Why Not DIY?
It is true that you can purchase epoxy-flooring materials from a retail vendor and with some practice and experience it is possible you could install your own epoxy flooring and/or other flooring materials. However, self installation is not recommended; especially in commercial settings. If you are seeking a professional high end result that will remain effective for the longest duration possible and serve as an efficient and successful deterrent to slips and falls with optimal visual appeal then professional installation is recommended.
HERE’S WHY: Among some of the problems with self installation are inadequate instruction, decreased product support, costly equipment rental and less than expected results. The products you, as a consumer, are able to purchase at a do it yourself home improvement store are a weaker version of the industrial products we use at Slip Free Systems. Our distributors actually require factory certification just to allow us to buy these materials.
Knowing the difference between 100% solids epoxy and a water based epoxy can make a world of difference when considering what product to purchase for your project.
Epoxy flooring in particular is difficult to install due to its consistency and the nature of its installation and curing process.
Did you know that some epoxy systems can begin to cure within 30 minutes? If you don’t get your application perfect before the product begins to cure your whole job is subject to ruin. Sadly, we get calls routinely where someone has mixed hundreds or thousands of dollars worth of product in a bucket and it cured before they got it on the floor.
Another common problem with self-installation is improper preparation of existing flooring which can drastically reduce the performance of products made specifically for the general handyman and sold at retail outlets. At Slip Free Systems we use only the highest quality commercial grade products and equipment. Our installation crews are knowledgeable and professional. Self-installation often ends with results that require professional correction which also means additional cost to the initial project.
Do you really want to risk your time and money only to end up with a finished product that will not adhere properly to your existing floor? How will it feel when you discover your product warranty is void because of improper installation?
Do not be fooled, acid washing the surface is not an effective means of floor preparation. Acid washing will only address surface contaminants by breaking down the molecules in grease and oil. Acid washing will not prepare the surface to receive the epoxy primer. Laitance must be removed by shotblasting or diamond grinding prior to application or you can expect adhesion failure.
Still think you want to try to DIY? Collect a few friends, your materials, the equipment rental, the epoxy, the buckets, squeegees (2 sizes), rollers and roller covers, denatured alcohol, rags, crack and joint repair materials and the host of other items to combat the unexpected situations that will arise during your install. Keep in mind, if you run into a hiccup, there’s no time to phone a friend for help, most epoxies will cure in the bucket in less than 30 minutes. Have a game plan in place, make sure everyone on your team is on the same page and follow the directions EXACTLY. Once the materials are mixed be ready to rock and roll.
Not so sure this is a DIY project you want to tackle?
With Slip Free Systems you can expect a crew of trained professionals to install high quality products using heavy duty commercial equipment and expertise. With over 30 years of experience we are able to see problems before they arise and are able to implement procedures for optimal results based on your specific flooring conditions. Hazards such as chemically treated surfaces, moisture intolerant surfaces and/or oil and grease penetrated surfaces can drastically alter text book installation causing horrific results unless professionally applied.