Installing an epoxy floor is regarded as one of the easiest project by some concrete contractors. Most of them suggest that it is one thing that you can do by yourself if you have the right products and tools since only little skills and knowledge are required. They suggest that all you need to do is follow simple instruction and there you go! You will have the floor of your desires.
This is however not true. Epoxy does only entail the simple process that people say: prepare and clean the surface, and prime the base. No! Installing this type of flooring is not an art, it is a science, and a complicated one for that matter. There are variables that need to be looked at, and if they are not carefully considered, a discrepancy in one variable can lead to costly mistakes. The variables include;
- Current state of the floor
- Materials needed
- Tools required
- The type of products to use and many more.
If one mistake happens in any of the above variable, your whole floor will suffer, and you might be forced to do away with the epoxy coating a few days after its installation.
It is, therefore, wise to know that epoxy flooring is not as easy as some bloggers say. It is a p-project that you should not dare to do by yourself, unless you are a professional in the field. It is better for you to chuck a few dollars and pay an expert, you will get value for your money at the end of the day.
To better understand why epoxy flooring is not an easy DIY project, we explore a few errors that occur during installation and that only experts can troubleshoot.
Well, if you have been involved in manual labor at some point in your life, you might have experienced blistering. Applying extra force on your skin causes liquid to build up, thus causing blisters. This also happens in epoxy flooring. When liquids pass through the membrane created by the coating, they will build up beneath it, and will try to evaporate when temperatures rise. Due to the fact that an epoxy coating is highly moisture resistant, it well prevent it from evaporating; hence causing visible blisters on your floor. This might go a long way in converting your once eye-catching floor into the ugliest element in your premises that can cost you a fortune to repair, and that can cause the resale value of your property to drop drastically.
This is another major error that occur in epoxy flooring. Bubbling happens when air is trapped below the epoxy layer, and does everything possible to escape to the surface. There are two main causes of bubbling
When epoxy flooring is applied in an extremely cold room, and the temperature eventually changes, trapped condensed air will begin to rise and cause bubbles that can be seen from the surface.
When the coating is exposed to direct sunlight, the air trapped inside will expand drastically, and will try to force itself up, thus causing bubbles.
To avoid this, make sure that epoxy flooring is not exposed intensive heat coming from the sun, and the floor is installed in rooms whose temperatures are regulated.
- Poor bonding
This happens when your epoxy flooring ‘refuses’ to bond, or bond ineffectively with the substrate below it. This is mainly due to poor surface preparation, or you probably did not wait for the concrete to completely cure before applying the coating.
You should therefore ensure that you prepare the surface properly, and that you repair all the cracks before you apply the coating.
What should you do to prevent this errors?
The most important thing to do is to first seek the services of a professional, experienced, and reputable epoxy flooring contractor. This contractor will do the following in order to prevent these problems.
Assess the environment
A good contractor will never turn a blind eye on environmental factors before applying an epoxy coating on your concrete floor. They will check all the elements including humidity, temperature, and many others, and will do anything humanly possible to ensure that they lay the epoxy flooring in a dry environment.
The contractor will then prime the substrate, and ensure that the floor is as strong as the foundation of your modern premises.
Prepare and install the epoxy coating
Your contractor will clean the surface, do some priming in order to ensure that the floor will withstand heavy traffic, and then mix the epoxy with a quality resin hardener that will make the floor durable and highly resistant to various environmental and human conditions.