What is industrial floor preparation?
Monarch offers a wide range of services depending on the needs of each client. One of which is the preparation of industrial floors ready for the installation of resinous materials.
In most cases, the process of surface preparation for concrete is either to shot blast or diamond grind the surface. This is to fully prepare the substrate for a resin installation. In some cases, it may even be relevant for shot blasting to be the first process and diamond grinding the second. This is after any relevant repairs have taken place. Such as the use of resin to fill any cracks or holes which are already on the surface.
The installation of a resin floor requires experience in both application of products and the correct choice of preparation method. When it comes to the different substrate conditions and materials it is always better to seek professional input into the floor preparation. The method an technique of preparing a floor can largely affect the appearance of the end finished floor.
Simply cleaning the floor surface or using acid etching as a method of preparing a floor for resin will not give effective preparation, mechanical preparation is always the best option. To achieve a quality finish on a resin installation it is necessary for professional industrial preparation to take place. Diamond grinding and shot blasting techniques involve the expert use of specialist machinery. Professional training is needed before specialist machinery can be used.
Shot blasting is one of the methods which prepares a concrete floor ready for an epoxy, polyurethane or polyaspartic resin floor coating. Shotblasting is a dust-free operation with self-contained vacuum removal of dust. With less dust there is less time needed before the floor can be treated, reducing the time it takes to prepare. In instances where an industrial floor preparation is taking place in a manufacturing or production facility, a shorter turn around time can make a huge difference.
In what circumstances would shot blasting be appropriate?
- When removing the previous substrate/coating of a floor
- On flooring which is causing health and safety issues
- In manufacturing and processing environments
- Facilities where high levels of hygiene are a factor
- Areas of pedestrian and vehicle traffic
- Industrial and commercial resin installations
Diamond grinding is the most effective floor preparation when it comes to industrial floor preparation. It is the process of grinding down a concrete surface to correct the irregularities which have occurred such as roughness and faulting
In instances where an existing floor coating is to be removed, diamond grinding is a faster and cleaner approach than shot blasting. It requires the use of a three-phase machine which has rotating diamond tooling affixed to its head which grinds down the existing substrate. This technical opens up the pores of the substrate allowing a cleaner application of resin coating. It also removes any of the loose concrete which may be apparent. This is ideal to create a quality finish to an epoxy, polyurethane or polyaspartic resin flooring system.
It can also be a less damaging process of floor preparation as it does not cause micro-fracturing in the existing concrete.
In what circumstances would diamond grinding be appropriate?
- For industrial floor preparation
- On a floor which has been shot blasted
- To remove an existing floor coating
- Removal any dirt or oil which may have damaged the existing floor
- To grind concrete floors efficiently and accurately
- Preparation of a concrete floor for resin application
Shot blasting and/ or diamond grinding are both effective ways to prepare a concrete floor before the application of a resin coating. In some instances, it may be best to first shot blast the floor and then diamond grind depending on the floors current condition.
Above all, Monarch offers free technical advice and no-obligation quotes on its resin floor installations. Our survey will highlight the correct method of preparation required appropriate to the product and resin flooring type selected. In some cases, only a small amount of preparation may be needed before installation. However, it is always best practice to get a professional insight so that you can get the quality finish in your floor.
We are based in Sheffield, Dronfield, Halifax, Greater Manchester and install resin flooring throughout the UK. Moreover, we have a broad knowledge and understanding of industrial floor preparation and installation of resin floors with our 30 years of experience.
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