An Often-Overlooked Resource for Choosing Your Floor Coating System

“How do I know if I should apply a coating to our concrete production areas or a thick resurfacer? How do I decide what to do?”

Well, that’s where you should come to a manufacturer for consultation. Work with one of their installers. You can tell them what you’re doing, how you’re doing it, the condition of the floor before you got there, the condition of the floor now.

And then based on years of experience you are going to know what works best in certain areas. You can go from the good-better-best scenario to view certain options, help you with life cycling and say how long the products will last.

The way I look at it is this: A facilities manager from the charge and production line is an expert at what he does. He doesn’t have to be an expert at flooring. That’s where a manufacturer with years of experience is the expert.

It goes back to the instinct to call up four flooring contractors and ask them to give you a price to do the floor. Because someone will walk into your facility looking to get a job and know you don’t know what you’re talking about. Likely they’ll give you a quote on a cheap system to get the job.

Not every installer will do this of course. But be aware that there are some that would just say, “Hey, I’m going to hit him with an epoxy price and then smile, and it’s going to be nice and cheap, and he’s going to go with me.” Now, a guy comes in and tells you the truth, and tells you what you need to hear, and tells you what will give you the best overall performance for your situation for the long-term, and his price is higher.

That’s where it’s important to bring in that third party (manufacturer) to make everybody accountable to each other and get the right system on your floor.

At the end of the day, everyone wants a good price but not having the necessary knowledge before making your decision puts the owner and facility manager in a bad situation. Mistakes and lack of judgment purchased at the expense of good information can be exceedingly costly.