Advanced Floor Coatings – Surface PreparationBefore applying a new flooring coating system, whether you choose tile, carpet, brick, linoleum, thin-mill, or quarter-inch seamless overlays, I need to share with you the most critical part of the entire process – Preparing the concrete floors. If the existing flooring is not removed and prepared properly, it’s unlikely that you’ll have long-term success.
IMPORTANT: It’s important to be proactive and test your floor for moisture levels. If you have moisture vapor transmission issues, what seemed like an easy project turns out to be a costly repair later.
Prepping the Surface
To get epoxy or urethane’s to properly bond to another surface, the floors first need to be repaired, cleaned, and free of any contamination’s such as oil and grease. This is extremely important in food processing facilities. Remember that your floor is only as strong as its weakest link. Any contamination left behind will drastically reduce the strength of the bond.
Floor Surface Preparation and Coating Removal Equipment
The good news is that we have all the equipment needed to smooth out uneven concrete floors, concrete polishing, grinding of uneven slabs and curled concrete. Our equipment includes diamond grinders; scarifiers shot blasters, polishers, floor burnishers, and walk behind scrubbers. Basically we have everything you need to prepare any concrete surface for a new flooring application.
We use this to remove thin-mill coatings, glue, thin-set, concrete overlays, old epoxy floors, linoleum, carpet, wood flooring, and ceramic tile. We can do it all.
How does epoxy bond to concrete?
After the concrete surfaces are cleaned and prepped, the tiny grooves left behind create an abrasion for the epoxy resins to interlink and grab onto. This bond provides you with a strong and durable working surface. Regardless of the types of epoxy paint used, the bond strength will only be enhanced through adequate floor preparation.
Old Concrete –vs. – New Concrete Surface Preparation
Epoxy floor paints can be applied to new or old concrete surfaces. But first we need to determine whether your existing concrete is structurally sound in order to be resurfaced. If it’s not, we’ll let you know right away what repairs need to be made in order to complete the job.
When new concrete is poured for expansion projects (we love to see growth), we need to wait for the concrete to fully cure before any floor coatings can be applied. And remember, even new concrete needs to be tested for water vapor transmission.
Surface preparation for epoxy floor coatings is one of our specialties. Our crews are the experts when it comes to completing a job from start to finish and we can make your design project come to life. Whether you’re an industrial facility or medical center looking to coat thousands of square feet, give me a call today to begin your flooring project.
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Disclaimer: This quick guide is intended to provide you with a general understanding and knowledge regarding floor surface preparation when applying resinous epoxy floor coatings in commercial buildings and facilities. We are concrete coating experts, not chemists. Each flooring project is unique regarding requirements and specifications. Get in touch with Advanced Floor Coatings today to get a free estimate.