy Floor Coatings : How to Estimate Prices for Your Facility

Large expanse of Florock epoxy and urethane flooring system, skillfully applied by Mirage of IL.

Large expanse of Florock epoxy and urethane flooring system, skillfully applied by Mirage of IL.

Epoxy floor coatings can be a cost-efficient, durable solution for many facilities in the industrial, commercial and institutional sectors. But exactly how much do epoxy floor coatings cost? The fact is, the price of these unique floor coverings can vary significantly from facility to facility and from system to system.

Commercial Epoxy Flooring Cost per Square Foot

The cost of materials and labor for the simplest installations can start as low as a couple dollars per square foot and move into the double digits when serious concrete substrate repairs, special functionality and design are incorporated. As with other purchases, facility managers who take the time to inform themselves on available options can come out ahead.To help ensure that you get the optimal flooring protection for your site conditions and needs — including the right type and quantity of coating materials, proper concrete substrate preparation and testing, and correct installation — consult with your resinous floor coating manufacturer. Their local factory-approved, commercial epoxy flooring contractorcan often provide a ballpark price range for your project during the initial call or meeting, followed later by a detailed cost per square foot estimate.

Any epoxy floor coating materials and labor quotation should cover the basics outlined below.

The Existing Concrete Surface or Flooring System

Decorative epoxy floor coatings and topcoats must be applied to a smooth, even surface. Preexisting flooring systems may require removal and disposal. In some cases, existing concrete coatings may remain in place, provided they are well-adhered to the substrate and determined to be compatible with the new materials being installed. Whether new or old slab, any cracks, divots or other damage in the surface will require repair.

Florock offers a series of epoxy concrete resurfacers that can be used to resolve imperfections in concrete before applying the decorative layer or topcoat.

Prior to installing any epoxy or similar resinous flooring system, Moisture Vapor Transmission (MVT) testing is recommended to assess the degree of moisture vapor present in and moving through the concrete slab. High levels can lead to poor bond, cosmetic imperfections and even improper curing of the new epoxy flooring system. MVT testing allows installers to select from a variety of MVT mitigation technology that can prevent damage in the future.

Coating Materials

Within the family of epoxy floor coatings and other resinous finishes, there are countless options to be considered. The specific formulation of the materials needed for any given project will depend on two main factors:

  • Functional Requirements. Well selected and properly installed epoxy floor systems are highly durable, virtually seamless, and easy to clean. However, depending on the type of facility, additional features may be required. A hospital or food processing facility may need antimicrobial flooring for increased sanitation, while an industrial manufacturing operation using heavy machinery may need a floor that will bear more weight and withstand high impact. Other special options include customizable slip-resistance, static control, and many more.
  • A simple, no-frills, solid color can often be the most economical choice. However, designer chip blends, metallic coats, and incorporating a graphic or logo into the flooring system are exciting features that, while requiring more labor to install, can provide long-term beauty and value.

Calculating Cost Per Sq. Ft.

The size of the concrete floor area to be covered as well as thickness of the material matrixrequired for a specific floor system also impact the project’s bottom line. Mobilization of the installation crew and their equipment can be nearly the same for all floors up to a certain square foot size, after which great economies of scale can come into play. From that point on, in most cases with all else being equal, the larger the room, the lower the cost per square foot. Again, your resinous coating manufacturer and factory-approved epoxy flooring contractor can be your best source for details on calculating the cost per square foot for your unique project.

Installation Labor

The overall cost of labor depend on the extent and complexity of the project. Starting with the mechanical preparation of the substrate, to patching and repair, potential resurfacing and so forth, each step of a properly installed resinous floor involves extensive skill and experience. This is also true for decorative toppings and designs – incorporating distinctly colored areas, embedding a logo into the floor or installing safety lines and markings can add to the labor required.

Value

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When you choose an epoxy floor coating over a concrete stain or other type of floor covering for your facility, you are making a decision to go with one of the lowest lifecycle cost flooring values available. A well-installed resinous flooring system provides your operation with a durable surface that is as easy to clean as it is difficult to damage, as well as improved safety and functionality, and savings in easier and more economical cleaning and maintenance over the long term.