Concrete Preparation

Why Is Concrete Preparation a Crucial Step in Laying a New Floor?

Dragon Scale Inc. is a disabled veteran owned and operated business working with trained and certified employees specialized in concrete preparation and other flooring services for residential homes.

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Any professional flooring services contractor will tell you that concrete preparation is the first crucial step in the floor installation process. A level and clean surface and correctly mixed concrete are the basic prerequisites if you want to have a beautiful, solid, and long-lasting floor which resists to the usual level of wear and tear.

Concrete preparation actually starts with mixing the ingredients. Whether you are preparing concrete for paint, tile or epoxy, it is important to get the exact proportion of cement, water, and aggregates. The mixing of these materials will generate a chemical reaction that causes the compound to hydrate and harden. Initially,  the new concrete installation is weak and this is why a flat and clean surface is important for curing.

The Key Steps for Professional Concrete Preparation

The following steps are the same for all types of concrete preparation, whether preparing concrete for stain, painting, or other floor coatings. As you will see, this is highly specialized work, thus you should always hire a skilled concrete preparation and flooring contractor.

The first step is cleaning the surface before concrete installation. This process involves removing all types of debris with a vacuum and a water-jetting machine. This machine can remove even sealants and previous coatings. 

The next concrete preparation step is profiling, that is, creating a texture similar to sandpaper using a shot blasting machine. This porous texture is necessary to ensure proper concrete adhesion. Last step is patching, that is, repairing any cracks in the surface with epoxy gel or similar substances.

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How Long Does Concrete Preparation Take?

Concrete preparation and curing is a process that takes time and should not be artificially shortened. Generally, fresh concrete will reach standard strength in about 28 days. This process is aided by spraying curing compounds, which will reduce water evaporation. 

Also, it is possible to add accelerators to the concrete mix to speed up curing. These additives will reduce the curing period by one third. They are especially recommended for concrete preparation and installation during the cold season.

Work with a Professional Concrete Preparation Company

Dragon Scale Inc. is a disabled veteran owned and operated company specializing in concrete preparation and floor installation. We have over 40 years of experience and work only with trained and certified employees. Our service area covers:

  • Maryland
  • Pennsylvania
  • Virginia
  • Washington, DC 
  • The entire East Coast.

Do you need a new floor? Call our concrete preparation specialists now: 844-237-3566!


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