Basic polished concrete can range from $1.75 to $5 per square foot depending on the size, condition and level of polish desired.
More elaborate, decorative polished concrete can range from $5 to $10 or more.
What Are The Factors Affecting the Cost of Polished Concrete?
Concrete polishing equipment comes in various sizes.
Hand Grinders – For tough to reach areas near walls and columns, hand grinding is the best option. The process starts with course pads to break through the top layer. Then numerous steps in the process are used to grind and hone the surface.
Small Upright Machines – Small is a relative term when referring to polishing equipment. A small machine can be 300 lbs. Each machine also has a high powered industrial dustless vacuum. Both the polisher and vacuum can be powered by a portable generator.
Each polisher uses different diamond grinding pads. They start with course pads ranging from 25-50 grit. Then the pads are changed to 50-100 grit, 200, 400, 800, 1500 and 3,000 grit.
Polishing concrete is a multi step process working from course pads to finer ones.
A 300 lb machine will not produce the same level of polish as a large industrial machine. The additional weight makes a significant difference in outcome.
Small areas like basements or garages can benefit from the Grind & Seal finish. Frequently what starts as a polishing requirement ends with a grind & seal finish, an overlay or epoxy.
Large Upright Machines – These can be 1,000 lbs or more. They are used primarily in commercial areas. Restaurants, Retails Stores, Offices, Showrooms and warehouses are popular uses.
Available Concrete Polishing Options
There are many choices available depending on your desired appearance, budget, condition of the floor, size and access.
Due to the high demand of polished concrete, numerous options have evolved.
• Floor Grinding and Sealing – Grind and seal can be a decorative or utility finish. Use as a first step for surface prep for tile, hardwood, carpet or moisture mitigation. They can be sealed with epoxy coatings, urethanes or polyaspartics.
• Metallic Epoxy Coatings – Metallic epoxy produces a marbleized stained concrete appearance with a gloss like on a polished surface. Numerous colors are available as well as custom designs.
• Polished Concrete Overlays – Many overlays are available from thin coats of 1/16th inch thick to 3/8 inch thick. These are ideal when a new surface is needed for floor height needs to be increased.
Epoxy floor coatings have broad uses with specialized features. They should not be compared to the thin, epoxy paints you find at your local home improvement store.
Metallic epoxy, in particular, should not be confused with a typical decorative chip epoxy floor coating. Chip epoxy coatings are a high performance industrial look. They range in price from $4 per square foot to $7 per square foot depending on size and appropriate system.
To give you an idea of total cost, here are sample uses and sizes with price based on actual square footage.
There are other industrial systems that cost even more than $10 per square foot for chemical resistance features especially useful for commercial and industrial applications.
Garage Floor Metallic Epoxy Cost
• 500 SF – 2 Car Garage @ $7 PSF = $3,500
• 500 SF – 2 car Garage @ $12 PSF = $6,000
• 750 SF – 3 Car Garage @ $7 PSF = $5,250
• 750 SF – 3 Car Garage @ $12 PSF = $9,000
Basement Floor Metallic Epoxy Price
Basements are typically larger than garages. In fact, they range in size from 750 SF to 1,500 SF
Below are sample prices for Metallic Epoxy Basement Floors:
• 750 SF – Basement @ $7 PSF = $5,250
• 750 SF – Basement @ $12 PSF = $9,000
• 1500 SF – Basement @ $7 PSF = $10,500
• 1,500 SF – Basement @ $12 PSF = $18,000
What Is Metallic Epoxy Flooring?
Metallic epoxy is a high performance liquid coating. It is 2 parts resin and hardener that are mixed together then rolled or squeegeed onto concrete surfaces. It is protected with a clear urethane creating a smooth finish.
A metallic pigment is added creating an amazing appearance with tremendous depth. Numerous colors can be combined for a marble like appearance.
Is Metallic Epoxy a Durable Coating?
Metallic epoxy is a two-coat, 100% solids liquid floor coating. They are finished with high performance clear coat urethanes. They are extremely durable.
One of the benefits of Metallic Epoxy Floor coatings is they combine industrial strength with a high decorative curb appeal enhancing finish.
Call us for a free estimate on metallic epoxy flooring for your home or business: (443) 966-1162. We provide flooring to the entire Baltimore area as well as Carroll County, Maryland.
Epoxy floor coating has been considered by many to be a very durable
material that can be very versatile in its applications. It is much
sturdier and solid, but still has enough to give so as to be comfortable
and not cause back problems.
Here are the different types of epoxy
floor coating: Solvent Based Epoxy
It is highly popular due to the variety of colors available and the
highly adhesive nature of the epoxy. It can be applied in cooler
temperatures and higher humidity and it does a better job at tolerating
petroleum contaminates in the concrete surface. However, releases
harmful fumes which can cause health problems and lung damage if inhaled
Water Based Epoxy
It is a type of epoxy that is water soluble and uses water as its main
carrier, not solvents. It can be applied to concrete that is still damp
and can actually make for a good sealer
to help stop hydrostatic pressure from moisture vapor transmission. It
cures at slower speeds, but eliminate most or all of the harmful fumes
contained in the epoxy compound.
100% Solids Epoxy
It does not have any water or solvents to evaporate - it is just pure
epoxy. It can be very versatile and adaptable in its numerous
applications, but is difficult to apply.