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How Much Does Epoxy Flooring Cost?

 
average costDIY Installation: $50-$600+high costProfessionally Installed Epoxy Floor: $750-$6,000
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Epoxy flooring is a paint or coating system that is typically made up of two separate materials. When mixed together, the resulting substance quickly hardens into a durable semi-gloss or high-gloss flooring surface (although epoxy may fade or yellow when exposed to direct sunlight). Epoxy can be used on wood, cement, concrete or metal surfaces or as an undercoat beneath other flooring -- but it is most often used on concrete floors in commercial or residential garages. Before it dries, epoxy can be sprinkled with paint flakes or other chips to create designs or to simulate granite or other textures, and/or colored sand or similar abrasives to make the surface less slippery.

Typical costs:

  • There are three categories of flooring epoxies: 100% solid epoxy coatings are the most expensive, and are typically used by professionals on commercial floors, while solvent-based and water-based epoxies both contain about 40%-60% epoxy. Water-based epoxy paints are thinner and easier to apply but less durable than solvent-based epoxy coatings, which are thicker, cover more imperfections in the concrete floor, require workers to use respirators when applying, and typically cost more than water-based systems. Costs for just the epoxy can start at about $30-$50 a gallon for water-based epoxy paint, and can be $45-$150 or more a gallon for solvent-based or 100% solid epoxy coatings. A thick coating may require more gallons to cover the same square footage as a thin paint.
  • A professionally installed epoxy floor typically costs $3-$12 a square foot, or $750-$3,000 for a one-car garage (about 250 square feet) and $1,200-$6,000 for a two-car garage (about 400-500 square feet), depending on the type of epoxy used and number of coats applied, and the application method (roller, squeegee, sprayer or trowel).
  • A do-it-yourself epoxy floor kit can cost $50-$600 or more, depending on the type of epoxy, the square footage the kit will cover, the number of coats required and the number of tools and other materials included in the kit. A solvent-resistant brush, a roller or squeegee, goggles, rubber gloves, a plastic water pail or other items may be required, costing up to $200. The application process typically requires two workers. ThisOldHouse.com provides written instructions[1] for applying an epoxy paint kit with a roller and brush, estimating this easy to moderate project takes nine hours spread over three days and costs about $120 to $160 per car bay, or $240-$360 for a typical two-car garage.
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What should be included:
  • The installer should always test for moisture in the concrete before installation (epoxy can't be used if moisture is present).
  • Epoxy flooring systems can require one to seven coats to apply. A typical application might include a base coat, one or two epoxy coats, a broadcast coat of colored sand and/or flakes (for decoration and/or to create a less-slippery surface) and a top coat. The first step is to patch, level or fill any areas that need repair. Then the concrete is cleaned and prepped so it will bond correctly with the epoxy. Some DIY methods include a mild acid solution to etch the surface of the concrete, but most professionals use a grinder or shotblaster (with tiny steel balls) machine to remove any previous coatings and open up the concrete surface.
  • Next the parts of the epoxy paint or coating are mixed together and spread according to the manufacturer's directions. Epoxy typically needs to be applied quickly, and installers often wear shoe cleats (similar to golf shoes) to be able to walk on the wet epoxy. Before the epoxy is too dry (15-30 minutes) the desired amounts of colored flakes or anti-slip substances like sand are sprinkled on top in a process called broadcasting. Manufacturer Palma Inc. provides a video demonstrating application procedures for a trowel-applied epoxy[2] . A ThisOldHouse.com video demonstrates the application or an epoxy system using a squeegee and brush[3] . And a car enthusiast posts a video showing the installation process with a roller[4] .
Shopping for epoxy flooring:
