How durable is self leveling concrete and

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Old 05-16-10, 12:06 PM
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How durable is self leveling concrete and

Can it be used in a garage that see its fair share of floor jacks, jack stands, tool box, engine stand and hoist? These are not everyday used items, but when the job calls for these equipment, that's when they come out.

I have a 2-car garage and it's current concrete slab is in decent shape, some would say it's in great shape. Around the perimeter of the garage is a brick foundation, maybe 7-8" high, then the wood studs and sheating.

The current pitch of the slad is going towards the garage door, but there are certain areas where fluid collects. Luckliy, nothing drains towards the house. The slab has two expansion joints in the cross pattern forming 4 sections of slabs. One of the slabs has a crack, which someone tried repairing with some sort of rubberize compund material.

Honestly, I can probably apply an decorative epoxy coating (with correct prepping procedure) and call it a day. But I can't help but wonder, what are my options of getting a smooth durable garage floor.

1) Does self leveling concrete have a strength rating like concrete and cinder blocks?

2) How thick can self leveling concrete be safely poured? As stated, I have brick foundation on 3 walls. So creating a 1/2, 3/4 or 1" dam at the garage door opening wouldn't be a problem.

I have visions and ideas of how I would like my garage to turn out, so I have to start from the bottom and work up.

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Old 05-16-10, 12:26 PM
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No expert...but if you mean things like this...http://www.ardex.com/cms%5CAssets%5C...-tech-us-e.pdf ...no..I don't think it's suitable for a garage.

We used this and similar in the Navy...and under standard direct compression (IE walking...setting pallets or heavy boxes..etc...it was fine. You could split, crack, or chunk it with any sharp blow though...even smacking it with the face of a hammer would damage it.

I'm not familiar with "self leveling concrete"...so if the above doesn't apply...please disregard.
 
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