What is Self-Leveling Concrete?

Fri, 04/15/2016 - 14:54 -- bodenkraft

Interested in having a level floor? Worried about your uneven and wavy concrete? You might have heard the term “self-leveling” concrete...

Self-leveling concrete is rapid curing polymer-modified cement that reaches compressive strengths similar to or exceeding conventional concrete. These special concrete formulations can help us provide a flat and smooth or laser level floor in the quickest time possible. These specialty concrete systems can  be successfully poured over concrete, tile, wood and even over asbestos.

There are 2 ways to apply self-leveling concrete:

   1. Flat and smooth – by using a gauge rake set at a particular height.

    2. Laser level – by using a gas meter and pinning the floor, exact height can be achieved

The two types of self-leveling concrete are underlayments and concrete toppings. Let’s learn more about their differences;

An underlayment sits between the structural subfloor and the final flooring material. Underlayments absorb the roughness and imperfections of subfloors so the final flooring material can be installed on top of a smooth, flat, hard surface.  Underlayments are usually specified prior to any hard surface, such as wood floors, vinyl, tile and marble.

Self-leveling concrete underlayments typically cure from 3000 - 4000 psi. This type of self-leveling concrete is not meant to become a finished surface; doing so will cause poor performance, such as denting and premature wearing due to its low compressive strengths.

Concrete toppings, however, are developed to be a finished surface due to their high strength and fast curing. These self-leveling concretes typically cure from 5,000 - 10,000 psi. These specialty concretes can receive integral color, topical stains, saw cuts, epoxy or even be mechanically polished, depending on the formulation.

Our Loft flooring, self-leveling concrete can be placed in many spaces, such as:

Institutional – schools, colleges, hospitals, clinics, libraries, galleries, museums

Commercial – offices, corridors, hallways, canteens, cafeterias, stores, pubs, restaurants and galleries

Residential – domestic properties, condominiums and high rise construction

Bodenkraft is a certified installer for following self-leveling concrete manufacturers: CMP Specialties, Sika, Ardex, USG and Drytek.