Experienced Shot Blasting Contractors
Concrete resurfacing services are required to clean floors and prepare them for their next finish. If you have a floor that has paint or grease present from industrial operations, shot blasting is an economical method that will properly clean your flooring system.
In industrial environments where industry guidelines are a factor, shot blasting is used to adhere to these standards.
Shot blasting concrete is suggested by most manufacturers when installing a new coating too. The process of simultaneously cleaning and profiling the floor ensures that the epoxy coating bonds well to the concrete substrate and remains intact.
Applications for Shot Blasting Services
Shot blasting generally takes place on concrete or metal surfaces in indoor and outdoor spaces. Common applications include:
Concrete surfaces that receive ample traffic are prone to cracks and cosmetic damage. In most cases, larger projects like bridges will need to undergo a process known as concrete scarification in order to smooth out uneven concrete prior to the shot blasting phase.
Once the top layers of the concrete are scarified, a ride-on machine is used to blast the area and prepare it for the resurfacing phase.
Paint & Epoxy Removal
Industrial and commercial spaces where old paint or epoxy was previously installed are common spaces that use a powerful shot blast machine to clean then strip the existing floor.
Parking deck membrane removal involves stripping away polymer, cleaning, and recoating usually with a waterproofing surface every 10-15 years. This process heavily relies on the blasting process for cleaning purposes.
Companies that work with steel, like, ship decks, manufacturing companies, and the automotive engineering industry may also rely on shot blasting to remove imperfections, mold, rust, and old coatings.
Benefits of Shot Blasting
When steel beads are “shot” out of a machine at a very high velocity, they “blast” off debris and stains on the surface that can’t be removed through regular cleaning methods. Not only is the process considered a productive cleaning method, but there are several other reasons why to consider shot blasting:
- Minimal Cleanup
Ride-on and walk-behind machinery offer dust and debris collection capabilities that work in tandem with the process so your space is left clean.
- Environmentally friendly
Typically, recyclable abrasive media is used during the machine’s operation, cutting back on machinery maintenance and fueling costs.
- Precise & Efficient
Shotblasting machines offer a precise method for cleaning and profiling flooring systems that can’t be done by hand.
- Versatile Range of Applications
The process can be used among a range of indoor and outdoor applications on a variety of surfaces.
- Improved Adhesion
The process produces the optimal texture to adhere to a new profile.
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Choosing the Right Equipment
Depending on the job, a shot blasting contractor may need to consider different types of shot blast machinery and blasting media. Typically in concrete applications, steel shot media is a safe form of abrasion used to restore concrete surfaces. The shot process is all confined in a blast chamber that recovers and separates dust from spent abrasive. Most blasting paths range from 4 to 23 inches with removal rates of about 200 to 3,000 square feet per hour.
When working in limiting spaces, a smaller shot blast ride-along would be preferable. Outdoor applications, like bridge restoration, will require heavy-duty ride-on equipment to get the job done efficiently.
Hire a Shot Blasting Company
Shot Blast, Inc., is your one-stop-shop for concrete preparation and resurfacing services. Our team has decades of industry experience performing large shot blasting jobs throughout PA, NY, NJ, MD, DE, and beyond.
We are proud to work with companies like Boeing and Marriot as well as on ongoing high-traffic bridge projects, such as the Benjamin Franklin Bridge.