Metallic epoxy flooring systems offer a longer-lasting, better value alternative to popular concrete stains or polishing treatments. Stained and polished concrete typically highlight imperfections in slab surfaces, wear away quickly in high traffic areas and fail to offer ongoing slip-resistance. In contrast, decorative metallic epoxy floors can hide existing blemishes, offer a variety of skid-inhibiting finishes, and provide durable, industrial grade protection even in heavy facility traffic. By choosing resinous flooring like a metallic epoxy system over stained or polished concrete, you are already ahead of the game in terms long term benefit and low lifecycle cost.
When it comes to determining the initial material and labor required, consider that fluid-applied flooring systems are exceptionally customizable. It’s therefore important to have a clear understanding of the owner’s expectations, as well as the day-to-day operations within the space, the size of the floor and the current condition of the existing or new slab. Whether or not a waterproofing underlayment or concrete resurfacer is needed, if a standard epoxy, moisture vapor mitigating or moisture tolerant primer is called for, as well as careful topcoat selection in accordance with specific facility conditions are all factors that can come into play. Estimating the price of materials plus installation costs of metallic epoxy flooring is highly dependent upon these and several other factors.
As with any flooring system, intricate designs and those incorporating a variety of colors and decorative elements tend to cost a bit more to install than a simpler alternative. However, design-forward metallic epoxy flooring can be one of the more economical options among decorative floor systems on the market, while still providing exceptional performance over its long usable life.
The complexity of the design you choose for your metallic epoxy floor will also affect the pricing. Metallic epoxy floors by their very nature are infused with myriad hues. However, having a single color metallic system throughout your space is much more straightforward installation and therefore more economical than a floor design requiring additional time, labor and artistry on the part of the contractor. Multiple colors, logos embedded in the floor, decorative patterns, and the addition of metal divider strips can all drive up cost, yet provide a stunningly beautiful result with exceptional durability and low-maintenance.
Epoxy floors in general are a practical choice for many industrial, commercial, and retail facilities – they are easy to clean, require far less maintenance, and can tolerate heavy loads and frequent traffic. Depending on the type of facility, it may be beneficial to also include some additional features – Florock’s Florotallic metallic epoxy floors can, for example, be altered to include Moisture Vapor Transmission (MVT) mitigation or additional antimicrobial properties.
The size of the area to be covered as well as the thickness of the floor system will, of course, impact the total cost of the project. When it comes to breaking down the price of epoxy flooring materials plus labor into a cost per square foot, economies of scale eventually come into play as the project size grows – in other words, the larger the floor area, the greater the total price of the project, and the lower the cost per square floor. However, as with many other types of construction, because the initial mobilization of manpower and equipment are often nearly the same whether a floor is 500 sq.ft. or 1,500 sq. ft., economies of scale tend to factor in most significantly on very large commercial, industrial or institutional projects.
Metallic epoxy floor coatings are designed to be applied over a concrete surface. If the existing concrete is badly deteriorated, extensive refurbishment and repair of the slab may be needed before the decorative epoxy finishing system can be installed. This of course adds to the bottom line of the flooring project. However, special high strength epoxy resurfacing systems can often be applied under the decorative metallic epoxy finish, in many cases eliminating the need for costly removal and replacement of the entire concrete slab down the road. One of the numerous benefits of a professionally installed epoxy flooring system is its ability to perform long-term, resisting wear and exposure to abrasion, impact and chemicals more effectively than many other surface treatments, such as decorative staining. In order for building owners to achieve the best results when installing a metallic epoxy or other décor-enhancing resinous flooring system, however, the condition of the underlying concrete, whether a new or existing slab, must be carefully evaluated.
Examination of the concrete substrate should also include determining the level of MVT (Moisture Vapor Transmission) occurring within the slab. High levels of MVT can impede the bond and cure of an epoxy floor, and must be properly addressed. For the majority of MVT situations, flooring manufacturers offer excellent solutions in the form of primers and underlayments that can be applied prior to the decorative topping.
Your factory-approved resinous and decorative metallic epoxy flooring installer can assist you in selecting the right underlayments and toppings for your specific facility and operation.