Last Updated May 27, 2014Written by Rob Schneider
Originally used in commercial applications to provide a durable sealant over bare concrete, epoxy flooring is becoming increasingly popular in residential garages and, thanks to new decorative techniques, even home interiors. Why would you choose epoxy flooring instead of a traditional flooring material? How much does epoxy flooring cost?
Epoxy resin is sometimes called 2-pack epoxy because it is made up of 2 parts a resin and a hardener. A chemical reaction occurs and after the epoxy cures, it becomes an extremely hard, non-porous coating. Unlike paints and many other types of resins, epoxy is also a glue. This makes it an ideal coating for concrete because it adheres to the concrete and does not chip or peel.
Epoxy can be applied directly on top of new concrete or, after some surface preparation, old concrete. However, it takes more skill to achieve aesthetically pleasing results. Epoxy flooring experts may start by diamond grinding the surface of the concrete. Then they will add colouring agents or other additives to the epoxy to transform an ordinary concrete floor into a stylish surface that will last for years.
The effects an epoxy flooring expert can achieve are limited only by the imagination:
Add colour flakes for more visual interest
A marble or granite-like surface can be achieved
Metallic finishes are available from some suppliers
The floor can be stamped to create a tiled effect
You can even choose a gloss level from matte to highly polished.
The cost of your epoxy flooring will depend on:
How much surface preparation is needed;
The size of the area you are covering.
Most epoxy flooring services can give you a quote for their standard product lines based on a square metre rate, but if further surface preparation is needed, the actual price will be higher. As a general rule, though, epoxy flooring costs anywhere from around $30-$35 per square metre for two coats over a prepared concrete surface to $80-$100 per square metre for a decorative finish after diamond grinding the concrete.
In most cases, you will get a better rate for a larger surface because of the set-up and preparation time involved. For example, a typical garage will require an initial diamond grind to smooth the surface, followed by two coats of epoxy. This can cost as much as $80 per square metre in a single car garage. The same process in a double car garage can be as low as $50 per square metre.
When youget quotesfor epoxy flooring, give the supplier/installers as much information about your existing concrete floors as you can. Do cracks need repairing? Is the floor stained with grease, oil or other substances? Information like this gives them an opportunity to factor preparation work into their original quotes and spare you any nasty surprises when they give you a final on-site quote.
*Cost and prices in this article are indicative and should only be used as a guide. They also vary locally and are subject to market forces.
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