Maybe you have already decided to invest in a garage floor coating, or maybe you are still in the early stages of your research. Regardless of where you are at in your process, we hope that you will find the following tips on hiring the right person for the job helpful.
How long has the contractor been in business?
When it comes to having any work done on your home, it is important to make sure the person doing the job is experienced, but don’t discount a company that hasn’t been in business long – often new companies have been started by contractors with several years in the industry. It is most important to make sure that the individual who will be doing the work has a level of experience that you are comfortable with.
Are they licensed and appropriately insured?
Unfortunately, there are always a few “fly-by-night” operators in every industry. Make sure that anyone you are considering is licensed and has appropriate liability and workers compensation insurance.
Do they have references?
Ideally, you want to get 2-3 past customer references to contact. Good contractors take pride in their work and will have testimonials to reflect that. In addition, be sure to ask if you can see a portfolio of their past jobs or see if they include a gallery on their website.
Do they perform a moisture test prior to starting a job?
A knowledgeable floor coating professional will test for moisture before they begin a job to make sure that a floor coating will be compatible with your concrete. Some warranties may not cover issues caused by moisture, so this is an extremely important question to ask from the beginning.
How will they prep your concrete floor?
Like many things, much of the end quality lies in the work and attention to detail put into the things that you don’t see. A good contractor will take the time to grind the surface of your existing concrete garage floor, as well as repair cracks, chips or holes prior to applying the floor coating.
What does their warranty cover?
In addition to finding out exactly what the warranty is on the product being used, always find out what type of guarantee the contractor offers on their work. Many times it is assumed that the product warranty covers the work performed, when in reality, it does not.
Remember that the lowest price is not always the best price
While it is always tempting to save money whenever possible, the adage “you get what you pay for” often rings true when it comes to home improvements. Remember to put quality of product and service first and be sure to ask prospective contractors exactly what is included in the price they are charging.
If you put in the research and take the time to make an informed decision, you will end up with a high quality finished product that is durable, functional, has a high aesthetic value and will add to the enjoyment of your home for years to come.