Things to consider before adding this service!
Painters are always looking for new opportunities and are eager to expand their services in new business areas. One field that has always seemed attractive for painters is to offer services in applying floor coatings. Their prior background in working with a multitude of coatings gives them a significant starting point. However painters should be cautious. Epoxy floors (as well as other types of resinous floors for that matter) can be very challenging.
Here are three important factors you need to look out for.
- Floors are not walls.
Unlike walls, floors are subjected to wear and tear on a consistent base. Any coating installed on a floor must be able to withstand this continuous pressure. Your floor will need to put up with daily foot traffic, possible vehicular traffic, heavy objects and sharp objects being dragged across the floor.
- Epoxy floors require the proper type of floor substrate in order to guarantee the success of the project.
A poor floor substrate can be unforgiving. Bad quality cement may cause the floor paint to chip. A substrate contaminated from oils and other chemicals may cause delamination of the floor. Porous floors may end up absorbing a lot of expensive product and can create all sorts of problems like trapped air, bubbles and pinholes
- Resinous floor products are usually multi component systems.
This means you need to mix the various components that make up the product before commencing work. You will need to take into consideration factors such as working life before starting a job. Furthermore small differences in air and surface temperatures can affect the viscosity as well as the proper curing of the project. If you don’t get the proportions correctly mixed the mistake may come back to haunt you. Keep these factors in mind when going to work on a project. See more here to compare.
All of the above is not meant to scare you, but more to serve as useful advice if you decide to add epoxy flooring to your services. The field of epoxy flooring can be an immensely rewarding line of work and I strongly encourage serious professionals to explore this field. Many paint companies offer training or certifications, check with your local supplier to find out.