Are Epoxy Floors Expensive?
Updated: Sep 8
If you're looking for a high return on investment flooring system with minimal maintenance, you should consider epoxy flooring. There are several benefits of upgrading to an epoxy flooring system. Despite the upfront costs, epoxy flooring offers protection and strength that will pay off in the long run.
If you're looking to upgrade your epoxy resin floor, you probably want to know what to expect price-wise before you reach out for a quote. There are so many factors to evaluate. Getting a rough estimate is a good first step.
This guide is here to help you with that. Hopefully, after reading through the following, you'll have a better idea of the true cost of installing a concrete epoxy flooring system and will be more informed when you get a quote.
Cost of Epoxy Coatings
The first thing your flooring contract might consider for your space is an epoxy coating. Epoxy coatings are a great choice for commercial spaces that experience light traffic and also require dust proofing.
While it is a more simple system, there is still a good amount of work that goes into the installation process. An epoxy flooring contractor has to grind the older surface for bonding and repair damages in the existing substrate.
With all of that, an epoxy coating system can range anywhere from $1.25 to $5.00 per square foot. That means if you have a 20,000 sq. ft. warehouse, you're looking at a cost from $25,000 to $100,000.
Cost of Epoxy Slurry Flooring
So, what does epoxy flooring cost? If you have a higher traffic workspace, one with a lot of forklift and hand cart usage, then your flooring contractor might recommend an epoxy slurry system. Epoxy slurries are more durable and abrasion-resistant, but this means they're more labor-intensive and costly to install.
Epoxy slurry systems can range anywhere from $3.50 to $8.00 per square foot. Using a similar example, a 20,000 sq. ft. warehouse will cost you from anywhere from $70,000 to $160,000.
Cost of Epoxy Mortar Systems
If your space has particularly high volumes of heavy equipment traffic, such as a loading dock, and epoxy mortar system is what's most likely the right choice for you. This is a much more complicated install, though.
An epoxy mortar system requires a mortar matrix, which includes a high level of silica aggregates. The matrix creates a much higher compressive strength which allows for much more rigorous wear and tear. They're not the best floors to look at but they are the best long-term flooring system.
Being that an epoxy mortar system is much more laborious to install than the previous systems, you'll be looking at costs ranging from $8.00 to $12.00 per square foot. Meaning, for a 20,000 square foot warehouse, you'll be seeing quotes ranging from $160,000 to $240,000.
Other Factors to Cost
The flooring system is just the base cost of the installation. If you care about aesthetics, need lines painted onto the floor, or any other additions, then prices will be higher.
Epoxy offers a wide range of options in terms of appearance, which includes solid colors, colored quartz, vinyl chip options, etc. Additionally, your resinous flooring contractor may offer metallic epoxy flooring systems and acetone stains with an epoxy coating, which can create a highly stylized look.
So, How Much Does It All Cost?
As you can tell, depending on your needs, your wants, and a ton of other variables we couldn't cover here, the cost of your epoxy flooring can vary wildly. While some of these prices might be shocking at first, this is only the upfront cost. On average, epoxy flooring is cheaper and easier to maintain and repair than other types of flooring systems. Upfront might be a lot, but long term you're saving.
From this point, an expert flooring installer can give you a personalized quote for what the true cost will be for your space. They'll be able to more accurately factor in the cost of labor, materials, and the aesthetic add-ons for your flooring.
If your business or warehouse is in New York, New Jersey, or Pennsylvania, feel free to reach out to us and we'll be able to set you up with a personalized expert quote.