There once was a time when wall-to-wall carpeting was the greatest thing since sliced bread. But these days, carpets can make a home seem dated. That’s why more homeowners are pulling up their outdated carpets in favor of tile flooring.

Unfortunately, carpets tend to leave their mark on the concrete underlayment with heavy mastics and glues. To prepare your floors for new luxury vinyl tile (LVT) or flooring installation, ACT Restoration offers concrete grinding and floor prep services

At ACT Restoration, our concrete floor polishing team has been serving the Twin Cities region for more than a decade. In this post, we’re breaking down how our floor prep service can get your floors ready for new flooring installation. To learn more about our floor prep services, give us a call today.

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The Importance of Concrete Floor Prep

We work with homeowners all the time who want to remove their old carpet or tile flooring and start fresh. But what about concrete that’s long been covered in mastics and glue or seen damage from impacts?

The great thing about concrete is that with the right concrete grinding floor prep, almost any concrete floor can be completely transformed into a clean, workable surface that’s ready for new flooring installation. Some even choose to keep their concrete floor and make it the star of their house.

Using the correct professional concrete floor prep is important for making sure your floors install properly and is frequently required to validate manufacturer warranties. These warranties will often stipulate that the concrete layer underneath the flooring meets specific profile requirements.

Homeowner Floor Prep Process

You, as the homeowner, can complete a few steps in the floor prep process to help your contractor out. These are relatively simple tasks that will make the entire process go smoothly.

Move Furniture

If your furniture is already out of the contractor’s way when they arrive at your home, they can get started immediately instead of waiting for the furniture to be cleared out.

Remove Breakable Items

Removing breakable items from the room and surrounding area is a good idea to ensure nothing is broken during the floor prep process.

Clean Your Floors

Sweep your floors for dust and debris. Use a broom and dustpan or a dry mop. After the dry dust is removed, you can use a wet mop to clean up the remaining dust from the floor.

ACT Restoration Floor Prep Process

We suggest hiring a professional company like ACT Restoration to complete the following floor prep process. After all, we have the tools and equipment required and the experience to complete the process quickly.

Wet Grind the Floor

For tougher jobs, no matter what the cause of your flooring damage or what materials are stuck to your concrete, we have a solution. We completely level your floors using shot blast and our wet grind method to prepare for floor installation.

We will likely use the wet grind process to prep your floor. It uses water and diamond abrasives which offer several benefits over traditional grind methods:

●        No harmful dust is released

●        Creates more accurate results

●        Thoroughly repairs chips, cracks, and other damage

Repair the Floor

Once the floor is clean and clear, we will repair the floor by filling any cracks or holes.

Ensure the Floor Is Level

After filling cracks and repairing the floor, we have to ensure that the floor is level. Any unevenness will affect tile flooring, causing it to break under pressure.

If needed, we can use a leveling compound to make the floor completely level and ready for your new luxury vinyl tile.

Finishing Touches

After we install your new tile or luxury vinyl tile (LVT) flooring, we can put on the finishing touches through our special stencil application. We can fully customize your flooring by creating custom stencils. Give your floor a truly unique look.

Schedule Your Minnesota Floor Prep Services Today

If you’re planning to remove your old flooring and install new floors, call our Twin Cities floor specialists at ACT Restoration for accurate floor prep services that protect your investment. We also offer a complete range of concrete floor restoration services and epoxy installation.

Connect with our team by calling 763-432-3966 or contact us for a completely free estimate today.