Say you want to have your floor be large tiles directly over your concrete subfloor. That can create problems as the tiles being stiff will create a lot more work keeping them level. Well, what if I told you that with self-leveling concrete those concerns could be eliminated. As well, self-leveling concrete can be useful for many other reasons that ensure that your surface is precise and level for your needs. It has been around for several decades, and this is a perfect concrete finish technique when precision is the name of the game.
How Does Self-Leveling Concrete Even Work?
The first thing you should know that what makes self-leveling concrete so unique is the fact that this concrete has been modified with a polymer. This polymer modification gives the concrete a high viscosity or flow much in the way you would find with water. Also, you will notice with water that it is always level. Side note, water was used possibility by the ancient Egyptians for leveling out lands during excavations. With your standard concrete the mixture is usually the consistency of peanut butter, but with self-leveling concrete think of it more like pancake batter. Are you though worried that it is not as strong? Well, put to fears aside because self-leveling concrete is just as durable, if not more thanks to the addition of the polymer. You honestly cannot go wrong when using self-leveling concrete and when you need precision it is your only choice in that matter. Self-leveling concrete is also often used on top of a preexisting concrete slab or as a final layer of your subfloor, so you do not even have to worry about it being too much in cost. This addition is often poured in a layer that is quarter of an inch thick though some can be poured much thinner depending on needs and application.
Ways Self-Leveling Concrete Can Be Used
There are like with many of the other methods of concrete finish techniques two ways that you can use self-leveling concrete. These two methods are known as underlayment or toppings. Both are made for leveling out your subfloor but have different finishing outcomes. For underlayment is when you do not intend for your final surface to be the concrete itself. This is especially great as we started off talking about when you are using flooring such as large tiles that can become a nightmare to install on an uneven surface. With the self-leveling concrete, any of those problem spots will be eliminated and when you do put in your final flooring. The second option known as toppings is when you do intend for the concrete to be your final surface. This is often also thicker and can be polished if you so desire that kind of finish for your home or retail space. Of course, if that does not matter and you need the concrete as is at least you will have the comfort of knowing that your surface will level and in no way get in your way.
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