The industrial floor finish process begins with surface prep. It’s always the key to a successful floor installation. The old floor in the video has been used for many different businesses over the years, and once complete will be home to an extensive car collection.
The process began with a deep grind using a 32” machine that weighs more than 1500 lbs. The combination of weight and the correct diamond tooling ensures a deep grind to fully remove all surface contaminants. We also ran a shot-blaster over the rougher areas to ensure a clean floor down into any divots and depressions.
Once a good clean floor is achieved, we skim the floor out with a floor patching material to fill and smooth the depressions and other deficiencies prior to coating. Once that has dried, a light grind over the patch and we are ready to begin the coating process.
Our base coat of epoxy goes down nice and even with a squeegee and backroll before we broadcast the flake. This client chose a gray and white mix with 7% silver micah for a unique look that will have a gorgeous finish.
Concrete is incredibly more porous than you would think. Though it seems rock hard, it is actually full of millions of tiny cracks and pores.
Concrete can be damaged in any number of ways, but the most common damage occurs from the de-icing salts used by city snow plowing services and freeze/thaw cycles which occur quite often in Calgary during fall freeze-up and spring warming.
When this happens, salt can sneak into the small pores and tiny cracks in your concrete creating an acid-like reaction. Eventually larger and larger pockets are created that hold greater and greater amounts of water. It is the water that eventually causes all the damage.
Water expands up to 9X when frozen. The pressure from this expansion grows with each freeze and thaw until eventually it pops the surface of the concrete creating even larger cracks and the pitting you so often see in sidewalks and driveways.
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Have you ever attempted to repair a crack in your concrete porch yourself? You likely discovered that this is not really a DIY situation!
These days most front porches are made with concrete and what starts out as a small crack can quickly become a larger crack if water gets in and freezes.
Depending on how deep the crack is it may have to be filled in with vinyl patching and then capped with a concrete patching material. You might even have to use a metal brush or some other method like stapling or chiseling away some of the edges to make a smoother repair.
Aging concrete can go from bad to worse fairly quickly if not attended too and DIY repairs can be tricky. In fact, the results can vary from just OK to hideous.
Why not let an expert take the struggle out of this type of home repair?
Hardscapes Inc. has all the tools and the know-how to quickly assess any situation and find the immediate answer to your worn concrete issues. Call 403-547-5597 today!