Marble Grinding Jacksonville
When does grinding a stone floor become necessary? We title this article marble polish grinding because this process includes the use of polishing and grinding diamonds to achieve a flat floor.
The first reason a stone floor would need to be ground flat is when a floor has been recently installed, and the quality of the work is bad. The lippage, or uneven edges of tiles, is always the culprit. Some installers simply do not posses the skills necessary to install a stone floor evenly. At this point the owner will insist the floor be ripped out and a new one installed. In this case a professional floor restoration contractor can grind the floor to make the tiles even, and proceed through various abrasive grits until the desired hone or polish finish is achieved.
Marble polish grinding is preformed with metal diamonds first at a 50 grit level. We use a state of the art machine from Klindex that makes this job a breeze. These metal diamonds cause deep scratches in the stone that will remove the edges. This will be followed by a 100 grit metal cut to remove the deep scratches. These two cuts will be followed by polishing diamonds, usually 50 grit, 120g, 220, 400, 800g.
The following is an exact example of the Klindex Levigator diamond grinder Fabric & Tile Masters uses every day for marble polish grinding. When we have to grind a floor we use these exact same black and red metal disks and then go the yellow resin bond disks. Many people wonder how we do this work and this video is the best one we have found to show the grinding process.
With some stones, like travertine, or C-D marbles grinding will require the holes formed when using the metal diamonds be filled. The entire floor will need to be “floated” with a mixture of latex admixture combined with a non sanded grout to fill the holes. After the holes are filled the resin bod diamonds can be used to remove the float and proceed to the desired hone/polish finish.
The second reason a floor will have to be ground flat is when the floor has excessive lippage that is greater than 1/32 of an inch. In this case the homeowner will have a polish finish floor, that will be in need of refinishing. They typically acquired the floor when the house was purchased. There comes a point where the diamond abrasives will not be able to sustain contact with the tile if they are too uneven. Further, if the lippage is too great, the resin encased diamond disks will be destroyed by hitting the edge of the tiles. The only alternative is to flatten the floor by marble polish grinding.
The third reason a floor is ground flat is the property owner want the floor to look like a monolithic slab, where the grout joint fades from view and is perfectly. If the owner wants it done right, and is willing to pay for perfection, this is the best solution.
The most important thing in selecting a restoration contractor is to be sure the company has the necessary equipment and training to accomplish the task. If the projects handled incorrectly, there can be waves that will form across the floor that will not be able to be removed.