Why hire a professional?

If home improvement television programs and Pinterest have taught us anything, there is a “Do It Yourself” option for almost any project in and around your home. But for every picture-perfect success story on social media, there is a project that went horribly wrong and either found its way to the dumpster or had to be corrected by a professional, costing the homeowner double what they might have spent if they had only hired a professional, to begin with.

Epoxy flooring is no different. In fact, there are some great consumer products on the market for savvy do it yourselfers. For a job like flooring, quality is key. After all, the goal is to have a final product that can last you for years to come.

The problem with buying epoxy kits from your local hardware store or even special ordering products that claim to be “professional grade” is that at the end of the day you are basing your expertise on how well you can follow very abbreviated instructions on the back of a box or follow along with a youtube tutorial. Most weekend DIY warriors can follow directions to a tee and the product still may not sure correctly.

While the floor may look great for the first few months, aside from that one mistake you made, and put a trash can over, before you know it you begin to see little chips and ultimately your floor begins to flake and peel.

Was it the product? Did you miss a step? Probably not.

The reason why your floor is peeling and unsightly is that it is nearly impossible to prep the space like a professional does. And proper preparation makes all the difference.

The kits you can buy typically recommend using an acid wash. The idea is to remove the surface debris. For the DIYer this means hours on your hands and knees scrubbing concrete with acid, however when all is said and done you’ve basically cleaned your floor really well. The only real way to prep the surface is with a grinder. This removes the top thin layer of concrete to ensure the chemicals have the correct surface to bond to.

Also, what if you have a crack in the floor, what if you had painted your floor once before? Are you prepared to handle the additional steps needed to correct these issues? Or would you plan to just hope for the best, a favorite technique of many true do it yourselfers.

There are many variables to consider if you plan on attempting a job like this on your own. The condition of your concrete, moisture level and humidity, which can vary immensely in Florida are just the tips of the iceberg. A well-trained professional is versed in how to factor the variables and choose the right products, prep the surface, and apply and finish the job.

If you’re making a wreath out of soda bottles or a birdhouse from an old boot, by all means, flex your do it yourself abilities, but for the jobs, that matter, hire a professional. Epoxy floor coatings are a great way to give concrete surfaces an affordable, high end looking finish that is durable and resists chemical and water damage. If done correctly this floor could easily last your ten years and beyond, if done incorrectly you’re looking at another item added back to your honey-do list in the next 18-24 months.

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