Grind & Seal
What is a Grind & Seal?
The Grind & Seal is a clear epoxy flooring system that gives customers the polished concrete look but with added chemical resistance and—if you choose—non-slip aggregates. We follow the same installation procedures as an epoxy floor, however, the finish is clear and no flakes are applied.
Benefits of the Grind & Seal
The Grind & Seal offers our customers benefits that they can’t get from a polished concrete floor: Chemical Resistance and Non-Slip Properties. Don’t get us wrong polished concrete is beautiful, durable and works well in many commercial settings. However, there are situations where we don’t recommend it.
When Frequent Chemicals Spills Are Likely. If your business works with chemicals (i.e. hair salons, automotive shops, machine shops) it is recommend that you look for a flooring solution that is chemical resistant to avoid permanent damage to the surface of your concrete floor. Concrete is porous and it will soak up acid and petro chemicals easily. If your concrete floor is not cleaned within a given time after a chemical spill(s) happens it can leave your floor permanently stained. Having an epoxy barrier on your floor can prevent absorption of these chemicals and extend the clean appearance of your concrete floor.
When Food & Grease Are Being Handled. A similar issue is caused when food and grease come in contact with the floor. However, the added issues of bacteria come into play. Having an epoxy coating keeps food particles out of the concrete floor and when cleaned properly leaves a sanitary environment to handle food.
When you have high pedestrian or vehicular traffic. Rainy days are frequent in Houston. If customers and employees are walking on wet concrete floors without mats, it’s possible that someone can slip and fall. Epoxy coatings can be applied with slip resistance aggregate to prevent these accidents. This also applies to areas that are outdoors or simi-outdoors like parking and residential garages. Water can cause tires to skid and people to unexpectedly fall when exiting a vehicle on smooth-wet concrete.
Common Grind & Seal Locations
The Grind & Seal flooring systems works well in hair salons, automotive shops, machine shops, commercial kitchens, and dog kennels.
How Much Does it Cost: Grind & Seal
There are many factors at play when drawing up an estimate for your new floor: demolition and removal of the previous floor, square footage, number of rooms, labor, type of application, and extras like dyes and non-slip aggregates, among other things. In most cases, we can get a Grind & Seal down a lot cheaper than we can a polished concrete floor. So, if you want the polished concrete look but are on a set budget the Grind & Seal option may be for you. Ask your estimator for two quotes and see if it’s an option for you.