Although the name Self Levelling Concrete makes it sound like it’s something that can magically do everything on its own without you having to take care of anything, that’s not really the case. There are certain things you need to stay mindful of if you want to ensure that your application of the self-leveling underlayment is successful. If you don’t know what these steps might be, don’t worry! We’ve created a complete list outlining all the steps for you. So all you need to do is follow along and you’ll be able to get smooth and leveled concrete in no time!
#1: Start with the right product
The first thing you need to do is do proper research to ensure that you’re using the right product for your space. Make sure the product has good reviews and that you get it from a reputable supplier. Also, get a little more of it than you think you’ll need. It’s better to have some left than to find that you didn’t have enough halfway through the room!
#2: Clean the surface thoroughly
Before the concrete can be poured, the surface it’s going to go on needs to be cleaned properly. This will ensure that you’re starting off with the smoothest surface possible so the concrete can go on just as smoothly!
#3: Block off any holes
The one thing we don’t want while pouring in any type of concrete is for it to run down a hole and spill over to an area you don’t want it to go to! This can waste a ton of product fairly quickly and can be a situation that’s very hard to contain, so it’s better to avoid it altogether. That can easily be done by blocking off any holes with tape and silicone before beginning the pouring process!
#4: Create a dam
Just like concrete can slip through holes, it can also run out the edge of the room! A successful application would also include the concrete actually stopping where you want it to! To do this, make sure you’ve used a piece of wood or anything else that you may have handy to create a dam. So the concrete stops there and then levels out.
#5: Prime the area
Although it seems like cleaning the surface should be enough for a self-leveling underlayment to go seamlessly on, it actually isn’t. You need to also make sure that the surface you’re going to be applying the underlayment/concrete on, is primed. The priming method will vary according to the surface you’re working on, so make sure you’re using the correct priming method!
#6: Spread and pour together
You might think that you can just pour the entire mixture throughout the space and then spread it in the areas you’ve missed, but that can prove disastrous in the process. The mixture could end up thickening in one area and become difficult to move around properly. It’s a much better idea to spread it as you pour instead! That way, you’ll have an even coating throughout the space and you can even take a break because you won’t have to worry about getting the whole thing done before the mixture cures!
#7: Make sure the right temperature is maintained
The packet of the Self-leveling underlayment will have a section where there are instructions advising the right temperature that needs to be maintained while using the product. It needs to be maintained in the space when the product is being stored, mixed, poured, spread, and cured!
#8: Let it cure entirely
Make sure that after the product is poured, it is left alone to cure entirely. The mixture shouldn’t be disturbed as it cures to ensure it sets perfectly and doesn’t crack after it hardens!