How much does a garage floor coating cost?
Garage floor coatings in Colorado tend to range between $5.50 per square foot and $6 per square foot. We have seen some companies charge as high as $7 per sqft. You can find companies cheaper than that but just be careful. You are investing a lot of money on this floor so it’s important to do it right the first time so it lasts.
There are a number of considerations that come into place when pricing out a garage floor coating.
What’s Our Garage Floor Coating Pricing Strategy?
We like to just shoot straight and just give you the best deal we can without cutting any corners. What does cutting corners look like? You know, round the edges so they’re not sharp, kidding. For starters the most expensive part of the job is the product, it’s not cheap, unless you buy a cheap product.
Installers can choose different products to use for their basecoat such as Epoxy (cheapest), Polyurea (middle) or Polyaspartics (most expensive). They can all work and they all serve the purpose of bonding to the concrete and allowing a color to be cast on the top. Some claim that one bonds better than another but it really comes down to the quality. If I purchase a cheap base coat product whether it be epoxy, polyurea or a polyaspartic none of them may bond very well. One reason epoxy and polyurea base coats are typically cheaper is they are not UV resistant, booooo. Ok well it’s really only an issue if you get some consistent sun exposure on the surface being coated. But what if my garage doesn’t get sun exposure? Well some garages have windows, some face the sun certain times of day and if you choose to have the coating come all the way out of the garage floor there typically is exposure there. Using non UV resistant products can cause tan color base coats to turn more yellow and gray base coats to turn greenish, which is supper attractive if you’re into your floor changing colors.
Ok enough of that, let’s talk about something you’re really interested in, the manufacturers! Bare with me for a minute, it kind of matters so let’s break it down. Not all products are created equal. Here are just a couple things to consider. The SMELL, the VOC’s (Volitle Organic Compounds) and the QUALITY. Garage floor coatings are SMELLY, it’s true and most people don’t like the smell, unless you sniffed markers as a kid. Depending on the manufacturer the smell can last weeks! It’s an industry issue, clients complain, neighbors complain and it just stinks. To address this we have teamed up with the LEADING manufacturer who’s primary focus is to create products that are more sustainable, made with the highest quality of raw materials and the lowest amounts of solvents which produces the lowest amounts of odors. Best of all they produce products that have some of the lowest VOC’s in the industry. VOC’s can cause people to cough, have eye irritation, get nauseous, have headaches and more. VOC’s can be bad. That’s why we spend the extra money for the good stuff. Does that mean it won’t smell, no it will a little but not as bad and it won’t last as long. Sweet, it’s a win for everyone! Manufactures using low cost chemicals and raw materials from China can get inconsistent results, and poor product performance. The manufacturer we are using has designed their products for large industrial usage which means their products are SOLID. We will let you in on a little secret, we are the ONLY residential installer in Denver and Colorado Springs using this manufacturer. How do we know that, because they only sell directly to installers and they told us. No cutting corners here.
Now that that’s out of the way let’s break down how garage floor coating pricing works.
Garage Floor Coating Pricing
How big is your garage? We need to know the square footage so we can determine how much time it will take and how much product we need to purchase for the job. We price our floors starting out at $5.50 per square foot. That will cover the cost of having our amazing certified installers do the floor, purchase the top of the line product and equipment to do the job the best possible way. It also allows us to provide you with a 5 star experience. Typically if there is a problem with the floor it will manifest within days. Within the 1st year if you have a concern about your floor based on our job agreement then we will fix it at no cost to you. After that we have a limited Lifetime Warranty on our floors. If there is a delamination from the concrete and it’s not a concrete issue the material cost will be covered. Don’t worry we won’t disappear if you call us back after the job is completed like some of the really cheap guys.
What kind of condition is the concrete in? If the concrete has cracks, chips, is eroding or spalling then it is going to cost a little more to repair that stuff. We want the floor to look flawless when we are done so if the floor is cracked we will need to cut the cracks, fill them with a mendor and regrind the surface. If the surface needs help then we grind it first, clean it up and skim coat the damaged areas then regrind everything so you would never know any of the damage existed. It’s like magic, but it’s not free. The cost will vary depending on the amount of repair work needed. It can be as low as $75 to cut and repair cracks. Skim coating starts at around $199 and goes up from there, it just depends on how much of the floor needs to be done. Most of the time it’s where you park your car. In the winter salts and magnesium chloride drip off the car and eat away at the concrete.
Side Wall Verticals
If you want to have the side wall verticals coated or stem walls we can do that. We charge a little more per square foot because they are tedious, and take longer to coat. The price per sqft on these is $5.50.
We can coat your concrete steps or wood steps. We charge $57 per wood step that is under 3 ft in length and $47 for concrete steps. For wood steps we need to sand the buggers so the coating will stick. The coating will last much longer than paint but the limited lifetime warranty does not apply to wood steps because they are wood and they won’t last as long as concrete.
If we just coat in and out of the expansion joints there is no extra cost. If you have a urethane or caulk in the expansion joints you have a couple options. We can remove it and charge you or you can do it and we won’t, pretty simple. If there are cracks in the expansion joints we can fill the crack with a caulk that will bond to our coating, then coat in and out of the joint. This process adds a little extra cost. Typically a 2 car garage will cost around $112, a 3 car garage around $168, but it really depends on how many and how deep the expansion joints are. Caulking the joints will hide the existing cracks, lower the depth of the joint so they don’t become dirt traps which are hard to clean. It also makes the floor look better. If the floor shifts enough the cracks in the expansion joints may reamerige,and that cannot be controlled so there is no warranty for that. .
Floor to Wall Cove
A cove can be created for a seamless transition from the floor to the wall. We use caulk and a cove tool to create a rounded edge. This edge will cover the felt pad between the wall and the floor. If the floor shifts you could see some cracking or separation at the cove. This would add around $230 to a 2 car garage and more for a larger project. We can give you a hard number once we see the floor. Cove’s that crack do not fall under our warranty since we cannot control or stop concrete from shifting.
Removing an existing coating
It depends on the coating. If it’s a DIY kit from somewhere or a glorified paint then we don’t charge to remove it because it comes off with ease. If you have an existing epoxy coating or polyaspartic coating then we do charge and extra $1 per sqft to remove the coating. It takes 2 to 3 times longer to strip and prep the surface. If you tried to lay a high end coating yourself and it didn’t set up correctly, boy does this get messy, then it may cost more than $1 per sqft to remove. Sadly we run into this more often then we wished.