Our Four Step Granite Floor System
Incorporates Vinyl Polymer Flakes broadcasted into an epoxy basecoat in order to provide the appearance of Quartz, Granite, or Terrazzo depending on flake size.
Prepare Surface Concrete
A clean surface with a proper anchor profile is required in order to provide the proper foundation to any floor coating system. We achieve this by first Diamond Grinding to meet SSPC - SP13 preparation Standard for concrete. Grinding the floor removes any laitance (brittle cement) and creates a rough texture similar to sandpaper. This texture gives the coating several points of contact to anchor down to.
We use only the finest professional grade floor grinding equipment with diamond tooling selected for your specific concrete hardness. Our average grinder weighs over 600 lbs (compared to 100 lb models rented at the Home stores by our competition). This means that our equipment will cut deeper into the concrete achieving a far superior anchor profile.
An industrial strength HEPA vacuum system will also be attached to the grinder while in use in order to control concrete dust disbursement. Our vacuums weigh 850 lbs and have enough suction power to pick up a bowling ball (not the standard shop vac you will see from our competition).
Once all grinding is complete a thorough vacuuming of the entire surface will then be performed in order to completely remove any remaining dust prior to applying any coating. The final step in Surface Preparation is to fill in all hairline cracks and divots using a 100% epoxy patch. Larger Cracks and Spalling may require additional and will be evaluated during your estimate.
The base coat will penetrate the open pores of the concrete to seal out moisture, provide impact resistance and anchor the coating system to the concrete. We use a 100% solids epoxy as our base coat. Our 100% solids epoxy has virtually zero VOC’s and very little odor. It is extremely durable and outperforms other epoxy coatings on the market when tested for chemical, abrasion, and Impact resistance.
The base coat is blended on site and applied using a squeegee to ensure maximum penetration and is then smoothed out using a paint roller in order to provide a uniform thickness.
Vinyl Flake Coat
While the base coat is still wet our team gets to work spreading vinyl flakes to completely cover the floor. We typically apply about 25 pounds of flake per 100 square feet. Once the base coat dries (usually the next day) we scrape the floor to knock down any flakes that are loose or sticking up. Then we thoroughly vacuum up any remaining loose flake to provide a clean and sound surface ready to receive a finish coat.
Protective Clear Coat
Every decorative flake floor must be finished with a protective clear coat. Our clear coats, when applied over a decorative flake floor, provide an irregular surface profile which promotes an anti-slip affect. We offer 3 different clear coats to suit your needs depending on the use and exposure of each individual floor.
Epoxies provide minimal UV protection but have Superior Impact and abrasion resistance. Urethane provide excellent UV protection and durability. It cost a little more than Epoxy but less than Polyaspartic. The most versatile clear coat that we offer is a Polyaspartic Coating. It dries quickly and provides unparalleled rapid return to service.
It is extremely resistant to heat (temps up to 350°F), UV rays, and a variety of harsh chemicals, including salt, oil, and gasoline. Poly-Shell is also flexible and allows for natural concrete movement without cracking or peeling, making this system ideal for either indoor or outdoor applications. Floors that are subject to extended periods of sun exposure should use either a Urethane or Polyaspartic Clear Coat. Floors that are not subject to extended periods of sun exposure should use an Epoxy Clear Coat; especially in industrial settings where tools and other heavy objects might be dropped frequently.