When it comes time to upgrade old flooring or install new, don’t expect a boring experience. The latest advances in floor coatings create rock star quality options. For Minnesota floors, there are certain aspects to floor coating installation that require special attention and measures, don’t settle for less than the best in professional flooring installation experience. Here’s what to expect from floor coating installation of systems with features that will delight to the point of swoon:
Versatility: Affordable and versatile means your flooring upgrade doesn’t have to be limited. Take it to the limit and upgrade floors in:
- Basements, Garages & Kennels
- Decks, Patios & Sidewalks
- Kitchens (commercial & residential)
- Restaurant Dining Space
- Showrooms & Retail Space
Selection: The unique demands of the area to upgrade will help you determine which flooring system to choose:
- Chip: Highly durable for heavy traffic areas. Perfect for commercial applications. With 100% polyurea, its strength is enhanced with a high gloss finish and color blend customization options. Chemical and abrasion resistance makes this a popular choice for restrooms, auto showrooms, automotive service areas, and medical treatment areas. A beautiful, textured surface yet also improves the safety of work areas.
- Quartz: Also popular in industrial applications, greater slip and chemical resistance makes this a preferred flooring finish in areas where water is frequently present, such as: walk-in freezers, pool decks, showers, and commercial kitchens.
- Formcove: If you are in need of rapid delivery, this system cures in about 30 minutes. It is economical and has customization features. Popular in wet areas as well as reception areas. For a quick solution that offers the least disruption to workflow, this seamless, water-resistant choice can’t be beat.
- Metallic: Perhaps this is the rock star finish previously mentioned. High gloss, gorgeous color palette, and dazzling custom finish. This is the flooring system of choice for man-caves, she-sheds, boutiques, and restaurants. It meets every demand for safety and aesthetics.
- Polyurea: This is the in-demand option for shop floors because of its high chemical resistance rating and superior slip resistance. Featuring a rapid cure time means less down time for businesses.
- Epoxy Solid Color: If simplicity and ruggedness is preferred, this finish delivers. It provides protection against chemical spills and abrasion. Economical, this is an excellent system for large areas like: machine shops, warehouses, and showrooms.
- Polyurea Solid Color: Opt for this system for similar benefits as an epoxy solid color system but get more color and texture options. Whether you opt for a matte or high gloss finish, the benefits of easy maintenance and slip resistance remain the same.
What To Expect: Once a flooring system has been chosen and color scheme determined, it is time to schedule installation. Here’s what to expect:
- Inspection: To evaluate the hardness, moisture content and structural condition of the concrete.
- Preparation: Shot blasting is the most common prep method for concrete. By introducing abrasive materials at high-velocity, the coating will adhere better to the concrete. Another concrete preparation option is diamond grinding if concrete is soft, deteriorated or has a thick, pre-existing coating. A grinder will prepare and level the concrete surface as well as prepare any cracks or joints.
- Recovery: A dust collector is used to recover all contaminants, abrasive debris, and dust.
- Local Needs: Unique to the conditions of living in Minnesota is the need to use special fillers and mending methods for cracks, pits or spalls that may be present. Minnesota weather is extreme and harsh. Without the right expertise, a flooring system can fail.
- Curbing: Vertical surfaces are prepared around the perimeter of the concrete area to be coated. These areas can include walls and stairs.
- Base Coat: A primer is first applied, usually spread with a roller brush or squeegee, until the entire surface is covered.
- Broadcast: Flake is applied by hand to ensure even application throughout the entire surface for a uniform appearance and texture, then left to dry for up to an hour.
- Scraping: Once cured, the basecoat will need the flake to be scraped with a metal blade to smooth and even the texture. Particles will be recovered with a vacuum once finished.
- Clear Coat: A clear coat finish finalizes the application process. Beginning with the vertical surfaces, it is brushed onto the perimeter and spread across the floor until an even coat is produced.
- Clean-Up: After curing for up to six hours, a crew can walk with confidence upon the surface and clean up. Another 24 hours and the surface is ready for use, even parking the car.
So what are you waiting for? Your rockstar quality floor awaits and installation is quick and easy. Please contact us. The experts at PolyTek Surface Coatings can help get you started on your commercial or residential flooring system project today.