CustomTech Flooring Prep
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Preparing your surface is the most critical task of any tile or stone installation. Custom Building Products offers you one source for the needs of virtually any job.
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Whatever the application, CUSTOM® offers the broadest line of tile and stone setting materials in the industry to give the exact performance your job demands.
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Products : Surface Prep : Self-Leveling Underlayments : LevelQuik® Advance™ Fiber Reinforced Self-Leveling Underlayment for Wood Subfloors
LevelQuik® Advance™ SLU is a high flow, high strength, fiber reinforced calcium aluminate cement based, self-leveling underlayment that eliminates the need for reinforcing lath over plywood and OSB on interior wood framed subfloors. It can produce a smooth or level substrate ready for the installation of ceramic and natural stone tile, wood, carpet, and other resilient floor coverings. Formulated with Controlled Cure Technology™, LevelQuik® Advance™ SLU helps eliminate installation problems such as slow drying, bond failure, crumbling, and staining of resilient flooring caused by the free moisture found in traditional underlayment.
Suitable as an Underlayment for:
ASTM International (ASTM)
Tile Council of North America (TCNA) TCNA Handbook for Ceramic Tile Installation, TCNA Method EJ171American National Standards Institute (ANSI) ANSI A108.01 and A108.02 of the American National Standards for the Installation of Ceramic Tile
Installation must comply with the requirements of all applicable local, state and federal code jurisdictions.
LevelQuik® Advance™ is a proprietary dry blend of copolymers, cements, and inorganic chemicals and fiber reinforcement.
Custom® Building Products is committed to environmental responsibility in both products produced and in manufacturing practices.
Use of this product may contribute to LEED® certification.
USE CHEMICAL-RESISTANT GLOVES, such as nitrile, when handling product.
All surfaces must be structurally sound, clean, dry and free from contaminants that would prevent a good bond. Smooth surfaces, concrete, existing glazed tile, terrazzo, or polished stone may need to be roughened or scarified or primed with MBP - Multi-Surface Bonding Primer All surfaces must be primed with an appropriate CUSTOM® primer.
Refer to final flooring manufacturer's requirements for maximum moisture vapor transmission limitations when installing over concrete.
Concrete slabs with excessive moisture vapor emissions should be treated with CustomTech™ TechMVC™ 100% Solids Epoxy Moisture Vapor Control.
Expansion joints and cold joints, as described in ANSI A108.01, should be carried from the substrate up through the tile or flooring surface and filled with an appropriate elastomeric sealant, such as CUSTOM's® 100% Silicone Sealant. For the proper treatment of control or saw cut joints and cracks for flooring, refer to ASTM F710. For tile installations, refer to TCNA Details EJ171, F125 & F125A. Contact CUSTOM's® Technical Services for additional information.
Prime all surfaces with an appropriate CUSTOM primer before application of LevelQuik Advance SLU.
See Safety Data Sheet for complete safety information. This product contains Portland cement. Avoid eye contact or prolonged contact with skin. Wash thoroughly after handling. If eye contact occurs, flush with water for 15 minutes and consult a physician. Use with adequate ventilation; do not breathe dust and wear a NIOSH approved respirator. If ingested, do not induce vomiting; call a physician immediately. Conformance to Building Codes Installation must comply with the requirements of all applicable local, state and federal code jurisdictions.
Contaminants or curing compounds should be mechanically removed before installation. Concrete must be free of efflorescence and not subject to moisture beyond the floor covering manufacturers' limits or hydrostatic pressure. Concrete surfaces must have a tensile strength in excess of 200 psi (1.4 n/mm²).
For increased performance in demanding applications, concrete surfaces can be mechanically profiled and prepared by shotblasting, sandblasting, scarifying, diamond-grinding or other engineered approved methods (reference ICRI CSP 3 standards for acceptable profile height).
Gypsum-based underlayments must obtain a minimum 2000 psi (13.8 MP) compressive strength. The underlayment must be sufficiently dry and properly cured to the manufacturer’s specifications for permanent, non-moisture permeable coverings. Surfaces must be structurally sound and subject to deflection not to exceed the current industry standards. Surfaces shall be free of all grease, oil, dirt, dust, curing compounds, waxes, sealers, efflorescence, or any other foreign matter.
All Gypsum surfaces should be primed with a Custom® approved sealer or a primer coat of LevelQuik® Advanced Acrylic Primer consisting of 1 part LevelQuik Primer diluted with 3 parts clean, cool water. Mix LevelQuik® Advanced Acrylic Primer in a clean bucket at low speed to a homogeneous solution. The Primer shall be brushed, rolled or sprayed to achieve an even coat at a rate of 600-1200 sq. ft.(55.74-111.48 sq. m/L) per gallon.
Drying time is typically 1-2 hours but may vary based on environmental and substrate conditions. Once dry, apply a full strength coat of LevelQuik® Advanced Acrylic Primer at a rate of 400-600 sq. ft.(37.16-55.74 sq. m/L) per gallon. When primer is dry to the touch, LevelQuik Advance SLU can be installed over the primed gypsum substrate. Refer to the individual product data sheet or packaging directions for application instructions. Expansion joints must be installed in accordance with local building codes and industry guidelines.
