Looking for a durable, shiny, and long-lasting concrete floor finish?
Epoxy might be the right choice for you, but just because a floor is resistant to stains, scrapes and scratches (not to mention visually stunning), doesn’t mean you should be overpaying on your next flooring upgrade.
With many different factors to consider when determining the final cost of your epoxy flooring, knowledge is power. By the end of this price guide you’ll be able to go toe-to-toe with the slickest salesman, and enjoy an epoxy coated floor that works for your needs, your lifestyle, and your budget.
Let’s get right into it.
It’s much easier to price a product when you can break it down into its base parts, so we’ll go back to basics here (skip ahead if you’re a pro and you’re ready to compare Melbourne’s average flooring prices).
At its most basic, epoxy flooring is a durable and plastic-like surface coating that is created by mixing resin and hardeners together. Through a chemical reaction that occurs when these materials are mixed, the result is an extremely durable, protective, and hard-to-the-touch floor material.
Importantly, there is a difference between epoxy flooring and epoxy floor coating. Put simply, epoxy flooring must be at least two millimeters thick, while epoxy floor coating is generally thinner.
Though epoxy flooring was originally created for heavy-duty environments like commercial garages, modern options can be extremely customisable and decorative, which is a major reason they’re popping up in Melbourne homes and businesses from the CBD to St. Kilda.
You can utilise epoxy flooring in a range of settings, including:
It’s not possible to provide a single price for epoxy, because your range of epoxy finishes is so varied.
In the same way there’s no singular price for timber (you could pay less for certain hardwoods than others), there’s no one Melbourne price point, but you can budget for your next floor upgrade by choosing which epoxy finish you like best.
There are many options on the market when it comes sto epoxy concrete, and we’ve rounded up a few of the most popular for you to consider.
A great option for garages or hotels, epoxy flake floors -- otherwise known as epoxy chip floors -- consist of an epoxy primer, base coat, and paint flakes to add colour and style.
The result is a dust-proof, waterproof, multi-hued and easy-to-clean floor that can elevate your professional image, or provide aesthetic benefits in your commercial space.
Additionally, the flakes in the epoxy resin add subtle grooves that can reduce the likelihood of slips and falls, so you’re getting the best of form AND function (win-win)..
These qualities all combine to make epoxy flake flooring particularly suitable for locker rooms, clinics, commercial kitchens, and other high-traffic spaces.
How much does epoxy flake flooring cost? $40 to $60 per m2
If you want to take the elegance up a notch, metallic epoxy offers a striking aesthetic.
To create the metallic finish, metallic additives are combined to your clear epoxy coating to mimic natural stone slabs (without the cost of natural stone). You can get fairly creative here, too, creating pearlescent or highly coloured designs that are literally one of a kind.
How much does metallic epoxy flooring cost? $60 to $100 per m2
If you want to fix damaged or cracked concrete, consider self-leveling epoxy floors to help restore your floor’s smooth surface without the cost of a full floor replacement.
Self-leveling epoxy can be used directly on top of cracked or damaged concrete to create a smooth, level, and durable repaired finish, which is highly valuable in busy spaces that endure heavy traffic - whether pedestrian or vehicle.
This kind of epoxy finish also comes in many different colours, making it an easy and attractive repair option for manufacturing buildings, commercial garages, athletic facilities, residential spaces, kitchens, and more.
The type of epoxy will cost more for a few key reasons:
More epoxy is required than a standard epoxy finish (e.g. 3kg/m2 compared to 66 grams/m2 for traditional-class epoxy)
Self-levelling epoxy is a specialty product that is manufactured specifically for a purpose, making the price go up
Your flooring team must be experts in self-levelling epoxy installation to ensure a smooth finish, which also costs more
How much does epoxy flake flooring cost? $75 to $120 per m2
Quartz-filled epoxy, as the name suggests, combines epoxy polymer with stained quartz grains. Choose your coloured quartz aggregate then seal with a protective topcoat for a glossy, eye-catching finish that stands the test of time.
This results in a slip-resistant, sanitary, and durable flooring that’s suitable for locker rooms, schools, cafeterias, offices, showrooms, and more.
How much does epoxy flake flooring cost? $13 to $160 per m2
✔ Cost-effective: The materials and cost of installation for epoxy aren’t sky high, making it a straightforward investment that won’t shatter your budget.
✔ Stain-resistant: Epoxy concrete is resistant to spills and chemicals, which makes it easy to clean and maintain.
✔ Highly durable: When epoxy hardens, it creates a durable and resistant coating that’s abrasion, chemical, impact, stain, and chip resistant. This makes it an ideal choice for high-traffic spaces.
✔ Low-maintenance: Epoxy floors are easy to clean and don’t accumulate or shed dust like hardwood floors or bare concrete.
✔ Moisture-resistant: Epoxy is naturally moisture-resistant, which makes it an ideal flooring material for wet environments or garages facing oil, petrol and chemical spills.
✔ Slip-resistant: With options like quartz-filled epoxy or epoxy flake, your flooring becomes slip-resistant, which can help prevent falls and injuries in commercial kitchens or retail outlets.
Though these qualities made epoxy flooring a go-to choice for garages, factories, and healthcare facilities, it has also become ideal for home spaces thanks to its decorative and attractive qualities.
If you’re considering installing an epoxy floor, there are many costs to keep in mind, including the state of your existing concrete, the look and finish that you want, and the size of your space.
Read on for an overview of your cost variables.
Two coats of basic epoxy resin -- applied to a prepared concrete surface -- will cost between $30 to $35 per m2. That said, this cost will rise to $80 to $100 per square metre if your concrete needs to be prepped with diamond grinding.
If your space isn’t totally prepped, you also need to consider costs like concrete primer, which can cost $40 to $160 depending on size, with floor preparation crucial for smooth, seamless finish.
Naturally, you can save money upfront with DIY installation, but you may be spending big down the line if you need to fix mistakes, or an improperly sealed concrete floor becomes damaged.
Your choice of Melbourne concrete flooring company will go towards your cost, but that doesn’t mean you need to break the bank for a stunning new floor. If you’d like to get a quote for your space, reach out and speak to a member of the Flawless Floorz team on 0450 550 649.
Cost will also vary depending on the number of epoxy coatings that you need. The standard application is two coats, but if you need a thicker surface -- for example, if you are using epoxy flooring in a garage or factory -- then you may need to factor in additional material costs.
Your costs will vary depending on your total surface area. The larger your space, the more you’ll need to budget. To help you visualise your costs, we’ve rounded up a few averages for you to consider in the table below.
Yes, but upfront costs don’t tell the whole story.
While epoxy flooring is objectively more expensive than other options like tile or vinyl, epoxy flooring is also much more durable over time, and it is resistant to chips, stains, cracks, and other forms of damage.
While you’re organising frequent and expensive repairs to your tile floors, or wondering how you ended up with *another* hairline crack in your tiles, an epoxy floor is offering robust protection against vehicles, pets, kids and practically anything you can throw at it.
This makes an epoxy floor a much more cost-effective option in the long-term, particularly if you are working in an area that could otherwise require significant repairs over time.
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Epoxy flooring is a versatile and durable flooring solution that’s extremely practical, damage-resistant, and long-lasting.
With modern design options, it’s also beautiful and suited to settings from residential garages to sealing the floors of your Melbourne business. So whether you’re looking for a restaurant flooring, garage floor, or even a hotel entrance, now you can budget for your exciting flooring upgrade.
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