Many homeowners find themselves stuck between choosing a professional coating contractor and doing the project on their own. However, whether you decide to hire a professional or you simply decide to undertake this project yourself, it is imperative to know that each route requires a certain amount of money and time.
Now, if you want to save some extra money, a DIY coating project might be the best choice. On the other hand, if you know the meaning of “time means money” and you are strongly committed to saving time, working with a reliable and professional coating application contractor is the most appropriate decision for you.
Things to Know Before Going DIY
Before thinking of going DIY with concrete floor coatings, you should consider the following 3 criteria.
1. Are you Taking the Right Precautions?
First and foremost, you need to ensure all your protection equipment is at hand. Coating application is not such an easy task and requires a lot of preparation and skill. You need to be able to prepare hydrochloric acid for staining the floors, use acid resistant gloves, wear eye protection (not sunglasses) and utilize the right grinder.
2. Are you Aware of Local Building Codes?
You don’t want to violate any state or EPA act, so you need to know how to safely dispose of slurry or other materials. Also, you need to know the local building codes and comply with them all. Only these two tasks take a whole lot of time.
3. Do you Have Time for all This?
This criterion is connected to the previous one. In the end, everything comes down to whether you have enough time for this project. This is why it is important to think of this aspect before starting, as stopping the process suddenly might negatively affect your finances, self-esteem and reputation.
Should you Choose a Contractor?
On the other hand, the option of working with a professional coatings application contractor should not be overlooked. If you want to go with this option, it is imperative to know several things: how to find the right company to work with, where to find it, what to expect in terms of insurance and services provided, what to avoid and ultimately what guarantee you have.
You might need to spend a good deal of time looking for the right contractor out there, but in the end you will notice that the time spent doing this can’t even compare to the huge amount of time spent doing one of these projects on your own. In the end, it’s all about you to choose between a professional coatings application or DIY, but we recommend the first option because it is less time-consuming and gives you the peace of mind that the job was done properly.