Concrete Surface Prep: Why it Can Make or Break Your Installation

Concrete Surface Prep: Why it Can Make or Break Your Installation

As Benjamin Franklin famously once said: Fail to prepare and prepare to fail. This statement couldn’t be more true in the concrete coatings world. The pre-installation preparation process is just as important as the coating installation itself. In fact, it can make or break your finished floor.

Whether you’re installing a coating, resurfacing a floor or polishing it, concrete surface preparation is needed for nearly every concrete flooring project. During the surface prep process, your contractor will essentially return the concrete to its original state, creating a blank slate for your new flooring.

So, what’s involved in concrete surface preparation, and why is it important? It comes down to these five steps.

  1. Remove existing coatings. Your contractor will remove existing coatings on the floor to make way for the new flooring system. This may involve shot blasting or grinding using specialized equipment.
  2. Clean the concrete. During surface preparation, the contractor will remove dirt, grease, chemicals and other contaminants from the concrete using pressure washers or heavy-duty degreasers and scrubbers. Excess residue can impact the effectiveness and longevity of the final coating.
  3. Repair imperfections. If the contractor identified cracks or other issues in the site survey,they will repair them during the surface prep process.
  4. Create the right texture. Concrete texture is important for the final appearance of your floors. Depending on the type of flooring you’re installing, your contractor will grind the concrete to a specific texture to ensure the coating will adhere properly. These textures vary widely, from nearly flat to very rough. Generally, the thicker the overlay or coating, the more aggressive the texture.
  5. Prevent flooring failure. Without surface preparation, there’s a good chance your flooring won’t last long. Choose a contractor who doesn’t skimp on surface prep, and you won’t be sorry!

Durable, long-lasting flooring starts with a clean surface. Make sure your contractor has the expertise and equipment to properly prepare your floors so you can avoid premature failures. Contact us today to learn how we can help with your next project.