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Epoxy Floor Coatings Cost: 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 or 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.

The cost of materials and labor for the simplest installations can start at just a couple dollars per square foot and range into the double digits when repairs, special functionality, aesthetics and design are incorporated. Some facility managers are mandated to collect two to three different estimates. Caution should be taken whenever the lowest bid is dramatically below the next lowest quote – the low bidder may be taking shortcuts in the quality or quantity if coating materials, proper concrete substrate preparation and testing, or installation process, leading to added expense down the road.

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.

The size of the floor space to be covered also impacts the project’s bottom line. Because fixed costs such as equipment mobilization are the same regardless of floor size, larger rooms often cost far less per square foot than the same type of floor in a very small space.

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.