Are you tired of uneven floors and the many problems they bring? Self leveling concrete is your go-to solution for smoothing out uneven or damaged floors with ease. This guide will walk you through the entire process of using self leveling concrete—from initial preparation to the final touches—ensuring you get professional results with do-it-yourself effort.

Step 1: Preparing the Surface

Clear and Clean the Area

Begin by removing all furniture, appliances, and debris from the area. Thoroughly sweep and vacuum to eliminate dust and particles. Check for grease or oil spots and clean these thoroughly to ensure a good bond between your surface and the leveling compound.

Repair and Prime

Inspect the surface for cracks or holes. Use a concrete patching compound to fill these in and allow it to dry completely. Once repairs are dry, apply a concrete primer with a roller to enhance the adhesion of the leveling compound. Let the primer dry as per the manufacturer’s instructions.

Step 2: Mixing the Leveling Compound

Materials Needed

Gather a large bucket, a power drill with a mixing paddle, and water. Ensure your self leveling concrete bags are within reach as the process needs to be swift.

Mixing Procedure

Pour the required amount of water into the bucket (check the manufacturer’s ratio recommendations). Gradually add the self leveling concrete while the drill is running, ensuring a smooth, lump-free consistency. Mix thoroughly until homogeneous.

Step 3: Pouring the Compound

Start Pouring

Pour the mixed self leveling concrete onto the prepared surface, starting from the furthest corner of the exit. The material will start to flow and level out on its own.

Spread Evenly

Use a gauged rake or a smoother tool to help spread the compound into place gently. Ensure it spreads evenly across the entire surface, paying special attention to fill any dips or low areas.

Step 4: Smoothing the Surface

Use a Smoother Tool

While the compound is still wet, drag a smoother tool over the surface. This helps in eliminating any lines or marks and assists in achieving an ultra-smooth finish.

Check for High Spots

As the compound begins to settle, check for any high spots or inconsistencies. Use the smoother tool to gently work these areas until the entire surface is even.

Step 5: Curing and Finishing

Allow to Cure

The curing time can vary based on the product and environmental conditions. Generally, it is advised to wait at least 24 hours before walking on the surface and up to 72 hours before installing flooring materials.

Inspect and Touch Up

After curing, inspect the surface for any imperfections. If needed, additional self leveling compound can be applied to achieve the desired levelness.

In Summary

Utilizing self leveling concrete is an efficient method to ensure your floors are perfectly flat and ready for any top finishing. Proper preparation, accurate mixing, and careful application are key to success. Should you require further assistance or have questions about your specific project, don't hesitate to contact us.