Epoxy Flooring: Cost Analysis and Return on Investment

In this blog, we will explore the pros and cons of epoxy flooring. These floors can be installed in nearly all areas, from commercial kitchens to epoxy flooring in your home. We all know epoxy is an aesthetically pleasing and durable floor option, but how much does epoxy flooring cost?

Epoxy Floor Cost Factors to Consider Before Installation

When it comes to choosing the right flooring for your home or business, there are many factors to consider. One popular option that has gained a lot of attention in recent years is epoxy resin flooring. Epoxy flooring is becoming the go-to product for people seeking a sleek and modern look, but it also boasts impressive durability and easy maintenance.

However, as with any project, cost is always a major consideration. In this article, we will explore the various factors that can affect epoxy floor installation and how to calculate your return on investment.

Surface Area Square Meterage

The first consideration is the surface area square meterage of the space where you plan to install resin flooring. This will determine the amount of materials needed, as well as labour costs. It’s important to accurately measure the space and account for any irregularities or obstacles that may require additional materials or time. 

Although it may cost more money to complete a small area compared to a large area, normally the actual epoxy flooring cost per m2 will drop for larger areas. This is due to reduced setup costs required and also the fact that most resin systems have a number of layers that need to be cured before continuing on to the next step. If a job is very small, sometimes there can be a lot of wasted hours, where only a small amount of time can be worked each day. 

Professional vs. DIY

While DIY projects may seem like a cost-saving option, it’s important to take into account the level of skill and experience needed to properly install epoxy flooring materials. A professional epoxy flooring contractor will have the necessary tools, knowledge, and expertise to ensure a smooth and efficient installation process. They will also be able to troubleshoot any issues before they arise. 

One of the most important processes when applying any epoxy floor coating is preparing the substrate. Any good industrial and commercial specialist will prepare your concrete floor with heavy equipment that will provide the perfect base for your flooring project. Unfortunately, this equipment can be difficult to rent and can be very expensive for a DIY project.

How to Calculate Your Resin Floor Installation Costs

Preparatory Works Needed

Epoxy flooring is typically laid on a solid subfloor such as screed or concrete. This is due to the fact that epoxy is a hard, rigid material and does not like movement underneath it.

The existing condition of your concrete floor will have a large say in how much your epoxy flooring may cost. An existing surface that is strong, level, has no damp issues and doesn’t require any existing coverings or coatings to be removed will be at a considerably reduced cost per square foot compared to a subfloor with one of these issues. It is usually subfloors that are in a really bad condition that can make an epoxy floor expensive, however this would be the same as any other product.

Type of Resin Preferred

Epoxy costs can fluctuate, but below is what you may expect to pay for epoxy. There are a number of different types of epoxy on the market, but we have only covered the main types of epoxy.

Epoxy TypeApprox RRP per Ltr
Water-based Epoxy£20.00
Solvent-based Epoxy£32.50
100% Solids Epoxy£30.00

These three different types of epoxy have different characteristics, and as you can see by the prices, this is to be thought through in your epoxy flooring cost considerations.

Choice of Resin Coatings, Sealers and Varnishes

There are a large number of different systems and manufacturers on the market. The chemistry of each of these products is designed to overcome certain objectives and achieve certain goals. Therefore the cost of epoxy flooring can vary considerably. We work in conjunction with all of the main resin suppliers and we will be happy to guide you through the different products that are available.

In some instances, a more expensive product may be necessary to overcome a certain issue such as UV stability or slip resistance. But a lot of the time, there are products that allow us to value-engineer your installation and offer you a high-grade epoxy floor for a lesser price.

Number of Resin Layers Needed

The minimum number of epoxy layers in a system is two. More complicated systems can have considerably more than this. Each layer that is required will mean more material and more labour required to install it, this will all come down to the type of epoxy floor that is being installed.

Add-ons Such as Design & Colour

As a standard finish commercial epoxy flooring is a block colour, smooth, with a glossy finish. However, there are a huge number of design choices to enhance basic epoxy to a much more decorative flooring system. These include metallic epoxy floor additives, which give a sparkly metallic look and coloured quartz and flakes, which can provide unlimited design options. Matt, silk and gloss finishes are also available for your desired finish.

Most of these design add-ons will come at a price. Please contact us, and we can advise you on what effect it will have on your application. 

