Floor Leveling Compound Manufacturers
Floor Leveling Compound
Visit any home center, hardware store or place that sells and installs carpet, vinyl tile or ceramic tile and you will find floor leveling compounds. They are easy to obtain, that's for sure. All of them are rapid setting. They contain fast setting cements or plaster of Paris type powders that quickly crystallize when you add water. In fact, the hardest thing to get used to is their rapid setting characteristics. Some of them set up within five minutes! This means you must be ready to install them and mix them right where you intend to use them.
I have used many different brands of floor leveling compounds. All have given me great results. I don't think it makes any difference which one you buy. I happen to prefer one made by the Armstrong Company. It is called S-184 Fast-Setting Patch. It is cement-based and is gray once mixed.
One of the things I like about it is that it can be finished as smooth as glass. In about three to five minutes of mixing, it begins to set up and is fairly hard. If you wait an additional five minutes, you can sprinkle a little water on the patch and glide the broad knife across it several times to get it slick as a baby's butt. It takes a little practice but you will master it in no time. The key is to use as little water as possible.
You should be able to get similar results with just about all leveling compounds. Simply read the instructions and follow what they say.
Other leveling compounds:
Bonsal American makes a leveling compound - Self Leveling Underlayment Series 156.
Laticrete International has LatiLevel Self Leveling Underlayment.