The cost of epoxy flooring

Typically, the cost of epoxy flooring depends on several factors. First, the amount of epoxy to be used, the denser the amount of epoxy to be applied onto the floor, the higher the flooring cost. The most expensive type will consist of 100% solid epoxy. This kind of flooring is only common in industrial or commercial setting, while domestic users tend to go for the more cost-effective solvent-based epoxy (60% epoxy + 40% solvent) or water-based epoxy (40% epoxy + 60% water) flooring.

The different in cost lie predominantly in the durability of the flooring and also the kind of the work involved during application. For 100% solid epoxy flooring, it not only helps in the mending of cracks found in between the concrete but also safeguard users with its non-slippery characteristic and the low maintenance effort incurred in the long run. As solid epoxy is high in density and emits pungent smell, workers will need to be armed with respirators during the application. Solvent-based epoxy also acts in similar way as solid epoxy, with the ability to mend imperfections and is more credible over time as compared to its water-based counterpart.

Epoxy comes in the form of paint, thus, if professionals are engaged in epoxy flooring, the cost is calculated based on square metre and may fluctuate with the method in which it is going to be applied and the number of layers to be applied. Epoxy can be applied through spraying, rolling, trowelling, or the use of squeegee. Usually, two to three layers of epoxy will be applied in the entire flooring process. The first layer acts as the base, the next being the decorative layer, in which colours or ornaments can be added upon demand, and last, the top layer. With that, the larger the area to be applied, the more gallon of epoxy used, thus higher the cost is to be expected.

There is no restriction to the kind of material in which epoxy can be applied on. Thus, it is common to see epoxy sheltering concrete, wood, or metal surfaces. As such, the condition of the layer, in which epoxy is eventually lying on, will also affect the flooring cost. Cost will drop naturally if the area is new and not much work is needed to repair before epoxy flooring. However, a certain amount of repair work will be needed for old, cracked, or split layer, so as to ensure a smooth flooring process

Other details such as the colour of the epoxy, the amount of decoration goes into the epoxy, and the condition of the area in which the work is going to be done, will also affect the flooring cost. Hence, the best practice is to seek professional advice, compare and contrast the given pros and cons, before making the soundest decision.