Advantages of Self-Leveling Concrete Floors – New York
Uneven or worn concrete floors can detract from the look of your business and may even put people at risk of injury and equipment at risk of damage. You don’t necessarily need to replace the concrete: Self-leveling concrete can repair worn, sunken, cracked, or uneven concrete flooring. It’s an excellent option for restoring and renewing old surfaces and giving them a fresh new look.
Understanding Self-Leveling Concrete
Self-leveling concrete is a type of concrete that is modified using polymers to create smooth, flat, high-compressive surfaces. It’s popular because it installs quickly and easily and can be used before or after construction. Self-leveling concrete can be used on any kind of non-flexible surface, including existing concrete flooring, ceramic tiles, and wood. The concrete is poured as a liquid and spread in place. When cured, it will have superior compressive strength to conventional concrete with a naturally smooth, flat surface.
As with other concrete, self-leveling concrete can be customized using dyes, stains, overlays, and other decorative features.
The Self-Leveling Floor Process
Proper installation is critical when it comes to self-leveling concrete floors. The subfloor or underlying floor should have no unaddressed structural damage before installation. The moisture levels of the floor should also be tested to ensure they are at the appropriate level. When moisture levels are too high, the risk of degradation increases.
The floor must be cleared completely and cleaned thoroughly. Any cracks or fissures should be filled and sealed, the existing concrete may need to be shot blasted or scarified, and then the floor can be primed.
After the primer has been set, we will mix the leveling compound. The process moves quickly because the concrete compound sets quickly with only about a 10 to 20-minute window to work. At Blackrock Industrial, we work as a team to install self-leveling concrete quickly and efficiently.
After installation, the concrete is allowed to dry fully, which can take from four to 24 hours. We can then finish it as desired by staining or polishing it or applying epoxy sealants.
The Benefits of Self-Leveling Concrete
There are many benefits of using self-leveling concrete, not the least of which is the fact that it can be poured directly over your existing floor to cover superficial flaws and unsightly cracks. It is easy to install and has an incredibly smooth, even surface. It also dries quickly, which means you can get back to work faster. Self-leveling concrete is as durable as conventional concrete, which means it’s a great choice for high-traffic areas, and it can be finished just like regular concrete, too.
Call Blackrock Industrial today to learn more about the benefits of self-leveling concrete and eboxy floors or to get your quote.