Self-leveling concrete is a type of cement that is characterized as a polymer modified concrete with high flow. It does not require excessive amounts of water for placement. There are various applications of self-leveling concrete. The best self-leveling concrete is used to create a flat and smooth surface with a compressive strength similar to or higher than that of traditional concrete. This versatile material can be installed on top of properly prepared surfaces such as concrete, ceramic tile, VCT and VAT, saving both time and money.
Types of Self-leveling Concrete
Self-leveling concrete mainly comprises of two types of materials, namely underlayments and toppings. Underlayments are installed over an existing subfloor to smooth it out and correct any surface irregularities prior to the installation of all types of floor coverings, including sheet vinyl, vinyl composition tile (VCT), wood, ceramic tile and carpet. Toppings perform a similar function but act as the actual finished floor without the need for a floor covering.
Applications of Self-leveling Concrete
Self leveling concrete comes in either white or grey, which in itself makes for a beautiful floor. If you prefer the use of colors, then pigments are mixed into each batch thoroughly to achieve consistency. And the end result is an integrally colored surface. At Eilers our tradesmen can also apply stains and dyes in various colors and designs to create unique, one of a kind designs. Many of the projects we have completed include retail stores, restaurants, residential apartments, lofts and condos.
When self-leveling concrete is poured, it has a viscosity similar to pancake batter. A gauge rake is used to move it into place without spreading it too thin. The finishing is then done by lightly breaking the surface tension of the product using a tool called a smoother. The polymers in the self-leveling mix keep the viscosity of the product such that it remains uniform in composition from top to bottom without the sand aggregates sinking to the bottom of the installed layer. The common installation thickness of these products is about 0.25 inches. This thickness ensures there is enough mass present for the material to flow, although some self-leveling products now exist that can be installed at an average thickness of only 0.125 inches.
Are you planning to get your flooring done? Opting for the best self-leveling concrete could do wonders for your old and boring flooring. Reach out to our contractors to enquire about our self-leveling projects.