How to Use an Embossing Leveler

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  • 48 hours
  • Beginner
  • 20-40
What You'll Need
Scraper blade
Flat-edged trowel
Embossing leveler
What You'll Need
Scraper blade
Flat-edged trowel
Embossing leveler

An embossing leveler is a compound that looks like mortar, and you can utilize it for new flooring installation. An embossing leveler will work as an underlayment when you install new flooring to a room. The aim of an embossing leveler is to reduce any effects which are the results of seams, depressions, and the quality of the existing floor when you install the new floor on top of it. Keep in mind that if you do not apply embossing leveler over the old floor’s design, it will appear through the surface of your new floor as well, especially if both the old and new floors are made of vinyl.

Step 1 - Identify the Flooring Material

First of all, select the material for your new flooring. You can choose wood, vinyl, and tile among others. You will not have any trouble using embossing leveler when installing new wooden flooring. However, if the old flooring is made of vinyl and you would like to install tiles made from ceramic, slate, or porcelain on it, make sure that you get rid of the old vinyl floor first. This is because the tiles will crack and get damaged if you install them over vinyl flooring.

Step 2 - Choose the Embossing Leveler

There are many different types of embossing leveler. Select one based on what you want to use it for. Generally speaking, a typical embossing leveler is a dry compound based on Portland cement that has urethane or acrylic ingredients added to the mixture. There are other types of embossing leveler that have latex resin. You can also buy such embossing leveler in a canned, pre-mixed form.

If you are using the powdered version, make use that you mix it well in order to obtain the right consistency. Read the instructions on the package to know what it is used for and choose the embossing leveler which is right for you.

Step 3 - Apply the Embossing Leveler

Make sure that you have enough time, because you need to allow the embossing leveler a minimum of 24 hours to cure before you start the new flooring installation project. The drying process will take approximately 20 to 30 minutes. Keep in mind that you should let it harden fully so that you will not find it difficult to trim. Apply the embossing leveler onto the floor with a flat-edged trowel, at an angle of about 45 degrees. Use the trowel again to remove any excess leveler, and make sure that you have filled every indentation and pattern of the old floor.

Make sure that you work at a fast pace, keeping in mind that embossing leveler will have already started to dry after 10 minutes. There will be no need to trim or sand the embossing leveler if you are using a flat-edged trowel skilfully enough. However, many people will find that the surface of the leveler is uneven after it has dried thoroughly. In this case, smooth the uneven areas by using a scraper blade.

Embossing Leveler FAQ

What is embossing leveller?

Embossing leveler fills up cracks and gaps in vinyl flooring to create a smooth, even surface. It has a mortar-like consistency and finish and it is not the final floor but rather, it's a layer used under the final floor to create a smooth finish.

How do you use an embossing tool?

For the most part, you will be using a smooth-edge trowel to spread floor-leveling compound. You must work quickly when spreading leveller because it dries fast.

The trowel should be held at a 45- to 60-degree angle.

What are the disadvantages of embossing?

Embossing levelers eliminate the need for raising floor height or placing underlayment, because the floor can be made smooth and even with the leveler. However, it can be time-consuming the use a floor leveler properly and it does take a lot of work.

How long does embossing leveler take to dry?

The amount of time it takes floor leveler to dry varies depending on how thickly the leveler has been applied and whether it is normal set or fast set. However, even a thick coat of normal set floor leveler will be dry and safe to walk on and safe to work on 48 hours after it has been applied.

Do I need to prime floor before self-levelling?

Priming is an essential step for any floor repair, installation, or replacement, though it can sometimes feel tedious. Prime the floors well before the self-leveling compound is applied because otherwise, the final floor could still be uneven or have a broken texture.