  • ConcreteNetwork.com videos explain the different design options[5] , when to use an epoxy floor coating[6] and the possible drawbacks[7] to an epoxy floor. Get recommendations for epoxy floor installers from family, friends, or the staff at local home improvement or hardware stores. Or search for local contractors through ConcreteNetwork.com[8] .
  • Request and call references from previous customers; check that the company is properly insured, bonded and licensed[9] . Search for complaints with the Better Business Bureau[10] .
  • DIY epoxy floor kits are available from paint stores; stores like Home Depot[11] , Ace Hardware[12] or Sears[13] ; and through online retailers like Amazon[14] .
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2 Car Garage
Amount: $1,700.00
Posted by: Chad Dunn in Hendersonville, TN.Posted: November 8th, 2019 09:11PM
Installer: Epoxy Flooring HendersonvilleType of Epoxy: Norklad M-100
Size of Floor: 30x32
Looks FANTASTIC! The guys done a fabulous job and did it in one day! Highly recommend! 615-739-2146
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Amount: $0.00
Posted by: Thomas Miller in Salisbury, MD.Posted: October 17th, 2019 02:10AM
Installer: MeType of Epoxy: Acid stain
Size of Floor: 1500 square feet
Where to get material like a brown stain
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Epoxy resin counter top
Amount: $0.00
Posted by: Tammy Burchett in Grayson, KY.Posted: July 21st, 2019 08:07AM
Installer: Where can I find one localType of Epoxy: Epoxy resin
Size of Floor: Not floor info / need counter top
Looking for an estimate and anyone local that does this for counter top in the trip be state area of eastern Kentucky Carter county
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3d epoxy floor
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Posted by: Adam Ninkab Sadiq in Accra, GA.Posted: July 9th, 2019 06:07PM
Installer: AdamType of Epoxy: 3d epoxy
Size of Floor: 12/12 fts
I want to know the materials and the cost
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SuĂ­te master
Amount: $7,000.00
Posted by: Brian1469 in Jacksonville, FL.Posted: May 27th, 2019 07:05AM
Installer: Ksa all solutions for homeType of Epoxy: Artistic
Size of Floor: 1000sqft
masterpiece! my room now seems to be of a single carrara marble. magnificent! still gave me a 3 year warranty. I am very satisfied. Telephone number of them (786)302-4189
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kitchen floor
Amount: $1,000.00
Posted by: Geeze in Kennewick, WA.Posted: February 17th, 2019 04:02PM
Installer: K.C. Custom EpoxyType of Epoxy: metallic
Size of Floor: 200
Amazing work. showed up on time and did the job he said he would. Seen a lot of his work and always impressed. Would highly recommend K.C. Custom Epoxy to anyone. 509-619-5711
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3 car garage 615 square feet floor 100% epoxy coating
Amount: $1,800.00
Posted by: Nittur in Diamond Bar, CA.Posted: December 15th, 2018 06:12AM
Installer: CA ResurfacingType of Epoxy: E2Uversatiledeckcoatings.com
Size of Floor: 615
Professionally done by three workers from 8.30 am to 2.30 pm, The garage was emptied before they came
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Basement epoxy floor
Amount: $3,040.00
Posted by: a user in Union County, NJ.Posted: May 14th, 2018 06:05PM
Size of Floor: 800
Family friend who's pro gave us a great deal (though it's still a pricy process)
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Basement floor
Amount: $2,300.00
Posted by: a user in Madison Heights, MI.Posted: February 9th, 2018 10:02AM
Size of Floor: 350 sq ft
Had to strip very old carpet adhesive
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Epoxy floor installation
Amount: $1,700.00
Posted by: Bbob in Warren, MI.Posted: November 22nd, 2017 10:11AM
Installer: Handyman CoType of Epoxy: 100% solids
Size of Floor: 480sf
We are happy with the floor and process but we are wondering if we paid to much?
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Garage floor
Amount: $150.00
Posted by: Zaggie in San antonio, TX.Posted: November 20th, 2016 07:11PM
Size of Floor: 30by30
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Our plane hanger
Amount: $17,500.00
Posted by: Taragr8 in Pompano Beach, FL.Posted: July 20th, 2016 06:07AM
Installer: Designer ConcreteType of Epoxy: Don\'t know
Size of Floor: 8,500\'
These guys showed on time, worked 12 hr days and finished earlier than promised. They brought a bunch of grinding machines and vac's. What a great job
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