Welcome To Vanguard Concrete Coating Of Grand Rapids, Michigan

 

Concrete Floor Repair & Coating Services

We're a Grand Rapids, Michigan based concrete flooring expert specializing in concrete polishing, floor cleaning, installation of polyurethane and epoxy floor coatings of indoor cement surfaces, and the restoration of concrete floors for industrial, commercial, and residential clients.  For our commercial & industrial flooring clients this usually involves manufacturing floors, chemical containment areas, food processing areas, production floors, warehouse floors, as well as bathroom floors, and/or break room floors in factories.  For residential flooring clients this primarily involves their cement garage floors. See our high quality repair work by visiting our commercial concrete photos and/or residential concrete photos.

Resinous Floor Coatings

Concrete floor coatings are special resins (most often polyurethane or epoxy) that when properly applied create an impenetrable coating, or layer on cement preventing the transmission of water and contaminants while at the same time keeping the structure safe. Installation of resinous flooring is commonly used for sealing, waterproofing, repairing, restoration and resurfacing of concrete. Flexible polymer coatings are used on multi story and pre-cast cement structures such as parking ramps and mechanical rooms, waterproofing the levels below and protecting against chemicals and physical abuse. Oil, Salt and other chemicals can cause damage to structures, especially in high traffic areas. Resinous floor coatings can be used to prevent, reduce and repair damage in such areas. The most common types of Resinous flooring systems include epoxy coating, epoxy resurfacer or epoxy mortar, urethane coating, urethane mortars, polyurea, as well as polyaspartic coating application.

By focusing on cost-effective coating technology that protects the environment while protecting concrete surfaces, Vanguard Concrete Coating provides users with safe, long-term epoxy flooring & finishing protection that reduces maintenance and expenses.

Concrete Polishing Services

Concrete polishing is the process of mechanically and chemically transforming concrete to an attractive easy to clean finish with various levels of gloss options and aggregate exposure.   Simply put, polishing concrete is similar to sanding wood. Heavy-duty concrete polishing machines equipped with progressively finer grits of diamond-impregnated abrasives are used to gradually grind down surfaces to the desired degree of shine and smoothness.

Concrete polishing begins with the use of coarse diamond segments bonded in a metallic matrix. These segments are coarse enough to remove minor pits, blemishes, stains, or light coatings from the floor in preparation for final smoothing. The next steps involve fine polishing of the concrete surface using diamond abrasives embedded in a plastic or resin matrix. Crews use ever-finer grits until the floor has the desired sheen.

During the polishing process an internal impregnating hardener or densifier is applied. A concrete stain or dye can also be added. The densifier sinks into the concrete and is invisible to the naked eye. It not only protects the concrete from the inside out, it also hardens and densifies the concrete. This eliminates the need for a topical coating and aids gloss retention. A concrete dye or stain can also be added to the process to provide color concrete options.

Decorative Floor Coating Colors

Sample Floor Colors For Garages And BasementsOur company standard colors for epoxy flooring are displayed on our colors page; We offer custom epoxy paint colors, decorative flake flooring, decorative quartz flooring, metallic epoxy, river rock epoxy, and decorative logo lettering as seen on the pictures scrolling above.

Concrete Floor Preparation Services

Vanguard offers several forms of surface preparation including shot blasting, diamond grinding, and scarification.  We know that preparation is the key to great finish. Over 80% of coating failures can be attributed to improper or in sufficient prep.  It is important to provide a clean surface free of contaminants and defects with a profile or texture.

Epoxy Floors

The most common type of polymer flooring installation is the epoxy floor. Epoxy flooring installation can accomplished by squeegeeing the epoxy, roller epoxy application, epoxy slurry and broadcast as well as Epoxy power Troweled resurfacer where the epoxy is screed applied normally at 1/4 inch and a mixture of epoxy resin and blended aggregates are combined to make an epoxy mortar which is then finished with hand trowels and power trowels in order to resurface and restore the concrete surface. An epoxy floor coating may be applied as thin as a coat of paint or up to 3/8 of an inch and in areas in need of repair may be several inches in thickness if needed. Industrial epoxy flooring installation requires well trained applicators, specialized preparation, and working knowledge of the proper epoxy coatings or epoxy resurfacers for the individual application. Epoxy floor coatings may offer varying degrees of chemical resistance, ultraviolet resistance, as well as speed of cure time and installation thicknesses. As a general rule the faster it dries, the higher the chemical resistance, the better the UV stability and the thicker the floor the more it will cost. This is why it is important to understand the epoxy flooring installation to compare on product or installation with another rather than just picking the least expensive product or epoxy flooring installer.

