When in the market for finished concrete floors, shoppers may come across terms that they are not familiar with or are difficult to comprehend. This glossary aims to clear up any confusion and educate shoppers on these important terms. If you are on our website and encounter a term that you don’t understand, let us know and we will add it to the glossary.
Diamond grinding is a process that is used to prepare concrete for the application of epoxy flooring. The grinding cleans the surface of contaminants and opens the pores of the concrete to allow the epoxy to bond to the concrete.
Epoxy Floor Coating
Epoxy is high quality floor coating that resists oil stains, beads water, and easily wipes clean. Epoxy flooring will make a space brighter, more efficient and attractive.
Hand grinding is the process of making sure that perimeters are properly grinded to prepare for binding. Industrial grinders can miss the edges of the walls, so hand grinding is necessary for optimal results.
In some cases installing floor covering is not an option. In these circumstances, concrete polishing enhances the natural beauty of concrete. This distinct option will provide for protection while offering the enhanced appearance that many businesses are after.
Shot blasting is the procedure of blasting a concrete surface with steel shot at an extreme velocity. The process removes dirt and contaminants to improve bonding. Most contractors use shot blasting because it’s the cheaper way to go. However, shot blasting is often too aggressive of an approach, and is usually more appropriate for resurfacing rather than applying a thin film coating.
A large flat piece of concrete.
Urethane is an industrial concrete coating often placed over epoxy floors. Urethane provides wear resistance that is generally 2 to 3 times greater than epoxy. This allows you to get a longer life out of your industrial floor.
Unfinished concrete has had no treatment and in a working environment will degrade quicker than a surface that is protected through epoxy coatings or concrete polishing.