What does it really cost for an epoxy garage floor?
What does it cost for an epoxy garage floor
How much will an epoxy garage floor cost me?
An epoxy floor for your garage can dramatically change the look of your space plus adding protection and safety through anti-slip additives.
But how much will this really cost?Customers
There are many factors that will go into your pricing and for simplicity sake, we will assume your hiring a professional company that does floors every day.
Using professional epoxy coatings
It is not advisable to use a painter with little experience or have your contractor do it (a jack of all trades)
A TYPICAL RESIDENTIAL 2 CAR GARAGE BETWEEN 400-450 SQ FT WILL BE NORMALLY BETWEEN $5.50-$12 A SQ FT DEPENDING ON WHAT SYSTEM YOU MAY BE GETTING
TO REMOVE A COATING ADD ANOTHER $1-3 A SQ FTWANT AN ADDITIONAL CLEAR COAT?
ADD ANOTHER $2-3 PER SQ FTHAVE A SIGNIFICANT AMOUNT OF PATCHING? WE WILL NEED TO TALK AS IT CAN DOUBLE THE PRICE IN SOME INSTANCES OR MORE.
MANY VARIABLES WILL GO INTO THE COSTS OF YOUR EPOXY GARAGE FLOOR SUCH AS:
- What is the current condition of the floor?
- Will it need a lot of patching
- Are there significant cracks, divots or aggregate showing?
- Do you want the expansion joints to disappear?
- Do you have cove or curbing that needs to be coated?
- What is currently on their floor?
- Does a coating need to be removed?
- Is there a sealer on the concrete? What type of sealer?
- What look or type of floor would you like?
- What will the floor be used for?
- A normal garage with a few cars?
- A working garage?
- A home shop?
- Each of these uses many require different products.
- What is the turn around time you desire?
- When do you want to be back on the floor?
- Different products can shorten this time depending on use, but it may add cost.
SOLID EPOXY FLOOR
A solid epoxy floor is just what it sounds like:
- Your floor would be prepared and typically a high solid epoxy and a clear coat would be applied for durability and uv protection
A partial flaked floor has flakes peppered around the floor on the wet epoxy and then a clear coat is added to that.
This will give you more of a decorative look and it may clean up better as it hides dirt a bit more
A fully flaked floor will show zero epoxy and adds another layer of protection to your floor, a clear protective coat or two may be added for durability
METALLIC EPOXY FLOORS
A metallic floor is a high end one of a kind floor. It can create a dramatic look anywhere in your home.
No two floors will look the same. A protective clear coat is usually added
Materials are a huge part of the cost for epoxy floors:
Material costs can vary between .75 cents a sq ft up to and over $5 a sq ft or more for specialty floors such as metallics, etc. All adding cost
That is for materials only
“It is imperative you understand a good installed epoxy floor is not inexpensive and using professional products you will get a long-lasting industrial grade floor with high durability and low maintenance” Ryan Amato
You will have some companions come in saying they are using epoxy but when you dive into the products you may see your actually getting a much thinner coating then what we offer.
This is where they can lower costs and still tell you your receiving an epoxy floor, remember not all epoxy coatings are the same.
The same not every car is a Mercedes
They all will leave different levels of thickness when applied.
You need to ask how thick of a coating you will receive, you may receive some pricing that seems high at first
But is actually more affordable than the cheaper price you received because you’re getting a thicker coating.
Thicker means better and long-lasting in epoxy terms (mills) generally
KNOW WHAT PRODUCTS ARE BEING USED
What everyone came for
So how much does it cost? These are recent examples, your floor may be different
Remember this is for a floor that is considered ready for epoxy and low normal preparation is required.
Each floor would be professionally cleaned, diamond grinded, high solid epoxy with flakes or without and one clear polyaspartic clear coat.
This is not your big box store epoxy
Consider, the typical big box store epoxy kit will get you a thickness of on average 3-5 mills
A PROFESSIONAL EPOXY FLOOR CAN BE BETWEEN 15-20 MILLS
A TYPICAL RESIDENTIAL 2 CAR GARAGE BETWEEN 400-450 SQ FT WILL BE NORMALLY BETWEEN $5.50-$12 A SQ FT
DEPENDING ON WHAT SYSTEM YOU MAY BE GETTING
TO REMOVE A COATING ADD ANOTHER $1-3 A SQ FTWANT AN
ADDITIONAL CLEAR COAT?
ADD ANOTHER $2-3 PER SQ FTHAVE A SIGNIFICANT AMOUNT OF
PATCHING? WE WILL NEED TO TALK AS IT CAN DOUBLE THE PRICE IN SOME INSTANCES OR MORE.
TYPES OF EPOXY
Will be the lowest
Part water, part epoxy, and hardener.
The water evaporates as the epoxy hardens.
Low in VOCs (volatile organic compounds)
Can apply even if the floor is damp
Stops hydrostatic pressure from moisture transmission
Easy to apply
Spot rusting may apply
Not durable enough for commercial and industrial use
Possibly needs to be recoated more often
The thinnest coating
Part solvents and part epoxy
Can be applied in low temps and high humidity
More durable than water-based epoxy
Better resistance to petroleum-based products
Faster drying times
High in VOCs
Highly flammable during the application process
Banned in some states because of VOCs
Smells very bad
100% epoxy and hardening agents
Thicker dry film coating – about double that of water-based and solvent epoxy
Used in industrial and commercial locations
Lasts up to 20 years
Must be applied very quickly due to low pot life – usually needs to be applied by a pro
Cannot be used on any floor with moisture problems, such as basement without a vapor barrier in most cases (Added cost)
Epoxy vs. Epoxy Paint
Epoxy floor coating is not the same as epoxy floor paint, which only has some epoxy mixed into it.
Epoxy coating is a mix of epoxy resin and hardening agents.
These agents are what make it a durable floor coating rather than a paint.
Epoxy Floor Kits
While epoxy flooring kits are available in a multitude of colors and types, they tend to be slightly thinner in epoxy than the standard two-to-one epoxies.
This makes them easier to apply but possibly less durable or resistant to heavy wear and tear.
EPOXY CURING & DRYING TIME
A brand-new garage floor should be left to dry and cure for at least a month before any coating is applied.
How Long Does Epoxy Take To Dry?
Water-Based Epoxy dries in 1 to 1.5 hours, is tack free in 5–8 hours, and ready for the second coat in 8–10 hours, light foot traffic in 16–24 hours, and heavy traffic 2–7 days.
Solvent Epoxy dries in about 3.5 hours, is cured in 24 hours, and is ready for the second coat in 12 hours.
Solid Epoxy dries in 30–40 minutes, is tack free/cured in about 12 hours, walk-on dry in 18 hours, ready for the second coat in 24 hours, and ready for service in 7 days.
Polyaspartic floors can be used within 24 hours typically
How Long Before You Can Walk On Epoxy Floor?
Regardless of the type of epoxy used, don’t walk on it for 12–24 hours or drive on it for at least 72 hours, and it’s preferable to wait a week.
How Long Do Epoxy Garage Floors Last?
On average, epoxy floors last 2 to 3 years depending on the traffic.
By using 100% solid epoxy instead of a water-based epoxy, you can expect your floors to last at least 6 to 10 years.
Maintaining your clear coat will be key and it is suggested every other year depending on what is used