Everything You Need to Know About Self Levelling Floor Underlayment Installation in Commercial Buildings
An uneven floor or sloped floor can be difficult to walk or work on, which is why many businesses choose to have a self levelling floor underlayment installed. If a sound and sturdy floor is present, you can get back up and running within a few hours. Here’s what you need to know.
Levelling Out Flooring Isn’t The Only Reason To Install
While creating a level floor is a popular reason to install self levelling floor underlayment, it certainly isn’t the only one. We begin the process by identifying why your flooring is uneven, particularly whether or not the foundation is sound. If the foundation is sound we will devise the best plan to:
- Even out the slope of your current flooring.
- Create an underlayment for radiant heating floors.
- Create a sound base for decorative concrete, tiles, wood, or other floor covering that requires a level base.
- Raise the floor to meet new thresholds or architectural and design elements.
The subfloor must be vacuumed, and sponge mopped to ensure the underlayment will properly adhere. Then a latex primer is applied to even out any pits, cracks, or irregularities. Once the primer is dry, the underlayment polymer compound is mixed and poured—staring with the lowest levels of the subfloor, and working outward. The compound must be leveled with to 1/8 to 2 inches depending on your needs. The polymer will begin to set within 10 minutes of being poured, so mixing enough is essential. For large floors, one section can be done at a time. Within 2 hours the underlayment will be dry enough for light foot traffic.
Installing Your New Flooring
Wait at least 24 hours for electricians or plumbers to install the elements for radiant floors or in-floor electrical outlets. However, you only need to wait 12 hours to install your floor covering. This will ensure you have an even and smooth surface prior to installing the floor covering you desire. Some of the most popular floor coverings include:
- Ceramic tile
- Sheet vinyl
- And more!
Also Consider A Floor Topping
A self levelling floor underlayment may not be your only option. Depending on your needs, a concrete topping can be applied to even out your floor, and act as your finished floor. However, standard grey concrete isn’t your only option—as your concrete topping can be dyed, stained, mechanically polished, or saw cut to create a stylized flooring for your commercial building. The options are endless making concrete a versatile choice for retailers, warehouses, showrooms, and multiuse commercial buildings. Concrete is also easy to clean and maintain.
Pro Level Concrete provides a free consultation for both commercial and residential self levelling floor underlayment or toppings. Reach out today to schedule your appointment.