As each project has unique considerations and factors to take into account, it’s hard to quote an exact cost per square metre for epoxy flooring. In general, though, projects would cost, from, around £20/m2 for an epoxy coating, up to £150 p/m2 for a metallic epoxy with some build up.
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What is epoxy flooring?
Epoxy flooring is essentially a protective flooring surface system that is made up of multiple layers epoxy resin. Epoxy “systems” are based on a combination of resins and hardeners, which when combined, they form a very rigid, strong surface to be used in a variety of environments.
Depending on the circumstances and the condition of the sub-base, epoxy can be installed incorporating fillers or as a floor coating. The nature of the epoxy resin makes the floor strong, durable, easy to maintain and aesthetically pleasing.
What influences epoxy flooring cost?
The cost of a new epoxy floor will depend on several factors, such as:
- The size of the area/project
- Geographical location
- Quality of the sub base
- Choice of sealer coats
- Whether the floor requires some build up
- The type of epoxy
- The design finish
- Cost of install
Epoxy floor cost factors explained:
Just like any flooring project, larger areas require more attention, time, material and labour. Although certain aspects of your installation will be fixed on price, the size of the room you want to cover will dictate if you will be paying below or above the average square metre rate.
Flexflooring operate around the UK, but we are based in Kent, so installations that require us to accommodate our workforce overnight will be more expensive.
Epoxy is a versatile product and can go over many different sub-bases. However if your sub base is full of holes, cracks, divets or breaking up, a certain amount of preparation work will be required before a suitable epoxy product can be applied.
One of the lesser desirable properties on an epoxy, is that they have a tendency to yellow in direct sunlight. This can be overcome by applying an aliphatic (UV stable) polyurethane coat over the surface, which will add to the cost.
Epoxy as a coating is thin, and in some circumstances, you may need to build up the levels of the floor. If this is a case of millimetres, this can be done by adding a filler product to the epoxy (commonly called a scratch coat) and applied as a self-leveller. If you need more than this, then we would recommend installing a fast setting hydraulic self-levelling screed before applying the epoxy coat.
There are two types of epoxies commonly used today. Water-based epoxy and 100% solids epoxy.
100% solids epoxy
Generally speaking, solid-based epoxy is the best performing of the two, and lasts longer. You will be paying almost twice as much more than what you would for water-based epoxy, however it should be considered a longer-term investment. Some of the benefits include:
- Thicker and covers imperfections
- Typically cost more than waterborne epoxy
- Withstands heavy traffic
- Better for industrial/commercial usage
- Require a bonding agent to install
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Water based epoxy
Water-based epoxy floor coatings are thinner and can be easier to apply but you’ll find that they’re less durable than solid based epoxy flooring.
Here are some of the features of water-based epoxy:
- A thinner surface which is easier to apply and acts more as a sealer.
- Generally costs less than solid based epoxy.
- Not as durable and resistant to wear (you may incur additional maintenance costs).
- Better for DIY / domestic usage.
There are many different designs that can be achieved with an epoxy, the most common in an industrial environment would be a single colour, but you can now add metallic components to achieve random effects within the floor.
Many DIY experts choose to apply the epoxy surface themselves, however, this is rarely the best long-term option. We would, of course, always advise that you have a professional installer lay your epoxy flooring. Although the labour costs may appear to make the process more expensive, it’ll actually save you money in the long run. Many installers guarantee their work so you’ll be able to call upon the installers if there is a problem. Also, employing an installer will eliminate any costly mistakes that may occur if you lay the epoxy floor yourself.
If you’re looking for warehouse or factory epoxy to be used in an industrial environment, visit our industrial epoxy flooring page to read more about our product offerings.
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