How It Works
Educational resources, tips, and updates from the team at Diamond Grind
Epoxy Vs. V-8 Hybrid
Traditional Epoxy Floors
- Price Point
Easy to Maintain
Customizable – Limited
- Yellows Over Time
Hard Surface – Susceptible to Damage
v-8 Blend Diamond Grind Floors
Easy to Maintain
Customizable – Fully
Durable & Pliable
- Price Point
Traditional Epoxy: These floors may be impressive at first glance and easy to clean. But, over time they yellow with sun exposure and are susceptible to scratches and damage. Due to the composition of the product, damage cannot easily or flawlessly be repaired. The traditional epoxy floor is truly a low-cost, temporary solution.
Diamond Grind V-8 Blend: Not just beautiful! This long-lasting, extremely durable, and superior quality product is worth the investment. Our proprietary formula is a special polyaspartic blend, a composition similar to the product which is sprayed into truck beds to create a protective liner.
You get what you pay for: The initial cost of the V-8 Blend Floor may be more than the traditional epoxy floor. But, do you want a floor that will last only an average of 3 years? Or, are you looking to make an investment with our engineered floor coating system that will last 15 – 20 years?
Tried & True
Years of Research and Development have been invested into the Polyaspartic/
Polyurea Blend currently branded, V-8 Blend. Continual R+D insures you receive the BEST floor coating product available!
With over 10 million sq feet of this engineered floor system installed in the past decade plus, the proof of its’ long-lasting durability is visible. Diamond Grind is responsible for over 100,000 sq feet, just in the last 5 years!
Even though the V-8 Blend product has a higher resistance to scratches or gouges, damage can happen. This coating system is repairable, which means that if damage does occur, we can seamlessly repair and blend the area, leaving it virtually flawless.
The Prep & INstallation Process
Strip out Existing Floor
An evaluation of your existing floor is made to determine the equipment needed to strip and prepare the surface. Diamond tooled machines are used for grinding; followed by a shot blaster machine. The resulting texture of the floor’s surface is similar to a porous dry sponge which improves adhesion of the V-8 Blend coating.
Repair Any Damage
Existing cracks, spalling, and damage is repaired, first by hand grinding and cleaning, followed by filling and leveling with the proper concrete repair product. The surface of the prepared floor will now be seamless and ready to receive the new coating.
First Two Coats & Vinyl Flakes
Primer – the first coat with a pigment which compliments the color of the chosen chip blend. It is applied and allowed to dry.
Base – the second coat with the same pigment, evenly applied. Vinyl flakes are immediately broadcast across and into the wet surface until the product is completely saturated. Vinyl Flakes give our engineered floor system its’ unique appearance and allows you to have complete control of your floor’s final color. More than just for looks, the vinyl flake is an integral component of the floor’s integrity – Provides thickness, serves as a shock absorber, contributes to the strength – More than just for looks!
Removing Excess Flakes & Final Coats
Final Prep – Once dry, the surface of the floor is scraped and vacuumed to remove excess flakes.
Grout Coat – A clear coat is applied which bonds the flakes and base coat together, and allowed to dry.
Top Coat – A clear finishing coat is applied. The final product results in an average 30mm thick durable engineered floor system, ready for use!
Simply sweep and wet mop with our recommended Super Concentrated Cleaner – pH Balanced, Non-Toxic, Biodegradable, Dye & Fragrance Free!
Damage – Typical accidents such as dropping hard objects or welding burns are covered. You will never know the damage ever existed! Warranty documents are provided for review, and damage scenarios are discussed
Frequently Asked Questions
Why can’t I put an engineered floor system in myself?
You can, but there’s a lot of intricacies involved in putting down a floor system such as grinding the floor, rolling your coats, or throwing vinyl flakes. There is a lot of technique involved even with something that sounds as simple as rolling paint. Have you ever painted a room and once the paint has dried you can see every paint roller mark? That’s what can happen if you try to tackle an engineered flooring system yourself.
What if I decide to install an engineered floor system myself and I skip a step?
If you skip a step and do it yourself, the integrity of your floor system is likely shot. You cannot skip a step and expect a floor system to perform and last the way you want.
If I want to cut down on costs, can I just do one clear coat instead of two?
If you apply just one clear coat, you’re not going to get the final product. It would be like asking an Auto Body shop to paint your car but not apply the top coat over the base coat to save a couple bucks. In both scenarios, you’ll be left a project that doesn’t look like you envisioned. Don’t short change yourself and the investment that you’re putting into your floor.
Why is your engineered floor system worth the cost?
We’ll be the first to admit that we don’t have the cheapest floor system out there, and we get it – everyone has a budget. But the most important thing to consider when shopping around for floor systems is the end result. You can save money now by going with a cheaper system. But if that system fails 3 years down the road, was it worth the savings? If you break down the cost of our engineered floor system by years of use you’ll start to see why it’s an investment that’s worth it.
How long will it take to install your floor system?
Each job is different and the time it requires depends on several factors such as the condition of your concrete and size of the floor. Generally, we can finish 1500 square feet in about 3 days. Prepping the floor is always the most important and time-consuming aspect of the job. If your concrete has a lot of cracks and spalling, then the job will take longer.
What kind of maintenance is required with your V-8 hybrid floor coating?
Once the system is in place the only maintenance you may need to do with your floor are routine things like sweeping, mopping, or spraying it down with a garden hose. We also have a special cleaner that is designed to work on these types of floor systems in case you need help removing tough stains like grease, oil, or grime.
Are there any cleaning products I shouldn’t use on my V-8 hybrid floor coating?
Never use anything acidic on the flooring as it will break down the polyaspartic blend.
Don’t just take our word for it! Here are just a few testimonials of what our customers have to say about working with Diamond Grind.
“Wonderful crew. Best concrete placement in tri counties”
– Dawn White
“Great work guaranteed !!! I had stamped concrete done for my deck, Absolutely beautiful. Highly recommend!!!”
– Dayna Yoder
“Justin and his crew did a large cement job over 5 years ago. Still looks great. Can’t wait to have him do another job”
– Linda Sczepkowski