If you are going to get into the business of concrete floor grinding, you will need to purchase equipment to get you started. At first this might seem like a daunting task since there is a great deal of equipment necessary which can vary greatly in price depending on the size, speed, and capabilities of the machines needed. There are ways to keep your costs down, however, allowing you to get your business up and running without going over budget, allowing you to realize your dreams of owning a concrete polishing business.
Concrete Hardness Tester
The first step in grinding concrete is finding out its level of hardness. This is done with the Concrete Hardness Tester. The tester involves scratching the surface of the concrete to see which pick actually scratches the concrete. Once you know its level of hardness, you will know what type of equipment you need to conduct the grinding portion of the process.
If the concrete you will be grinding has any type of blemishes, stains or damage, they will need to be repaired before you start grinding. You will also need to remove any existing sealants on the concrete to ensure a thorough grinding process.
Once the area has been tested and repaired, it is time for grinding. This is the most costly portion of the process. Many contractors just starting out in the business purchase used concrete grinding equipment in order to cut the costs down of purchasing the equipment outright. This allows you to have the equipment you need to successfully polish many concrete floors without going over your budget.
If the concrete needs to be hardened or densified after the first attempt at grinding, a liquid hardener can be used. This will help to make the surface harder and less resistant to damages in the future. This is especially helpful in high traffic areas or places that grease and other harmful (staining) substances will be used.
As a last step to the entire process, your customers may request a stain guard to protect their new investment in polished concrete flooring, but this will not be a necessary step for every floor.
Because of the investment involved in starting a concrete polishing business, it is often beneficial to find used concrete grinding equipment in great condition in order to save money without having to sacrifice the quality of the services that your new business provides.
[June 1, 2015]