This is where a more noticeable difference comes into play in terms of undergoing a DIY epoxy flooring project versus hiring a professional contractor. As we mentioned earlier, DIY epoxy flooring tends to show signs of disrepair in a few years. Once this happens, you will need to re-do the whole thing. Unfortunately, re-coating your floor is a lot more difficult than applying that very first epoxy overlay. This is because you will need to remove the current coating. Hiring a professional contractor ensures that you can avoid the trouble of having to remove and re-coat your entire flooring system. Scratches can occur with a professional coating, but it will never peel away and any scratches that do occur won’t be noticeable.
The preparation is what makes the biggest difference when it comes to long-term performance. Thorough preparatory work ultimately achieves greater stability and strength. And in terms of quality, nothing compares to professional coatings. A traditional epoxy mixture will be comprised of a 2-to-1 ratio of epoxy resins and hardener. They are both solids, which means that it does not contain any water. Some DIY kits that you purchase at a home improvement store will contain up to 50% of water. If the mixture is made of 100% solids, then it will provide you with greater strength and toughness. They will also bond better to the concrete flooring.