Methods of Preparation for Concrete Coating or Polishing
When it comes to concrete coating or polishing, it is vital to trust in the experts if you desire a job well done and a floor that will shine for years. At Liquid Floors, we know exactly what it takes to obtain the floor you want and we have the expertise to make it a reality.
It all begins with proper preparation. As the first step to take in both concrete coating and polishing, preparation is key. Our experts know exactly how important it is to prepare and repair the existing concrete so you can receive the best results from your epoxy coating or concrete polishing.
Beginning with the removal of any stains or residue, our installation team will carefully clean your concrete surface. Following our thorough cleaning processes, we will level and etch the floor using a wide range of equipment, all in the hands of professionals.
At Liquid Floors, we put our expertise to work for you so you will have a floor that you can be proud of and will look great for years to come. Outlined below are the different steps we take in installing epoxy floor coatings or concrete polishing.
If you are interested in learning more about our processes and techniques or would like to obtain a quote today, contact Liquid Floors.
Diamond grinding prepares the concrete for coating. It removes rough spots, contaminants, and older coatings. It does not generate hazardous waste or damage the concrete and creates a perfect surface for coating. When performed properly, diamond grinding is the least damaging preparation method for your concrete and the ideal prep solution for epoxy floors.
Shotblasting is used when a floor is in need of major repairs and resurfacing. With a process that involves throwing steel shot directly on the concrete floor, concrete shot blasting mimics sand blasting in order to level off the floor, remove stains, and remove markings. The process leaves aggressive profiles which allows for floors that are 1/8” or thicker to bond properly to the concrete surface.
Hand grinding is a crucial step to insure a proper bond of the epoxy all the way to the available edge. Failing to prep as close to the edge as possible can lead to coating failure. Detail work, that if overlooked, could cost you later.
After epoxy floors are in place, proper sanding is important. When performed correctly, sanding creates a stronger mechanical bond between the epoxy and urethane top coat – producing longer lasting results with greater durability and improving aesthetics.
Once the grinding is complete, a thorough cleaning of the surface is required to ensure the concrete coating adheres properly. This begins with an in-depth scrubbing to remove all major dirt, grit, and debris.
Nothing can sabotage a floor resurfacing project as easily as dirt, grit, and other debris. It is essential that floors are vacuumed properly to insure maximum adhesion and improved aesthetics. Using HEPA filters helps reduce dust and particles from the air and keep the surface as clean as possible.
Effective caulking protects the sidewalls of the joints to keep them from deteriorating. Additionally, joints that have not been caulked allow dirt and debris to get trapped – making them more difficult to clean. Cleaning and caulking joints is an important step to protect joints and give cleaned and coated floors a finished look.