How to Cure Self Leveling Concrete

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How to Cure Self Leveling Concrete
Self-levelling concrete saves labour time. (fresh concrete image by jimcox40 from Fotolia.com)

Self-levelling concrete needs less attention during the curing period than standard concrete, saving time in installation and labour. Self-levelling concrete can be poured on many types of flooring, including concrete and hardwood. Use self-levelling concrete to cover uneven concrete, resurface damaged concrete, mould decorative objects or correct other building problems. Self-levelling concrete finishes a wet cure in a matter of hours, not days.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • Self-levelling concrete mix
  • Trowel
  • Squeegee
  • Power sprayer
  • Water

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Apply the self-levelling concrete to your project area with a trowel, mixing only as much concrete as you can use in a 10-minute interval. Self-levelling concrete dries much faster than standard concrete, so mixing more than you can use will only give you a dried concrete mess to clean.

  2. 2

    Smooth the self-levelling concrete with a squeegee, working it into all corners. Be sure to work quickly.

  3. 3

    Wait about 30 minutes for the concrete to set up. If you are working in a temperate climate, you can let the self-levelling concrete dry-cure. Simply leave the concrete alone to dry for 12 hours.

  4. 4

    Mist the concrete with water from a spray gun if you are working in hot or windy conditions. Mist the concrete regularly for the first three hours after finishing to prevent it from drying too fast.

  5. 5

    Allow the self-levelling concrete to dry after the misting. The concrete will dry without cracking. After 12 hours, your concrete is cured and you can apply a flooring material over it.

Tips and warnings

  • Do not pour self-levelling concrete in temperatures below 40F, since the concrete will freeze.

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