Concrete use in the commercial and industrial sector has been common for quite some time. The good news is that there are new applications for concrete that have been recently discovered. They are gaining a stronghold particularly in the residential setting. A rough and unfinished concrete with unadorned look is a less desirable sight at home. Therefore, it is important to understand how a great concrete surface is prepared. Oil, moisture and other penetrating fluids are usually the norm in home areas such as the basement, garage and laundry rooms. When working on a concrete surface in these areas, you need to apply several techniques to achieve beauty and add depth to the strength and durability of the concrete.
Preparation on existing concrete surface
In a garage or basement, you will inevitably have to work on an existing surface. In this scenario, preparation on the concrete surface is usually more of an art as compared to science. The first step for polishing an existing concrete surface involves carrying out a thorough examination on it. If there is any sealant or coating on the concrete surface, it should be removed to reveal the solid concrete. After thee examination, you should clean the surface properly using special equipment. The type of finish that you choose for the flooring will help you determine the steps to take after cleaning.
Dealing with epoxy coating
You will mostly find concrete epoxy coating in the surface of commercial settings such as an auto showroom. However, a new trend reveals that epoxy coatings have made their way into residential settings. Concrete epoxy coatings are by far more durable than paints. In addition, they are resistant to oil and grease. As a result, many homeowners are opting to use them in garage floor installation. As research indicates, they are more likely to adhere perfectly on a surface that has been slightly roughed. Surface roughing can be done by either profiling or etching. All these methods are ideal for use. A contractor will choose either for garage floor installation depending on a number of reasons.
Surface preparation in a living room
The surface preparation of concrete inside a home is quite different. Homes usually have incredibly smooth and well-polished concrete flooring. This type of flooring requires proper grinding and polishing for a great outcome after application of ready mix concrete. After the surfaced has been nicely cleaned and polished smooth, many people choose to stain the concrete. The most ideal stains for concrete surface are acid-based. These stains react chemically with the concrete surface and therefore, necessitate the need to neutralize the concrete before sealing. Neutralization is done with special soaps and later washed off with water.
When dealing with a smooth polished concrete surface, you need to seal the flooring adequately to give it maximum protection. Sealing is done by first applying a base sealant on the flooring before final application of a sealant on top. You can polish the wax severally before it loses its luster. A new coat is applied to the flooring after the wax passes its prime.