A Cost Comparison of Popular Flooring Options for Basements and Garages
Many factors go into selecting the perfect flooring for your basement or garage. Considerations like space functionality, environmental impacts, durability, versatility, color, texture, square footage, installation, warranty…oh, and the big one…COST. We understand there is a lot to consider.
Like most folks, we also know people want to maximize their dollar investment over the lifespan of a new floor. Who doesn’t want to get “the most bang for their buck?”
With this in mind, we put together a cost comparison of popular flooring options for basements and garages. We compiled an overall median price range for professional installation of four of the most commonly used materials: epoxy, rubber tiles, polyurea coating, and carpet. We calculated estimates using the square footage of a standard 2 car garage at 525 square feet. Then, we compared those costs with the average industry lifespan of the material.
By the Numbers:
|Avg 2 Car Garage Cost (525 sqft)
|Cost over 5 years
|Cost over 10 years
|Cost over 15 years
*Square footage estimates are based on averages for mid-range industry materials.
While materials like epoxy and rubber tiles are a cheaper investment, they will cost you more in the long-run because they need to be replaced every three to five years. Carpet is the most expensive upfront cost, but does have a longer shelf-life compared to epoxy and rubber tiles. However, when compared to polyurea, carpet’s ten year lifespan doesn’t standup against polyurea’s lifecycle of 15 years. With durability and longevity on its side, polyurea stands out as the most economical flooring choice.
Polyurea concrete coating is a heavy-duty material with four times the durability of epoxy. Its resistance to chipping and peeling in the presence of UV exposure and extreme temperatures, make it an excellent choice with a variety of applications. At Webfoot, concrete coating installation takes less than 24-hours and is backed by a 15 year residential warranty.
Of course, what we haven’t compared is the DIY aspect of flooring materials and installation. Cost comparisons almost always show do-it-yourself projects as the cheapest option. We are proud advocates of DIY and encourage people to try things at home. However, not all projects are DIY worthy. Certain flooring applications require special skills and tools to do the work accurately. DIY mistakes are common and errors can be costly and even in a best case scenario, as DIY project will only last 6 months to a year. Plus, professional flooring applications come with a guarantee. There is no guarantee if you do-it-yourself.