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Grinding & Polishing conditions the hardest, most abrasion resistant, part of concrete – the surface.
This surface will then be hardened & enhanced through a chemical densification process.
The resultant abrasion resistance & hardness of the finished surface is directly proportional to the concrete mix, placement & finishing quality, as well as the length of curing time.
Typical Concrete Surface The Near-Surface Wear Zone is the point of maximum wear, approximately 1/8” thick. Made of a high percentage of cement paste, commonly called “cream”, this critical area is most vulnerable to wear and the microscopic voids known as micropits .
While its cosmetic importance is obvious, slab flatness/ levelness also has a major impact on the ease, efficiency and cost of finishing out tenant spaces. The construction and installation of door frames, movable partitions, pre-fabricated cabinetry and elevator landings are impacted by the flatness and levelness of the floor slabs.
Floor flatness is critical in the use of forklifts in tight areas with heavy loads.
See included documents for more information on flatness.
The concrete should be allowed to cure for a minimum of 28 days before our process commences.
The rate of the surface preparation, polishing, and sealing process can range from 1,000 to 20,000 sq. ft. per day. Depending upon the condition of the concrete, interior obstructions, and other concurrent activities.
Specific factors involved are the cleanliness of concrete, slab condition (joints, cuts, holes, etc.) and overall smoothness of the slab.
In the interest of efficiency of operations, as well as overall quality of finished result, it is preferable that we be able to perform the polishing procedure prior to the erection of any interior walls and/or other obstructions.
In so far as possible, we need to begin with a flat, level slab.
If we are able to start with a slab which is as smooth and defect free as possible, we can minimize the grinding process, thus devoting out time and effort more toward the finishing and polishing process.
“ Defect free” means that there are as few surface imperfections (divots, ridges, high/low spots, etc.) as possible.
We believe that we understand what your desired and expected out come results is for your finished floor.
We have enumerated and detailed the factors involved in the delivering to you the Best result possible.
By adhering as closely as is possible to the conditions we have listed, we feel that we can provide you with a harder, denser surface, yielding a higher gloss, longer lasting final finish, while also realizing significant savings on maintenance and cleaning costs.
We are confident that we can establish a procedure for concrete floor finishing, which will provide you with along a long lasting, high gloss, low maintenance, quality finish that will last for many years.
Regular dust mopping/sweeping and scrubbing, should be sufficient for general cleaning.
Should you elect to use something other than water, we recommend using LS Klean cleaner portion pak’s or Stone Clean. These cleaner’s also assist’s with some added protection of what the daily foot traffic grit takes off.
Training of your personnel can be arranged, if necessary.
Ease of Maintenance Simple cleaning and maintenance, done correctly, are all that’s required for a long-lasting polished floor. Due to its resistance to tire marks and other contaminants, the floor only needs a light cleaning with autoscrubber. When maintained properly, the floor never requires harsh chemicals to clean or strip the surface like some other processes. Daily Maintenance: Dust mop floor with an untreated dust mop. Daily or as Needed: Clean the polished concrete surface with a auto scrubber using a gentle Non Acidic in PH cleaner. Monthly Maintenance Polish with the diamond floor pad 800g 1500g using propane burnisher, if Guard material has been applied you can just use the Hogs Hair pad with the heat shield in the middle of the pad Annual Maintenance: After extensive traffic and/or poor maintenance procedures, your polished concrete may lose some of its luster. The best way to restore it is to follow the regular cleaning with a propane powered buffer and polishing pad. If the floor was too poorly maintained and is rough and pitted, re-polish the floor with diamond floor pad tooling 400g followed by the 800g.
Tooling Overview What is grit? Grit is the term for the size of the diamonds in the grinding tool. The lower the number of the tool, the larger the grit size, and vice versa. The diamonds are sorted through several strainers of different size. The larger diamonds are collected in the upper strainer, and the smaller in the lower. Diamond bits are then mounted in metal or resin. The metal bond tools are used for coarse and fine grinding and floor prep, resin bond tools are used for polishing. Eagle Diamonds Diamonds are a critical part of the stone grinding process. Eagle Diamonds can be considered the "Longest Lasting in the Industry." Every Eagle grinding head is designed with 4 diamonds, which creates a flatter and more consistent cutting radius. This means increased productivity and 25% more shine! Eagle Diamonds are for wet or dry use. Metal Bond Diamonds are attached to a Frankfourt style, three hole plate with screws . Resin Bond Diamonds attach to a Frankfourt style 4 hole plate by Velcro®. Coatings Removal Diamonds are attached to a Frankfourt style, 4 hole plate with screws.
Brookings Institute 2007 - “Toward a New Metropolis: The Opportunity to Rebuild America”: the main goal was to determine an approximation of growth in residential, commercial, institutional and industrial through 2030.
The bottom line is that the US will build “about half of the buildings in which Americans live, work and shop after 2000”.
Because of the years of experience that Eagle Solutions has with propane powered floor equipment, we feel confident that our line of industrial strength equipment, longest lasting diamonds, powerful chemicals and beautiful dyes will give you the radiant floor and lasting value you and your customers are demanding.