The most important part of the JetRock epoxy floor installation is the prep work. All the prep work is done to the existing floor to ensure a tight bond between the new JetRock floor and the existing tile. The first step in your prep process is the cleaning of the floor quarry tile. The cleaning process is designed to get the majority of grease off the floor to allow our grinders to grip more to the floor and get a deeper grind of the tile. The grinding process is very important to the bonding of JetRock with the existing quarry tile. Quarry tiles are designed to not stain or absorb water with their glossy finish. This is also why quarry tile can be so dangerous in the kitchen because of the slipping hazards the tile creates. The grinding process allows us to open up the surface of the tile and creates a scares surface for the epoxy in the JetRock floor to bond with the tile. This bond creates a monolithic layer and ensures a long lasting floor.
The grinding of the floor is also very important because we make sure that every single tile is solid and attached to the sub floor. When you roll the grinder over a hollow tile there is a noticeably different sound. We usually then sound around that tile following the hollow sound to the end. We mark the area of the hollow tile and demo those tile up. The hollow tiles although may be attached to each other with grout will serve no structural purpose on the new floor and will perhaps cause problems down the road for the new floor. We then fill those voids in with the sand fill kits that I discussed in a earlier in the blog. There is a general rule of thumb here at Feature Flooring that 95% of the floor’s long term success is in the prep work. We train our crew the importance of this process and make sure its completed to full satisfaction every job. Find out more at www.jetrockinc.com