How Much Does Epoxy Flooring Cost? 8 Things to Remember
There is a huge range of factors when it comes to determining epoxy resin flooring costs. This technique uses poured resin to provide an even, self-levelling surface at a very good cost per square metre or square foot – depending on the unit you prefer to measure.
It is a frustrating problem to not have a clear idea of how much the installation of your epoxy flooring will cost. However, as we are experts in a wide variety of concrete and resin flooring design and installation projects, we will share with you here the various circumstances that will affect the epoxy flooring costs of your project.
If you require a fast and accurate quote for your flooring installation in the UK, whether you want to use epoxy or other types of flooring, you can use our handy quote calculator for an instant estimate. Alternatively, you can contact us to discuss your project in more detail.
What Will Affect my Overall Epoxy Flooring Costs?
Whether you are installing a floor in a kitchen, bathroom, commercial space or car garage many related cost factors will apply to your installation. These factors can significantly affect the overall installation price.
Many things will alter the cost of your epoxy flooring. These include the following:
1. The Surface Area and Amount of Epoxy Resin You Use
The area of the floor where you are installing your epoxy flooring is the primary concern. However, there is still a potentially large range of cost difference, despite this being the main method of calculation.
The equation to remember is Width x Length = Area. In a square room, you measure the width and length of the room. After this multiply the width and length.
It is a simple calculation, but an important one. For example, people with small homes who are installing a poured resin floor usually have a smaller space to cover than other larger commercial settings. As a result, they use less resin and generally have a lower installation cost.
Nonetheless, the type of epoxy resin that you choose can also influence costs. Prices can range from £20 per square metre to well over £100. However, depending on the size of the area where the installation is taking place, this may or may not have a great impact on costs.
2. The Floor Preparation Requirements and Complexity
While a new commercial building can probably provide a relatively clean surface for your new epoxy resin floor, it is still likely that most areas where installation of epoxy floors take place will require some degree of preparation. The quality of your existing sub base is an important part of estimating costs.
The more preparation that is necessary, the higher the overall cost for your poured resin floor. Effective preparation must involve the following:
- Removing debris: This can be a particularly long and exhausting process on surfaces that are badly damaged or that have large amounts of existing debris. Installing epoxy flooring on uneven surfaces can cause a danger of cracking or unevenness.
- Cleaning the area: The many sealants and protective layers that an epoxy resin floor can have will require very clean surfaces. If the working environment is particularly open or susceptible to large amounts of dust then this may affect the costs of your installation.
Problem areas that can give you a headache when preparing the surface for pouring include existing car garages, older homes and large industrial spaces that are older or have a high potential for the presence of dust and other contaminants.
3. The Type of Epoxy Resin Flooring You Choose
As we mentioned previously, there are many types of resin that you can choose from. It is also possible that you will have multiple layers containing different types depending on the individual requirements of your installation.
Certain types of poured epoxy flooring cost less than others. For example, a plain white epoxy coating will cost less than a metallic epoxy. If you are installing epoxy flooring in multiple rooms or areas, you may also alter types between them.
All of the variations will have a potential effect on costs but can be complex to calculate without a full assessment.
4. The Layers and Sealants You Require
If you are looking for a particularly strong and durable epoxy flooring then costs may increase as you add more layers of resin to protect the surface and prevent any damage.
Additional sealants designed specifically for certain purposes, such as avoiding corrosion, may also add to the costs of your floor.
5. Any Colouring and Design Considerations
The more work it takes to finish your floor the higher the price will be. Plain white resin is cheaper as it does not require any further design. A wide range of colouring is available when using epoxy flooring, and it is possible to mix dyes in during installing before pouring the self-levelling resin. This self-levelling resin will make for a seamless look in many colours.
While simple colouring can be fairly manageable and easy, more extensive finishing and designs will influence the cost. Using marbled designs or choosing other more complex finishes, which can take some skill and time to complete correctly, will certainly affect the cost of your installation.
6. The Difficulty of Installation and Any Accessibility Issues
Some areas are just harder to get to than others. Perhaps you are installing a basement floor in a home, or perhaps you are installing a commercial floor on a high level of a building. In any case, difficulties of accessibility may significantly affect the costs of your project.
If you have an uneven basement floor then there may be some difficulty in getting the necessary preparation equipment and floor materials to this location. Similarly, if this is the case on a high floor, or another difficult to access area, this may be an issue too.
Transporting any equipment, sometimes very large and heavy, to inaccessible locations is time-consuming and difficult. Accessibility and difficulty of installation are crucial factors that will influence the cost of your installation.
7. The Geographical Location of Your Installation
A small and easy to reach space in an urban location is usually much more comfortable to travel to and more straightforward to transport materials to – and also simpler to properly accommodate the needs of the installers than a remote location.
If you are installing epoxy flooring outside this can also affect costs as weather conditions may hamper the speed at which you can complete your installation. However, with proper planning, this is unlikely to be a huge issue.
Epoxy Flooring Costs Explained
There you have a simple guide on how to assess your epoxy flooring costs. Essentially, the more complex and difficult any aspect of your installation may be – the higher the final costs for your installation.
Overall, a self-levelling epoxy floor is a cost-effective and functional design that will work in many domestic and commercial settings. The cost per square foot or square metre of the resin is not the only factor in calculating overall expense, though it is important.
For a precise and accurate quote, speedy installation and long-lasting epoxy flooring designs at the lowest possible cost you can use our installation and design services in the UK. Contact us for more information.