As you can guess from our name, our team at Concrete Uprising knows everything there is to know about concrete and how to work with it. One major concern in all concrete repair and installation projects is making sure that the concrete is properly level, which can be a real challenge. To help ensure that your structure is set up for success, our team uses self-leveling concrete where appropriate. In this article, we’ll go over more about how self-leveling concrete works so that you have a better idea of how it benefits your project.
- Composition- We’ll start by explaining what self-leveling concrete is made of, and how it differs from the standard variety. Standard concrete is made of a mixture of Portland cement, water, and aggregate (gravel). Self-leveling concrete starts with the same base mixture but is then modified with polymers that make it more viscous, or easier to pour.
- Application- Unlike standard concrete, which is very thick, and has to be spread over surfaces using trowels and other tools, self-leveling concrete is far more viscous, with a thickness that can be compared to that of pancake batter. This means that it can simply be poured over the surface and will spread on its own, flowing across the area and running into every corner without the need to do much additional work to get it there. Self-leveling concrete has many uses but is most frequently used to flatten existing floors and even them out so that a new layer of flooring can be installed on top.