How do we do our Garage Floor Installation?
We have been asked this by several clients – How do we do our Garage Floor Installation? We thought we’d put together a little more detailed description and show photos so you can understand the process and the attention to detail we take.
Main Floor Preparation in the Garage Floor Installation Process
1. We remove debris from all of the garage floor.
The important part of the process for this is knowing that it is critical to clean and remove debris from the floor and surrounding stem wall, along with under the sheetrock. This is necessary so that the debris doesn’t dislodge and get into the floor coatings later in the process. We take the extra time to do this thoroughly as it will give us a better finish. Concrete grinding and preparation is so important in the process of installing the floor coating.
2. Next, we identify the areas that need to be patched and patch everything needed
This needs to be done early in the preparation process as to let the patching product set so that the floor machine can knock down and level the patching product while doing the main floor.
3. Clean and Fill Expansion Joints
The expansion joints are cleaned out well, and then the caulk is applied to the expansion joints.
4. Use Swing Machine to remove contaminants, weak latent material, open the concrete to take the garage floor installation properly for our garage floor installation
What is a Swing machine you ask? They are similar to floor buffers and are used for intensive cleaning and surface repair.
The Swing Machine is run going both North/South and East/West to make sure all floor surfaces are covered. We also Sweep between passes to verify that the grinding process is getting complete coverage. The floor will not be a constant color when done, but all areas must be free of contaminants.
5. Sweep/Vacuum concrete dust from floor, expansion joints, steps, and stem wall
This step must be completed thoroughly before the product can be applied to the floor. A clean floor is a must for starting our application process.
6. We apply the first coat of our 3 coat system in our garage floor installation
We apply the primer or base coat.
7. We apply the second of our 3 coat system
We apply the second coat, which is pigmented, then broadcast the flake (or chips) of your choice while the resin is still wet. Read here on why we only do this in the second coat in our article on “When is it Best to Broadcast Flake”
8. We vacuum up the excess flake and prepare for the topcoat
9. We apply the third of our 3 coat system for our garage floor installation
The very last thing we do is apply our Poloyaspartic top coat.