1 ARDEX K 15. Self-Leveling Underlayment Concrete Portland cement-based Install up to 5 thick Designed specifically for fast leveling of floors Use to level and smooth interior Concrete , terrazzo, quarry and ceramic tile, cutback adhesive residue, wood, and metal Walk on in 2-3 hours Install floor covering after 16 hours ARDEX ENGINEERED CEMENTS . 400 ARDEX Park Drive Aliquippa, PA 15001 USA. Tel: 724-203-5000. Fax: 724-203-5001. ARDEX K 15. Self-Leveling Underlayment Concrete Usage Priming ARDEX K 15 is a Self-Leveling Portland cement-based Standard absorbent Concrete must be primed with ARDEX . Underlayment . Use to level and smooth interior Concrete , P 51 PRIMER diluted 1:1 with water. Apply evenly with a terrazzo, quarry and ceramic tile substrates on, above soft pushbroom. Do not use paint rollers, mops or spray or below grade. Can also be used over cutback adhesive equipment. Do not leave any bare spots. Brush off puddles residue, metal decking, and wooden substrates.
2 ARDEX K and excess primer. Allow primer to dry to a clear, thin film 15 will level and smooth Concrete and other substrates (min. 3 hours, max. 24 hours). prior to the installation of resilient flooring, ceramic tile, carpeting, wood parquet, athletic floors, etc. ARDEX Extremely absorbent Concrete may require two K 15 can be used for a wide variety of indoor applications applications of ARDEX P 51 to avoid the formation of above, on, or below grade, including: (new construction) bubbles and pinholes in the ARDEX K 15 . In such cases, unlevel Concrete , rough Concrete , rained-on Concrete , make an initial application of ARDEX P 51 diluted with 3. frozen Concrete , unfinished Concrete , rough-screeded parts by volume of water. Let dry thoroughly (1 to 3 hours). Concrete , and camber problems; (rehabilitation projects) and install a second application of ARDEX P 51 mixed 1:1. terrazzo, quarry and ceramic tile, old Concrete , smoothing with water as stated above. of floors over cutback and non water-soluble adhesive residues on Concrete , wooden floors, and steel decking.
3 Non-porous substrates, burnished Concrete , terrazzo, quarry and ceramic tile, and epoxy coatings must be Description primed with ARDEX P 82 ULTRA PRIME. Follow mixing instructions on container and apply with a short-nap or Designed specifically for fast leveling of floors, ARDEX sponge paint roller, leaving a thin coat of primer. Do K 15 provides a durable, flat and smooth floor surface not leave any bare spots. Brush off puddles and excess with minimum labor and installation time. ARDEX K 15 primer. Allow primer to dry to a thin, slightly tacky film is recommended or specified by many quality flooring (min. 3 hours, max. 24 hours). manufacturers, architects, and contractors. Pourable or pumpable when mixed with water. Seeks its own level and Mixing And Application Manually produces a smooth, flat, hard surface. Hardens quickly and dries fast without shrinking, cracking, or spalling. ARDEX K 15 is mixed in 2-bag batches at one time. Mix each 55 lb. bag with quarts ( liters) of water.
4 Put Subfloor Preparation the water in the mixing drum first, then add each bag of ARDEX K 15 while mixing with an ARDEX T-1 Paddle and All Concrete substrates must be solid, thoroughly clean a 2 heavy-duty drill (min. 650 rpm). Mix thoroughly for and free of oil, wax, grease, asphalt, latex compounds, approximately 2 to 3 minutes to obtain a lump-free mix. Do curing and sealing compounds, and any contaminant that not overwater! Yellowish foam while mixing, or settling of might act as a bond breaker. If necessary, mechanically the sand aggregate while placing, indicates overwatering. clean the floor down to sound, solid Concrete by shot blasting, scarifying or similar. Overwatered, frozen, or ARDEX K 15 has a flow time of 10 minutes at 70 F. Pour otherwise weak Concrete surfaces must also be cleaned the liquid mix on the floor and spread with the ARDEX T-4. down to sound, solid Concrete by mechanical methods. Spreader. Immediately smooth the material with the ARDEX . Acid etching, the use of adhesive removers or solvents, T-5 Smoother.
5 Wear baseball or soccer shoes with non- and sweeping compounds are not acceptable means of metallic cleats to avoid leaving marks in the liquid cleaning the substrate. The use of sanding equipment ARDEX K 15 . is not an effective method to remove curing and sealing compounds. Substrates must be dry and properly primed When installing ARDEX K 15 in high-stress areas or over for a successful installation. Substrate temperatures wood, cutback or metal, the addition of ARDEX . must be a minimum of 50 F for the installation of ARDEX E 25 RESILIENT EMULSION is required to increase the products. For further information, please refer to the resiliency of the ARDEX K 15 . Please refer to the ARDEX . ARDEX Substrate Preparation Brochure. K 15 AND ARDEX E 25 Underlayment SYSTEM section for specific installation instructions. Recommended Tools ARDEX T-1 Mixing Paddle, ARDEX T-10 Mixing Drum, ARDEX T-4 Spreader, ARDEX T-5 Smoother, ARDEX . Measuring Bucket ( qts. for 55 lb. bag), and a 2 heavy-duty drill (min.)
6 650 rpm). Mixing And Application Pumping ARDEX K 15 is not to be used as a permanent wear surface, even if coated or sealed. ARDEX K 15 must ARDEX K 15 can be pumped using the ARDEX Levelcraft . be covered by a suitable floor covering material such as Automatic Mixing Pump. The Levelcraft Pump provides carpet, vinyl flooring, ceramic tile, etc. For resurfacing and for high productivity and a smooth, consistent installation. leveling indoor Concrete floors in warehouses, storage The pump may be rented from an authorized ARDEX areas, hallways, or other areas where a wear surface is Distributor and is supported by the ARDEX Technical Service required, use ARDEX SD-T self -DRYING, Self-Leveling . Department. Concrete TOPPING. Start the pump at a water setting of 210 gallons per hour, The ARDEX K 15 and ARDEX E 25. and then adjust to the minimum water reading that allows Underlayment System: Over Cutback And Self-Leveling properties. Do not overwater! Check the Other Adhesive Residues consistency of the product on the floor to ensure a uniform distribution of the sand aggregate at both the top surface Asphalt-based cutback adhesive remaining on a Concrete and bottom of the pour.
7 Conditions during the installation floor after removing old vinyl tile and other flooring such as variations in water, powder, substrate and ambient represents one of the most difficult and risky subfloors temperature, require that the water setting be adjusted for the installation of new flooring. Bleed-through of the during installation to avoid overwatering. cutback adhesive residue can adversely affect the new adhesive and floor covering being installed. ARDEX K 15 has a flow time of 10 minutes at 70 F. Pump the liquid mix on the floor and spread with the ARDEX T-4 Problems Spreader. Immediately smooth the material with the ARDEX . T-5 Smoother. Wear baseball or soccer shoes with non- Complete mechanical removal of cutback ( grinding, metallic cleats to avoid leaving marks in the liquid ARDEX sanding, blasting) can be hazardous as old cutback K 15 . Contact the ARDEX Technical Service Department for adhesive may contain asbestos. Do not sand or grind complete pump installation instructions.
8 Adhesive residue. