1-7bIf you are reading this, you have most likely decided that it is time to refinish your concrete floor through polishing or an epoxy coating. Let us be the first to congratulate you! Flooring is one of the most important investments you can make in your facility. From safety levels to operational efficiency, your facility’s flooring has an enormous impact on the daily operation of your business. To best prepare for your upcoming project, these four steps will ensure that your project is a success.

Select a Qualified Contractor

Choosing the best contractor is more complicated than a simple Internet search for “best flooring contractors.” When selecting a contractor, you should obtain quotes from several reputable contractors, vetting each one carefully. Check their references, the materials they recommend, and question them carefully. For example, do they have insurance? Can they provide a bond? How do they provide equipment for their projects? An excellent contractor will be able to provide the answers to these questions and will be happy to do so for you.

Communicate with Your Contractor

Prior to the start of the project, make sure you communicate openly with your contractor regarding the installation schedule and facility requirements. If scheduling your installation for a regular holiday shutdown, you will need to book the project well in advance as these are very popular times for major facility projects. The contractor will also have certain site requirements such as power, heating and cooling requirements for a successful installation.

Prepare Your Staff and Facility for the Project

Once you have an installation schedule, make sure that your staff is well informed about the project. Equipment and materials will need to be removed from the project area. The project area must be thoroughly cleaned ahead of the flooring project. During the project, staff schedules may need to be adjusted in order to avoid the project site.

Be Present and Patient

Plan to meet the contractor upon arrival and remain available throughout the project. Even the best-prepared installers will have on-site questions during the procedure and/or important information to relay to you. Once the project is complete, follow the installer’s recommendations to allow the floors adequate curing time. Allowing access to the area or moving equipment too soon can result in severe damage to the flooring. In this case, a little patience goes a long way.

When looking for a qualified industrial flooring contractor, contact Liquid Floors. With years of experience, we are experts in epoxy flooring and polished concrete floors for pharmaceutical, industrial, auto, and manufacturing facilities.