Concrete that self-levels is a fantastic product. Self leverers have the advantage of allowing you to adjust the height of your floor. They can be stained and sealed as well. Mapei makes a self-leveling product that can be applied as smooth as glass and shrinks very little. Similar products are being developed by other companies.
I filmed the construction of Mapei self-leveling concrete in a new restaurant last week. It was the only viable choice for flooring.Find additional information at Concrete Leveling.
One of the problems was that the floor was not considered until late in the project. This occurs frequently. Every project should start with the flooring, then design and build from there, not the other way around.
Many of the mouldings had been installed and were ready to be finished. The kitchen tile had been placed, but there was a height problem where it met the main floor. The entrance door had been built with very little space underneath it for flooring. At the transformation, all of the doorways had a height problem.
Many of the height problems were resolved thanks to the self-leveling concrete. The self leveller was poured thinly, about 1/4 inch thick. The concrete is pulled to the exact height with a gauge rake. The feet on the gauge rake can be adjusted to the exact height you need.
It’s awe-inspiring to watch. The self-leveling concrete is extremely wet and flows to a smooth, even surface. Then, to flatten out even further, a “Smoother” is used. The Smoother is a tool with a flat edge attached to a pole that is pushed across the surface.
When the floor was finished, it looked fantastic. Resurfacing 1200 square feet took three people about 90 minutes. When it was done, there was a perfect transition at all the doorways; the front door could swing open freely, and the transition to tile in the kitchen was seamless.
The next day, dark brown Acetone concrete dyes were sprayed on the floor at random. The floor was then coated with a diluted brown concrete acid stain and left to dry for an hour. The acid stain was then rinsed to avoid the chemical reaction with the concrete and eliminate any remaining residue.
The final step in the colouring process was to paint the entire floor with diluted brown water-based concrete dyes. Spraying and evening out the dye with a thick microfiber mop were used in the process.
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