Evaluating a Good Epoxy Flooring Contractor
Updated: Apr 21
Epoxy flooring contractors is a very broad term and can include expertise in multiple facets such as, residential, industrial and commercial industries. Some epoxy flooring contractors specialize in decorative floors while others might specialize in larger size projects. So what common thread do all epoxy flooring professionals possess? Let's take a look at some things you, a prospective customer should key in on.
How does your epoxy contractor handle the initial site visit?
While performing a site visit an epoxy flooring contractor needs to gather information to properly assess how they will build a durable floor system that matches the existing conditions, the introduced conditions and your perimeters. These questions will allow an experienced contractor to maximize your budget and ensure a long life cycle of the installed seamless floor.
Understanding the existing conditions will dictate the appropriate preparation to ensure surface contaminants are removed and that the appropriate base layers of an epoxy floor are installed. For example, if your existing floor is tile a specific primer is made to etch the tile and aid in bond but may increase the overall cost. Or maybe your space includes high traffic areas that are illustrated through eroded concrete. An experienced epoxy flooring contractor can tailor the floor system to provide additional thickness in these areas while offering a thinner system in the less trafficked areas and provide your space with the most efficient seamless floor system and product specification.
Asking questions regarding the typical daily conditions and chemicals encountered will allow your epoxy flooring contractor valuable information. The epoxy flooring industry has come a long way in the past decade and that means new chemistry offering additional chemical resistances and performance characteristics. In shop floors and warehouses, where forklift traffic is a common occurrence a urethane topcoat is typically best suited as it offers up to 4 times the abrasion resistance of a standard epoxy. This means tire friction will not degrade your floor or pick up staining ultimately offering you the best ROI and longest lasting floor solution.
Every customer and space has specifics that will make an experienced epoxy flooring contractors site visit the most valuable part of ensuring a quality installation. Projects often have specific timelines and dates that the installation will need to be performed within. Oftentimes a specific budget must be maintained or another factor that is intricate to you and your project contractors have a wide variety of products at their disposal. There are fast track or fast curing products and more budget friendly options to meet your specific needs.
How does he propose to perform the preparation prior to the installation of an epoxy floor system?
As Abraham Lincoln once said, “Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the ax.” Yes this saying can be used in many scenarios but it cannot be stressed more where epoxy flooring is concerned. With inadequate preparation of the substrate even the best of products will fail. There are many forms of concrete preparation that are suitable for an industrial strength epoxy flooring system and there are some red flags to be aware of.
Most commonly shot blasting and diamond grinding are the preferred means of concrete prep for epoxy systems and each has their own place. The best way to ensure that your epoxy flooring contractor is supplying your project with an adequate slab prep is to refer to the product data page or manufacturer for their suggested prep guidelines. Beyond diamond grinding and/or shot blasting your contractor should be installing keyways, and edging to ensure a full prep around equipment and anchor points where the system terminates.
Some red flags to beware of include, acid etching, pressure washing and other simple cleaning methods. Acid etching does have its place but is an antiquated form of prep in the sense that water is being introduced to a slab and it is susceptible to leaving salt deposits or bond breakers behind that will compromise your epoxies bond to the slab. Pressure washing and other cleaning methods may help remove contaminants but they will not create a mechanical profile needed for the epoxy to grip too. Removing the laitance of a concrete slab and establishing a tooth for the epoxy to bite to ensure that your epoxy floor will wear rather than peel and this process can only be achieved through diamond grinding and/or shot blasting
How will your epoxy flooring contractors install your floor system?
Any experienced epoxy contractor should educate you on what you are buying and how he is going to supply you with it. This includes a projected timeline of events on his proposed scope of work. How many days has your epoxy flooring contractor allocated for the installation and has he educated you on the cure time of the floor. Your contractor should also discuss the thickness of his applied system and how he will ensure that you receive what you are paying for.
Ultimately, your epoxy flooring contractor should offer you a full picture on what you are buying. How it is protecting your space and how you can maintain your new investment with a cleaning guideline and what your expectations should be along with the options presented. If you would like a free consultation or site visit feel free to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org