If you need a new floor, a cast floor will be a good choice. This type of floor is very hygienic because it has no seams, fits very well into a modern interior, is strong, and super durable. A disadvantage is that it can take several days to finish the floor. Let us talk about the costs.
What is a cast floor?
Cast floors are applied to a subfloor in liquid form, often in 4 or more layers. The result is a jointless and thin floor with a thickness of up to 0.5 inches, which forms a solid and hard base. Cast floors can be made of different materials, each with specific qualities and a specific price tag. The material also determines the appearance of the floor. Cast floors can last an average of 60 years; are available in countless colors and designs; are amazingly easy to maintain and will be a real eye-catcher in the interior design of your home.
How much it costs for you to install a cast floor depends on several factors. The surface area, as well as the type of floor will, of course, affect this price. Although the number of layers needed, and a possible preparation of the subfloor can increase the price. Before going into these factors, the following is an overview of the square meter prices including installation, materials, and VAT.
|Type of flooring||Price per square meter|
|Stone carpet cast floor||$26-$53|
|Trowel cast floor 50-70€||$60-$83|
|Epoxy cast floor 60-95€||$71-$113|
|Polyurethane cast floor 70-105€||$83-$125|
A floor with structure: the cheapest option is a stone carpet, followed by a trowel/spatula floor. These floors consist of stone granules mixed with resin. With stone carpet floors, these grains are larger, which gives the floor a coarser appearance. With these two options you will always see a structure in the floor and if these stones do not have a top layer, you will be able to feel it. For this reason, stone carpet and troweled floors are sometimes not considered as being part of cast flooring; they lack the smooth, even appearance for which cast floors are known.
A smooth, hard floor: If you want this smooth and unstructured appearance, an epoxy floor is a solution. Its cost is not the lowest, but the result is brilliant. A disadvantage of epoxy resin is that it is super hard, so it is sensitive to cracks if the subfloor is not level. On the other hand, it is resistant to intensive use and spilling of acids, chemicals, and water. For these reasons, epoxy resin floors are often found in parking garages and factories.
The perfect cast floor for the home: polyurethane resin is the perfect material for indoor use. The costs are slightly higher than for epoxy resin, but the material is more flexible and therefore less susceptible to cracking. Even if you have children, this is a better option because it is less hard and therefore less dangerous. Polyurethane is increasingly used indoors, can be formed in a variety of colors and patterns and gives your floor a seamless and modern look.
Decisions that influence the price
As with any large project, when laying a cast floor, you must have to deal with several factors and decisions that may or may not affect the price. Here is an explanation of the three most important factors.
The total surface area
In general, the larger the area, the more you pay. However, the price per square meter often decreases if you have a larger floor. This is often around 50 square meters. Therefore, a 75 square meters floor will be cheaper per unit than a 25 square meters floor.
The labor costs
A large part of the cost is made up of the labor. This is because several layers need to be applied, each of which must dry before the work can continue. Therefore, laying a cast/poured floor is labor intensive and can take at least 4 days or more.
The condition of the subfloor
To achieve the maximum life of your cast floor, it is important that the subfloor is level and stable. Cast floors can generally be laid on the current floor without too many problems, but if this requires treatment, you will, of course, need to lose more money.
The best way to find out which are the best options for you is to compare quotes. This way, you will be able to compare price, quality and service and save up to 30 percent of the total costs. Use our free and non-binding comparison tool and start planning your new cast floor.