Two more of the many concrete-related services we offer at Breakaway Concrete Cutting & Drilling of South Australia are concrete grinding and concrete scabbling. Below, we’ll explain what these concrete techniques involve and when they are generally employed in the construction industry.
What is Concrete Grinding?
Concrete grinding is what it sounds like: grinding down rough concrete into a smooth surface using one of various types of concrete grinder. These machines range from large walk-behind grinders to handheld models, and they may also be fitted with different grinding attachments depending on the state of the surface being worked and the final level of polish that the operator wants to achieve. Subject to the specifics of the project, concrete grinding may be done wet or dry.
When is Concrete Grinding Used?
The situations where concrete grinding is used can be divided into four categories:
- To prepare a new area of concrete for its intended purpose
- To repair a damaged section of an existing concrete surface
- To restore a worn old slab of concrete to its original state, AND
- To remove tiles, glue, etc. from an area of concrete (possibly so it can be resurfaced).
What is Concrete Scabbling?
Scabbling is an unusual word that those outside of the construction industry might not have heard before. In relation to concrete, it means removing a thin layer in such a way as to create a deliberately textured surface. We’re not talking about the types of irregularities and inconsistencies that would be removed using concrete grinding – this is a (roughly) consistent texture across a designated portion of the concrete.
When is Concrete Scabbling Used?
The situations where concrete scabbling is used can be divided into four categories:
- To form a non-slip surface, e.g. for popular outdoor pathways where very smooth concrete may actually be a negative
- To create a rough surface for bonding (again, the texture gives superior grip)
- Similar to concrete grinding, simply as another means of preparing an area and/or removing additional surfacing from the concrete, AND
- For decorative effect. Many people prefer some kind of pattern on concrete to a purely smooth finish.
Concrete Dust Safety
Because concrete dust is dangerous for humans to breathe, when carrying out concrete grinding, concrete scabbling and other concrete work, reputable firms such as Breakaway Concrete Cutting & Drilling not only equip their operators with all of the recommended safety gear, they also utilise industrial-size vacuums and air scrubbers/catchers to keep the dust to a minimum.
For All Your Concrete Grinding and Concrete Scabbling Needs
Breakaway Concrete Cutting & Drilling is SA owned and operated. We’re fully licensed and insured, and our accreditations include membership in both the Master Builders of South Australia and the Concrete Sawing and Drilling Association of Australia. Our philosophy is to get every job done right – and right on time. To discuss your latest concrete project, contact us by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling (08) 8349 6330.