Any good business is reliable, reasonable and relatable; Ahwatukee’s Epoxy Strong is no exception.
Stacey and Will Lykins are both Valley real estate agents, and even placed third for Best Real Estate Agent/Agency in “Best of Ahwatukee 2015.” They both hang their licenses with West USA Reality.
The Lykins family bought Epoxy Strong from friends in January 2016.
The Ahwatukee couple had been looking to buy a business for several years before purchasing the garage and commercial floor coating company. While it may not have been exactly the investment they had in mind, the epoxy and real estate worlds go hand and hand.
“I typically recommend my clients get their floors epoxied, and I do think it adds value to a home,” said Michael Felton, a Valley real estate agent with Exclusive Properties of Arizona. “When you’re trying to sell your home for top-dollar in a city like Chandler or Ahwatukee, you want the home to look consistent — and that includes the garage. It won’t make or break a home, but if it’s updated and modern on the inside, the garage should be to.”
The couple has dived head first into the epoxy world, partaking in applications and learning the process through hands-on experience.
Epoxy Strong’s process is superior to its competitors’ for several reasons. First and foremost, all of their floors are diamond grinded, not acid etched, so the company is more environmentally friendly than other epoxy applicators. The process of diamond etching itself is more efficient, even and durable than the result of acid etching.
Epoxy Strong starts by using a “giant grinder” that shaves away concrete via the “diamond grinding” process. They then lay the color chips, allow them to dry, and apply a topcoat. While it may sound lengthy, Epoxy Strong’s turn-around time for re-utilizing the surface is anywhere between 24 and 48 hours — making the process exceptionally convenient. Their epoxy coating is also insured for up to 25 years, no added cost.
As a young, blossoming business, Epoxy Strong has done very well attracting (clients from the real estate industry and referrals).
One recent client, Lindsay Dunkelburger, said: “It can be tough when you have an older home, you know? It was just a two-car garage with no pizazz… We were looking to beautify it any way we could.”
Regina Felton, Mike Felton’s grandmother, is thrilled with her new garage floor.
“They got their man cave, and I got my party cave…I feel like I have a whole extra room now.” Felton uses her garage for more than parking cars now. She plays Bunko and even crafts in her newly epoxied space.
Epoxy is one of those things that doesn’t seem important until you see the final product.
• Kendra Penningroth is a freshman at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University. She is interning this semester for the East Valley Tribune.
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