Three Options For Grinding Uneven Concrete Floors
The process of grinding uneven concrete floors is what it is called “neutragliding.” There are three different ways to accomplish this task, and they all employ a similar method. Here are some of the most common methods used today.
In the first step of grinding uneven concrete floors, a large slab is placed on the table or workbench. The grinding wheel is then set up so that the grinding stones directly contact the ground surface. When properly fitted and leveled, the new flooring can be slid into place, and the grinding wheel can be turned to a high setting. The high speed grind will make the new flooring very durable, but it is very noisy. If noise is a problem, consider a slower grind. You may be able to adjust the noise level to your liking.
A second option is to use a heavy-duty electric knife with an electric drill mounted to it. The abrasive material used in this option is concrete dust, and the blade is set at a low angle so the blades will produce tiny rocks rather than razor-like cuts. This type of grinding concrete is very smooth and safe, but it can create a sidewalk or other irregular surface and trip hazards are possible. It is recommended that this option be used in well-drained areas.
The third option for grinding uneven concrete floors is to use a commercial grade diamond-tipped grinder with a diamond head attached. These machines are extremely powerful and can quickly create extremely deep and wide voids. Be sure to use caution when operating this type of equipment, as some cities do not allow the use of grinding machinery that creates voids in sidewalks. These voids can result in accidents when people are driving on the sidewalk.
Many home owners also choose to use a commercial concrete-grinder along with a polishing machine. Using a polishing machine with this method of grinding can help achieve a more professional look to the flooring. Diamond-tipped wheels will create a nice even look to the diamond portion of the grinding stone. Once the grinding process is complete, the polished area left over can be sealed to protect the flooring from moisture. It can also help improve the floor’s curb appeal.
Some people choose to use both grinding and leveling tools with this procedure. One option is to purchase two separate machines: one for grinding and one for leveling. The grinding tool can be switched to the appropriate side handle with each operation and the leveling handle can be placed at a higher or lower position depending on whether a specific area needs leveling or grinding. Most polishing machines use the same side handle throughout the process.