- Do-it- yourself systems available at major home improvement centers are cheaper, why and what makes a professionally installed system worth the investment?
- What is the price range of the systems available?
- What is the difference between a decorative system & a solid color system?
- How long does installation take and when can I use the floor?
- How long will my new floor last?
- How much maintenance is required and what do I use to clean it?
- My floor is pitted and cracked in places, can it be fixed and how much does it cost to do so?
- What will the “control joints” in my floor look like when the floor is finished?
- Do-it- yourself systems available at major home improvement centers are cheaper, why and what makes a professionally installed system worth the investment? (to top)
Polymer flooring systems have 3 major components to compare
quality of the materials used
quality of the floor preparation
quality of the installation and service
The composition of the products used to manufacture store bought systems will not stand up to the heat and abrasion generated by the hot tires of a recently driven auto . We remove the remnants of these systems many times each year, enough sticks to cost you money when it must be removed and it looks unsightly to have bare concrete under the tires when the rest of the coating looks fine.
Quality floor preparation requires expensive equipment which is not easy for a novice to rent or use. Mechanical abrasion (removing the top layer of the concrete before applying a coating) is the best surface prep known and is the industry standard. Sometimes chemical cleaning and degreasing is necessary if the substrate has been corrupted. Concrete is porous and if it is greasy on the surface, it is certainly greasy below the surface, any “dirt” should be removed before a new coating is applied.
A professionally engineered system, professionally installed should last a generation, 20 years or more. When you really consider it, this is an excellent investment. You will also enjoy a beautiful, easy to clean garage, every time you open the door. What else can you buy today that is attractive, functional, low maintenance, and appreciates in value!!
- What is the price range of the systems available? (to top)
We have systems from $2.50 per square foot thru $7.00 per square foot. This includes the products, service and installation. Repair work can be extra. Most, (95%) of our installations cost between $3.75and $6.50 psf All systems are warrantied for a minimum of 5 years. All decorative systems carry a 10 year warranty and run between @ $5.25psf & $6.00psf, assuming clean concrete, repair work is not included.
- What is the difference between a decorative system & a solid color system? (to top)
Appearance and price only, both systems will wear and provide the same protection as the other, and the warranties are the same. The nuts and bolts of both systems is the same.
- How long does installation take and when can I use the floor? (to top)
95% of residential applications are completed in 2 or 3 days. 24 hours after completion clean foot traffic is allowed (you can put your “stuff” back inside. 72 hours after completion auto traffic is allowed. If extensive repair work is necessary an extra day is sometimes needed.
- How long will my new floor last? (to top)
Assuming normal residential usage and with minimal proper care your floor should last a generation or more.
- How much maintenance is required and what do I use to clean it? (to top)
Maintenance is minimal, almost anything besides acid can be wiped up with a damp cloth. Most DecoFlake systems are mop friendly and a yarn mop is common. DecoQuartz, because of its abrasive, very slip resistant profile requires a hose and sometimes a plastic scrub brush. Almost any household cleaner is fine. Avoid cleaners with high alkalinity and bleach, they are not necessary. There are products available on our manufacturers web site www.thermalchem.com, Please call if you have a question or concern.
- My floor is pitted and cracked in places, can it be fixed and how much does it cost to do so? (to top)
We can fix almost anything, (click here to see the photos). We could spend a day explaining the ins and outs of repair work, we’d be happy to do so over the phone. Sometimes it is not practical to fix cement, other times it is not practical to replace it, ultimately this is a cost vs. inconvenience question. We answer this question like all others, we are happy to tell you what we would or have done in our own homes. We will also provide the names and #’s of other customers who have had similar problems. In other words, we do what is right before what is profitable. Some situations require and provide only less than ideal choices, we are happy to advise you honestly.
- What will the “control joints” in my floor look like when the floor is finished? (to top)