If your garage flooring has seen better days, it’s time to consider a makeover. Bare concrete floors tend to crack and become stained over time, but you can repair them with a tough epoxy coating that seals cracks, repels water and adds a pop of color and texture to your space. This upgrade will add value to your home, and making this investment may cost far less than you thought.
Typical Epoxy Flooring Costs
Having a professional install an epoxy floor over the existing slab in your garage typically costs between $3 and $12 per square foot. A one-car garage is usually about 250 square feet and can cost between $750 to $3,000, depending on the type of coating. A two-car garage is normally between 400 and 500 square feet, so the total cost averages between $1,200 and $6,000. For a more accurate figure, measure the length and width of your garage interior and multiply those numbers again to determine your square footage.
The Epoxy Flooring Installation Process
Though it may be tempting to cut costs by trying a DIY epoxy application, choosing a professional garage floor installation gives you far better results in less time — and all you’ll have to do is clear your garage of your belongings before the crew arrives.
Once you’ve chosen the type of coating —including its color and texture — the team will begin the installation process by checking your concrete for cracks and gouges. They’ll repair these breaches with filler to ensure a perfectly smooth finish for your new epoxy floor. Once these polymers have dried, the team will apply a primer to seal your concrete and create a good base for the epoxy to adhere to. Finally, the epoxy coats are applied and any texture added.
The whole process takes about two days, which allows for each coat to dry thoroughly between applications. Weather and humidity can affect the drying time, and you’ll need to wait another day or two after installation before using your garage again. This is to allow the epoxy to cure, or dry thoroughly to its rock-hard finish. Once it does, you’ll get years of enjoyment out your durable new flooring.
Epoxy coatings have several benefits, both structural and cosmetic. These durable coatings protect your concrete floor from water damage by sealing out moisture, including drips from your engine block that can lead to unsightly stains. They also cover over any existing stains to give your garage a new lease on life.
The durable coating is resistant to scratches, dents and dings, so your garage floor will be able to stand up to whatever your active lifestyle can throw at it. The surface is appropriate for just about any work or play activity except welding, as sparks can damage the coating over time.
Of course, epoxy is also the best way to add color to your garage. You can choose a coating that imitates the high-end look of natural stone, or you can choose a vivid hue that makes your floors pop. Either way, an epoxy coating provides an instant facelift to your garage and boosts the value of your home by making it more attractive to potential buyers down the road.
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