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30 October

Your Floor Is Only As Good As Your Platform


While carpet and carpet pads hide a lot of deficiencies found in typical subfloors, things like wood, tile, and LVT/LVP flooring reflect those deficiencies: Uneven joints between planks, sheets and tiles; Floors with obvious slopes, bumps, ridges and/or rolls, etc. These deficiencies can quickly turn what was anticipated to be a beautiful LVP floor into a disappointing eyesore (examples below).

Photo on left shows inadequate subfloor preparation; Photo on right shows a well-prepared subfloor.

 

Many commercial buildings suffer from a variety of uneven/poor subfloor issues that require addressing to ensure a quality outcome of the finished floor. Certainly, the type of finished flooring defines what level of preparation the subfloor requires.

 

PATCH PRODUCTS

Patch products are engineered to be applied with reduced effort, bond exceptionally, and finish well. However, while patch products will effectively fill dips, voids and smooth rough surfaces, only the most proficient applicators can effectively smooth an entire floor. Imagine trying to smooth a large rough surface, using one hand at a time, while on your knees for significant amounts of time. It is a very real skill. For the novice, patch is best used to address localized deficiencies in the subfloor.

The patch products may not be that effective when it comes to creating a smooth and leveled floor. You need a more efficient method. Using floor levelers can help create a smoother surface. When compared to the patch products, the floor levelers offer better results that too in less time.

 

SELF-LEVELING MATERIALS

There is another method that keeps one on their feet and provides a smooth, flat floor. Much like filling a waffle iron with batter, self-leveling materials (aka, self-leveling underlayments or SLUs) are very flowable and “seek” their own level. However, they really should be more accurately called self-smoothing underlayments, as getting a “level” floor is really up to the applicator.

Self-levelers or floor levers are very effective in concealing the flaws on the floor. They can easily fill the dips and gaps and provide a smooth surface to work on. Using the floor levelers is quite easy and effortless. It also depends on the brand you are using. High-quality products will always result in great results. Unlike other methods, the self-levelers are more reliable and efficient way to create a smooth and even floor.

Floor levelers are easy to use and it can save you a lot of time. As the name suggest, they self-levelers, which means they can level the floor on their own. All you have to do is mix the content and our it over the floor and see the magic happen. They usually dry in a day and its ready for installation of a new floor.

WHY DEPENDABLE?

Long the application domain of professionals, today’s material technologies have put successful self-leveling installations within reach of the novice. Dependable’s SLUs are engineered to make a successful installation is easier than ever before. Engineered to tolerate less than ideal subfloor conditions, Dependable’s SLUs flow well, filling and smoothing a concrete subfloor much better than waffle batter!  In most cases, installing SLUs over concrete subfloors is now as simple as:

  • Clean
  • Prime
  • Mix
  • Pour
  • Spread
  • Smooth

When done properly, the result is a subfloor that resembles a sheet of glass. Flooring contractors love working on the smooth, tight surface provided by these SLUs. Such smooth surfaces can only be the result of an efficient, high quality flooring installation. Floor levelers or the SLUs by Dependable is designed to provide an efficient way to create a smooth and level platform. It can be used before the installation of a new floor. Your floor needs to be even to look and feel good. If the surface is not smooth, you can feel it. When you are spending so much money on a new floor, make the investment worthwhile by using the best quality floor levelers. Reach out to our sales or technical team for your product demonstration. You owe it to yourself to experience the results. Those who have tried have found that the smooth, uniform subfloor created by Dependable’s SLUs are the ideal material for their installation teams, and the platform of choice for the finished flooring.

Our floor levelers are designed for easy application and is suited for various flooring needs. It has been created to assist in creating a brand-new floor in less time. Its efficient, reliable and cost-effective method of creating an even and smooth floor surface.