Is Your Patio Floor Uneven? 2 Ways To Level It Out

Construction & Contractors Blog

Many concrete slabs are installed over soil and over time the soil shifts, which can cause the concrete to become uneven. If your patio floor is having this problem, you should get it fixed. Not only does this not look nice but it could also cause someone to get injured. Below are two ways to level it out. 

Use a Professional

You can hire a concrete contractor to level the concrete slab for you. This is much less expensive and time consuming than ripping out the concrete and replacing it with a new slab.

The concrete leveling process involves injecting polyurethane foam into the different areas. This foam expands and lifts the concrete slab back so it is level again. They inject the foam by drilling small holes on top of the concrete where the soil has settled. When they are finished, they will patch the holes. The concrete slab levels out quickly in about an hour and then you can start using your patio again.

Ask a concrete contractor like those at Ace Mudjacking & Concrete Leveling to come to your home to see if concrete leveling is a good option for you. They can then give you a bid on what it will cost you to get this done.

Level the Concrete Yourself

If you do not want to hire a contractor, you can try to level the concrete yourself. You will first need to use a damp mop to remove all dust from the concrete. When you are finished, put a few drops of liquid dish soap into a bucket of water and use a soft-bristled brush to clean the concrete. Rinse it thoroughly with a hose when you are finished.

If there are cracks in the concrete, purchase a concrete crack filler at a home improvement store and follow the directions on how to fill them in. When you are finished, let the filler completely dry before you do anything else.

Purchase some self-leveling concrete resurfacer and self-leveling concrete primer at a home improvement store and apply it to the concrete with a brush as directed. Let the coat completely dry, which will take about two hours, and then apply a second coat and let it dry.

Put water in a large bucket and mix in self-leveling concrete resurfacer according to the manufacturer's instructions on the package.

Start at one end of the patio and pour the resurfacer side to side until the entire concrete floor is covered making sure it is level. The self-leveling resurfacer will cure in a couple of days so wait at least 48 hours before you walk on it. 

These two tips should transform your patio so you and your family can enjoy sitting on it.


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