*Gypsum based underlayment used in moist of wet environments should bewaterproofed. For these applications we recommend applyingRedGard® Waterproofing and Crack Prevention Membrane over curedLevelQuik Advance SLU prior to tile installation.
Plywood shall be a minimum ¾” (19mm) tongue & groove, APA rated Type 1 exterior exposure plywood or OSB equivalent. Subfloors shall be structurally compliant to building codes and area usage including joist blocking or bracing, be sound, clean, dry, and free from contaminants that would prevent adhesion. Any loose or deflecting areas must be addressed prior to leveler installation. Floors may be prepared by sanding when contaminated. Do not use resin containing sweeping compounds, or chemicals or solvents to clean the floor.It is generally accepted that wood-framed substrate deflection for Porcelain tiles is limited to <L/360; natural stone <L/720.Dimensionally weaker finishes such as natural stone, Saltillo, cement, glass tile and resilient flooring installations may require additional plywood layers based on area size/span; deflection; leveler thickness and project usage, live and dead loads. Leveler will require >3/8” thickness to replace fiber cement and cement backerboard use under tile. To help prevent failures from substrate creep (sagging), install heavy dead loads such as stone countertops prior to leveler and tile or flooring installation. Refer to ANSI A108 AN2 “General Requirements for Subsurfaces” and TCNA details for further information for tile installations or contact CUSTOM Technical Services.
Block any open spaces to prevent leveler spilling to adjoining areas. Fill joints with a CUSTOM patching compound such as Skim Coat & Patch Cement Underlayment or prefill with LevelQuik® Advance™ SLU mixed at the minimum water level. All wood subfloors require a primer application of undiluted LevelQuik® Advanced Acrylic Primer or MBP - Multi-Surface Bonding Primer
Adhesive layers must be removed. Use extreme caution; adhesives may contain asbestos fibers. Do not sand or grind adhesive residue, as harmful dust may result. Never use adhesive removers or solvents, as they soften the adhesive and may cause it to penetrate into the substrate. Adhesive residue must be wet-scraped to the finished surface of the substrate, leaving only the transparent staining from the glue. To determine desirable results, do a test bond area before starting. Refer to the RFCI Pamphlet "Recommended Work Practices for Removal of Resilient Floor Coverings" for further information.
Mix the entire 50 lb (22.68 kg) bag of powder with 5.0 – 5.5 quarts (4.73-5.2L) of clean, cool water.
Barrel: Mix 50 lb. (22.68 kg) bag of powder with the appropriate amount of clean, cool water. Slowly add powder to water while mixing with a heavy duty 1/2" (13 mm) electric drill and an “eggbeater” mixing paddle at minimum 650 RPM. Thoroughly mix for 2 minutes to a lump- free consistency. Do not overmix. Over-mixing or moving the mixer up and down during the mixing process could trap air, which could shorten the pot life or cause pinholes during application and curing.
Pumping: LevelQuik Advance SLU can be pumped with a mixing pump. Adjust the water setting to obtain the optimum workability. DO NOT overwater. DO NOT underwater. Pump the mix and use spreader to evenly distribute the materials to desired thickness.
Apply an appropriate CUSTOM primer according to the specifications in the respective technical data sheet for each product. Pour or pump LevelQuik Advance SLU , then spread with a long-handled gauged spreader. LevelQuik Advance SLU will seek its own level during the first 10-15 minutes. Can be applied 1/4" to 1.5" (0.64-3.80 cm) thick in one application. For applications thicker than 1.5”, multilift pours, and pumping of large scale applications, contact Custom's® Technical Services Department for more information.Expansion joints must be installed in accordance with local building codes and industry guidelines.
Maintain temperature of between 50° F (10° C) to 90° F (32° C) and <90% relative humidity for 48-72 hours after pour. Install non- moisture-sensitive ceramic tile or stone in 4 hours; most floor coverings can be installed after 16 hours. Drying time can vary with temperature and humidity; also leveler thickness. Test for moisture content before applying vinyl or wood flooring to the surface of the self-leveling underlayment.
Clean with water before the material dries.
Properly installed product requires no special maintenance. LevelQuik® RS is not recommended as a finish or wear surface.
Properly installed tile will last for more than 60 years.
50 lb (22.68 kg) bags
Obtain the applicable LIMITED PRODUCT WARRANTY at www.custombuildingproducts.com/product-warranty or send a written request to Custom Building Products, Inc., Five Concourse Parkway, Atlanta, GA 30328, USA. Manufactured under the authority of Custom Building Products, Inc. © 2017 Quikrete International, Inc.
When LevelQuik® Advance is used as a part of a qualifying full installation system of CUSTOM products, the installation can qualify for up to a lifetime system warranty. CUSTOM will repair and/or replace, at its discretion, the affected area of the system. For more information, find details and limitations to this warranty at custombuildingproducts.com.
Coverage (sq ft)
Coverage (sq m)
1/8" (3.2 mm)
3/16" (4.8 mm)
1/4" (6.4 mm)
3/8" (9.5 mm)
1/2" (12.7 mm)
3/4" (19 mm)
1" (25.4 mm)
1 1/2" (38 mm)
2" (51 mm)
Chart for estimating purposes. Coverage may vary based on installation practices and jobsite conditions. For more sizes, use the material calculator at CustomBuildingProducts.com or contact CUSTOM Technical Services at 800-282-8786.
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