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How to Level Uneven Concrete Floors With Self-Leveling OverlaysThese poured-on toppings quickly restore worn concrete and level uneven floors
Self-leveling overlay systems for concrete floors offer numerous advantages. They can correct uneven floors, repair damaged concrete, and provide a smooth and durable new surface for decorative treatments. These flowable polymer-modified toppings have the ability to self level without troweling, making them a quick solution for smoothing and leveling worn or uneven concrete.
In many cases, self-leveling toppings serve a purely utilitarian purpose, such as correcting uneven or damaged floors or serving as an underlayment for tile, carpet, or other floor coverings. But you can also use self-leveling overlays for decorative purposes, by adding integral color to the self-leveling system or by enhancing the overlay using stains and dyes. The overlay can be left seamless (except at control joints) or used as a canvas for sawcut or engraved designs. Or you can incorporate decorative inlays, such as strips of wood or metal, by adhering them to the base concrete and then pouring the overlay to the level of the inlay.
How to install
Self-leveling overlays are simply poured or pumped onto the floor surface and then distributed evenly using a spreader. As with other types of overlay systems, proper surface preparation is critical to ensure a strong bond. Most self-levelers are typically applied at thicknesses of 1/4 inch or greater, allowing them to effectively cover minor flaws and compensate for height variances.
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