Polyaspartic Flooring Process
The first step to a proper polyaspartic floor install is the floor preparation. This consists of removing any damaged sections of the substrate, diamond grinding to achieve a desired profile ready for coating, and thorough vacuuming to assure no dust or debris will affect adhesion of the flooring system. Pictured below is 2 car garage in the Lake Bluff Condo Project. This specific floor had major leaking problems; with living space below, it needed to be fixed. Throughout the following process a durable, attractive floor is installed and all sources of leaking sealed permantly
The floor is ground to achieve a slightly rough surface that will give the polyaspartic coating something to bond to properly. After the initial pass with the grinder, any areas in need of repairs are dealt with. Our repair system can cure and be stronger than concrete in as little as 20 minutes, making our one day installs possible. It is not uncommon for us to resurface and rebuild seriously damaged concrete surfaces. The vast majority of concrete can be repaired and coated, leaving a fresh, sound and attractive surface. Pictured below are the control joints filled, and then ground flush and smooth, ready to be coated.
Instead of simply putting down the 2 coat polyaspartic system, a urethane prime coat is rolled out. This coat allows for significantly better adhesion properties, laying the backbone for the bulletproof, gorgeous flooring solutions we offer.
This particular floor has a cove base extending 4 inches up the wall to completely stop any water from damaging the drywall or seeping down into the precast panels. The cove is coated in the same process as the floor, but done before to ensure utmost consistency.
Next the tinted base coat is applied to the floor via an 18 inch roller. After the polyaspartic is rolled even and smooth the vinyl flakes are broadcast into the base coat. These flakes stick to the coat below and cure with the polyaspartic, leaving the desired look. The color options available for vinyl chip blends are limitless. T Norgal Concrete Coatings stocks multiple blends suitable for most applications. See our website for our signature blends.
After the base coat has cured, usually within an hour or so, we are able to shave down excess flakes on the floor, leaving a desired texture and reclaiming the excess flakes. After this process the floor is vacuumed and ready to be top coated.
The top coat is the same product as the base, just in a clear form. It is also applied with an 18 inch roller. To ensure suitable non-slip texture a combination of plastic polypropylene aggregate and silica sand are added. This leaves a finish that is easy to clean, yet safe in slippery conditions.
Our coatings are warranteed for 10 years, covering delamination and discoloration, but our system in most applications is a lifetime flooring solution. Polyaspartic floors offer 3 times the scratch and abrasion resistance of epoxy systems, they can also be installed in cold weather situations. Epoxies generally need no less than 50 degree weather to cure properly. Our system also allows for rapid turnaround. Foot traffic is usually possible toward the end of the day and car traffic in as little as a day later. Functional and eye catching, coatings of this nature have many uses, garages and basements being our most common installs. However, we also offer concrete staining services using the same line of products for superior wear resistance. Fill out the contact form or call the numbers listed on the home page for any inquiries. Thank you for reading!