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Epoxy coating is a popular and durable floor treatment when applied after proper tile removal Tampa. Epoxy repels dirt, grease, and oil, making it an excellent choice for many commercial, industrial, or garage applications. Additionally, it is suitable for even the highest traffic locations. It offers an attractive finish that can withstand years of use without showing age. However, an epoxy floor is only as good as the work that goes into cleaning and prepping the surface. Premier Epoxy offers dust-free tile removal Tampa that can get you started on the way to a beautiful, lasting new floor finish.  

1. Remove the Old Floor

Demolition is the crucial first step in the preparation process. Every trace of old flooring must be carefully removed, whether it is carpet, linoleum, or tiles. Our specialized equipment, dubbed “the Terminator,” easily breaks up old floor coverings for efficient removal. It has an extended battery life, so most tile removal Tampa jobs can be done in a single day. If there is an additional underlayment, that will also be lifted at this stage. 

2. Fix any Imperfections

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Tile removal Tampa is just the first step in a fairly involved preparation process. Once the old flooring has been removed, we can get to work assessing the underlying concrete surface. While thick tiles might cover minor imperfections like slightly elevated or low spots, epoxy acts more like a paint and will not help level these uneven areas. Any considerable flaws must also be addressed, such as cracks, gashes, or gouges. If left unrepaired, these cracks can get larger over time, ruining the integrity and appearance of your new epoxy floor. 

At Premier Epoxy, we will carefully inspect the entire concrete surface as part of our dust-free tile removal Tampa process. Any areas of concern will be patched and leveled. The result is a smooth finish that is ready to be carefully cleaned and sealed. 

3. Thoroughly Clean the Area

Even with our dust-free removal process, picking up old flooring can make quite a mess. You have demolition debris pieces of old tile or carpet, not to mention fine dust that can escape vacuum equipment. That’s why it is so essential for the entire area that is getting epoxy to be cleaned and free of dust and debris before any final preparations. If necessary, a mild acid solution will be used to ensure the concrete is thoroughly clean and ready for its final coating. 

4. Prepare the Surface 

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Part of the appeal of epoxy is that it offers a long-lasting solution. However, that is dependent on the sealer being able to penetrate and bond with the concrete. Creating a surface that is free of any dust or sealers allows this to happen. Once clean, the concrete will need to be etched as a final preparation step. This opens up the pores, so the epoxy can fully penetrate the concrete and create a strong seal. 

Commercial grinders fitted with diamond blades are often used to etch the surface. Hydroblasting is also effective at removing any old sealers or coatings that persist. There are many risks associated with blasting processes, and they should only be done by professionals who are familiar with the equipment and procedures. After the floor is etched, a final inspection is performed where any imperfections will be addressed before work is done. 

5. Apply the Coating

Once the floor is prepped, we can begin the application process. A primer is applied first, which allows maximum adhesion for the subsequent coats. It generally takes two to three coats of resin to get a solid base layer of epoxy. Any desired decorative elements can be added to the final layer. Once that is complete, a topcoat is used to create a durable and lasting seal. The finished floor will then be cured and ready for use 72 hours after the final coat is applied.  Whether you are interested in sealing floors in part a residential, commercial, or industrial setting, Premier Epoxy can help. We offer the highest quality epoxy floor coatings and tile removal Tampa, so you know the job will be done right the first time. Contact us online or at (813) 358-3100 to learn more and get a free quote for your project. 

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