What is epoxy flooring made of? Generally, epoxy flooring is composed of two different components. Once these two materials are blended together, the mixture can quickly harden when it is applied to the flooring. Keep in mind that there are chances that the epoxy might turn yellow or get faded when it is exposed to sunlight. It can either have a semi-gloss or high-gloss effect, but you can guarantee that it is very durable.
Epoxy flooring can be applied on any type of flooring including concrete, wood, or metal. It can even be used as an undercoat under your current flooring. But frequently it is applied on commercial or residential garages which have concrete flooring. If you want to have a unique design on your flooring, then you can sprinkle it with paint flakes. To make the flooring less slippery, you can sprinkle it with sand or abrasives.
How Much Does It Cost?
The prices will vary depending on the mixture of your epoxy coating. The most expensive one is 100% solid epoxy coatings which are commonly used on commercial floors. Another type is 40%-60% epoxy mixture which is both solvent-based and water-based. The water-based epoxy coatings are much easier to apply however it is not long-lasting compared to solvent-based epoxy coatings. Since it is thinner, then it won’t be able to cover most of the flaws in your concrete floor. On the other hand, solvent-based epoxy coatings are more solid however it will require respirators when applying. Considering that this is more durable, essentially it costs more compared to the water-based mixture.
The cost for water-based epoxy coatings can range from $30 to $50 a gallon. While the cost for solvent-based epoxy coatings is between $45 to $150 per gallon. Obviously, 100% solid epoxy coatings will cost more than this. If you want a thicker coating, then you might need more gallons of epoxy coatings.
If you want to hire a professional to do the job, then it will cost you about $3 to $12 per square foot. For your entire garage which measures approximately 250 square feet, you will need to pay $750 to $3,000 for it. This is ideal if you have only one car. However, if you have a bigger garage that can fit two cars and measures nearly 400-500 square feet, then you probably need to spend between $1,200 to $6,000 for it. Remember that the cost may differ depending on the application process, the kind of epoxy coatings being used as well as the number of times that the coating is applied.
If you prefer to buy the do-it-yourself epoxy floor kit, then it will cost between $50 to $600 or even more. Again, this will vary depending on the kind of epoxy coatings, the number of times that you want to coat your flooring, the area that the kit is suitable for as well as the tools and materials that are included in the kit.
Some of the tools that you need are rubber gloves, solvent-resistant brush, squeegee, goggles, roller, water pail, and others. All of these tools will probably amount to $200. Commonly, the job will require two workers.