Epoxy Contractor Wisely
Now that you have decided that you want an epoxy flooring system installed, it is time to choose between going DIY or using a professional epoxy flooring contractor. We recommend going the route that involves using a contractor, even if it’s just for the first project. Nowadays, there are thousands of contractors playing a phony role just to get more clients but as long as they put the epoxy down, who cares who does it, right? Well, not really, you are going to want to make sure that your contractor knows exactly what they are doing before hiring them for your job. Even the slightest mistake in your epoxy can render the flooring unusable, so how exactly are you supposed to know if your contractor is telling the truth? Well, that’s where our guide on choosing the right epoxy contractor comes into play! Down below, we are going to go through all of the crucial points you should check off on your list before finding the contractor that is right for you! So, let’s get started!
Test Their Knowledge
The first check on your list our contractor should have marked of is their knowledge of epoxy and the different types of epoxy that are offered on the market. You really want to dig deep and find out what they know before using them, but how are you supposed to know what questions you should ask your contractor to make sure they are the real deal? Don’t worry! Down below, you will find a couple of ways to identify if your contractor knows what he is talking about:
- Ask about the different epoxies they offer/have installed
- Make sure they know the difference between 1 and 2 part epoxy
- Ask them to provide you with a material list of what they use
- Don’t be afraid to ask where they bought the materials from
Experience Always Matters
For anyone who thinks experience doesn’t matter, in the world of epoxy even a year more experience can make a world of difference. For example, a contractor with 15 years of experience has the ability to get a standard 2 car garage coated with epoxy in 2-3 days while listening to the radio. On the other hand, the inexperienced contractor could take as long as 5-6 days and make plenty of mistakes along the way. The average number of years of experience you want to look for in a contractor is 5-10 years. The more the better! Also, don’t be afraid to double-check. There has been a recent trend of companies claiming more experience than they have! To really make a point, we have outlined a few differences between a professional contractor and an “average Joe” down below:
- Average residential jobs only take 3-5 days
- Knowledge of tools to speed up the process
- Understanding of which materials are the best for the application
- May install your epoxy incorrectly to save time
- Lack of knowledge of tools will make finishes wavy or even unusable
- Scan the local hardware store the first material they see
We have saved the best for last! The best way to make sure your contractor is good is to ask for past references! When asking for references, we urge you to dig as deep as possible; back to when the company was first started if it’s possible. The farther back you can go, the better you can gauge their reliability, which will make your project a walk in the park while giving you some peace of mind. Heres how checking references can make choosing your contractor much easier:
- See how they have improved their coatings
- Ensure their epoxies last the test of time
- See if they respect the homes they work in
- Get information on the products and tools they use
- Get an idea of how affordable they are
- Find out if you can trust them!
Hopefully, you have or will find this guide useful in the search for your next epoxy flooring contractor! As long as you follow even a few of the steps outlined above, we promise that your contractor experience will be better for everyone involved in your projects. All we can say now is good luck on your next project and those to come!