If you decide to shop around for other companies remember to ask these questions and then make an informed decision:
How long have you been in business?
Are you a certified installer of the products you use?
How long have your products been on the market and are they industrial grade?
Do you provide a written guarantee?
Can you provide me with a client list so I can check previous projects you’ve done?
What products do you use and how often to they need to be re-coated for optimum effect?
What kind of maintenance does your product require?
Are you insured?
How thick will the finished product be?
How many coats of epoxy will be applied when the project is complete?
What product is used as my final top coat and will it fully cover any flake or aggregate that was used in the installation of my floor? Will there be an added charge for crack repair or is it included?
Will there be an added charge to treat the expansion joints?
How do you treat expansion joints?
What product are you using exactly?
2. Why choose epoxy rather than another product such as Acrylic or one of the snap lock systems? Acrylic: Acrylic maintenance is suggested 1 to 2 years at 1/2 the cost for optimal functionality and durability. In a residential application we typically find that the durability ratio rises significantly, even doubles or more in most cases. Acrylic is easily scratched and requires a lot more maintenance. Acrylic will dull over time and will not hold up under the spill of orange juice or soda, for example. Please note that some applications are actually better served with an Acrylic coating depending on factors such as moisture content in your slab or chemical composition of an existing overlay system or manufacturer recommended top coat for stains and dyes. In that case we are happy to provide you with this alternative.
Epoxy: Epoxy & Urethane are chemical resistant, anti-microbial, seamless, long wearing, low maintenance and fade resistant.
Interlocking Systems: While these interlocking systems do provide a traction assisted surface they do not provide a seamless protection for your concrete floor and they can be very difficult to clean due to their material composition, texture and installation technique. The cracks and crevices in these interlocking systems are a target zone for deposits of grease and dirt. One popular lock tile type company sells their product for $3.19 per square foot, uninstalled and before taxes. At this price you could have a beautiful Slip Free Systems floor installed and that includes tax.(Price based on minimum of 600 square feet on one color epoxy finish or concrete stain only-other options will affect price) Now consider the price and weigh the cleaning qualities of this do it yourself tile versus the ease of maintenance and cost of our quality seamless coatings that actually become a monolithic surface with your existing concrete slab.
Rubber Restaurant Mats: Did you know that those thick rubber mats they use in restaurants not only cost more than epoxy floors but they are not conducive to a clean, germ free restaurant environment? Rubber mats do reduce the likelihood of slips and falls in the kitchen as well as leg fatigue but they have to be removed and cleaned on a regular basis and they are a buffet for bacteria and other harmful contaminants.
3.What’s the cost comparison for Slip Free Flooring versus something like vinyl tile, ceramic tile or the newly popular interlocking industrial garage floor tiles? Epoxy coatings for residential use are cost effective compared to tile in many ways. Consider the cost of one 12 inch square slate of tile from one of the major home improvement stores…lets say one tile costs $3.50 and you want to do a 15 ft X 30 ft space, now add the cost of grout, adhesive and installation. By the time your new floor is installed you’ve spent a minimum of $7.00 per square foot, if not more, and that’s a conservative estimate. For interlocking tile we’ve researched and found prices to be between $2.79 to 9.35 per square foot, un-installed and before taxes, so by the time we add installation and taxes your looking at a minimum of $5.00 per square foot. Depending on existing surface conditions your new Slip Free Floor will price in well under typical flooring options and will outlast them with proper maintenance. Many of our floor treatments can be had for an approximate cost of $3.50 per square foot, including installation and tax. That price can decrease or increase depending on square footage and other factors. Our more decorative applications, such as the color quartz, faux granite, metallics and mica chips are naturally a little more, but with so many options to choose from we are confident we can fit your budget and your design.
In a commercial setting our coatings are equally unbeatable for more reasons than just cost because when you choose Slip Free Systems for your flooring needs you have already won half the battle by preventing slip and fall accidents in your establishment and their subsequent lawsuits. Did you know the average lawsuit from a Slip and Fall accident that goes to litigation costs on the average $100,000?
If Ford, Honda and other dealerships use it for their mechanics and auto body shops how much more wear will you get out of it in your home or business? If popular restaurants all over Houston and surrounding areas use it in their commercial kitchens how much better will it serve your needs?
4. Why should I bother to put anything on my concrete surface if I am happy with the natural appearance of it? While concrete is a very durable product it does deteriorate over time. As you can see from this photo taken on the loading dock of this department store in Downtown Houston. Over time your concrete will begin to fail. Now, your probably thinking this is an extreme case and that your concrete wouldn’t experience as much traffic and therefore it wouldn’t show signs of wear but take note of homes where concrete patios are exposed to the downspout off the roof.. This area almost always reveals a place where the underlying aggregate is exposed. Naturally it is more common on an older home because this is a process that tears down your concrete slowly and you might not notices it as easily on a newer home…but the same principal applies whether it is a residential patio, a department store loading dock or your concrete driveway, the best way to assure yourself of years of aesthetically pleasing and structurally sound surfaces is to protect those surfaces. With all that in mind, do not be fooled into thinking that because your home is new you will not have a problem, inspect your exterior surfaces for signs of deterioration and if you see rough spots or exposed aggregate then a coating might be right for you. Coat your concrete, it is not only a beautiful thing to do, it is a smart thing to do.
5. If I have Slip Free flooring installed in my warehouse is there a provision for my existing stock or will I have to have my warehouse emptied in order for installation to take place? Slip Free Systems wants this flooring process to go as smoothly as possible for you. In the event that flooring is installed in an area with volumes of stock or heavy equipment and/or machinery Slip Free Systems can schedule to install your new flooring in sections or we will provide you with options for your flooring installation.