Is thinset the same as self-leveling compound?
It’s the same way thinset and self-leveling work. Thinset (aka the bed sheet) is difficult to get perfectly level, so you need a very strong flooring type to hide any “imperfections.” Ceramic, glass and stone tile floor coverings work great with latex-modified thinset.
How does self-leveling thinset work?
Self-leveling concrete is a cementitious mixture much like concrete. But unlike concrete, it flows easier and sets up much faster. The product is mixed with water, pumped or poured into place and spread evenly with a gauge rake. Once it’s spread out, it continues to flow evenly and levels itself out.
Can I use thinset for self-leveling?
You can use thinset to install tile over an uneven cement floor and leave the floor perfectly level. You can also use thinset mortar to level out an uneven cement floor or fill small holes in the floor without installing tile.
What is the purpose of self-leveling?
Self-leveling concrete is typically used to create a flat and smooth surface with a compressive strength similar to or higher than that of traditional concrete prior to installing interior floor coverings.
Can I put thinset over old thinset?
You can put new thinset on top of old, but only if the old thinset is perfectly smooth and level. This is rarely the case once the old tiles have been removed. The best option to smooth out the old thinset and prepare it for new tiles is to grind it down.
Is self-leveling compound necessary?
So if you’re installing hardwood flooring over top, you will need a self-levelling cement that you can nail through. Also, some products can have tiles installed on top, others require a decoupling membrane on the substrate before the cement can be poured.
How thick can you build up thinset?
The terms thinset cement, thinset mortar, dryset mortar, and drybond mortar are synonymous. This type of cement is designed to adhere well in a thin layer – typically not greater than 3/16th thick.
When should you not use self-leveling concrete?
When Self-Leveling Concrete Should Not Be Used There are some indoor/outdoor applications that may make sense (a covered-but-exposed garage floor, for example), but most 100% outdoor applications won’t be a fit for self-leveling concrete. Also, any vertical surface won’t be a candidate for self-leveling concrete.
Do you have to remove thinset?
You don’t have to remove it. If it is in good condition and not fragmenting and adhering well, you can apply a layer of fresh thinset over it.