How to Fix Your Epoxy Floor if it's Uneven

How to Fix Your Epoxy Floor if it’s Uneven

Epoxy resin is a versatile material that comes with many benefits, ranging from high endurance in the face of pressure and physical activity, to low levels of shrinkage upon application. This versatility is what led to an increase in epoxy flooring in residential and commercial properties. 

However, laying an epoxy floor isn’t foolproof. There are a number of environmental and user errors that can cause problems down the line.

If you’ve noticed that your epoxy floor is uneven, don’t stress. It’s not a lost cause.

With this guide you can learn more about how to fix uneven epoxy resin. 

Why is My Epoxy Floor Uneven?

Cleaning and maintaining your epoxy floor is vital to make sure it continues to have the look you want over a long period of time. It’s important to understand the source of your flooring troubles. There are a number of factors that can contribute to a damaged or uneven surface when you’re handling epoxy resin.

Here are some common issues that you can compare with your own floor. That way, you can better identify what led to the issue in the first place and avoid the same issues when you redo your epoxy floor. 

Sloped or Dimpled Flooring

Sloped flooring lowers steadily over several feet, while dimpled flooring may have a handful of lower points throughout the room. 

In both instances, the issue is most likely with the floor itself, not the epoxy resin. In other words, your wood or concrete flooring has developed a slope or dimples, and the epoxy has conformed to it.

Peeling Epoxy

When epoxy doesn’t adhere to your substrate properly, it may begin to peel over time. When this happens, you might notice a “give” or bounciness in certain areas where pockets have developed between the epoxy and the floor below. Check around the perimeters of the room for areas where the epoxy has begun to peel.

There are a number of reasons why this could occur. Unstable temperatures or high levels of humidity can disturb the curing process, loosening the grip between your epoxy and your flooring. In some instances, it could be that the epoxy resin was not properly mixed, meaning that what was used on your floors wasn’t quite epoxy.

Epoxy Blistering

If your epoxy has blistered, you won’t just notice an uneven floor. You’ll be able to see the damage areas, which could consist of pinpoint-sized holes or large, unsightly cratering. Once these holes exist, your epoxy is weakened and vulnerable to further damage over time.

Like peeling, this blistering could be caused by a bad mix of epoxy resin. However, it could be that your substrate was not treated correctly before the epoxy was poured, leaving the surface too smooth or porous. 

How to Fix Uneven Epoxy Flooring

No matter the issue at hand, you’ll see the best results if you bring in a professional to deal with your uneven epoxy floor. Epoxy resin is as temperamental as it is versatile.

However, if you want to give it a shot yourself, or simply want to understand how this process works, let’s look at the ways you can address each of the problems we’ve laid out.

Fixing Slopes and Dimples

If your floor is sloped from one end to another, the project at hand might be bigger than you anticipate. People often hope to use epoxy resin as an affordable floor-leveling solution. 

However, depending on the severity of the sloping, you may need to sand down the epoxy completely and have your floors re-leveled. If the floor is concrete, you’ll need to pour a new, leveled layer of concrete over the existing layer. If the floor is wood, this unevenness may reflect a larger structural issue.

If you’re dealing with dimples, epoxy might be enough. Use a sander to remove the hardened top layer before laying down new epoxy. As the coat begins to dry, add more to the dimpled areas so that they are filled in and less uneven compared to the rest of the floor.

Fixing Peeling Epoxy

If the peeling is severe, it is best to remove it altogether using a floor grinder. Then, make sure that your substrate is clean and use the grinder to create a texture that will allow the epoxy to adhere properly. 

Finally, make sure that you’re working under the right weather conditions. Excessive heat or cold will alter your epoxy chemically. If the room you are working in is humid, bring in dehumidifiers.

Fixing Epoxy Blistering

If your blistering is smaller, you might be able to add a new layer of epoxy without grinding down the previous layer. However, larger holes tend to trap in air that will rise to the surface of your new epoxy floor, which may have been the problem in the first place.

Blistering often occurs when the substrate is too porous and has air bubbles of its own. In this case, the epoxy needs to be sanded down so that the substrate can be treated, and these air bubbles closed off. It is best to hire a professional in this case, as there is a fine line between too porous and too smooth, both of which can cause future blistering.

Find a Professional for Your Epoxy Floor

If your epoxy floor is uneven, a number of things could be the source of your problem. Chances are, however, that the root of the issue is that it wasn’t laid properly in the first place.

Avoid dealing with similar problems in the future and have a professional address your uneven epoxy floor. Contact us and we’ll get started on your flooring right away.

Why Professionals Should Handle Your Roof Cleaning

Why Professionals Should Handle Your Roof Cleaning

A new asphalt shingle roof for a 2000 square foot home can cost up to $11,000.

