Not having a flat surface to work from can be a nightmare. If you plan on using your concrete as the main surface, then you want it to look just as good as it is durable. Other pages can go over the aesthetics, but here is more about the function. The other possibility is if you do intend to cover your concrete surface, you need it to be level for the flooring to fit perfectly without issue. For both of these problems, self-leveling concrete is the cure for the terrible flooring before you. This remarkable space-aged material can take any terribly poured preexisting slab and make it all the more better. It is truly an outstanding product.
How Self-Leveling Concrete Works
What makes self-leveling concrete different than other concrete finish techniques is that it is a polymer modified material. This addition of the polymer gives the concrete a high viscosity or flow much in the way you would think with water. It also means that you get this flow without the need for excessive water added, which in the end would only make your concrete pour more of a nuisance. When the self-leveling concrete is added to the surface, the concrete will flow and even itself out with little to no help. This flow ensures a level surface for whatever your next step in your floor process may be from polished concrete, stamped concrete, or another flooring type like tiles or wood.
Another way to look at the difference with self-leveling concrete versus traditional concrete is that when mixing. With conventional concrete, you are aiming for a peanut butter like consistency with the mix whereas with self-leveling concrete it has more of a pancake batter viscosity. Also, you do not need much to accomplish the leveling feat as it is usually poured to a thickness of a quarter of an inch.
Another Benefit Of Self-Leveling Concrete
Thanks to the addition of the polymer to the self-leveling concrete you get an added bonus of the material actually being stronger than traditional concrete. That is because concrete is, but when reinforced with another material often builds upon the inherent material strength.
Types Of Self-Leveling Concrete
This is more of the way it is poured rather than different materials themselves. With self-leveling concrete, you can find underlayment or topping. Underlayment is used when the concrete is not intended on being your final surface and added to the preexisting subfloor. The material is used to fill in any irregularities in the flooring to allow for better adhesion of whatever your next flooring surface that will be used. Toppings are to be used when you want the concrete to be your final flooring. The reasoning for using self-leveling concrete is the same, again to achieve a smooth level surface, but then the concrete is either left alone or finished with one of the other concrete finishes that we have on offer.
No matter which way you want your concrete finished, we can give you a perfect concrete countertops with self-leveling concrete.