When it comes to setting a new floor, there is one important thing that you must take into consideration and that is to assure that the plane of the floor is leveled. Floors that are risen in some places and curved in in others, or tilted floors might be difficult to cover, regardless of the flooring materials that you want to use. This is why it is highly recommended that before you build a new floor you use a floor leveler. This is how you can avoid tripping and also make your new floor look great.
Steps in using a floor leveler
- The first thing you have to do when it comes to using a floor leveler is to remove the trim or the baseboard around the floor’s edges. You can easily do this by placing a pry bar’s tip beneath the edge of the floor, meaning beneath the part where this is secured to the wall. Then, you can just lift the baseboard.
- You should continue by sweeping away the possible dirt on the floor, and by mopping it with a cleaner that is compatible with the material from which your floor is made.
- Continue the floor leveling process by brushing an epoxy adhesive layer across your floor’s surface, as this will help later on by serving as a bonding instrument between the floor and the leveling compound. In order to brush this layer on the floor you can use a simple paintbrush. Then, you must wait for the layer to dry before actually applying the floor leveler.
- In order to start mixing the leveling compound, you will need a bucket. If you want to obtain the best possible result, you have to use a compound that is self-leveling and that can spread across the surface you want to cover on its own. This way, you will not have to use other finishing tools in order to complete the process.
- The next thing you have to do is to spread the floor leveler over the entire floor surface. In order to be able to spread it uniformly, you can utilize a squeegee. The thickness of the layer must be of 2 inches. After you even this layer up, you must let it dry for no less than 4 hours.
- Depending on how thick you want the layering to be, you can pour additional levels of compound on the floor. However, each layer must have only 2 inches. This means that the levels have to be built one at a time. In addition, you have to wait 4 hours between the applications. Before sheeting down the final level, you also have to wait another 48 hours, so that the compound can cure before the layering of the floor.
All in all, it is not difficult at all to use a floor leveler. As long as you follow the instructions and have the right amount of patience to do it, you can easily level any floor underlayment. In turn, this will help you have an even floor, regardless of the material you decide to use in order to cover it up.
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