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Are you thinking of adding epoxy floor coatings to the floor of your garage or basement? If you are, then you have come to the right place because today we will be discussing DIY Epoxy vs Hiring a Professional. By giving the pros and cons of doing it DIY vs hiring a Professional you can look at both and make the right decision for you and your budget.

DIY Epoxy vs Hiring a Professional

When you first decide to add an epoxy floor coating to the garage or basement, if you are remodeling it, you first need to look at the costs of doing it yourself vs hiring a professional to do it for you. To start you on the right foot, taking a look at the quality of the product is an excellent place to start.
Especially since the variety of store-bought coatings is different than the layers that the professionals use.

DIY Epoxy

When doing an epoxy floor coating on your own, several steps need to be taken to properly prepare the floor and when purchasing the epoxy coating. To start store-bought epoxy is water-based. And will not be thick like the professional product. It may also evaporate too quickly when it is being poured or while drying. Store-bought epoxy also tends to chip easily as well as lift off the floor. Possibly because of heat from the tires on a car. 

Before pouring the epoxy on the floor, it is important to clean the floor beforehand properly. The process may take three days. But it will be worth it in the end when you pour the epoxy. To start the floor needs to be washed appropriately using an acid wash. And it can take three days to clean and rinse the floors. When DIY-ing an epoxy floor in your garage or basement, it is essential to be patient with the process.

Although store-bought is very thin and easy to spread, the material is typically 30 to 50% solid content and takes 5 to 7 days to cure. Before pouring the epoxy people often put a product called color flaking in. Though it may not come out evenly, the color flakes add a nice touch to the floor. 

Professional Epoxy

When professionals place epoxy down on your garage or basement floor, they are using a high-quality product. Epoxy used by professionals is solvent-based and is 1\8 to 1/4 inch thicker and better quality than store-bought. It also lasts longer and is better resistant to the elements. Preparation time is also a lot quicker than with store-bought since it takes 1-2 days to prepare and apply the coating to the floor. Professionals use machines to grind down the floor, and they will make repairs to hairline cracks and spalling as well.

The epoxy is also more durable and is easy to clean salt, oil, grease, gas and more off of it. When including color flakes, they will come out more even and will help keep the floor slip-resistant.

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Whether you decide to DIY epoxy or hire a professional, it is essential to compare the costs and results of both to make the right decision for your budget. But no matter which way you go the epoxy will give the floor of your garage or basement a nice finish.

Don’t forget, if you need an estimate on having a professional epoxy your floor, give me a call.   My team and I have been serving Evanston, Wilmette, Kenilworth, Winnetka, Glencoe, Highland Park, Lake Forest, Lake Bluff, Naperville, Glenview, Northbrook, and all of Chicago area for 30+ years.

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