The Importance of Surface Preparation For Industrial Flooring

There are many different steps that contribute to successful floor installation in an industry but the one which is most critical is adequate surface preparation or otherwise the hazards of an inadequately prepared and installed concrete surface appear almost immediately. Suitable surface preparation not only renders a strong bond between the coating and the substrate, it also increases the durability, adds to the appearance and saves costs on future maintenance.

Factors That Influence The Choice of Appropriate Surface Preparation Methods

There are various surface preparation methods, each of which is suitable only under certain circumstances and choice is therefore influenced by relevant factors. These factors which help in determining the right tools for surface preparation and relevant treatment include environmental conditions such as temperature, moisture, traffic, the existing condition of the substrate and the presence of imperfections such as cracks, rust and moulds.

Understanding Imperfections

When it comes to identifying imperfections on a substrate, one cannot pinpoint the exact type as they feature in all shapes and sizes and depend on environmental and outdoor factors. For instance, the existence of rust on surface in areas with higher moisture content in the air is an example of how imperfections can be influenced by external conditions. Understanding such flaws and removing them properly leads to appropriate examination of the substrate and to work out different measures that would increase the durability.

Preparing The Substrate’s Surface

This step is important to minimize the chance of bond failure with the substrate. This failure is characterized by the delamination of the coating from the bond line leading to its easy and untimely removal from the surface which is visualized in the form of peels and chips. To prevent such delamination, it is important to carry out sufficient surface preparation which facilitates the adherence of the coating to the substrate by complete removal of contaminants.

Diamond grinding, scarification and enclosed blasting are few suitable surface preparation methods for concrete surfaces. These methods render a clean substrate onto which the resin coating adheres properly and a smooth finish is obtained.