What is a inexpensive way to seal your concrete floor?
Updated: Oct 7
Grind and seal flooring is the industry term for concrete which has a clear coating system installed onto a concrete floor. Grind and seal concrete systems finish your floors so their striking, natural-look can shine through. Unlike other flooring that are applied atop a subfloor, concrete is the substrate itself.
That means whether you’re starting from scratch or you’ve pulled up an old floor for a renovation, your concrete is the foundation of the room. Thus, it needs the utmost care in final sealing to ensure it can withstand wear and tear for years to come.
Preparing the Concrete for a Grind and Seal Floor System
The process of concrete resurfacing is simple and fast. Concrete surface is first ground with coarse grit and then with fine grit. The surface is cleaned and allowed to dry. A seal coat is then applied over the concrete.
The concrete sealant may be solvent polymer based, water based, or a reacting polymer that cures when two components are mixed together.
An epoxy resin floor is tough and forms a clear, transparent coat or it may be modified with additives to form an opaque coat with a suitable color.
Which Industries Can Use Grind & Seal Concrete Staining
It is a suitable floor option in a variety of industrial and commercial spaces such as warehouses, manufacturing, retail, animal care, and food service.
Grind And Seal VS Grind And Polish
Although this process is commonly referred to as “polished concrete,” there is a slight difference between “grind and seal” and “grind and polish.”
Grind and polish is hardened with a densifier and refined to a much higher level to create a shine.
This densifier then reacts to the cement to harden the top layers. It’s then sealed with a polish guard sealer to avoid any water, bacteria, or stains. Grind and polish systems tend to be more expensive but slightly more durable.
Benefits Of A Grind And Seal Concrete Floor
One of the key benefits of floor resurfacing over other concrete processes is that this type of grinding works with any granite exposure. The exposure level is the amount of the concrete’s rocks and stones that are exposed.
There are three different types of exposure involved with grind and seal concrete: zero exposure, partial exposure, and full exposure.
Zero exposure takes off only the top layer for coating. This is what you might see in a warehouse or garage. Partial exposure takes off a deeper layer from the surface of the concrete, making it consistently flat and polished. Full exposure grinds away several layers so a maximum number of stones are exposed.
A grind and seal concrete floor system make the concrete resistant to high abrasion and wear and tear. You can also add a beading or grit to enhance slip resistance.
This makes the concrete non-porous, so it won’t harbor any bacteria or stain easily. Moreover, this makes the floor low maintenance and easier to care for than other types of flooring.
The seals can be matte or glossy, which can create a unique look for the room. Additionally, you can find “grind and seal” coats that have a UV-resistant finish for outdoor spaces.
Use An Expert Epoxy Flooring Contractor To Save Money
Using an experienced epoxy flooring company, can save time and money as their vast knowledge allows them to provide real world experiences that will apply directly to your needs.