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How Much Does Epoxy Flooring Cost?

Florock Florotallic beautifully installed by National Engineering of FL.

Florock Florotallic beautifully installed by National Engineering of FL.

Epoxy floor systems are popular thanks to their high level of customization and durability while providing exceptional value. But how do you determine the cost of an epoxy floor?

When it comes to determining the initial material and labor required, consider that fluid-applied flooring systems are exceptionally customizable. Estimating the price of materials plus installation costs of epoxy flooring is highly dependent upon these and several other factors:

  • The size of the floor
  • Current condition of the existing or new slab
  • Whether or not a waterproofing underlayment or concrete resurfacer is needed
  • Whether or not a moisture vapor mitigating or moisture tolerant primer is called for
  • Topcoat selection

Before determining the final cost of an epoxy floor, it’s important to have a clear understanding of the owner’s expectations, as well as the day-to-day operations within the space. The coating materials used during the installation is selected in accordance with specific facility conditions as well as many other factors.

Epoxy Floor Coating Cost

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. Even design-forward metallic epoxy flooring can be an economical option among decorative floor systems on the market, while still providing exceptional performance over its long usable life.

A Note on Decorative Epoxy Floor Coating Systems

Who says high performance flooring can’t be beautiful, too? Decorative epoxy floor coating systems and other resinous floors prove that beauty isn’t just skin deep. Don’t let the stunning decorative finish fool you—these floors are tough. Depending on your concrete floor structure and facility needs, heavy duty resurfacers with designer finishes can be up to 1/4″ thick or more, with impressive impact resistance and compressive strength that rival their plainer-looking industrial flooring cousins.

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How to Calculate Metallic Epoxy Flooring Cost

Florotallic flooring in a custom blue, expertly installed by Fuller of TN.

Florotallic flooring in a custom blue, expertly installed by Fuller of TN.

Decorative epoxy floor coatings such as metallic epoxy flooring systems offer a longer-lasting, better value alternative to popular concrete stains or some lower quality polishing treatments. Stained concrete and inferior types of 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 standard polished concrete, you are already ahead of the game in terms of long-term benefits and low lifecycle costs.

Estimating the price of materials plus installation of decorative and metallic epoxy floors is highly dependent upon these and several other factors:

  • The complexity of the design you choose for your metallic epoxy floor — A single metallic color blend for the entire space allows for a more straightforward and more economical installation, compared to a floor design incorporating different blocks of color, metal divider strips and decorative patterns. Such enhancements require additional time, labor and artistry on the part of the contractor.
  • The number of colors incorporated into a metallic floor — Metallic epoxy floors, by their very nature, are infused with myriad hues, typically from within the same color family. Attractive as these can be, the nearly unlimited custom options incorporating an expanded palette of colors can sometimes be hard to resist. However, the use of additional colors can affect the price.
  • Logos embedded in the floor — Custom logos and messages installed as part of the floor design can drive up cost, yet provide a stunningly beautiful result with exceptional durability and low-maintenance.

Cost per Square Foot of Epoxy Flooring

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.

Additional Costs – Repairing Existing Concrete Surface

Epoxy floor coatings are designed for application over a prepared 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. The condition of the underlying concrete, whether a new or existing slab, must be carefully evaluated.

Examination of the concrete substrate should 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. Some flooring manufacturers offer excellent solutions for MVT situations in the form of primers and underlayments. These get applied to the concrete prior to the decorative topping.

Your factory-authorized resinous and epoxy flooring installer can assist you in selecting the right underlayments and toppings for your specific facility and operation.

How Long Do Epoxy Floors Last?

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.

Just like the cost of epoxy flooring, the longevity of epoxy floors is reliant on several factors, such as the type of floor coating system (industrial, decorative, high performance or static dissipative, for example) selected, how well it was installed, its usage and maintenance. Epoxy flooring installed in harsh industrial environments with frequent chemical spills and heavy forklift traffic faces a different set of challenges than commercial epoxy flooring in facilities with moderate foot traffic. In general, well-selected and properly installed epoxy floors can last anywhere from 5-20 years, depending on the factors mentioned.

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Epoxy Floor Care and Maintenance

Epoxy floors are a practical choice for many industrial, commercial, and institutional facilities. They are easy to clean, require only minimal maintenance, and can tolerate heavy loads and frequent traffic. Depending on the type of facility, it may be beneficial consider some of the additional features on offer. For example, Florock’s FloroTallic Metallic Epoxy Floor Systems can include Moisture Vapor Transmission (MVT) mitigation or extra antimicrobial properties upon request.