How Much Does It Cost To Epoxy Garage Floor?
The cost of an “epoxy garage floor” as a term, is very broad and can be compared to asking how much a car cost. Just like what you park in your garage can very widely so can the cost of the epoxy garage floor coating or system you put on the concrete floor in that garage. Obviously, you can buy and drive a $500 used car or drop in excess of $200,000 on a pricey sportscar. There is no one size fits all epoxy garage floor solution that works for every homeowner and situation either. The cost of an epoxy garage coating will vary with the type of epoxy type products and preparation needed to withstand the needs for the way you use your garage and it’s floor.
It is our intention to provide you with information, from a number of sources, in deciding how much it cost for an epoxy garage floor that is right for you and your needs. It is no mistake that there are thousands of formulations of epoxy. Of course there are many succesful product manufacturers and installers, as well as others that are not so successful for a number of reasons generally. For the purposes of this article we are going to assume that you are not a do-it-yourselfer and are looking for flooring costs to have an epoxy floor coating installation done for you in your homes garage.
First you must realize that ALL
epoxy garage floors are NOT created equal!
The national average cost to install epoxy flooring in your garage is $1,870 – $2,700. (thumbtack.com)
How much you pay will depend on the size of your flooring, condition of the concrete, and any add-ons you choose. (thumbtack.com)
Another rule of thumb I often hear in the industry is you should expect to pay about $1000 per garage stall for an epoxy floor coating. There are regional differences certainly but a range of $800 to $1200 per garage floor parking spot is again a good general rule of thumb in estimating the approximate price you could expect to pay for an installed epoxy garage floor.
Here is are topics we will touch on in an effort to educate in this article:
- TYPES OF EPOXY GARAGE FLOOR COATINGS AND AVERAGE COSTS
- REGIONAL EPOXY COATING NEED AND COSTS DIFFERENCES
- CONSIDERATIONS FOR YOUR PROPER FLOOR COATING
- CONCRETE SURFACE PREPARATION WITH CRACK REPAIR OR DAMAGE REPAIR
- ABOUT THE AUTHOR-AMAZING GARAGE FLOORS
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As with so many projects it’s important as to the amount of work required to accomplish the epoxy garage floor project. A brand new home with no damage is going to be a much less labor intensive project than a 50 year old home with decades of concrete with extensive cracks and other damage. A professional installation will begin witht the evaluation of the project. Does it need an existing coating removed? Was that some standard epoxy purchased from a big box store, that will come off easily?
Will this just be the original coating installation and it simply needs floor prep. Diamond grinding should be performed to remove any acrylic sealer or other concrete sealer that was typically applied to improve the concrete floor. These are all important considerations in properly preparing for any epoxy finish to insure proper adhesion for a primer coat, if one is being installed. Or will existing coatings need to be removed to resotore the floor condition to one that can coated and part of the overall costs. Will you be adding in items like stem walls or steps to be coated as well?
See the Difference!
Before and After Garage Floor Epoxy Coating
Even bare concrete needs prep work and should have mechanical preparation done to even accept a solid epoxy or concrete paint. Diamond grinding is now the leading standard in the industry for preparation for applying epoxy, and should be included in any epoxy flooring cost. Shot blasting is also a viable way of preparing concrete for a coating. Every epoxy manufacturer will include suitable methods of preparation for the application of their coating system.
When it comes to a budget, garage floor coatings tend to cost less than other coverings, especially if you utilize a DIY floor coating coat. These protective garage floor coating kits can help protect against the corrosive chemicals, moisture, stains, drips, spills, and other forms of damaging substances. However, if there is constant moisture rising through the concrete floor, coatings might not be the best choice. It is important to test your concrete slab to determine if the coating makes the most sense for your space. Also, if you’re looking for an easy, quick install, coatings won’t be for you. Roll out mats tend to be the easiest install when it comes to garage floor coverings. Floor Coating for garages takes a few hours of extensive floor prep to endure the coating sticks effectively.
