Self Leveling Concrete

Concrete so out of level that you can feel it when walking?
Can’t finish your basement or man cave area because you cannot put down any sort of flooring on it due to concrete high and low points?

Here at Rossi DCE, we place quality as our #1 focus in everything we do!
With our self-leveling concrete service, you will finally be able to finish your space the way you want it to!

We can take, let’s say your basement concrete, and go from this

Self-Leveling Concrete Before | Chattanooga, TN | Rossi Decorative Concrete & Epoxy

And turn it into THIS!

Self-Leveling Concrete | Chattanooga, TN | Rossi Decorative Concrete & Epoxy

Please keep in mind that aesthetics is NOT the focus here. 

The focus here is to make sure that you (or we) have a smooth and flat surface to work with.

Self-leveling concrete - OVERVIEW

Self-leveling concrete - Table of Contents

Self-leveling concrete - What Exactly is it?

Self-leveling concrete is a hydraulic cement-based, polymer-modified self-leveling underlayment. It produces a flat, strong surface with high bond strength.

Though self-leveling concrete is usually used inside as an underlayment for another floor or coating, some companies state that their self-leveling concrete product may be used outside as well. Always ask the professional if the right material is being installed in the correct environment (we always make sure to do so).

Two things to remember when self-leveling your concrete; it is ONLY as good as the concrete it is bonding to AND the preparation done beforehand.

Self-leveling concrete - Process

In just about everything that you do, there is a process to ensure that your task is successful. Our self-leveling service is no exception.
There may be more than one correct and effective way to do a task, your floor included, but this is how we go about it.
Here’s a brief overview;

  1. Prepare the surface.
    The floor needs to be prepped in order for the self-leveling compound to adhere to it. Have you ever tried to stick tape to a dirty surface?
    No good, right?
    This is no different. That’s why this is probably the most important step.
    Each surface will have its own set of requirements as far as preparation go. Do not worry though, we will make sure to go over what preparation is required for your surface when we give you a quote.
  2. Prime the surface.
    Every self-leveling compound has their own instructions, and please make sure to read them, but the ones we’ve used thus far has always stated that it needs to be primed.
    Whichever manufacture the self-leveling compound is coming from, it is best practice to use their primer as well.
  3. Lay down the material.
    Once the primer is no longer tacky and as per the TDS it is ready to do so, it’s time to lay down the material.
    Once the material is laid down, just need to wait for cure times, and boom. Job is done and the floor is ready to go!

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There’s a lot more to it, do not get me wrong, but this is just so you get the gist of it.

Self-leveling concrete – Benefits

Unlike any of the other services we offer, the only true benefit of this service is to level out your floor so you can actually make use of it.

Whether we do something after, maybe an epoxy floor or maybe even some sort of decorative concrete resurfacing on it, which we’d be more than happy to do so, that’s a different conversation. 

Keep it in mind as well, most self-leveling concrete products are used as an underlayment. Meaning, it is not a finish floor. Something has to go over it.

Self-leveling concrete - Great! Where can I get this done?

Good question!
And the answer to that is kind is everywhere, so as long as it is inside.

Basements, garages, kitchens, living rooms, bathrooms, bedrooms are all places we’d recommend.

Places we would never recommend are outside. Outside anywhere.
Reason being is because we do not want standing water outside.

God forbid it rains one day, then the temperature drops, water freezes, all that standing water could potentially turn into a “slippery problem”
No pun intended lol.

If you think you need your concrete back porch leveled or something, consider our sloping concrete cap instead.

 

Self-leveling concrete - Everything sounds great! What's the cost?

Another great question!
Not so easy to answer.

Some of the factors included are.
– Size of project.
– Access to project (is it relatively easy to get to or will it be a pain in the butt to get things in there?)
– Condition of current surface (meaning, is it brand new or will it need a lot of TLC?).
– Is there already another floor coating (or flooring that will need to be removed) or painting on it?
– Your timeframe (meaning, do you need it done yesterday or can it be added to the current schedule?).

And probably one of the most, if not the most, important factors:
Ready?

– How out of level IS your current concrete floor?

Here is an example.
Person A could have a 600 ft2 basement while person B has a 1500 ft2 basement.
Person A may have a relatively not ridiculously out leveled floor while person B has some low spots as far as one inch (which is a lot).
Person A’s basement, however, is pretty beat up, while person B’s basement, is in pretty good shape.

See how it’s not an easy answer?

Want to know exactly how much your self-leveling project is going to actually cost?
Reach out to us today so we schedule an estimate and get you an exact number for your investment!

Self-leveling concrete – Final Thoughts

This one was pretty short compared to the essays we usually write! lol

We hope we were super detailed and informative.

The goal here is not to turn anyone into a professional, but so they have a general idea of what is going on and what to expect.
if you kind of skimmed through it, that’s fine too, we’re sure we’ll go over everything in detail when we give you a quote for your project.
Please check our service areas to make sure we service your area and if not, what to do to get us out there! 

Either way, if we missed something here, or there is something else that you’d like to know, please feel free to contact us at your earliest convenience so we can clarify your question(s) for you.

Self-leveling concrete – Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Question #1 – My concrete is badly damaged. Will self-leveling concrete fix it?
 – In most cases, yes it will!
However, if the concrete is in THAT bad of a condition: say the concrete is failing, has sunken, clear signs of being that badly degraded, your best bet may be to rip out and replace.
All things have an expiration date, and such said concrete has most definitely reached it.

Question #2 – If I do have to replace the concrete, will you do it?
– No, we will not. We do not pour concrete.

Question #3 – My concrete is cracked. Once self-leveling concrete is applied, will it crack again?
– In short, maybe. We fill the cracks with the best materials we can get our hands on. With that said, due to so many variables, those cracks may come back or, they may be formed in a different area.
(I want someone to tell me when has mankind ever won a fight against mother nature. This is no different)

Question #4 – How long will this self-leveling concrete floor lasts?
– Most likely, the duration of the concrete that it is being installed on.

Question #5 – Love the way the self-leveling concrete compound came out. Can I keep it that way?
– Truly depends on the manufacture. Usually, you WILL need something over the self-leveling concrete compound.
You may need to call someone of that.
Oh hey! we can help!

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Also, don’t forget to check out our other services!

| Concrete Resurfacing |
Decorative Concrete |
| Epoxy Floor |
| Garage Epoxy Floor |
| Sloping Concrete Cap|
| Grind and Seal |

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