Hire a Professional for Your Epoxy Flooring

There are certain household improvements that are simple and safe enough for the consumer to perform effectively themselves. Painting a picnic table, repairing the roof on the dog’s house or hanging curtain rods are a few of these tasks that spring to mind. But, some home improvements are not only performed better by professionals, they are better left to the professionals for safety reasons as well.

Epoxy flooring is a task that requires a great deal of knowledge and skill to achieve a positive outcome. The quality of the chemicals can vary widely yielding a variety of outcomes. Though it may seem to be a single standard substance, there are substandard epoxies that don’t float over the treated surface well, leave inconsistent finishes, and may even break up over time.

With nearly every homeowner making efforts to tighten the household budget, do-it-yourself kits are attractive. Handling chemicals is an area that professionals are trained to handle safely. They are apprised of the product data safety information, proper ventilation, and use safe protective attire when applying these chemicals. Additionally, what may first seem like an easily performed process, there is actually a great deal of skill involved in the application and finishing. Contracting a professional installer insures a beautiful floor, whether in the garage, patio or pool deck.

Regarding pricing, the attempts to apply epoxy flooring oneself can produce substandard results with minimal to nonexistent savings. When price shopping, it soon becomes evident that this is one area of home improvement where the estimates range dramatically. Different contractors have different pricing and it’s important to make sure to compare “apples to apples.” Insure that the comparisons are made between similar epoxies. Is the contractor applying synthetic “flecks” or stones? The contractor may or may not include a guarantee, and if so, what are the chances they will still be in business should we need to use that guarantee? If this flooring is applied by a do-it-yourselfer, clearly there is no recourse should the floor eventually lift or break up.

Another point to consider are the aesthetics. While the do-it-yourself kits may offer a few varieties of finished looks, the professional contractor has access to a myriad of chemicals, flecks, stones and other choices that we as consumers have no knowledge. When considering an epoxy flooring home improvement, developing a relationship with a skilled professional will reap both immediate AND long-term benefits.

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