Self-leveling concrete is a good choice for surfaces that need to be flat and smooth, while also having a strength and durability similar to more traditional concrete projects as opposed to simply installing normal interior floor coverings. For this reason, self-leveling concrete has dramatically increased in popularity, especially for those who desire a very flat and smooth surface similar to either floor tiles or vinyl goods.
There are two primary materials used with self-leveling concrete: toppings and underlayments.
Toppings are designed to act as the finished floor, without the requirement for another floor covering over the cement. Some popular applications for concrete toppings include warehouse floors, industrial applications, facilities, and retail stores. You can further add to the look. Of a topping self-leveling concrete floor thanks to dyes, stains, saw cuts, or polishing, each of which we would be more than happy to accommodate you with.
Underlayments will be installed on top of an existing subfloor, and serve the primary purpose of smoothening the flooring out and correcting any irregularities that exist before installing more types of floor coverings, such as wood or sheet vinyl or carpet or ceramic tile.
Prepping The Floor
It is vitally important to ensure that the floor is stable before you apply any self-leveling concrete compound. While this is not an issue with concrete floors, it may very well be an issue with wooden floors. Plain and simple, if the wooden floor moves when you step on it, then a self-leveling concrete may not be the best choice.
It is always necessary to apply primer before you can pour in the self-leveling compound as well, and we like to apply at least two brush strokes to ensure a solid bond for the self-leveling cement. It’s also important to wait for the primer to dry, because if it comes int contact with the concrete when wet, it will react and be less stable when the process is complete. Airing the room after the primer has been applied usually works.
A good way to think about self-leveling concrete is to think of it as pancake batter, because the viscosity is very similar. The concrete is then moved into place without having it spread too thin, such as the thinness level of vinyl. The typical thickness level to reach will be around a quarter of an inch, although there are some self-leveling cement products that will only need a thickness of 0.125 inches.
Within around four hours, the compound of the self-leveling compound should be stable, secure, and dry enough that it can be stepped on. We also offering service concrete countertops to improve your kitchen looks.