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Top Ten Tips for Checking a Quotation for Epoxy Flooring Services

Here are our top 10 tips for checking a quotation for epoxy flooring services.

The top 10 tips

Check:

  1. for evidence that the provider has a substantial record of delivering successful solutions. This will usually necessitate online independent research on their company and remember not to be swayed by feedback on their website alone. Few companies will publish negative customer feedback on their own site;
  1. that the square meterage they’re quoting for is correct;
  1. that the quotation is very specific about what repairs and preparation to the concrete floor they’re proposing to undertake. If you have any doubts, insist they include this detail in a revised quotation;
  1. to make sure that they have stated the exact nature of use their proposed solution is being offered for. So, if it is for a domestic garage or driveway, be sure it says that. If you have verbally stated something, such as “I park a lorry here at times”, make sure they’ve certified that is covered by their floor solution proposition;
  1. they have confirmed exactly how many coats they’re planning to use. You can cross-check the adequacy of their proposal in that respect by your own research (e.g., “how many coats typically for a domestic garage”). A primer, epoxy and finishing coat are common;
  1. to see the time required for the curing of individual coats etc. Normally, curing can take some days and if that isn’t mentioned in their end-to-end time forecasts, it might be worth clarifying how they’re planning to do things. Laying flooring too quickly will significantly impact the quality and durability of the final product;
  1. that if you’ve asked for special finishes, such as speckling, they’re clearly shown as included in the price;
  1. they have included a specification of their insurance cover. Such things are exceedingly rare but if they cause injury or damage to your property while onsite, you should know they are covered for any subsequent claims;
  1. their warranties. If they’ve told you that under normal usage as specified, your floor should last for 10 years, then it would be reasonable for them to issue a warranty for a similar period. If they won’t, be cautious;
  1. for any special exclusions or related circumstances. It’s very difficult to be precise as to what these might be, as each situation and provider will be different and unique. However, look for exclusions of types of usage around the warranty, heavily caveated warranties or conditions relating to lots of technical floor preparation work that they expect you to have completed in advance.

On that last point, even if you don’t object in principle, be aware that the preparation of the surface in advance can be technically difficult without specialist knowledge, expertise and sometimes equipment. Don’t assume it’s just a question of sweeping up and a patch or two!