Floor leveling is the process in which flaws in a floor is removed making it perfectly even. Leveling a floor is usually done when wood flooring is laid over concrete. The cement board or other level materials could be used as subfloors but if the owner prefers to install flooring on concrete slabs, they should be treated before anything else. Even a small depression or rise can ruin and warp your flooring eventually.
Among the floor leveling products that you must bought first are leveling compounds, which are actually epoxies or other kinds of synthetic materials that can be utilized in creating a level surface. These compounds are mixed together and poured in liquid form over the floor. Some floor leveling compounds are in the form of pastes that are rubbed into flaws, smoothing them out. Still other compounds are self-leveling, which means that they spread naturally to a level surface.
Cleaning is vital process in floor leveling projects. It removes grime that has accumulated on the floor and exposes flaws more clearly. In addition, it also provides better surface for flooring adhesives or other compounds to bond with more properly. Oil and grime on the floor will result to a weaker bonding. Once the floor is clean a string or straightedge could be used to exposed depressions and bumps.
Guidelines In Concrete Floor Leveling
- Cleaning the concrete must always be done first on floor leveling. Get some pieces of wood and nail them across all openings like hallways and doorways to contain the concrete patching.
- Next, mix your concrete leveling compound to thin consistency before pouring it on the concrete flooring. Smooth the compound over with a soft bristled wide broom. This will serve as your first concrete primer coat. If the flooring is a new one, you only need to apply a single coating but if you are going to work on an older concrete floor, you need to put on two concrete primer coats. Allow the primer to dry according to the package instruction.
- Get another batch of leveling compound for concrete and mix it according to the instruction on the package, making the consistency thicker this time. Pouring should start on one corner of the room, mixing each batch and pouring next to the previous batch along the wall. Repeat the process until the entire length is covered level it by using a floor leveler. Pour a new row next to the first one until the entire room is covered. Allow the concrete compound to dry on its own.
Grinding is a floor leveling process in which ridges and bumps on concrete floors are worn down. Most households do not have anything that will grind down concrete floors properly. The best tool you can use is a big push grinder, which can be wheeled all over the concrete floor. Such a tool can be rented from construction stores. However, if there are only few bumps on your concrete floor to grind down, a handheld type could be used.
Always remember that before you install any flooring to your house, ensure that your floors are leveled and free from any spaces in between.