IF YOU’RE THINKING OF INSTALLING GARAGE FLOOR EPOXY, READ THIS FIRST!August 15, 2015
You’ve browsed garage epoxy flooring colors and styles. You already know you love the polished look and feel of this floor coating. Now, you’ve got to decide whether to do it yourself or hire a professional. Before you opt for DIY, read this first to determine if you are really ready to tackle these challenges.
DIY GARAGE EPOXY FLOORING: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
The prevalence of DIY epoxy flooring kits makes this seem like an easy option. With a trip to the home improvement store, you can find everything you need to do this project in a weekend. While it is in the interest of garage floor coating kit makers to make you think this, the reality is that many people who use these DIY kits wind up unhappy with the results.
If you do not prep the floor properly before applying the epoxy, the coating will peel over time. Even something as simple as you dropping something on the floor or your hot tires sitting on the floor after a long day’s drive can cause epoxy peeling.
Yes, these kits are cheaper than hiring a professional. But they use an epoxy that is not as strong as the industrial-grade epoxy available to the pros. Since you cannot buy stronger stuff, eventually you will need to call in a professional to fix the floor coating. So why not start off doing it the right way?
HIRING A PROFESSIONAL FOR GARAGE FLOOR COATINGS: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
Hopefully, you’re having second thoughts about using a DIY garage epoxy flooring kit. With that in mind, let’s look at what to expect if you hire a pro the first time around.
One of the major reasons to hire a pro for this is the vast amount of prep work before you apply the epoxy. Depending on the condition of your garage floor, a pro might clean up oil stains, buff or polish the floor, or even use a grinder to rough up the flooring and increase porosity. Do you have the time, knowledge and tools to do all that?
Pros have access to industrial-grade epoxy, which lasts nearly forever. Pros will also apply a protective top coat to protect against spills, drops and tire marks. This means the epoxy floor will last and look just as good a few years down the road as it does right after application.