The installation process starts with determining the type of concrete you have depending on its:
Each of these variables contributes to how we approach the next and most important step—concrete preparation.
GARAGE FLOOR PREPARATION
Our main form of preparation is concrete grinding, which extends the life of your floor by giving you the greatest adhesion possible. Our diamond grinders consist of eight rotating heads. By varying the grits and bonds used, diamond grinders can be effective on differing concrete types. Diamond grinders are especially helpful when cracks or joints are at different profiles and need to be leveled.
During the grinding process, our dust collector removes pulverized abrasives, dust, and contaminants, leaving very little residue behind. This is the number one form of preparation used in the coatings industry today.
If cracks in the concrete are severe enough, a small grinder will be used to open them up for further reconstruction before our durable mender material is applied. Less severe cracks will not need to be opened, and can simply be filled with our mender material.
Our fully restored cracks in the concrete will be flush with the surrounding surface.
Pitting and spalling is repaired similarly to our crack reconstruction process. Deteriorated concrete is removed prior to restoration. Pits and spalled areas will then be filled using our mender material. After reconstruction, the area will be flush with the surrounding area.
We check to make sure that all the areas are level with the floor and refill any uneven areas. We feel that it is best to leave all control joints open to allow for the movement of the concrete and relieve the stress. Although, control joints can be filled if specified.
The repair process is followed by vacuuming the floor and using a leaf blower to flush out remaining debris.
GARAGE FLOOR COATING PROCESS
COATING THE FLOOR - BASE COAT
We start by mixing a small amount of our base coat, a self-priming pure polyurea, which is used to cut in all the edges around the floor and cover the prepared concrete surface. The base coat is applied using a technique using a roller, to ensure the product is evenly distributed. We repeat the rolling process until the whole surface is covered completely.
BROADCASTING THE COLOR FLAKE
When the floor is coated completely with the base coat, we broadcast the flake into the wet coating by hand, covering the whole floor with the flakes. By using mass quantities of flakes, we ensure that the floor is completely covered, leaving it uniform in color and texture.
SCRAPING OF THE CHIP
Once our basecoat is fully cured we “scrape” down the flake. With metal blade scrapers we walk along the floor surface putting pressure on the blade to “cut” and “scrape” any loose or vertically standing flakes.
CLEAR COAT APPLICATION
After our floor is prepped, coated, flaked, scraped, and vacuumed, we can start our final step — the application of the clear coat. We start by clear coating all of the vertical surfaces and then brushing the perimeter of the floor itself. The clear coat is distributed across the floor through a technique of rolling and squeegeeing. This ensures that no unsightly lines will be left upon completion of the project.
YOUR NEW FLOOR COATING
After 4 to 6 hours of drying you can confidently walk on your new coating and after 24 hours you can park and drive on the coating. We hope you fully enjoy your new floor!