You have seen many YouTube videos on how to install epoxy flooring. You have also seen a good number of DIY Epoxy Kits at home depot stores. You believe you are up to the job. Besides installing your epoxy floor is much cheaper. It gives you a lot of pride, too!
Can Epoxy Floor Installation be a Do-It-Yourself Project? Technically, yes, as long as you are fully aware of what to expect. The main differences between installing epoxy flooring with a DYI epoxy kit and one installed by a professional are durability, performance, and longevity.
Quality of Materials
Even the highest quality epoxy material included in the DIY Epoxy Kit will certainly not match the quality of the high-grade epoxy materials used in professional installations.
More often, DIY kits come up with the epoxy material using epoxy resin and paint. Professional installed epoxy flooring comes as a two-part system – one part resin and one part hardener. The composition of the epoxy material is what gives strength and durability.
Concrete Surface Preparation
Concrete surface preparation is a crucial step in the epoxy flooring installation. When the concrete substrate is not properly prepared the epoxy material will not bond well with the concrete surface.
The acids and materials included in DYI epoxy kits for concrete surface preparation are substandard. They are of no match to he shot blasting and wheel grinder professional epoxy installers use to properly prepare the concrete surface.
The epoxy material included in the kit has been formulated for easy installation. It is a thinner material that can be easily applied by a paint roller.
Professional epoxy installers use high-grade epoxy materials that are at least 2mm thick and applied with a trowel or squeegee to ensure even application. Achieving the right thickness is something you will not be able to achieve with a DIY epoxy kit.
Cheaper DIY epoxy kits last for between 2-5 years. The more expensive ones claim they can last for up to 10 years. Professionally installed epoxy floors can last for up to 50 years with proper maintenance.