A floor leveling compound is best for uneven wood or concrete floors. Wood floors, especially if they’ve been installed for long, may have humps and dips because their joists may flex and twist after some time. Concrete floors also have valleys and humps which can’t be avoided during construction. For homeowners who want to install floor tiles or other decorative surface floorings, problems of wooden or concrete floors can be addressed using a floor leveling compound.
Floor Leveling Compound Options…
Two of the most common types of floor levelers in the market today are the acrylic-based and water-based. An acrylic-based floor leveling compound is a mixture of cement powder and acrylic liquid polymer. The manufacturer’s label will often tell the user the required amount of mixture of each ingredient. The acrylic-based compound often provides added elasticity, more resistance to abrasion, and extra adherence to concrete subfloors. This type of compound requires longer drying times which can be dependent on the outside temperature and humidity level.
The water-based floor leveling compound, on the other hand, is powdered cement mixed with water. It is often used by experienced workers it dries up in less than 20 minutes. However, this type of floor leveling compound needs to be mixed and applied quickly to avoid hardening in the bucket. All the necessary tools needed to spreading the compound must be within reach. Because of it is quick drying, experienced workers may prefer using this because the project can be completed quickly.
Acrylic-based floor leveling compound gives a more durable structure than its water-based counterpart but it requires a longer drying time. Using an acrylic-based compound incur additional labor costs because it dries longer than the water-based floor leveler. The water-based compound also requires experienced worker in order not to compromise the quality of the surface finish.
To use a floor leveling compound, it is important that either the wood or concrete floor is clean and stable. A ceramic tile will normally crack when installed on a wood floor when the wood floor flexes. The compound is useless if the subfloor is not solid. Also, the floor must also be free from dust or debris because the compound will not adhere very well to either concrete or wood floor.
A latex primer must also be applied thoroughly on the floor before the floor leveling compound is used as this will ensure complete adherence of the compound to the floor. The primer must be allowed to dry completely before applying the compound.
There are also two types of floor leveling compound available in the market today. The regular compound needs some spreading tool while the self-leveling compound does not. The self-leveling compound is the most commonly used floor leveler because it is easy to apply and typically comes in a ready to use mixture. The floor surface when used with the self-leveling compound can be installed with floor tiles or decorative surface flooring within 24 hours after application of the compound. It also saves the homeowner money because application of the floor leveling compound does not require any experienced personnel.