Our Installation Process
The first and most important step in the process is preparing the concrete surface. Some of the issues we typically need to deal with:
- Removal of existing Sealer or Failing Coatings
- How Hard or Soft the Concrete is
- Structural Issues ( Cracks, uneven pads, severe pitting/spalling)
- Hydrostatic Pressure – too much moisture in the concrete
Diamond Grinding Equipment
Apollo has several pieces of grinding equipment including 3 large walk behind grinders, and numerous hand grinders for edging, control joints, crack chasing (“v” groove) and all those hard to get to areas. Diamond grinding is the preferred way to achieve the proper CSP (Concrete Surface Profile) based on the coating manufacturers specifications.
We use various diamond segments with different hardness and grit to help us achieve the proper CSP in the most time efficient manner. Diamond grinding is the preferred way to properly prepare a concrete surface in the industry today.
With our 3 Filter HEPA Vacuum system, we collect 95% of the airborne dust that is created during the diamond grinding process. There will be some dust in your garage that is not controllable but it is minimal.
Removing any existing sealers or coatings is critical to the success of our final product. These can be a bond breaker if not removed prior to coating. In some cases we use PCD (Polycrystalline Diamonds) to shave off the coating material first prior to regular diamond grinding.
Repairs and Resurfacing
Cracks are typical on most garage floors due to the settling of the concrete. Any visible cracks with be repaired with our Concrete Mender product and more severe cracks will be opened up first to clean and abrade both sides of the cracks.
Pitted or Spalled areas will be filled using our Mender Product to level off the low spots. After the Mender is cured we diamond grind the area again to take down any high spots and scuff up the Mender. Keep in mind this does not level the entire floor; it is intended to smooth out the floors so the low areas are no longer visible.
Now we are ready to decorate the floor
Base Coating of the floor and Verticals – A small Amount of self-priming Polyurea is mixed to cut in the edges and control joints first. A larger batch is mixed to roll out the entire floor covering 100% of the concrete surface.
Broadcasting the Vinyl Color Chips – While the base coat is still wet we will broadcast the vinyl color flakes into the base coat. We broadcast at 100% to achieve a uniform color and texture.
Scraping the Chips – After the base coat is cured (1-1.5 hours) we cut/scrape the chips to remove chips that didn’t adhere or chips that adhered on an angle. This removes any rough areas. Excess chips are reclaimed if possible, smaller shavings are discarded and we completely vacuum and blow all loose chips.
Clear Coat Layer – Our final layer of product is considered the most important layer. The Polyaspartic Polyurea 2 Part Chemical is one of the most durable clear coats you can get on a garage floor. We squeegee out the product onto the floor to get a uniform amount of product coverage, then lightly back roll to even out the product and avoid heavy or light spots.
Once we are finished you will need to stay off it for 4-6 hours with general foot traffic. After a full 24 hours you can drive your car on it and return to full normal use. We usually recommend 12-16 hours for heavier items such as refrigerators, ride on mowers, work benches, etc
Cleaning and Maintenance
Salt, dirt and debris can be simply hosed out, or a light pressure washer (max PSI 1,500) will make the cleaning go faster. There is no need for continuous clear coats so just keep it clean and enjoy your new floor for next 20-plus years!