If you find yourself feeling like you’re navigating at an angle each time you walk across your living room, dining room, or bedroom floor, you may be dealing with some unevenness caused by the settling of your home’s foundation. While no floor is perfectly flat, even in a newly-built home, placing hardwood, tile, or laminate flooring on an uneven surface can cause your new floor to quickly warp and begin to show signs of wear, often requiring replacement far before it’s time.
Read on to learn more about the differences between having your floor flattened or leveled, as well as how you can ensure your new flooring can be quickly, easily, and successfully installed.
Differences Between Floor Flattening and Floor Leveling
Although the terms flattening and leveling are often used interchangeably, the process for each is quite different. Essentially, flattening a floor requires the removal of any high points, while leveling a floor also requires any low spots or dips to be brought level to the floor’s highest point.
Floor flattening is required when there is a significant ridge or other outcropping in a concrete subfloor. This may result from errors or sloppiness in the concrete pouring process or foundational shifting caused by heavy rains or earthquakes. Often, this type of ridge can be removed by carving out the surrounding area and re-pouring concrete to ensure it dries in a flatter fashion. Smaller ridges may be able to be ground down with a saw, although doing this in a dust-free manner for large chunks of concrete can be a challenge.
Floor leveling is needed whenever there are dips, bumps, and other imperfections that give your floor a slightly lumpy appearance. To level a floor, your contractor will first use a dustless grinder to grind down any high spots; leveling mix, or a type of quick-curing cement, is added to low spots to bring them to height. The primary focus during the leveling process is on reducing high spots, as doing so allows the contractor to use far less leveling mix to fill in low spots (therefore reducing the cost of the process).
Once leveled, your floor will only take a few hours to dry, permitting installation of your new flooring over the next day or two. This can come as a significant relief for homeowners who are worried that having their floors flattened or leveled will add weeks to the installation process.
Ensuring A Successful Flooring Installation
The key to an attractive, durable, and long-lasting floor lies in the strength and stability of its foundation. This makes leveling crucial; even if you haven’t noticed issues with lumps or dips in your current floor, your subfloor may tell a different story.
If you’re considering new flooring in your home, you’ll want to contact Abston Installations.