You always have to start on solid ground. Surface preparation is an essential part of the look and feel of every job site. Whether you’re refurbishing an old floor or putting the finishing touches on a concrete slab, you need consistent, reliable equipment to see the project through to completion.
At Sunbelt Rentals, our Flooring Solutions team helps customers all across North America level up their surfaces with powerful, state-of-the-art equipment. Here’s a quick look at how our equipment can help you create the surface of your choice.
Strip away old material
Due to foot and equipment traffic, flooring can collect dust, dirt, grime or other buildup. It’s important to remove this, so you can begin your project with a stable, even foundation.
If you’re refurbishing an indoor surface, chances are you need to remove an old application, whether that be a coating, residue, carpet or tile. In many cases, you’ll need to scrape off material and underlying adhesive. Removing these materials can be a tough and time-consuming job, but not for our floor strippers.
Our strippers get underneath tough applications with ease, and our fleet contains both propane and battery-operated models. For more intense jobs, consider ride-on models for a more enjoyable experience.
Smooth things over with floor grinders
Once you’re removed previous material, it’s time to grind. Concrete floors often have uneven spots or unwanted textures, depending on how the material settled and the subsequent wear and tear. If possible, you’ll want to smooth these out for a nice, level surface.
Floor grinders are perfect for refining the top surface of a concrete slab. These machines use rotating discs to break up and smooth out rough spots, edges and trip hazards. They can also be used to add texture to an otherwise slippery surface. We stock gas and electric models in a variety of sizes to help you.
Use shot blasters for finesse
Sometimes in a resurfacing job, you only need to remove a small amount of material or a thin layer. Shot blasters come in handy in these situations. These machines can help you remove and profile your surface in one fell swoop. Shot blasters are generally more aggressive and nimbler than grinders, though both have their time and place. Talk to one of our equipment specialists to find a model that is right for you.
Have a plan for dust collection
When you begin a concrete restoration project, it’s important to be mindful of safety precautions and OSHA requirements. Grinding concrete typically creates silica dust, which can be a health hazard if inhaled. For this reason, it’s best to have a plan in place, including HEPA filtration.
Our concrete dust vacuums pair well with other equipment, and we have models that can operate on both wet and dry applications. With one of these vacuums, you can keep your job site free from hazardous airborne particles.
Finish with a nice polish
Are you after that sleek, showroom gloss? Look no further than a concrete polisher. These models use diamond abrasives to grind, hone and polish your floor for a complete shine or decorative finish.
Polished concrete can extend the usable life of a concrete floor, and its smooth, stain-resistant texture makes maintenance a breeze. This all-around excellence makes concrete polishing popular for schools, airports and large commercial settings. Polished concrete is also helpful for its environmental benefits, which can help with LEED certification. For instance, polished concrete reflects light more easily, so you can reduce your lighting and your energy costs.
This step is a welcome conclusion to many surface preparation projects, since it results in a smooth finish you can show off.
Keep it clean after the fact
Once your project is complete, develop a plan for scheduled maintenance to keep your floor clean and free from debris. Our scrubbers and sweepers help you stay on top of these tasks with both walk-behind and ride-along models.
For those dealing with time constraints, robotic floor cleaners are an exciting new innovation in floor care worth considering. These autonomous units can be programmed to clean commercial and industrial settings, and they have built-in artificial intelligence to help them navigate around obstacles. These models make it easier than ever to stay on a regular cleaning schedule.
We’re here to help
It can be hard to tell exactly what floor equipment you need for the job at hand. At Sunbelt Rentals, we make it so you don’t have to. Our team of trained experts has a working knowledge of surface preparation equipment, and they come with the practical knowhow to educate you on all the best practices in floor care. Contact us today for a free consultation.