A concrete coating project is an extremely versatile home renovation. You can choose from a variety of colors and designs to transform nearly any concrete surface you like.
You can do it yourself or hire a professional contractor for the job. The options are almost endless for a concrete coating project.
Because of this wide range of options, concrete coatings come with a wide range in pricing as well.
Now we understand what you may be thinking.
“If it’s all the same project, why would there be such a large variation in how much it will cost?”
At Southwest Exteriors we’ve heard that question a lot. We’ve been an exterior remodeling contractor in San Antonio since 1989. One of our areas of service is professional concrete coatings with Penntek’s polyurea and polyaspartic industrial coatings.
This article will outline what factors make a high-quality concrete coating more expensive than others.
After reading, you will understand why certain contractors may be more expensive than another option. This understanding will help you choose the right contractor for you.
3 factors that impact the cost of a concrete coating job
1. The quality of the coating products
The first factor that will make a high-quality concrete coating more expensive than others is the quality of the products.
High-quality concrete coating products are made to last a lifetime in your home. They can withstand damage like impact, cracking, and excessive heat. This will result in a higher cost for your project.
Think about it. If you pay only a few hundred dollars for a DIY concrete coating kit, you cannot expect it to last forever in your home. Low-quality concrete coatings rarely last past five years before they start to crack, blister, or peel.
If you are looking for a durable, high-quality concrete coating that is going to last against the wear and tear of its everyday use, then it is going to cost more.
2. The quality of the concrete application
The second factor is the quality of the application and installation process.
Just like with any home remodeling project, you could install your new product as fast and cheap as possible. While you could slap it over your concrete and call it done, this is like putting lipstick on a pig. Choosing this route will not equate to a successful outcome.
A high-quality contractor makes attention to detail a priority for a concrete coating.
Concrete must be inspected and ground to an even and smooth surface before any coating goes on top of it. A professional contractor will use a large concrete grinder to grind the concrete to the perfect smoothness level. This is crucial to the success and longevity of the coating.
The materials and labor required to ensure a concrete surface is prepped properly and the coating is applied correctly will increase the cost of your project. However, it also increases the quality and value of the concrete coating.
Even the highest quality products will fail if they are not installed properly and the right measures are not taken before construction. This is important to understand when outlining your budget and goals for your project so you can choose a contractor that will meet your needs.
3. The quality of the warranty and assurance
The third factor that differentiates a high-quality concrete coating from a lower quality one is the quality of the warranty.
When analyzing a product and contractor’s warranty, you want to look at the inclusions, exclusions, and how long the warranty is good for. Inclusions will tell you what types of damages and bounds will warranty a replacement, repair, or refund on the product. Exclusions will outline what types of damages are not covered.
The length of the warranty is a tell-tale sign of how long your concrete coating product will last. If an epoxy concrete coating product is only covered under warranty for five years, it is not going to last past that. The lifetime and quality of the warranty will be reflected in its cost as well.
Even so, if a product has a lifetime warranty, that lifetime must be defined. Some products will state they have a lifetime warranty, but they really mean for the lifetime of the product. For some lower-quality concrete coating products, a lifetime could be less than five years.
Looking at the contractor’s warranty and researching their client reviews is also important to know whether they will follow through on their word.
The quality of the product’s warranty, contractor’s warranty, and assurance that the contractor will keep their word on their warranty are all things to look for for a high-quality concrete coating. A great warranty from both the product and the contractor will equate to a more expensive project.
How do I find a high-quality contractor?
Now that you know three factors that make a high-quality concrete coating more expensive, you might be wondering how you can find the right contractor that will meet your needs for your project.
Finding a trustworthy contractor can be difficult. Even if you schedule a consultation and meet with one, how can you take their word for what they say?
When it comes to concrete coating, you may hear some contractors who cost less say things like, “We do the same exact things as those other contractors, just for half the price.” This, in most cases, is merely a tactic to get your money, and they will end up cutting corners in the process.
If you’re looking for a high-quality, long-lasting concrete coating, you are going to have to pay more. A high-quality contractor is going to price their services accordingly. But, doing your thorough research, asking the right questions, and knowing what to look for in a contractor is crucial to avoid a potential blindside.
Looking for a high-quality concrete coating contractor in San Antonio?
Southwest Exteriors is one of the more expensive concrete coating contractors in our area. However, we provide the highest quality products from Penntek along with our professional, detailed installation process to ensure your new coating will last in your home.
We care about our clients above all else. Our lifetime warranty on our products and installation will protect you for as long as you own your home. This means that even if the product’s warranty has passed, we will cover all expenses to fix it and make it right.
While we are more expensive than other contractors, we promise that your concrete coating will be done once and done right, so you never have to worry about it again.