A floor leveling compound is used to smoothen or level an uneven floor prior to installation of flooring tiles or other decorative surface flooring like vinyl tiles, carpets, ceramic tiles, wood, stone, and the likes. It is not supposed to be a final flooring as it is not suited for the wear and tear of actual foot traffic. It is only intended to be a primer so that the surface flooring can adhere completely to the floor.
So, Which Floor Leveling Compound Do I Use?
A latex-based floor leveling compound is used on floors for it provides improved flexibility. It is usually used on sand, concrete and other floors which are absorbent. It provides a smooth finish on floor and dries fast. A latex compound that is protein-free can be used in areas where hygiene is of primary importance like in hospitals and kitchens.
An acrylic-based floor leveling compound is preferred by some homeowners who want a floor leveler which cures and sets slow because it gives them time apply the leveling compound. It is typically composed of two parts acrylic and one part liquid polymer so it dries hard. Instructions on its use are usually printed on the label therefore to be successful in applying this type of floor leveling compound the homeowner must carefully read and follow the instructions.
A water-based floor leveling compound is the most commonly used floor levelers by workers. It spreads easily and is quick drying. The only downside in using water-based floor leveler is that it has to be mixed and applied quickly because it will quickly dry. Before using this type of floor leveling compound, one must make sure that all the necessary spreading tools are within reach. Because it dries quickly, experienced worker may be needed to accurately and quickly spread the compound on the floor.
A fiber-bonded floor leveling compound is also water-based but is a better alternative than water-based. It is often used in floors that bend or flex.
A floor leveling compound can also be of two kinds: the regular floor leveler and the self-leveling compound. The regular floor leveler needs some tools and equipment to spread it evenly on floors while self-leveling compound can be applied even by hand. The self-leveling compound is easy to apply so that it covers a floor surface in less than 25 minutes, depending on the area to be covered and the brand of floor leveler used.
The self-leveling compound also dries fast. The floor surface can be used within 24 hours after its application depending on temperature and humidity inside the room. This type of floor leveling compound is also moisture-resistant and flexible. The bubbles are not trapped inside the compound so it doesn’t need any further smoothing. However, the downside of the self-leveling compound is that it is not meant to be a final floor surface because it is not made for the actual wear and tear of foot traffic. It is meant to be subfloors and covered by vinyl, carpet, ceramic tiles, or wood. This type of floor leveling compound is also a great money saver because a homeowner need not hire any professional to do the job.
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