Clearly, it’s in the financial interest of all homeowners to keep their roof in good condition. If they fail, then they risk paying huge sums of cash on untimely repairs and replacements.

A host of steps are required to ensure the upkeep of a roof. However, roof cleaning is one of the most important. For one thing, it boosts the curb appeal of your home.

You’re left with a beautiful-looking, debris-free roof that’ll be the envy of your neighbors.

More importantly, though, regular cleaning helps prevent the build-up of moss, mildew, and mold. Leave these in place too long and the water they hold can deteriorate the shingles underneath. Getting rid of it is essential.

Alas, it’s also a job that’s best left to the professionals, here’s why.

It’s Dangerous

DIY roof-cleaning puts your personal safety at risk.

Let’s face it, most people have never cleaned a roof before. They lack the skills, insight, and equipment required for the task. Unfortunately, giving it a try can be a recipe for trouble.

Even roofs that seem relatively flat can be hazardous to spend time on. Working at height, all it takes is one wrong move, or one broken tile, to slip, trip, and fall.

In the best-case scenarios, you’re left embarrassed and bemused. In the worst-cases, you end up suffering serious injuries. For instance, around 300 people die from ladder-related accidents each year in the US.

Paying for professional roof cleaning companies removes that risk. With all the tools and experience necessary, they can do the job while you stay safely on the ground.

It Leads to the Best Results

Cleaning your own roof doesn’t guarantee good results either.

As we noted above, most homeowners lack the tools and experience for the task. Their downspouts might remain blocked, their shingles may remain moss-covered, and their gutters may struggle to drain rainwater properly.

Any efforts at chemical cleaning can lead to aesthetic issues too.

Professionals use certain chemicals to kill any roof algae that’s built up. However, an even coating is required to do the job without staining the roof. Apply too much in one place and you can permanently decolorize the shingles.

Hiring professional roof cleaners helps you avoid these curb appeal catastrophes. They know which chemicals to use and how to apply them effectively.

The Issues Might Not Be Obvious

Early-stage algae is often invisible to the naked eye. It’s there, but you just can’t see it.

The result? It isn’t always obvious when your roof needs to be cleaned. Untrained eyes cast a look at the surface and assume there’s no problem.

Left untreated, the algae then develops, and more significant issues arise.

That’s where hiring professionals to do an inspection can help. Like a doctor investigating an illness, they know the signs to look for and can take remedial action if they spot a problem.

The Results Are Long-Lasting

As the old adage goes:

“If a job’s worth doing, it’s worth doing right.”

As we’ve seen, cleaning your roof is most definitely worth doing. Professional roof cleaners ensure the job’s done to the highest standard. Your roof will look, and perform, as good as new.

The quality of their work will act in a preventative way too.

Of course, you’ll enjoy the immediate satisfaction of having a cleaner and more visually appealing roof, but the positive effects should serve you well down the line too. Professional work helps reduce the risk of future damage that would otherwise have occurred.

It’s Time and Cost-Effective

Taking the DIY approach is always tempting from a financial perspective.

After all, professional services are rarely cheap. Saving money by doing it yourself can be an attractive idea.

However, don’t forget that cleaning a roof is a big task. It’s not like assembling furniture, doing the gardening, or putting up some shelves in the living room. You’re working high up on slippery surfaces, with chemicals and a pressure washer.

The process requires significant chunks of time and cash from beginning to end. You’ve got to learn the process, gather the materials, and undertake the task itself. Imagine missing bits out or, even worse, causing costly damage that wasn’t there before.

Professionals get the job done efficiently, saving you time and money in the process.

It Saves You the Hassle

Ultimately, cleaning a roof isn’t how most people would choose to spend their day.

It’s dirty, risky, stressful, tiring, and hard work that takes time to complete. The fact that you can walk away with substandard results only adds insult to injury.

Hiring professionals to do the job means you can sit back and relax. They get on with the task, so you don’t have to, delivering superior results in the process.

It’ll Keep Your Home Cooler in Summer

Summer’s just around the corner, which means the temperature is soon going to spike.

Needless to say, you’ll want to do everything possible to keep your home cool. Not only will your life be more comfortable, but it’ll reduce your air conditioning bills as well. Did you know that cleaning your roof can help in this regard?

All the moss and algae that accumulate up there absorb heat and prevent the house from cooling down. Only by cleaning the roof can you stop that becoming a problem.

The best way to do a thorough job and reap the best rewards? You guessed it, hiring professional roof cleaning services.

Time to Organize Professional Roof Cleaning

Roof cleaning is a key maintenance task that reduces the risk of expensive roof repairs and replacements.

Unfortunately, it’s also a significant job that DIYers should think twice about. With time, money, and personal safety on the line, it’s best to leave it to the professionals.

Ready to hire a professional roof cleaning company along the Emerald Coast? Contact us today.

