Grinding vs. Acid Etching Your Garage Floor

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When it comes time to resurface your garage floor, you have a few different options. You can grind it, acid etches it, or coat it with a sealant. So which option is right for you?

In this blog post, we will compare grinding and acid etching and discuss the benefits of each option. We will also provide instructions on how to grind and acid etch your garage floor, so you can make an informed decision about which method is best for you!

What Is The Difference Between Grinding And Acid Etching Your Garage Floor?

The difference between grinding and acid etching is that grinding removes the top layer of concrete to expose a fresh surface, while acid etching only roughens the surface of the concrete. As a result, grinding will remove any stains or imperfections on the surface of your garage floor, while acid etching will not.

The Benefits Of Grinding Your Garage Floor

Grinding your garage floor has a few benefits:

  1. It will remove any stains or imperfections on the surface of your floor.
  2. It will provide a smooth, level surface for your new coating or sealant.
  3. Grinding your floor will also increase the lifespan of your new coating or sealant by providing a stronger bond between the coating and the concrete.

The Benefits Of Acid Etching Your Garage Floor

Acid etching your garage floor has a few benefits as well:

  1. It is less expensive than grinding your floor.
  2. It is less disruptive than grinding, so you can continue to use your garage while the acid is working.
  3. Acid etching provides a good key for your new coating or sealant, so it will last longer.

How To Grind Your Garage Floor

If you decide to grind your garage floor, there are a few things you need to do to prepare:

  1. You need to remove any items from your garage that could be damaged by the grinding process.
  2. You need to sweep and clean your floor to remove any dirt or debris.
  3. You need to tape off any areas that you do not want to grind.

Once you have prepared your garage, you are ready to start grinding. To grind your floor, you will need to rent a concrete grinder from your local home improvement store. Once you have the grinder, you can start grinding your floor in small sections. Start by grinding the edges of your floor and working your way inward. Be sure to wear ear protection and a dust mask while you are grinding!

How To Acid Etch Your Garage Floor

If you decide to acid etch your garage floor, there are a few things you need to do to prepare:

  1. You need to remove any items from your garage that could be damaged by the acid.
  2. You need to sweep and clean your floor to remove any dirt or debris.
  3. You need to tape off any areas that you do not want to etch.

Why Choose Us

Coating Designs is the best garage floor company in Orange County, FL.

Coating Designs presents various services, including commercial floor coatingsconcrete coatingsepoxy garage flooringindustrial floor coatings, and metallic epoxy flooring. In addition, Coating Designs services the communities of KissimmeeOcoeeOrlandoWindermere, and Winter Garden.

So, if you seek the best garage floor grinding and etching in Orange County, FL, you should contact Coating Designs professionals!

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Are you looking for the best garage flooring services in Orange County, FL? If so, you should speak with the coating experts at Coating Designs!

So, whether your project is for residential, commercial, or industrial coatings – Coating Designs will do an excellent job for you.

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What are concrete coatings?

Our epoxy floor coatings are a concrete resurfacing option that is installed over existing concrete floors for both interior and exterior concrete. All of our coatings are installed by hand (we do not use any stamps), thus giving our clients a true, one-of-a-kind floor. We install a wide range of flooring systems such as: 100% solid epoxy, concrete stain, acrylic cement, and rubber based products.

Clients have the ability to customize any coating with our various color options and design techniques. Concrete Coatings are used not only in residential, but industrial and recreational settings as well. Premier uses only the highest quality, industrial products on the market to ensure every customer is getting the best value.

How Much Do Your Concrete Floor Coatings Cost?

Each project is customized to your particular concrete flooring needs. Every job we do is different, because we offer different types of coatings and finishes.  We will work with you to develop a free estimate keeping your budget in mind. 

How Durable Are Your Epoxy Concrete Coating Systems??

We use only industrial products on all of our epoxy floor projects. They are designed to give clients the most value and longevity over any other coating material on the market. Just to give you an idea of how strong our products are, we installed an epoxy flake floor in the garage of a Fire Station in 2008 to protect the firehouse’s garage from dirt, debris, salt, and the extreme work environment. Due to our expertise and industrial coatings, we have yet to receive a repair call. Those same products are used in all of our residential projects.

