Self-Leveling overlay systems are polymer modified concrete materials that have the ability to self-level with minimal or no troweling. The polymers allow them to be applied in thin applications while maintaining a good bond with the substrate. These materials can easily correct uneven floors, repair damaged concrete, and provide a new suitable surface for decorative treatments or other types of traditional flooring such as tile, carpet, LVT and hardwoods. Their fast curing properties make them an excellent choice for quick turn-around jobs and in many cases can be sealed in as little as two hours and can take VCT or Tile installations in as little as twelve hours..
While Self –Leveling materials are often used to repair damaged or uneven floors, they can also be used for decorative purposes with the use of integral colors, or added aggregates that can be exposed during polishing. These materials can also be saw cut or engraved, they can takes stains and dyes, and can even incorporate decorative inlays such as wood or metal. They can be installed from ¼” up to 2” in a single application and up to 5” with an aggregate additive.
There are two main types of self-leveling materials. The first those used as underlayments, where some other coating or floor material will be installed over the self-leveling material and serve as the finish floor. These materials tend to be cheaper, and sometimes have a lower PSI strength than their counterparts, Polishable Self-Levelers.
Polishable Self-Levelers typically have a higher PSI, which can be 2-3 times that of traditional concrete. As the name suggests, they can be polished like traditional concrete, making that an option when the existing concrete substrate isn’t suitable and without the mess and expense of demolition.
Whether covering wood, tile, or concrete, these materials are great for offices, warehouses, retail spaces, galleries, and utility rooms. These installs are perfect for most places requiring a smooth, sturdy, flat surface and with finishing options like sealing, micro-topping, epoxy coating, or polishing, they are extremely versatile.
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