Professional vs. DIY Epoxy Garage Floors

We get asked all the time about DIY epoxy kits sold at the box stores.  These stores, as well as some paint stores that sell similar kits, want you to believe installing an epoxy floor is just like painting.  If you can paint, you can install epoxy.  While this may be true with the little kits they sell, there is much more that goes into installing a long lasting floor coating and good reasons why you might experience sticker shock when you get a price from a professional if you have already priced out the box store kits.  So here are my thoughts on the DIY vs professional epoxy question.

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A Concrete Canvas for Art

Anyone who has even worked with concrete knows that dealing with the elements can sometimes pose problems. When the San Juan Museum of Art had the concrete slab poured for their new atrium, there were many factors that weren’t ideal.  What they got was certainly not what they were hoping for.  The uneven color and small surface cracks over the re-bar in the slab were unsightly and would only serve to detract from the art they wished to display.  We were contacted to resurface the space and resolve the issues getting it back to concrete canvas they originally wanted.

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Stained Concrete: Beauty Without Breaking the Bank

We are just down the road from wine country.  No, not the Napa Valley wine country.  Woodinville, Washington wine country.  With over 9o wineries, Woodinville has become a mecca for wine in the Northwest.  Recently, one of those wineries contacted us about their new wine tasting room.  They were looking for a cost effective way to treat the concrete floors in the strip mall space that would become their new tasting room.  They had a contractor already working on the space and a great design.  The only missing element was the budget to make the floors match the rest of the space.  We were able to utilize a solvent dye to add color to the concrete and a high performance epoxy and urethane top-coat to offer protection for the high traffic they hoped to see.

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