Self-levelers, patches and skimcoats may not be the most glamorous part of an installation project, but they definitely are life-savers when an installer arrives on the job only to find the subfloor is not in any state to receive flooring. These products are designed to make installers’ lives easier and their jobs more profitable. We spoke with industry manufacturers about what novices and pros alike should know when working with these materials.
Brett Mauney, Merkrete technical sales specialist, shared definitions for each type of product. “Self-leveling underlayments (SLUs) are used for leveling an entire surface area, typically from 1/8 in. to 1/2 in. Because of the fluidity of the SLU, it is important to dam off all areas that you do not want the material to flow into. Additionally, remember to follow the manufacturer’s recommendation for using a primer prior to the SLU application.