When you hear a creak in your home, you probably think, "It's just the house…
floor leveling is an effective solution. However, most homeowners don't know much about the process or how it works with different types of subflooring and substrates. To clear up any confusion, we are taking the opportunity to answer the questions we're asked most often by customers with uneven flooring.Sloping or uneven floors are a common problem for Raleigh homeowners, especially in older houses. Even though they're common, uneven floors need to be addressed and repaired, as they may be a sign of structural problems, including foundation issues, or can lead to more serious concerns over time. Fortunately, when uneven floors are caused by the house settling (as opposed to broken floor joists or a failing foundation),
How Does Floor Leveling Work?In most cases, floor leveling is performed with self-leveling cement. A fluid cement mixture is poured on the floor, and, mimicking the movement of water, it will flow to the lowest points. While this sounds like an easy project that can be done as a DIY, there are a variety of factors to consider, including:
- What kind of flooring will go over top of the cement? Some leveling compounds can be nailed through for hardwood flooring, others can't.
- Weather, heat, and other factors can affect the cement mixture.
- If it's not done properly, the cement can begin cracking and breaking.
- There are multiple variables in the compound itself. For example, you have to know how much water to add, how long to mix the compound and whether or not a bonding agent needs to be added for your unique floor.