March 27, 2017

Self Leveling Overlays

Self-Leveling Concrete Overlays

Overlays are becoming an increasingly popular choice for architects, designers, and homeowners. If your concrete is worn and aged, it can be topped with a fresh, level canvas that can be decoratively styled to match any decor. Overlays can be as thick as several inches, or paper thin, and can be used both indoors and outdoors.

Self-leveling overlays are flowable, polymer-modified cementitious toppings with significant benefits over alternative floor coverings, one of which is their rapid cure time which sets within a matter of hours. When properly and regularly maintained, will last indefinitely. This is a clear advantage over carpet, tile, vinyl and other more traditional floor coverings that must periodically be replaced. Additionally, overlays are considerably less expensive than alternatives such as granite, terrazzo or marble.

Self-leveling concrete overlay

Applications

In many cases, self-leveling toppings serve a purely utilitarian purpose, such as correcting uneven or damaged floors, or serving as an underlayment for tile, carpet, or other floor coverings. In other cases, by either adding integral color to the self-leveling system or enhancing the overlay using stains and dyes, they can be used for decorative purposes. The overlay can be left seamless (except at control joints) or used as a canvas for saw cut or engraved designs. Additionally you can incorporate decorative inlays, such as strips of wood or metal, by adhering them to the base concrete and then pouring the overlay to the level of the inlay.