Concrete Floor Preparation
Shotblasting is an environmentally friendly and cost effective solution for preparing concrete floors. This process strips, cleans and profiles concrete surfaces that tend to retain chemicals, oils, mastics and other penetrating contaminants. Before any coating or floor system can be applied to a concrete floor, the surface must be profiled, making it free of chemicals, dirt and other contaminants that can act as a barrier to proper coating adhesion.
This process is considered concrete surface preparation and is the first process that must be completed before other floor systems can apply other floor systems. We have the technology to achieve controlled shotblasting results varying from a light etch to removing up to an inch of concrete.
The end result leaves the floor surfaces clean and dry with a uniform profile and texture which provides enhanced performance for new coatings and toppings to bond to. We utilize a wide range of specialized equipment and methods to insure your floor’s substrate will adhere to any coating adhesion.
Scarifying is a floor preparation technique used to grind down uneven slabs, control joints or high spots. High spots are areas where concrete rises over time or the concrete slab was poured unevenly. Most concrete floor systems cannot be applied to an unleveled floor.
The scarifying technique is also used to remove cement adhesives, epoxy, leveling compounds, paints and other types of coatings or adhesives before installation of a new floor system.
Damaged or deteriorated concrete floors can be costly to replace and replacement may not be an option in some cases. One of the best solutions for some clients is to overcoat and re-enforce damage concrete floors with cementitious overlay. We install self-leveling cementitious underlayment systems that are designed to level, smooth and repair interior floors. This type of system is typically used before other floor coatings are installed.
Cementitious overlays are used to renew the surfaces of floors that are in exceptionally poor condition, repairing heavily eroded surfaces that were exposed to thermal shock, chemical exposure and high impact traffic. Cementitious overlays can be installed at different levels of thickness between feather edge up to 1/2 of an inch or more if aggregate is used.
Once a concrete underlayment system has been installed, almost any other type of floor surface can be installed within 24 to 72 hours. Suitable floor coverings include tile, carpet, vinyl compositions tile, rubber and wood planks.
Industrial applications may also be applied such as epoxy, concrete polishing or concrete staining.
In the past decade, this system has become very popular for residential, commercial, and industrial applications. Polishing is a multi-step process that starts with grinding several layers of concrete and then finishing with a fine polishing technique that leaves a high gloss surface with no wax or additional coatings necessary.
Due to the fact that concrete polish requires little to no maintenance and is one of the most inexpensive concrete systems on the market, it has become a great alternative to high maintenance floors like tile, carpet, granite or floor coatings.
Concrete polishing is a very versatile application. It can be done in conjunction with other options like concrete staining, engraving or applied other applications like concrete overlay.
Epoxy is one of the most versatile and widely used floor system used for residential, commercial and industrial floor surfaces. Almost every commercial concrete floor you walk has some type of epoxy system on it or below it. There are 2 types of epoxy applications.
Epoxy coatings are ideal for floors tat require protection from or may come in contact with oils, harmful acids or chemicals. Concrete is a very durable material, however, it is not resistant to most chemicals used in commercial or industrial settings without some type of coating.
An epoxy floor sealer is design to protect concrete floors or other floor systems from water, dust, moisture, and chemical resistance. You’ll find an application like this used on commercial production floors, warehouses, mechanic shop floors, showroom areas and garage floors. Sealants also help concrete stand up to abrasion, scuffing and is ideal for high traffic areas. Sealants are also used to cure new concrete floors.
MOISTURE VAPOR REDUCTION SYSTEM
A high level of moisture below or in concrete floors is one of the main reasons why floor systems fail. The adhesion failure between concrete floor toppings or coatings is often avoided when a moisture vapor system is installed before a floor system is installed. Even very low moisture emissions and elevated alkalinity has the ability to compromise the toughest flooring system installations.
The best solution for addressing this issue is to prime the concrete surface with a moisture barrier that tightly bonds to the substrate. EER, Inc. uses a moisture vapor reduction system specifically designed to greatly reduce the amount of moisture that penetrates concrete floors. The vapor reduction system is VOC compliant, is unaffected by a PH 14 (ASTM D-1308 test method), and can reduce moisture vapor emissions by 97%.
Epoxy coatings & Sealants system are used for:
- Industrial Floors
- Production Floors
- Food Service Industry
- Auto Mechanic Bays
- Food Services Industry
- Retail Stores