It’s All in The Prep Work!

Preparing your floor is the most important part of the process of installing a new floor. Without a prepared base to work on, there’s a good chance that you won’t be happy with the final result, and neither will we.

What Do We Need from You?

Your part in this process is relatively easy, you just need to make sure that your floor is as clean and tidy as you can make it. 

Our Process for Preparing Your Floor

In order to get the best result from the flooring we’re going to lay, we need to make sure your surface is ready to go. 

This means removing any laitance on new concrete surfaces and dirt or contamination that has built up over time on older floors.

Resin floors need a good substrate to adhere to.  Substrates need to have a minimum strength of between 25N/mm2-30N/mm2

Any existing floor damage is repaired with an epoxy mortar to ensure a uniform floor surface prior to applying the finished product.

We use three main methods to prepare a flooring which are shot blasting, diamond grinding and planing.

Shot Blasting

We use closed circuit shot blasting to remove old coatings and make sure that the substrate is ready to receive a resin floor.  

Closed circuit vacuum shot blasting prepares the substrate and provides a mechanical key for the resin to adhere to. This process fires steel balls on the surface to remove the coating and the machine vacuums the steel balls with the dust, recycling the steel balls to be re-used.

Shot blasting is normally only used when applying a thicker coating such as epoxy or polyurethane screeds.   We can use shot blasting together with diamond grinding if thin epoxy coatings are to be applied.

If time is a constraint, larger areas of floor can be prepared with closed circuit shotblasting over diamond grinding.

Diamond Grinding

Dust extracted Diamond grinding is our preferred choice to remove existing thin epoxy coatings, Paint, and Adhesive from a concrete surface and can cover large areas.   

Diamond grinding can also be used to remove self-levelling compounds and re-profile the concrete floor if required.    Our diamond grinding machine has pivoting rotating heads with sets of diamonds that spin at high speed.  The benefits of grinding are that we can work close to wall edges and a flat surface can be achieved ready to accept the new coating.

Our machines use 3 phase 415v power supplies and if not available on site we can bring a diesel generator to site.

For smaller areas or where space is limited, they can be prepared with a dust extracted hand-held diamond grinder.

Scabbling and planing

Our dust extracted planing machine can be used to remove tough existing coatings and help to reduce levels of concrete in areas as required.    This method of surface preparation is useful for the preparation for screeds.

Do you have a floor or a surface that could use a bit of attention? Give our friendly team a call on 01803 868680 and we’ll be happy to talk through your options with you.

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