Uneven concrete floors can cause significant challenges for flooring installations, including ceramic tiles. The waviness of these floors causes tiles to crack or pop off very easily. When floors lack flatness, oftentimes the only option to install hard-surface floor coverings like ceramic or porcelain tile, or even Vinyl tile like VCT or LVT is to level the floor. This is typically done by using expensive, self-leveling cement-like materials. Not only are these materials expensive, but the installation process is also expensive. Finally, by raising the low spots of a floor, height issues with doors thresholds and base molding.
Engineered Concrete Flooring offers a great alternative, since ECF floors can be installed on uneven floors without the need to level the floor. For many installations, the use of ECF allows to lower installation time and therefore downtime of the property. Think of an apartment hallway that only has to be closed off for 2-3 days for the installation, instead of 4-6 days for a ceramic tile installation including floor leveling. Additionally, the lower installation cost and ease of maintenance make Engineered Concrete Floors and excellent choice for uneven or unlevel floors.
Just take a look at this hallway in an apartment building. The concrete floor has a height difference of approximately two inches over 40 feet, with a number of inconsistent peaks and valleys in-between. It would have been impossible to install ceramic tile on this floor. With the installation of Engineered Concrete Flooring, though, the floor now looks and feels like tile. Moreover, it is incredibly easy to maintain and budget friendly.
So, the next time you are faced with an uneven, unlevel floor, check out Engineered Concrete Floors by RenuKrete!