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How Much Does Epoxy Resin Flooring Cost Per ㎡? 7 Key Factors Explained

Although RFC is only a supplier of resin products and does not offer installation we’re regularly asked if we can indicate a resin flooring price per ㎡.

We’re more than happy to put our customers in touch with reputable installers, just give us a call. But we also thought we’d put this blog post together to look at the factors affecting the price that might help you calculate overall project costs.

Later we’ll detail prices for resin products as well as for installation.

Benefits of Resin Flooring

At first sight pricing for resin flooring might seem daunting until you consider the following benefits:

  • Creates a smooth hygienic finish
  • Demonstrates excellent wear resistance
  • Creates a non-porous protective surface
  • Can add chemical resistance to a floor
  • A slip-resistant layer is an option with some systems
  • Can last for years with little maintenance required

Factors that affect the cost of resin flooring

The following 7 factors will affect the final price of purchasing and installing your ideal resin flooring system.

Current State Of Floor Substrate – What Preparation is Required?

The substrate is the underlying layer that the resin floor will be added to. If the surface is rough, pitted, flakey or has loose or dusty deposits then it will need repair and making good before any kind of resin application. On the other hand, if you have a new concrete floor, ready for the resin floor company to work on then costs could be reduced.

RFC Epoxy Fine Grade Mortar being trowelled
Damage to a warehouse floor being repaired prior to installing a new resin floor.

The more preparation required the more this will impact the flooring cost. Especially so if specialist processes like shot blasting, diamond grinding or scarifying are required. It’s not just the time it takes to undertake those but possibly the need to hire specialist equipment.

It’s also worth bearing in mind that paints and floor coatings are only microns thick. Applying these to a surface won’t hide a rough surface. If a smooth finish is important then a thicker system with filler will be required, impacting installation time, curing times and the cost per square metre.

The Size of the Area

It almost goes without saying that the bigger the area the higher the flooring cost. Just as it would be if you were having a new carpet fitted at home. However, though an increased project size will increase costs there may be a discount on the price per square metre due to increased efficiencies and the economies of scale. Furthermore, a resin flooring contractor might be able to get better pricing on the product if they’re ordering more and pass some of the discounts onto you.

At the other end for smaller projects, you should expect to pay a minimum fixed cost element. Almost like when paying a call-out charge for a plumber. There’s time in just preparing and getting to a job no matter what the size and this has to be paid for otherwise, resin installation companies couldn’t make it pay all of the time.

The Layout and Location of the Installation Area

A huge single space like a warehouse causes fewer headaches for a contractor when installing than a space that’s divided into many smaller areas, or that involves corridors. Smaller spaces are more difficult to access with tools, to work in close proximity to others and are more challenging in terms of achieving a seamless finish.

Additionally, if the floor isn’t on the ground floor then tools and products have to be lumped upwards, all impacting the overall project time, costs and causing logistical headaches.

Warehouse project with areas of different colour

Another thing to consider in terms of layout is the specific design required on the floor. Do you require different coloured floored areas for safety, for walkways, parking or hatched no go areas? All these would need to be planned and masked up, furthermore different types of resin product might be required for the different areas, high vis, anti-slip or chemical resistant maybe. All of which affects the bottom line.

The Quality & Type Of Resin Flooring Required

As we touched on above there are many resinous systems available. The specific application will dictate the properties required from the flooring, for example, does it need to be resistant to abrasion, heat, oil or chemical spillage?

Many of the products RFC retail are 2 or 3 component systems and thus incur longer installation times. The product has to be prepared thoroughly and mixed carefully. Add to that some systems and environments also require more than one coat to ensure a long term hard-wearing finish adding to the time and cost.

Some products also compete on specific properties that might impact the price. These include heat and chemical resistance, curing times, anti-static properties and how susceptible they are to damage from UV light. The more specialist a product is the more expensive it generally is.

The Resin Floor Finish

The level of finish quality required in a warehouse will be vastly different to that required for a poured resin or Terrazo installation in a shopping mall. Commodity installations will be done to a level but the exacting standards of aesthetic won’t need to be the same as in areas where people are enjoying leisure time and footfall is high.

Expect to pay more for the specific products and installation for a marquee project.

Location of the Project

You may want to hire a contractor that’s local to you as they will likely build in travel costs to the quote if they’re coming from further afield. All the more likely if an overnight stay or two is required.

In terms of resin products, this can obviously be purchased online and/or your contractor might source and supply also.

Time of installation – Restricted Hours?

Resin flooring cost will also be impacted by potentially restricted hours. While projects in the residential sector can be completed during business hours, that’s not always possible with industrial projects.

Do you work in the food and beverage business or is it important that your space is available for workers during the day? If so then many industrial flooring contractors will work overnight or at the weekends but unsociable hours obviously impact project costs.

Also for big cities like London, there are restrictions on when a haulage and delivery firm can unload. This will impact the overall cost.

Sample Resin Flooring Costs

Here are sample installation costs for 3 types of resin flooring system.

Paint & Coating Systems

  • Product & installation cost = £12.50 – 20.00 per square metre
  • Product only cost = £5.50 – 11.50 per square metre (based on 2 coats) eg RFC Epoxy Resin Floor Coating

Poured Resin Flooring systems

  • Product & installation cost = £32.00 – 38.00 per square metre
  • Product only cost = £19.50 – 30.50 per square metre eg Pumaflow

Heavy Duty Polyurethane systems

  • Product & installation cost = £38.00 – 48.00 per square metre
  • Product only cost = £24.00 – 36.50 per square metre eg Pumadur HF

The costs above are approximate only and based on product and installation costs at the time of publishing. All of the factors discussed above will have a bearing on your project costs.

Size is of one of the main factors. To get the lower cost per square metre you would be looking at installations in excess of 3000 square metres. The higher cost is based on smaller projects that might be 500-700 square metres.

If you’d like a quote for your next project then we highly recommend a resin flooring contractor like UltraSyntec. For the best price please mention RFC when contacting.

How long do resin floors last?

What you should know is that all resin flooring solutions should last in a timescale of years rather than months. Expect thinner coatings and paints to last 2-3 years before they show signs of wear. Thicker poured resin systems should last longer at 5-10 years and heavy-duty floor screeds longer still.

UltraSyntec offers a 10-year guarantee with their poured and heavy-duty systems. This warranty will cover debonding, cracking and delaminating. It won’t cover scuffs and chips from fair wear and tear or damage caused by forklift trucks.

Ultimately it will all depend on what the space is used for. Is it foot traffic only or will there be plant machinery? Will the floor come into contact with any heat or chemicals? All will influence the longevity of the resin surface.

Of course, thorough preparation of the surface and using a professional floor primer in the first instance will also set up your resin surface for a long-lasting finish.