 

Material Sales and Installation Training Services

We offer material sales for the do it yourself application as well as on the job training Service / Market Area for industrial jobs when bidding on work in Northern Indiana and Michigan;  For small residential jobs (garage & basement) we generally only bid on work within 50 miles of Grand Rapids, MI.  For larger projects we work in Michigan cities such as Muskegon, Traverse City, Mount Pleasant, Midland, Bay City, Saginaw, Flint, Howell, Lansing, Jackson, Battle Creek, Kalamazoo, South Haven, Benton Harbor, St Joseph, Holland, Grand Haven and Grand Rapids. as well as Northern Indiana cities including South Bend, Michigan City, and Fort Wayne).

 

 

 

 

Polished Industrial Flooring
Industrial Floor

 

 

Polished Commercial Flooring
Commercial Floor

 

 

Polished Residential Garage Cement Flooring
Residential Garage
& Basement Floors

Concrete Flooring / Cement Flooring Terms:

To the far left are buttons to our interior industrial, commercial and residential web pages. Listed below are some direct links with flooring definitions.

  • Cement vs Concrete - concrete is composed of cement (aka portland cement) water, sand and aggregates and various admixtures to alter the concretes various properties.  Cement is what holds concrete together. While concrete is sometimes called cement by lay people when describing their basement and garage floors, the terms are not interchangeable.

  • Shotblasting - The leading industry technique in floor surface preparation, removal, and repair procedures in a dust free environment.

  • Scarification - The most common method of cementitious coating and resurfacer removal.

  • Diamond Grinding - The least aggressive form of mechanical surface prep that can be used for cleaning and thin film coating removal.

  • Acid Etching - chemically etching a cement floor in preparation for sealer or epoxy coating.

  • Concrete Polishing - heavy-duty polishing machines equipped with progressively finer grits of diamond-impregnated segments or disks are used to gradually grind down surfaces to the desired degree of shine and smoothness.

  • Concrete Densifiers - Sodium, potassium or lithium silicate formulation that penetrates the concrete and reacts with calcium hydroxide formed in hydration, filling pores in concrete and making the surface denser and less porous.

  • Epoxy Flooring - epoxy resins are thermosetting resins known for excellent surface and sub-surface adhesion, mechanical properties, and chemical resistance.

  • Polyurethane Flooring - polyurethane resins, commonly referred to as urethane, are thermosetting or thermoplastic resins and demonstrate moderate chemical resistance and good resistance to diluted acids and alkali. Polyurethane resins generally offer moderate adhesion, but good resistance to shrinkage and excellent flexibility.

  • Polyaspartic Flooring - Polyaspartic is a type of polyurethane (actually a polyaspartic aliphatic polyurea). Polyaspartic floor resins overcome many of the short comings of  other resin coatings by providing a very fast cure, chemically resistant, UV stable coating, that can be applied as thin as an epoxy paint or as thick as a self leveling epoxy.

  • Concrete Stains - two categories of concrete stains - reactive and nonreactive. Reactive stains are water-based acidic solutions containing metallic salts that react with the concrete's lime content; Non-reactive stains are water-based acrylic stains that don't rely on a chemical reaction to impart color.


 

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Vanguard Concrete Coating
3030 Hillcroft SW
Grand Rapids, Michigan 49548
Phone: 616-742-1540

Fax: 616-742-3793
Ian@vanguardconcretecoating.com

Copyright 2009-14 All rights reserved by Vanguard Concrete Coating of Grand Rapids, MI. For residential epoxy coating of floors our service area includes the West Michigan cities of Grand Rapids, Muskegon, Holland, Zeeland, Grand Haven, Kalamazoo, and Portage and small cites in-between. For industrial & commercial floors we service a larger area including the greater Detroit & Ann Arbor area, Northern Michigan (including Traverse City, Cadillac, Big Rapids, Petoskey, Charlevoix, Grayling and Gaylord) Southwest Michigan (including St Joseph, Benton Harbor, South Haven,) Central Michigan (Including, Marshall, Battle Creek, Jackson, Lansing, Charlotte, Eaton Rapids, Grand Ledge, Saint John’s, Ithaca, Owosso, and Mount Pleasant) MI Thumb Area (including Flint, Saginaw, Lapeer, Bay City, and Midland) as well as Northern Indiana (including South Bend, Michigan City, and Fort Wayne).


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