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Self-level Systems


Self-level flooring can be used to repair, re-level and form smooth, high-gloss finishes in one step. While it’s typically used in medium-duty conditions, the glossy finish means it can also be adopted for more decorative spaces, such as showrooms. Application is with rakes or trowels at 1.5-3mm/60-120 mils and often done in combination with a spike roller to get the film as flat as possible. 

Key Learning Outcomes

To be able to select and apply a suitable self-level flooring system, taking into consideration conditions, substrate and project requirements.

Theoretical Assessment Criteria


  • Why self-level flooring systems are used and the roles they play.
  • The extra measures typically used before and after self-level application to ensure a smooth finish.
  • The different methods and tools used to apply self-level systems.

Practical Assessment Criteria


  • The effective application of a self-level flooring system “by eye” using a trowel.
  • The effective application of a self-level flooring system using gauging tools such as gauge rakes, pin rakes or notched trowels.

The information above is intended as a starting point for discussion only. Please feel free to suggest any changes or additions you think will improve this element of training and provide a short explanation if possible. Your comments will be added to the other industry feedback we receive for this element.

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Akis Apostolopoulos wrote:
14 Feb '17 10:39am
Jack some thoughts on self-leveling:

As this is probably the type of floor that is most sensitive to surface defects (since defects can wreck a nice glossy surface) I would suggest emphasis on surface preparation and prevention of surface defects. Bubbles, pinholes, humidity, trapped debris as well as proper leveling of the epoxy (which is raised above) are important topics that would need to be included in the framework

Also another important component is making workers aware of the high product costs associated with self leveling projects. Poor preparation and planning can lead to the product consumption spiraling out of control that could lead to very high costs as well as the risk of running out of product on site!