Having a poorly installed epoxy floor can be detrimental for your home or business, especially if you’re installing it for safety reasons. It is important to know your contractors their philosophy on floor prep, their techniques, and their knowledge about epoxy floors.
Experience is important when you’re hiring an epoxy flooring contractor and what kind of materials they use for installation. Your contractors’ techniques must be in line with the weather conditions of the area because epoxy floors are easily ruined if the weather and humidity are not complying.
Don’t trust any company simply because they’re nice, get your facts straight before you have them in your home or business.
Think about the following things before having an epoxy floor contractor install a flooring system:
- You have to do some research. Just like paints, soaps, and toothbrushes, there isn’t just one type of epoxy. Learn about the different types of benefits and properties of epoxy floors and know what you want out of it. Meaning, it is important to know what you’re looking for from your epoxy floors.
- Is the contractor licensed and insured? One is not a substitute for the other. Don’t wait to ask simply because you want to be polite, ask immediately and have them send overproof. Insurance is important in the worst-case scenario that damage is caused to your home or property.
- Look online or call some friends who have had this contractor before and get a good feeling for their previous work. Check reviews and/or the Better Business Bureau for updates on previous customers satisfaction.
- Ask for references if at all possible. If your contractor has the experience, they will be able to provide references.
- Always find out how long they have been in business. A long career doesn’t always mean they have done the best work, don’t rule out short-lived companies immediately, simply look into their previous work closely.
- Everything needs to be in writing. Don’t ever let anything be a verbal agreement because if they do not produce the job they promise.
- Always ask about the materials and techniques they use. Some mixtures are toxic and should not be used in your home without your consent, always make sure that you know exactly what is being used.
- Moisture testing is important, never let a contractor go by without asking about their policy on moisture testing the area.
- Prepping your floors is an important step in the process. If your floors are not properly prepped the installation will be disastrous.
- Look around for appropriate pricing. Don’t just jump on the first contractor you find because they’re nice, look for pricing, and compare contractors.
Trust yourself. You know what you’re looking for and you’re paying for it, so make sure you’re comfortable with the situation and go from there.