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floor leveling overlay

Posted by Doug on January 2nd, 2001 04:57 PM

Hey guys:
I need a level surface in the lower area of my small tri-level
so I can finish off the room, but the cement foundation is
cracked (during construction 20 yrs ago?)- down one wall,
across the floor, and up the opposite wall, and now part of
the floor slopes gently downhill. I've been in the house for
nearly 15 yrs, the floor has been stable the entire time.

I have a few questions about using a floor leveling overlay
to correct this problem:
1. The most shallow point will be appx 1/8". Will an overlay
system crack and chip here under normal foot traffic?
2. This overlay will cover expansion joints between the cement
floor and foundation, will that present any problems?
3. Is this a leave-it-to-the-professionals job, or can a
competent do-it-yourselfer accomplish this?
4. Is there another, better way to get a level floor?

The house is located in the Denver-metro area, there has
never been any water leaks into the house through the
crack, and the size of the overlay would be 24' long by
5-8' wide (slope is down the 5-8' width). Can't think
of any other relevent info..

Thanks for your comments!
Doug Buttery

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