How long does a typical epoxy flooring project take to complete?

A typical residential project takes approximately 3 – 5 days to complete depending on several variables. Variables include, but are not limited to: size of job, repairs and/or preparation requirements, weather, additional design details, customer requests, etc.

What if I already have an existing concrete coating?

Unfortunately, we must grind off any existing coating and repair materials before we can install any of our concrete coatings. This ensures the integrity and longevity of our flooring systems. If you have stamped concrete that has faded, please contact us for options in reviving it.

How Long Do I Need To Stay Off My Concrete Floor Coating After It Is Installed?

If using 100% solids epoxy, your floor will be cured and walkable in about 12-18 hours. You can return to full heavy traffic after about 24 - 72 hours. Wait for at least 24 hours before moving light weight furniture on your brand new concrete coating flooring. Before moving anything heavy (car, equipment and furniture).

How do you prepare concrete for resurfacing?

We start every project by first preparing the concrete for our products. It is imperative that we have a fresh concrete surface before installing our concrete coatings on your project – this will allow our products to have only the BEST mechanical bond.

We spend approximately 66% of the project prepping your floor which may either be by diamond grinding or pressure washing the concrete (depending on the location of the project) and in some cases we do both! Most contractors will come in and just acid wash or not even prep your floor – we get calls all the time about botched installs with customers asking if we can save their project; we must start fresh every time.

Will I Need To Reseal My Concrete Floor Coating?

If you follow our maintenance and cleaning guidelines, you should not have to worry about resealing the concrete floor coating. We offer a professional grade cleaner that will easily remove stains or tire marks, but will also preserve the life of your concrete coating topcoat.

What If My Concrete Floor Has Cracks, Chips And Is Old?

No worries, we are experts in repairing existing problem areas of concrete. In some cases we have been found to be a cheaper alternative over tearing out and replacing existing slabs of concrete. Once we have saved your concrete we then install our decorative designs to hide the flaws and repairs.

How Do I Care For My Concrete Floor Coating?

You can clean our concrete coatings with typical sweeping, mopping or steaming. 

Will Oil Stain My Concrete Floor Coating?

Epoxy floor coatings are extremely resistant to most hazards, including cleaners, gas, oil, transmission fluid, and even most industrial chemicals. Our epoxy concrete coatings system is both oil and moisture resistant.

Who Invented Polyurea Coatings?

Andy Phelan, director of business development and training at Rhino Linings Corporation, explains, “Polyurea was invented in the early 1980s when a less moisture-sensitive form of polyurethane was desired. By replacing the hydroxyl group in the urethane with an amine group, a product we now call polyurea was formed.

What Are Polyurea Concrete Coatings?

Polyurea is useful for concrete floors, as it quickly and strongly bonds to concrete while providing a smooth, virtually impermeable surface that protects the floor from impact, water damage, chemicals, heat, and sunlight.

What Types Of Environments Can Epoxy Floor Coatings Be Used?

Epoxy flooring coatings can be used in a variety of environments.  The durability, slip resistant finish is fantastic for any industrial setting, storefronts, patios, or even driveways or garages.

How Are Epoxy Floor Coatings Applied?

We have perfected a six step process for applying Epoxy Floor Coatings that involves prepping the floor, prime floor with epoxy primer, fill all cracks, holes with epoxy grout, then apply epoxy paint. 

Can I Apply Epoxy Floor Coatings In Cold Temperatures?

You can!  Epoxy can be used at cold temperatures but must be handled and applied with techniques adapted to cold temperatures.

Do I Need To Hire A Professional To Install Epoxy Floor Coating?

Installing Epoxy Floor Coating correctly is critical to the appearance and durability of your flooring.  Hiring a professional is the best way to ensure that your flooring will look amazing and last a lifetime! 

Does My Concrete Floor Coating Come With A Warranty?

We provide a 5 year warranty on your concrete floor coatings against peeling, delamination and wear for as long as you own your home.

Where We Service

We service Orange County, FL cities and the surrounding areas including:

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