What Leading Sources say about epoxy for garage floors…
Garage floor epoxy flooring is a tough, long-lasting coating that you paint onto the concrete. An epoxy garage floor resists grease, oil and many other substances that would ruin ordinary paint. Garage floor epoxy paints clean easily and can be found in a variety of colors (if you look hard enough), so you can keep your garage floor paints sparkling clean and attractive for years. (familyhandyman.com)
However, the reality of this challenging project is, one, not all concrete floors will hold epoxy floor coatings, and two, preparing concrete for epoxy floor coatings can be labor intensive and tedious. That said, this story will help you assess your concrete’s condition, show you how to clean and etch it, and demonstrate how to apply an epoxy garage floor coating that will handle car traffic, chemicals, oils, salt and scraping better than any other paint or stain. (familyhandyman.com)
As with any other paint job, success with using garage floor paints lies in the prep work. Plan to spend the first day removing oil spots, cleaning/degreasing the floor, etching it with a mild acid, and scrubbing, vacuuming and rinsing (a lot!). Day two is for filling cracks and applying the first coat of epoxy flooring, which is followed by a second coat on day three. This job doesn’t require many special tools. But to do the best job (and save your back), we recommend that you rent a walk-behind power floor scrubber (Photo 2) with a stiff brush attachment. Brushes work better than scrubbing pads on concrete, but buy two pads if a brush isn’t available. Also, rent a wet vacuum if you don’t own or have access to one. (familyhandyman.com)
What To Avoid For Garage Floor Finishes…
Polished concrete is NOT a recommended finish for garage floors. Polished floors are not truly sealed and can result in staining with fluids and other winter chemicals. We recommend avoiding polished concrete as a finish for standard residential installations. We also feel that a metallic epoxy floor is also a bad choice for a garage floor, as they lack texture and are very difficult to maintain a clean look when used daily. Similarly to the metallic epoxy floor, a solid color floor is also less desirable from a cleanliness standpoint, but can lower your epoxy floor coating costs, if budget is the biggest concern.
The Epoxy Garage Floor You Do Want…
The most recommended epoxy floor for a typical residential garage is a full broadcast epoxy floor. This would include decorative flakes/color flakes, or paint chips in the floor. These floors typically have a higher material cost due to the multiple layer approach needed to achieve the best results. However, total costs of the many years that a typical floor of this type has its advantages. Material prices can be managed by the epoxy floor installers or company by working directly with a manufacturer.
A full broadcast floor has several advanatages that make sense for a homeowner that was reduced maintenance while enhancing the garage portion of their home. The best epoxy installation will include a primer coat, as well as a color coat for the base coat for decorative chips. These coats will be covered by a top coat or clear coat that is typically NOT epoxy. Polyaspartic as well as polyrurea and polyurethanes are typically installed as the wear coat for garage floors now. These types of top coats offer many advantages over epoxy and are going to be more chemical resistant, abrasion resistant, as well as most are UV stable, so they won’t yellow or amber like most epoxy. These types of epoxy floor systems are much more durable than floor paint, and will have a higher overall cost, but will last for decades to come.
This is a graphic that Amazing Garage Floors uses for demonstration of our epoxy garage floor system to show the layers of the full broadcast epoxy floor systme that we install in our network.
At Amazing Garage Floors we have installed our signature AMAZING Garage Floor since 2007. Offer a 15 year warranty on our floors that are installed in just one day. We offer training, equipment, and AMAZING products to professionals looking to get started in the business or wanting to improve the results of their existing epoxy garage floor installations.
Here is a video example of the types of damage that can be repaired and coated with the Amazing Garage Floors system.
How Much Does It Cost to Epoxy Garage Floor?
A good rule of thumb to use is $1000 per garage space. With that being said regional differences could easily make range the from $800-$1200. Floor system may also cause these costs to vary as well.
Epoxy Coating or Epoxy Floor Systems Costs?
A single coating of epoxy will always cost less than a mulitple layered epoxy floor system. You should consider that more product and installation time will cost more and last longer.
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