How to Level a Floor Before Adding Ceramic Tile

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One of the most important steps in preparing to install tile flooring is leveling the subfloor. If your subfloor is not level it is only a matter of time before the tile will begin to crack, break and create problems. The easiest leveling method for tiling is to use LevelQuik RS Rapid Setting Self-Leveling Underlayment. It is easy to prep for and install, and it is ready to go in just a few hours.

Things You'll Need

  • LevelQuik Underlayment (50-pound bags)
  • LevelQuik primer
  • Paint roller
  • Roller cover
  • 5-gallon bucket
  • Drill
  • Mixing paddle
  • Water
  • Concrete trowel
  • Replace the existing subfloor if it is not structurally sound, clean, dry, or is contaminated with substances, like oils and grease, that would prevent a good permanent bond.

  • Clean subfloors that are structurally sound to remove any and all contaminates mentioned in Step 1. If the subfloor is covered with adhesive from a previous floor covering, remove as much of the adhesive as possible using a high-quality gel or paste adhesive remover.

  • Apply LevelQuik primer to the entire subfloor that needs to be leveled. Allow the primer to dry according to the specifications on the label. Conditions will vary, so follow the directions that best suit your situation.

  • Place 6 1/2 quarts of cool, clean water into a bucket. Add the dry LevelQuik mix into the bucket while mixing with a drill and mixing attachment. Mix well, about two minutes, so there are no lumps.

  • Pour leveling mix over the entire floor. The product will level itself out over the first 20 minutes. It will be dried to a walkable hardness in 2 to 4 hours. Tile can be installed after 4 hours.

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