The Importance of Sanitizing and Disinfecting Exterior Areas

The Importance of Sanitizing and Disinfecting Exterior Areas

How often do you deep clean the insides of your home? Most people aim to do it at least every three months to keep on top of dirt and dust.

On the other hand, how many times after you’ve spruced up the kitchen and the bathroom do you go out the back door and clean the exterior of your house?

We’re talking the back doors, the fences, the children’s swing, the exterior shutters, your house walls and everything else. Chances are you’ve exhausted yourself by cleaning indoors and completely forgot about your exterior.

Unfortunately, this isn’t good enough. If you forget to clean the exterior of your house, germs that have grown there are going to find their way inside.

We’ve written this post to highlight how vitally important it is that you disinfect the outside of your home to protect those who live inside. In the wake of the continued COVID-19 outbreak, this is more important information than ever before.

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Keeping a Driveway Clean

Keeping a Clean Driveway and Making it Look Immaculate

So, what are the tell-tale signs it’s time to clean them out?  Next time you’re giving them a once-over, look out for these seven warning signs.

We’ve all heard that “curb appeal” is important, but did you know that it can add 3 to 5% to your home’s value? Even if you’re not thinking about selling your home right now, you want it to look appealing to your friends, neighbors, and passers-by.

One of the most noticeable things about the front of your home is your driveway. Unfortunately, this is also a part of the home that often doesn’t get a lot of attention. Despite this, having a clean driveway that looks great isn’t hard, once you know what to do.

Follow these simple steps to make your driveway the envy of all your neighbors.

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Why is it important to seal pavers

Why it’s Important to Seal Your Pavers

You don’t leave dust caked on your tabletops or mantelpieces, so why would you let your gutter get in a bad state? 

Did you know that the ancient Romans built roads using segmental pavers more than 2,000 years ago? Some of these roads are still usable today. It shows how good the Romans were when it comes to construction projects and architecture.

Your driveway and walkways are probably made from pavers too. They don’t only serve practical purposes, but aesthetic ones as well.

However, did you know that sealing pavers can extend their lifespan and improve the curb appeal of your property? Find out more about sealing concrete pavers and the benefits associated with it.

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Seven Warning Signs It's Time to Clean Your Gutters

Seven Warning Signs It’s Time to Clean Your Gutters

You don’t leave dust caked on your tabletops or mantelpieces, so why would you let your gutter get in a bad state? 

Gutter cleaning doesn’t have to be all doom and gloom when you realize how important gutters are to your home. 

So, what are the tell-tale signs it’s time to clean them out?  Next time you’re giving them a once-over, look out for these seven warning signs.

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Five Important Tips for Cleaning and Maintaining Your Epoxy Floor

Five Important Tips for Cleaning and Maintaining Your Epoxy Floor

Just because you have a garage does not mean it needs to look like a garage. 

Gone are the days of dad’s garage with greasy tools and dirt floors. You can basically have an extra living space with a garage if you know how to treat the floors and walls correctly. 

As far as the floor goes, nothing makes a garage look better than a smooth, finished, epoxy floor. Epoxy basically provides a shell to protect your concrete floor.

If you do spend the money and invest in an epoxy floor, you need to also understand how to maintain and clean it. Let’s learn more about how to make the most of your epoxy floor investment. 

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Should I Buy Gutter Guards for My Home? This is What to Know

Should I Buy Gutter Guards for My Home? This is What to Know

Gutter guards cost between $4 and $12 per foot to install. This could cost you around $1,500 for a mid-sized house.

Folks may choose to install gutter guards for a number of reasons. They reduce the amount of maintenance required on your gutters. They may also protect against corrosion and help you avoid infestation. 

They are, however, a significant investment. Some believe they are not worth the cost.

Do gutter guards work for most homeowners? A lot depends on your unique situation. 

Let’s take a look.

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Seven Super Important Reasons to Have a Clean Roof

Seven Super Important Reasons to Have a Clean Roof

Your roof is your home’s first defense against the elements. When it’s in good condition, it can last between 20 and 50 years.

Working with your roofing contractor to take care of minor repairs and ongoing maintenance is a great place to start, but it’s not the only thing you need to do to keep your roof in top shape.

A clean roof is a good roof and getting it professionally cleaned should be part of your annual maintenance routine. Here’s why.

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Concrete Maintenance

Preventive Maintenance for Concrete and Paver Driveway, Patios, and Walkways

With so many maintenance jobs already on their shoulders, such as making sure the HVAC system still works and exterminating household pests, homeowners often overlook their concrete. 

They shouldn’t. 

The condition of your concrete is the difference between a beautiful house and a house that has “seen better days.” That’s why patio, walkway, and driveway maintenance is so important. 

We’ve put together this guide to help walk you through the maintenance process. 

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