Welcome To Vanguard Concrete Coating
Of Grand Rapids, Michigan
Concrete Floor Repair & Coating Services
We're a Grand Rapids, West 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, electrically sensitive area requiring conductive or ESD
(electro-static dissipative) properties, 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
concrete garage floors. See our high quality repair work by
commercial concrete photos and/or
residential concrete photos.
Resinous Floor Coatings
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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 residential garage projects we generally only bid on
work within 30 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,
South Haven, Benton Harbor, St Joseph, Holland, Grand Haven and Grand Rapids. as
well as Northern Indiana cities.
& Basement Floors
Our New Shotblaster
Concrete Flooring / Cement Flooring
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 and Hardeners -
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
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 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 & Dyes - 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; Concrete dyes are
Essentially penetrating color solutions. Unlike acid based stains,
they do not react chemically with concrete. Instead, they contain
very fine coloring agents that penetrate into the concrete surface.
Both water- and solvent-based dyes are available, with each type
having unique qualities.