The Concrete Space

What Is Surface Preparation & Why Is It So Important?

Posted by Skipper Clark on 10/16/18 4:00 PM

THE MOsT CRITICAL STEP OF THE INSTALLATION PROCESS

Here at Hoover Wells, we pride ourselves on how we can maintain the superior quality of our work. Besides safety, nothing is more important than the floors we work on. With over 40 years of experience in the industrial flooring industry, we offer a unique, wide range of specialized services, but none of those services can be done properly without good preparation work.

Our Rez-Stone epoxy is the best out there, but no matter which material you are going to apply, the best epoxy in the world has a hard time adhering to substrates that have not been properly prepared. Imagine painting a wall that has been covered in drywall dust. Your now dusty paint-roller would barely be able to transfer paint to the wall. The paint that does get to the wall will end up patchy and flaking off. Similarly, if you put glue onto a smooth surface, it will have a difficult time adhering.  The glue needs some type of profile to adhere.  Dirt, grease, oil, preexisting coatings, sealers and many other substances inhibit epoxy from adhering to the substrate.  

SURFACE PREPARATION IS BOTH LITERALLY AND FIGURATIVELY THE FOUNDATION OF EPOXY FLOORING.

We prefer a method called shot blasting to do this. Shot blasting fractures the surface of the floor to create a profile that will allow for greater epoxy adhesion. When steel shot blasting is not an option, grinding the concrete surface with metal bond diamonds will suffice in most cases. Etching the concrete surface with chemicals such as muriatic acid or phosphoric acid remove dirt from the surface but fail to create a profile on the floor. 

Many epoxy coating failures can be the direct result of insufficient prep. When you are in search of an epoxy floor coating, make sure your contractor sufficiently prepares the floor before applying any epoxy coatings.

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One of our more difficult projects has been the Toledo Museum of Art.

(It has a unique shape and needed to especially beautiful.)

Whether we are grinding down cement to polish it into a mirror-like finish or coating it with a Rez-Stone product to protect the concrete, surface preparation is the most important step in any new or rehab floor system. When we floor it, you get top performance. That is the Hoover Wells advantage.

 

Topics: Concrete Polishing, Floor Systems, Rez-Stone, Epoxy Flooring

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