Concrete Surface Preparation & Moisture Mitigation

 For more information on all our floor preparation services please call: 919-272-2072



All successful flooring installations require proper preparation methods.  Sure, a clean sound substrate is a good start, but there’s more to it than that.  The two biggest factors resulting in flooring failures are improper concrete surface profile and moisture; high relative humidity levels.  A professional assessment of both, is a critical step in assuring a great job.

Without proper surface profile, floor coverings such as VCT, ceramic tile, epoxies, concrete resurfacer and other specialty type coatings will not properly bond to the substrate. Proper surface profile can be achieved by mechanical shot blasting, scarifying, grinding or chemical etching. Each process has its place depending on logistics of job and texture of profile required for specified floor finish type.

High vapor emission rates are also a recipe for disaster (despite correct surface profile) resulting in  bond failure, peeling coatings, buckling of hardwood flooring, lifting of VCT – linoleum type products, mold / mildew issues and excessive ambient humidity. High vapor emission rates can sometimes be lessened by use of commercial grade dehumidifiers and time to resolve the issue.  Often, time is not a commodity in construction schedules and other means such as moisture mitigation coatings are necessary to quickly address the problem.


Concrete Surface Preparation:

  • Concrete Grinding
  • Glue Removal
  • Carpet and other flooring removal and disposal
  • Preparation for new flooring or coatings
  • Removal of existing floor coatings


Moisture Mitigation:

  • Concrete Moisture Testing
  • Dehumidification and stabilization of moisture in concrete slabs
  • Preparation and moisture mitigation
  • Our Moisture Vapor Barrier is a two component 100% solids specialized coating that can help control moisture vapor emission rates up to 20 lb/24hr/1000 square feet. This primer can be used prior to the application of a variety of flooring systems.