Although often used interchangeably, the terms “flat” and “level” have different meanings. When you are talking about concrete floors, using the wrong word can have serious repercussions, including financial. Here’s a look at the difference between concrete floor leveling and flat concrete floors.

What is the difference between flat and level?

Flat indicates that the surface has no significant high or low spots. This means that if you intend to lay a surface on top, like tile or linoleum, it will apply smoothly with the edges of each tile, even with the other. When the edges don’t meet correctly, it is called lippage. In order to determine this, the contractor will use a tool that has a ten-foot straight edge. This tool is made from magnesium or aluminum and can be shaped like an “L” or like a rectangle.

Level means that it is parallel to a horizontal plane. Using a tool called a “level,” the contractor determines if that parallel exists by looking at an air bubble on the device and ensuring it is between the lines. 

Sometimes the floor is required to be both flat and level.

Does it really matter?

It is essential for the contractor to understand the difference and to comply with an architect’s instructions. Otherwise, it can cause the project to start over, a costly mistake for the contractor and time delay that will not make the business or homeowner happy. If the contractor has any questions about the instructions, it is best to clarify them upfront. As the owner, you should also understand the terms to be sure you are getting the level floor you want or need in the space.

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If you need help with your concrete floor leveling, contact our office. At Ontario Self Leveling Concrete, we offer a wide variety of services to ensure your concrete floor is perfect, including concrete leveling, concrete repair, and concrete installation. We also provide a variety of concrete finishes to choose the one that best suits your needs. Contact us today!