If you’re a homeowner that’s looking to make big changes to an existing concrete installation using a grinder, there are a few things to know before you begin. Grinding concrete can be a time consuming task that requires some understanding of the process before you jump right in. So whether you’re getting ready to apply a new epoxy coat on your garage floor or if you’re about to polish your driveway perfection, consider some basics before you start grinding your residential concrete.

The Tools Make The Difference

When it comes to grinding concrete, the tools can make a big difference in the time it takes, the evenness of the results, and difficulties involved in the process. To start, you need to utilize a good grinder that either comes in a cup or diamond blade form.

Cup grinders use diamonds adhered to a disc matrix that wear away during resurfacing, whereas diamond blades wear down concrete using diamond tips on parallel blades that are attached to a disc, which you can attach to almost any industrial buffing machinery. Though both types are good for residential concrete, you may only be given one option if you’re renting.

Grinders can either be handheld for smaller areas that need cosmetic improvements or concrete countertops, or walk-behind machinery that’s better for covering large surface areas, like driveways, your garage, or a patio area.

Grinding Always Generates Dust

Regardless of the grinder you’re using, you need to consider dust control during the process of concrete grinding. Dust that arises during dry grinding can be a health hazard, so you should always consider using air purification systems and vacuums while grinding. Concrete dust can be dangerous to breathe and work in, especially when you’re working in confined areas, so even if you’re using filtration systems and vacuums, you should wear clothes that cover your body, as well as a respiratory cover and goggles that are enclosed on all sides.

To cut back on dust, you may also want to consider working wet while you’re grinding. Not all machinery allows you to work wet, but if you’re able to, you should still be mindful of the dust that’s created during the process. Dust accumulating in wet grinding conditions creates a slurry that can clog your tools and dry into a new layer of concrete that’s difficult to remove later. So while you’re working in any wet environment, you should work in small areas and use a wet vac as you go.

For more information, contact a company like Commercial Interior.