Asked on Jul 4, 2015

What is used for leveling a concrete floor?

LoriKindlerD & KShirley Phillips


I have a bathroom remodel with an uneven floor. Somebody mentioned something about a self-leveling floor ...some type of material that you pour on the floor and it levels it. Does this really work and what type of material would it be. Thank you so much for your help.
10 answers
  • Trixie63
    on Jul 4, 2015

    Hey Erin, it's called self-leveling concrete and can be picked up at any big box home improvement store. You just mix it up, poor it on and using a float, move it as you need. And no it really isn't that easy but most people with some diy skill can do it, especially since it's a bath.

  • Trixie63
    on Jul 4, 2015

    No its indoor use for when you want to lay a wood or cork floor and your floor isn't level.

  • Kathy
    on Jul 5, 2015

    It really does work. When we had our kitchen remodel done, in order to use the 12 x 12 tiles on the floor, it had to be level. It was not used when we had wood floors installed.

  • Lydia
    on Jul 5, 2015

    We used it on our uneven patio floor when we had a sunroom put in so that the tiles would lay even. Well, we paid someone to do it for us. Ha ha!

  • Ann Carney
    Ann Carney
    on Jul 5, 2015

    Yes you can use a self levelling concrete have used it on a kitchen floor marvellous did the job no problem

  • Julie Benson-Grant
    Julie Benson-Grant
    on Jul 5, 2015

    You might want to proceed cautiously... sometimes bathroom floors slope for a reason - like to a drain in case you have overflow from a toilet or shower. If I read your question right - that you've recently had a bathroom remodel? - you should call back the person who did it and ask 1) if its on purpose or 2) can it be changed.

  • Mama Rose
    Mama Rose
    on Jul 5, 2015

    There is also a product that is sometimes used to create a floor in basements called a poured floor. I You wouldn't need to put any tile on it. However, I heard it's a bit expensive.

  • Shirley Phillips
    Shirley Phillips
    on Jul 5, 2015

    Concrete floor leveler sold at any home improvement store

  • D & K
    D & K
    on Jul 5, 2015

    How you proceed depends on what type of flooring you plan to install. If it's some type of laminate or vinyl (planked or otherwise) then by all means yes use a self leveling compound before the floor is installed. If you plan on using tile then don't waste your time or money. A tile layer with no experience can level (smooth out) the flooring using the very thin-set mortar used to install the tile. And, the larger the tile the easier it is to smooth out the floor. Unless the floor has a drain in the center, it's a big misconception that a bathroom floor or subfloor should have a slope in it. You wouldn't and don't want water pooling in your bathroom floor any more than you'd want it pooling in your dining room.

    • Mar2152614
      on Apr 12, 2016

      @D & K My basement floor (built 1954) has spalling, and has been painted in small areas then deteriorated, chipped, lifted, etc. The whole floor need refinishing. I don't know how to start, the process, product, etc. It is a huge process, and I will do it alone. I'm a 69 year old lady, not afraid of hard work as long as I know what I'm doing. Thank you for any tips.

  • LoriKindler
    on Jul 6, 2015

    Keep in mind that just because it says "self leveling" doesn't mean you just pour it on and it will spread out. You need to "swish" it around a bit. Check youtube for videos so you can see what I mean.

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