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Here's Why NOT To Use DIY Epoxy Kits

Updated: Jan 10

Epoxy flooring has become a popular choice for homeowners and businesses alike, offering durability, aesthetics, and easy maintenance. While the appeal of do-it-yourself (DIY) epoxy kits may seem tempting, there are significant drawbacks to taking the DIY route. In this article, we'll explore the pitfalls of DIY epoxy kits and highlight why hiring a professional for epoxy flooring installation is the wisest choice.


Inferior Quality Materials

One of the main drawbacks of DIY epoxy kits lies in the quality of the materials provided. As professional epoxy installers, we have access to industrial-grade products that offer superior durability, chemical resistance, and longevity. DIY kits often contain generic or watered-down formulations, compromising the overall performance and longevity of the epoxy coating.



DIY kits tend to fail after a short amount of time

Inadequate Surface Preparation

Proper surface preparation is crucial for the success of an epoxy flooring application. DIY enthusiasts may not have the expertise or access to professional-grade equipment needed for effective concrete grinding and preparation. Inadequate surface preparation can lead to poor adhesion, bubbling, and premature coating failure, undermining the entire purpose of installing epoxy flooring.


Grinding the concrete is crucial to the success of the epoxy flooring

Limited Design Options

DIY epoxy kits usually come in standard colors and finishes, limiting your design choices. Professional epoxy installers can create custom designs, incorporate decorative elements, and provide a broader range of color options to suit your aesthetic preferences. A professional touch ensures that your epoxy floor is not just functional but also visually appealing. We offer a large variety of color options as seen below.



Application Challenges

Epoxy application is an intricate process that requires skill and experience. DIY kits may come with simple instructions, but achieving a seamless, bubble-free finish is challenging without the proper expertise. Professional installers understand the nuances of epoxy application, ensuring even coverage, proper curing, and a flawless final result.


As professionals, we use specialized tools to correctly install our floors

Lack of Warranty and Support

At SD Concrete Surfacing, we offer a 20 year warranty for our floors. In contrast, DIY kits often lack such assurances. If issues arise after a DIY installation, resolving them can be challenging without professional guidance. Investing in a professional installer provides peace of mind, knowing that you have a reliable point of contact in case of any concerns.


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Summary

While the allure of saving money and tackling home improvement projects independently is understandable, epoxy flooring is an investment that deserves professional attention. The pitfalls associated with DIY epoxy kits, from subpar materials to inadequate preparation and application challenges, can lead to disappointing results. Trusting a professional ensures not only a high-quality installation but also a durable, aesthetically pleasing epoxy floor that stands the test of time. When it comes to epoxy flooring, the expertise of a professional is a wise investment in the longevity and performance of your space.


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