Concrete floors are so popular because they’re relatively easy to repair and maintain. Once you install a concrete floor, you don’t have to worry about replacing it for decades to come. You can just resurface or apply concrete coatings if it develops any flaws. At Surface2Surface, we’ve worked on several projects in Lewisville, Texas, and the surrounding areas like Highland Village, Coppell, Flower Mound, The Colony, and Little Elm. Our technicians had to prepare the concrete for coatings on a large number of these projects.
We have noticed that coatings and finishing sit well on thoroughly prepared concrete floors on our residential and commercial projects in Corinth, Carrollton, Grapevine, Southlake, and Farmers Branch. That’s one of the reasons why we recommend concrete preparation to all our clients with old floors. Here’s a brief introduction to the techniques we use for this process.
We use grinding if your concrete surface is uneven and has several dents. Our grinding tool carefully and steadily removes the damaged surface layer to reveal the undamaged and clean inner layer of concrete. This layer is strong, relatively porous, and tends to accept finishing systems like concrete coatings or polish more easily.
Grinding is also the first step of polishing because it ensures the floor is completely even. If we don’t remove the surface layer of concrete, the polish will highlight the flaws present in the flooring.
2. Shot Blasting
Shot blasting is another way to remove the surface material on the concrete floor. It’s faster and more efficient than grinding because we don’t have to clean up wet sludge after the process is complete. Shot blasting creates a completely smooth and even surface which is ready for any kind of finishing treatment.
During the shot blasting process, we shoot small beads against the floor at high velocity. The beads chip away at the surface and loosen the concrete material. The blaster pulls and beads and the released concrete material back from the surface with the help of an attached vacuum. This shortens the clean-up process so your floor is ready for coatings or polishing immediately after shot blasting.
3. Glue Removal
Old concrete floors often have lingering glue stains from carpets or vinyl floors. These stains need to be removed before any treatment can be applied to the surface. Unfortunately, old glue can be tough to remove because it bonds with the surface. Our technicians will examine the surface carefully and determine the best way to remove the glue. In most cases, we need to use grinding or shot blasting tools to completely remove the surface layer because the glue has sunk in. However, we can use glue removal solutions and chemicals to administer spot treatments.
4.Crack Repair/Epoxy Injection
Concrete surfaces can develop cracks over time. This can be because of the movement of concrete due to temperature changes or due to impact from heavy objects. You don’t need to replace the surface to remove the cracks. We use crack repair techniques or epoxy injections to fill these flaws.
If you want to excellent concrete polishing and finishing services, you don’t have to look beyond us at Surface2Surface. For further enquires, don’t hesitate to call us at 972-880-2223.