Epoxy is a hard-to-apply concrete floor finish that transforms your garage floor.

You will pay $3.60 – $6.20 per square foot to paint your garage floor with epoxy. On average, a single-car garage will cost $1,312, while a double garage will cost $2,649.

Several factors determine how much you pay when you paint a garage floor with epoxy.

DescriptionAverage cost per square foot
Average cost per square foot$10 - $15
Labor cost $1 - $7
Material cost $2 - $5
Epoxy flooring cost$3 - $12
Painting a garage floor with epoxy

Size of your garage

The larger your garage, the more epoxy flooring you will require. Therefore, the more you will pay to paint your garage floor.

Contractor or DIY

It will cost you more to hire a contractor than if you DIY garage floor painting. Painting your garage floor with epoxy is difficult. You will have to hire a contractor to apply epoxy to your garage floor. If you have the right skills and tools to apply epoxy, you can DIY. It can help you save up to 25% of the cost of the project.

Preparation

Part of the labor costs is preparation work. It takes up to a day to prepare your garage floor for epoxy paint. Prep work costs $500. You can save this amount if you DIY.

Part of floor preparation includes repairing cracks and foundations. Floor and foundation repairs are expensive. Therefore, it increases the cost of the epoxy application.

Paint a Garage Floor With Epoxy Cost Per Foot

How long the work takes

The longer the work takes, the more you pay. The application method used determines how long it takes to apply the epoxy. Epoxy can be applied with a roller, sprayer, or trowel. Talk to your contractor to find out their application method and how long it will take to complete the job.

Type of epoxy used

Water-based epoxy is cheaper than solid epoxy. The more expensive solid epoxy costs $45 to $150 per gallon. Water-based epoxy costs $30 to $50 per gallon, while solvent epoxy costs $45 per gallon. If you are working on a tight budget, you can purchase water-based epoxy.

Painting and sealing

Your contractor will recommend that you apply paint or a sealant on your epoxy. You can choose whether to paint or leave it as it is. However, a sealant is essential in ensuring the durability of your epoxy paint. It increases the cost of your project since you will pay an extra $2 to $5 per square foot. Adding a coat of paint will cost you an additional $2 to $4 per square foot.

Types of epoxy you can use for your garage floor painting project

Water-based epoxy

Water-based epoxy is the cheapest epoxy you can buy. It consists of water, epoxy, and hardener. It is thinner than other types of epoxy and easier to apply. However, it is not as durable as other types of epoxy. It has to be reapplied every three years. It is resistant to scratches. However, heavy use and chemical exposure can undo it.

Solvent-based epoxy

It is stronger than water-based epoxy and is also easy to apply. It contains toxic volatile organic compounds. You will need the right safety gear when applying it to avoid breathing it. The VOC content makes it unpopular and is banned in some regions. It costs $45 per gallon.

Solid epoxy

It is the most expensive at $45 – $150 per gallon. It is thicker than both the water and solvent-based epoxy and harder to apply. It is highly durable with a lifespan of 20 years. It resists scratches, chemical exposure, and heavy use. Only professionals can apply solid epoxy. It should not be installed in regions of high moisture and temperature.

Benefits of epoxy painting on a garage floor

  • Enhance the appearance of your garage floor and your garage in general
  • Durability. Paint has to be repainted each year while solid epoxy lasts 20 years.
  • Cost-effective.
  • Protects the floor.
  • Easy to clean
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Does not harm car tires and it is not broken by the tires.

DIY or hire a professional for epoxy application

The epoxy application requires a well-prepared floor. Only a pro can prepare the floor to the required level. Additionally, because of the VOCs in solvent-based epoxy, only a pro should apply it.

However, you can purchase a DIY kit from a home improvement store near you. DIY also requires you to have the right tools to apply it on floors effectively. DIY can ensure that you save $4 – $7 per square foot.

For efficient and effective epoxy application, hire a pro.

How to save money on epoxy application

  • Get multiple estimates
  • Hire a pro in their off-season for lower costs.
  • Complete some of the work yourself.
  • Combine epoxy application for your garage floor with other construction work.

Is epoxy cheaper than tiles

Garage floor tiles cost $2 to $4 per square foot while epoxy costs $3 to $12 per square foot. Therefore, tiles are cheaper than the application of epoxy.

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