Recently, concrete floor grinding has gained a lot of popularity in the construction field.Concrete floor grinding is done using several abrasive tools, which give the floor a glossy finish.
Many real estate owners have begun investing in concrete grinding for their floors because of its benefits. Not only does it enhance the aesthetic appeal of a place, it also provides a long term cost-effective solution to tiling projects.
However, to accomplish this process effectively, there are certain tools that are essential. This article focuses on these must-have tools needed for the process of concrete floor grinding.
Concrete Floor Grinder
As is obvious, the concrete floor grinder plays a key role. It is the most essential tool for the grinding process. These grinders come in different sizes, weights, features and specialisations of power, motor size, and direction of rotation of abrasives. Depending on the need, you can choose a grinder that best suits your requirement. It is worth remembering that for polishing purposes, grinders with over 800 grits are optimal.
You should keep repair kits handy before commencing the concrete floor grinding process. That would help you repair the floor of cracks or damage faster.
The bonds are to hold the diamonds in place. Bonds are usually made of metal or plastic resin, but can be made from any material that is apt for the application of tools. They are designed in a way that they wear away at a pre-decided rate to make way for the exposure of new diamonds before the surface diamonds are broken down completely.
Bonds should be attached to the material that is to be ground; else, the tool will not be able to function well. For example, in the case of a soft concrete tool being used on a hard floor, the diamond on the surface will break down, and the tool stops cutting before fresh diamonds are released. This happens because the wear resistance of a bond is too large. Hence, the bond does not release diamonds fast enough to resupply the diamonds to the surface.
Another important tool to finish the grinding process properly is abrasives. Based on the
condition of the surface of your floor, you need to choose diamond tools with the right bond hardness. The type of abrasives selected and utilized decide the efficiency of the concrete grinding process. In general, metal bonds are the go-to choice for hard floors while resin bonds are the preferred choice for soft floors and the last steps of surfacing polishing.
The 3 important factors to keep in mind while choosing diamond tools are its performance, price and inventory.
The performance of your diamond tools is utmost important in carrying out the grinding process effectively. Follow these steps to calculate the performance of your diamond tool:
- Measure and not estimate the area to be ground.
- Find the grinding time by subtracting any break time from the total work time.
- Divide the total number of square feet (of the ground) by the total grind time.
For example, if you divide 10,000 square feet by 10 hours, you would see a production rate of 100 square feet per hour. Understanding the performance of your tools gives you a clear picture of its production rate. Also, it helps you manage the grinding operations much easily.
The purchasing criteria for most contractors is the diamond tool. It is the single most contributing factor towards spiking the purchase costs for the contractors. Diamond tools are expensive, but are worth every penny. You cannot expect to get a lot of output from them if you are not willing to make a sound investment.
Always contain at least 3 different bonds, so that the crew has the flexibility to find the right match to the tool. Do not attempt to save money by having a minimal diamond tool at your disposal in the inventory will not result in higher efficiency. The productivity and efficiency of the job highly rely on the right tools and the accessories required.
These small grinders could be one of the most versatile tools you can have. They provide easy and quick solutions for tiny bumps and irregularities on both horizontal and vertical concrete floor surfaces. They are also useful in removing the remnants of paint coatings and graffiti as well. They come most handy when you want to work in tight areas where the big grinders cannot maneuver at all such as corners and areas close to walls.
Hardening agents help achieve higher quality results in polishing with hard floors. Liquid hardening agents are used in making concrete floors harder and thicker. Hardening also helps protect the floor from stains, damages and possible water penetration.
Therefore, it is undeniable that the right tools bring out the complete efficiency of the job and help in achieving targets quicker. Keeping in mind the aforementioned tools and requirements, you can get concrete grinding done for your floor with a much aware mindset!