Epoxy Flooring

The Cost Savings of Installing Resin Flooring in the Long Run

Resin flooring, despite its initial installation cost, can be a cost-effective solution in the long run. One of the key reasons being its exceptional durability that outlasts traditional flooring options like vinyl, laminate or carpet. It’s resilient to heavy traffic and everyday wear and tear, reducing the need for regular replacements which can add up over time.

Another aspect is it’s low maintenance – a simple sweep and mop are enough to keep it clean, unlike other types of flooring that require costly cleaning agents or professional services. Moreover, resin flooring’s ability to withstand staining and moisture reduces potential damage costs, making it a sound financial investment for both commercial and residential properties.

Upgraded Function and Appearance

Many floors have to compromise between function and appearance, these products do not fall into this category. Whether a glossy single colour or a decorative flake or quartz is added within the epoxy, if laid correctly the look of your floor will be stunning. This is why so many corporate companies pick these systems for high foot traffic areas that need to look amazing.

Reduced Cleaning and Maintenance Time

Chemically, epoxies are of a very closed nature. This means that they are extremely hard to stain and are very easy to clean. Due to this cleaning spills and maintenance times are minimal, meaning these products are one of the least expensive coverings to maintain. Most of these systems have excellent chemical resistance, which means if a harsher chemical is needed.

Safer Flooring Option to Avoid Injuries

The welfare of employees should be at the forefront of the mind of every company, as we all want employees to go home safely at night. But also every injury that happens in the workplace comes at a financial cost, whether that is compensation for employees or a loss of productivity for the company.

Trips and falls are the most common accidents in the workplace. This is why it is imperative to have a robust, durable and safe system that has the right slip resistance for the area it is installed in. Applying an epoxy floor can solve all of these issues.

Lower Energy Bills

Usually, epoxy flooring is laid as a glossy surface unless otherwise specified. This means that it reflects light; in doing so, it will make an area brighter. In turn, this can mean needing fewer lights to illuminate the area and saving costs on electricity bills.

Fewer Replacement Cycles

Due to the long life expectancies of these products, it will mean that your new floor will not need to changed so often, this will save costs on labour, materials and downtime for your your business. A floor that last only half the time, will usually cost you twice as much, if not more.

Less Downtime When Replacing a Failed Floor

“Time is money” as they say. There are a number of fast cure systems on that we can use so that the downtime that you have is kept to an absolute minimum. So if you have an industrial or commercial application your business will not suffer from lengthy drops in productivity.

Increased Property Value

Properties that have large floor spaces, such as warehouses, really benefit from epoxy flooring. When these large areas are finished with a glossy epoxy finish, they are a real selling point as they make the area look fresh, clean and extremely large compared to dull lifeless floors. A new tenant that knows they have a 10 year guarantee on their floor and that they wont need to do anything with it is a huge advantage for them.

Final Words: Are Resin Floors Worth the Investment?

Compared to other flooring options, the price of epoxy flooring can be initially more expensive. But once all of the cost considerations above are taken into account, these floors are normally well worth the investment. However, this is not always the case, and we would always recommend speaking with us, or another expert to make sure these are the right products for you and your project. 

FAQs

What is a cheaper alternative to resin flooring?

The only floors that perform in a similar way to resin are sheet vinyl or linoleums. This is because they are impervious to water and relatively smooth. There are a lots of different styles and qualities on the market.

Vinyl can be cheaper or more expensive than epoxy, depending on what systems you are comparing them to. Vinyl can be laid in areas with high footfall, but it is not strong enough to be laid in industrial areas where large forklifts would be turning on it.

How much does it cost to epoxy coat the floor of a 2 car garage?

Epoxy garage flooring has become increasingly popular. There are many different epoxy types. Obviously, thin coats of epoxy paint will be less expensive per m2 compared to epoxy self-levelling systems. However, for an area, the size of a two-car garage, an average cost would be between £25-£90 per m2.

How much does 20kg of resin cover?

This will depend on the thickness that the system needs to be applied at. 20kg of a self levelling system will go approx 5-6m2, but as a thin single coating this amount of resin could cover up to 60m2 on a smooth subfloor. The particular system being used, will dictate the coverage. We would always recommend following the manufacturers instructions on these matters.

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