Epoxy flooring has become the favorite choice for garage floors. It is durable and hard-wearing to the point that it can withstand even the harshest of garage floor conditions. Moreover, it provides a high aesthetic value, is easy to install and maintain. It is also one of the most cost effective garage floor system.
Epoxy consist of a mixture of resins and some hardeners which react chemically to produce a firm coating material. When applied, epoxy bonds with the concrete floor.
As it dries up or cures, it becomes a strong and durable coating protecting the floor from any liquid and chemical spills and leaks. Epoxy also makes the floor easy to clean and maintain.
An epoxy coat is easy to apply. For the installation to be successful, the concrete floor needs to be properly prepared for the process. Diamond grinding is the most commonly used process to rid concrete of all dust, dirt and impurities prior to epoxy installation.
Finding an Epoxy Installer
Since an epoxy flooring system has become popular, there is an increasing number of epoxy floor installers to choose from. You need to choose an epoxy installer that is:
Licensed. Having a license means in most probability they are qualified for the job.
Insured. This will cover any loss due to damage caused during the installation. Insurance should also include employee compensation.
Bonded. This is so you will not be coerced into paying for an unfinished job.
With a good track record. The longer they have been epoxy installers means they are experienced and reliable.
It is also important to choose an epoxy installer you are comfortable with.
Epoxy floor installers needs these information from you:
Condition of the concrete surface (cracks, existing coatings, etc.).
Where will the epoxy coating be installed (garage, patio, basement etc.)
Surface area that needs to be covered.
You, too, need to ask the epoxy installer some important questions:
How long has the business been in existence? The longer they have been in business, the more experienced they are in epoxy floor installation. Asked to see some photos of previous jobs.
Are you certified or trained to do epoxy floor installations?
Will you be doing the installation or will you be working with subcontractors? If the epoxy installer will farm out the job to other installers, the cost will be higher because you are talking to a middleman.
Can you refer me to some of your previous clients? Reliable and responsible epoxy floor installers will gladly provide you with references. No one can speak highly of an installer than satisfied clients.
How are you going to prepare the concrete floor prior to epoxy installation? What brand of epoxy coat will you use and how long will it last? How long will it take for the job to be completed? These are questions experienced, reliable and responsible epoxy floor installers should not have any difficulty in answering.
To be able to enjoy all the benefits of an epoxy floor coating, it is important that the installation first becomes successful. It is therefore a must that you work only with reliable, responsible and well-experienced epoxy floor installers.