“Surface Solutions, Inc. has wonderful references from coast to coast – we appreciate our loyal customers!”

-Amy D. Manghelli, President, Surface Solutions, Inc.

This family-owned Baltimore meat processor needs 3,100 square feet of bare concrete prepped and protected over a two-day weekend, to bring downtime to a minimum. Surface Solutions works with our repeat customer to dry the substrate prior to mechanically prepping the slab for installation using a Blastrac™ shotblaster, then diamond grinding the edges. Our installation team trowels on BASF Ucrete UD200 in Charcoal to nominal ¼-inch thickness for chemical, thermal cycling and impact resistance. The new industrial floor is up and running on Monday morning.


BASF Ucrete UD200


Food and Beverage




Family-Owned Baltimore Meat Processor


3,100 SF


2 Days

Your New Floor’s Long Life Depends on Expert Surface Preparation

A critical step in a successful industrial flooring installation is the expert preparation of the substrate surface for the application of the flooring system. By preparing the surface with the right amount of profile or tooth, we can ensure a proper bond of the coatings to the substrate, extending your floor’s strength, durability and beauty.

Surface Solutions considers a number of factors when determining the type of surface preparation required for the installation of your industrial flooring:

  • Surface type-mostly concrete, or aluminum, galvanized and ferrous metal or steel
  • Facility environment-including temperature, moisture, traffic and cleaning schedule
  • Flooring system or coating selection- compliance with manufacturer’s specifications
  • State of contamination- all surfaces must be clean and free of dirt, rust, sealers, loose paint, glossy coating, chemicals, grease, oil and other contaminants prior to the application of a new flooring system

Surface Solutions’ flooring specialists get to work removing, dulling, spot-priming and cleaning the existing surface using a variety of preparation techniques and equipment:

Cutting – Specialized saws for cutting masonry and other materials are used for decorative concrete cuts including arcs, cleanout for tuckpointing, routing out cracks and joints and other applications.

Shot Blasting  – Shot blasting is a cost-effective, labor and time-saving method for preparing concrete and steel surfaces. This process strips, cleans and profiles simultaneously, leaving the surface ready for the bonding process without additional drying time and costly disposal. Different surface profiles are achieved by varying shot size, shot flow rate and machine travel speed.

Grinding & Polishing – Planetary grinders, diamond grinders and polishers are used to quickly cut through heavy, built-up adhesives, elastomeric coatings and waterproof membranes, remove surface imperfections, coatings or residues, mastics, epoxies, urethane or paint, smooth or flatten concrete slabs and prep concrete for decorative applications. Especially useful when applying thin coatings, grinding machines also polish concrete to a high shine and restore old slabs for architectural finishes such as staining or densifying.

Scarifying – Used for concrete, asphalt and steel surfaces, scarifiers use steel or carbide tipped cutters to fracture an existing coating or abrade the surface, removing oil, contaminants, traffic lines or paint.

Scraping & Stripping – Ride-on scraping machines remove tile, mortar and grout beds, tough mastics, adhered membranes and floor coverings. Different scraping teeth remove everything from carpet to tile, wood to VCT and more.

Dust Collection – Dust collectors and vacuums are designed for surface preparation projects and reduce airborne dust and particulate for a cleaner, safer work environment.

Get a look at other successful industrial flooring system installations completed by Surface Solutions by visiting our Work Showcase.


Recognized as a top BASF Performance Flooring Master Contractor since 2012, recognized as experts in Ucrete® and MasterTop® solutions, Surface Solutions, Inc. is a women-owned independent industrial floor contractor specializing in seamless, polymer flooring systems utilizing the most trusted brands in the industry. As a Flowcrete STAR Contractor, Surface Solutions, Inc. is a leading provider of industrial flooring solutions for the Food & Beverage industry. From testing to consultation and complete installation services, Surface Solutions is your premier source of non-toxic, safe and environmentally friendly flooring systems, offering turnkey installations using only in-house personnel. All installations come with a complete single source warranty. To learn more about how Surface Solutions can help provide the highest quality industrial flooring solutions for your business, contact us today!