SHOPPING FOR A NEW COATING?
HERE ARE 10 IMPORTANT QUESTIONS TO ASK EVERY COMPANY DURING THE ESTIMATING PROCESS
A properly applied coating is an investment to both protect and beautify your property.
Just as with any improvement project, you want to ensure that the company you choose is qualified to perform the work and uses durable, yet safe, products. Asking these questions of a prospective company will help you make the right choice:
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What brand of coatings do you use?
Your contractor should be willing to give you the manufacturer’s name and telephone number for all products they recommend. You have a right to know what products will be used in your home.
At Eco-CorFlex, we use proprietary green products. You are welcome to inspect our website or call us at any time.
May I please have the technical data sheets for the products you use?
A “technical data sheet” is an industry-required document that describes the characteristics of the product. Beware of any firm that will not willingly give you this document when asked. As homeowner, you are entitled to have the technical data on any product used in your home.
We list all technical datasheets and material safety sheets right on our website: http://www.eco-corflex.com/data-sheets/
Are you certified with the coating manufacturer/distributor to apply these coatings?
For a quality floor finish, professional-grade products are essential. Proper application of these compounds requires technicians who are trained in surface preparation, application, and finishing techniques. If they say they are certified ask “May I please see your certifications?”, ensure that prospective companies show you evidence of their training in these specific products.
All Eco-CorFlex dealers and franchisees are certified, trained in the use of standard operating procedures and attend mandatory annual training sessions.
Are you using eco-friendly green products?
Today’s premier coatings are environmentally friendly. Unfortunately, many companies still use older products that have hazardous levels of VOCs. Make sure the company you choose uses products that have been rated as “Zero” or “Low VOCs” by an approved ASTM International test method.
If the company does not know the VOC level offhand, you can find this information on the product technical data sheet or by calling the manufacturer.
All products used by Eco-CorFlex dealers and franchisees are rated Zero or Low VOCs.
Is the supplier of your coating products an EPA Lead Safe Certified firm?
Yes or No. If yes, ask to see the certification.
Eco-CorFlex is an EPA Lead Safe Certified firm.
Can you do a one-day process?
The correct answer to this question is: “It depends.”
You want to avoid companies that automatically guarantee a one-day process before testing your concrete for moisture. The moisture content of a concrete slab can vary widely from home to home, even in dry climates like Arizona.
There are good products on the market that allow for one-day installations when the moisture profile is correct, but applying these products improperly can lead to blistering and bubbling of the finished surface.
Eco-CorFlex tests all surfaces first, then selects a floor finishing solution that fits your needs and schedule to ensure a long-lasting finish.
How do you test for moisture on the subfloor?
First, make sure your contractor tests for moisture! If they do not as part of their process, find someone else.
Next, ask “What brand of moisture meter do you use?”, make sure the contractor uses only a Tramex brand moisture meter. This device is the tool recommended for accuracy by the National Society for Protective Coatings. Moisture meters purchased at a big-box home improvement store will not yield accurate results.
All Eco-CorFlex licensed dealers and franchisees use proper Tramex moisture meter equipment that’s maintained and calibrated monthly.
Do you offer a polyurethane topcoat?
This question will let you know if the firm you are interviewing knows floor coating products.
Polyurethane should not be used as a topcoat in a garage—ever. Hot tires, brake fluid, and motor oil can all permanently stain a polyurethane topcoat. Moreover, polyurethane is flammable and should never be applied as a topcoat near gas heating elements.
Eco-CorFlex dealers and franchisees do not use polyurethane topcoats in any area near or around heating elements.
How do you handle existing cracks in the concrete?
There are two types of concrete, concrete that is cracked and concrete that is going to crack.
Due to cracked concrete’s potential for shifting, you should avoid technicians who say their product can simply be applied in the cracks to fill. Instead, look for firms that use an elastomeric substance to provide a flexible surface on which to apply the floor coating. Without elastomeric crack treatments, you are setting yourself up for continued cosmetic issues (and more payments) in the future.
All Eco-CorFlex dealers and franchisees are trained in proper surface treatment and crack repair.
What is your warranty?
Finally, make sure you compare warranties with all companies you interview to finish your garage floor. You want to enjoy the results for many years to come!
Eco-CorFlex dealers and franchisees all offer competitive, comprehensive warranties for your peace of mind.
Asking these questions is your first step in getting a beautiful, durable finish. If you would like more information about the process or would like to find a licensed Eco-CorFlex dealer in your area, please contact the Eco-CorFlex corporate office at 866-406-2628.