Leveling and laying down a floor

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Leveling and laying down a floor

Post by Mpmarvin » Sun Nov 04, 2018 7:59 pm

Hi guys,

My next project is putting a floor down in a room off the living room. It comes with quite a bit of challenges. First off the floor isn’t level. It slopes downward to the windows as you’ll see in the pictures.
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Next is the existing floor consists of stone. I think slate or something. My guess is this was probably a porch or something.
There is a room underneath this one in the basement so I do have access underneath.



Also there appears to be vines or something growing in one corner of the room I’m trying to level.
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Where do I begin with this? Help!
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Re: Leveling and laying down a floor

Post by Shannon » Sun Nov 04, 2018 9:47 pm

Is this a wood floor under the stone?
What type of flooring are you going to install?
You say it slopes but is it consistant and how much does it change?
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Re: Leveling and laying down a floor

Post by A. Spruce » Sun Nov 04, 2018 11:12 pm

If this was a converted cement patio, there's definitely going to be slope away from the house, usually about 1/4" per foot on average. I would pull the stone, cut some shims to the slope of the floor, then pour in a cement/sand mix that tile installers use for a mud bed installation. The sand is leveled and compacted into place using the shims as the guide, then the shims are pulled and the spaces filled. Allow to set over night and you can now do pretty much whatever you like with it, new tile, stone, wood. If you want vinyl, you'll have to give it a skim coat with floor leveler to smooth it out, otherwise it's ready for whatever.

If you're over a wood floor, I'd use the same shims as above and then sheet with plywood, how you go about this would depend on the clearances at doors and how the floor was framed. More details on your part will help determine how to proceed.
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Re: Leveling and laying down a floor

Post by Mpmarvin » Mon Nov 05, 2018 11:16 am

Shannon wrote:
Sun Nov 04, 2018 9:47 pm
Is this a wood floor under the stone?
What type of flooring are you going to install?
You say it slopes but is it consistant and how much does it change?
I don't know what's really directly underneath the stones but I have to assume it's wood because in the basement underneath the floor all I see is wood. It's the same as the rest of the house.
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She wants to put a tile down, marble or porcelain. Leaning closer to porcelain I think.
The slope seems consistent but that's only going by observation of the baseboard. How much it is I'll have to measure to be sure.

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Re: Leveling and laying down a floor

Post by Mpmarvin » Mon Nov 05, 2018 8:06 pm

Forgot to add, around the border of the floor appears to be bricks

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