If you’re looking to update the look of your garage – or to cut down on the wear and tear or overall maintenance – you may consider switching to epoxy.
But this robust, reliable and strikingly versatile floor needs to be balanced against your household or business budget.
At Absolutely Flawless Floorz, we’re committed to helping our Melbourne customers save money without sacrificing results, so here’s everything you need to know about garage epoxy flooring costs.
Alright, let’s start with a quick recap.
Epoxy flooring is a product that can be applied to concrete or stone floors. It is created by mixing resin and a chemical hardener. The chemical reaction results in a final product that is extremely hard, durable, and non-porous.
It’s also worth pointing out the difference between epoxy flooring and an epoxy floor coating. Epoxy flooring must be at least two millimeters thick. If it is less than two millimeters thick, it’s an epoxy floor coating.
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The answer to this question will come down to your needs, budget and wants, but there are a (long) list of advantages that an epoxy garage floor brings. This explains why epoxy is fast becoming one of the most popular flooring options in Australia – not just for businesses, but also for residential homes.
As an incredibly durable flooring finish lasting 30 years or more with proper care, epoxy flooring is also:
Turns out, there are a few variables at play that will influence your flooring budget. The cost of epoxy flooring for your garage will depend on various factors, including:
The condition of your existing concrete flooring… and the amount of prep work that’s needed.
The final look and finish that you want to achieve… and the amount of labour of specialist skill that goes into it.
The size of your space… and how easily your flooring company can work to deliver your vision.
The application method… as epoxy can be applied with a roller, squeegee, trowel, or sprayer.
The type of epoxy… as there is water-based (least expensive), solvent-based, and solid epoxy (most expensive) available at different price points.
Any final coatings… oftentimes, epoxy flooring is sealed with an acrylic resin, a traffic coating, or an anti-static component. These will incur an additional cost, though they also bring significant benefits.
Make sure that you’re up-front with your provider about any cracks in your flooring, water damage, or other concerns, as this will affect your final quote.
You can expect to pay around $30-$40 per square metre for two coats of epoxy flooring over a prepared surface. This price will go up to $80-$100 per square metre if you have to pay for diamond grinding and a decorative finish. In a garage, it is likely that you will need diamond grinding over your existing flooring.
For this reason, you can expect to pay approximately $50 per square metre for a two-car garage, and $80 per square metre for a single car garage. As you can see from the numbers, you will get a slightly better rate for a larger surface, thanks to the amount of preparation that’s necessary.
Once your epoxy flooring is installed, it’s also important to keep in mind that there will be very low maintenance, cleaning, and repair costs. Once it’s installed, epoxy flooring only requires simple water and vinegar to clean up.
Since it’s so durable, it is unlikely you will need significant maintenance or repair (particularly if you clean it regularly). That said, if you do need to fix it up, you can easily fix a particular spot without having to replace the entire floor.
By now you’ve got a budget in mind. The next step is to find a reliable epoxy flooring team who can deliver your project on time and within budget.
Installing epoxy flooring is a complex process, and it must be mixed and applied correctly in order to achieve an even, durable finish. This will usually require professional installation, particularly if your existing concrete floor needs to be sanded down or treated.
To make sure that you’re working with a qualified professional, you should:
If you are looking for a durable, chemical resistant, and long-lasting garage flooring option, epoxy flooring might be a great option for you.
This is especially true if you also want a garage flooring that is aesthetically pleasing, particularly if you add flake or metallic finishes. That said, it’s important that you understand the overall costs, the installation process, and the situations where epoxy flooring is – and isn’t – most appropriate.
If you are still unsure about using epoxy flooring for your garage, or you would like more details, we invite you to reach out to one of our experts on 0450 550 649 or organise a 100% obligation-free quote now.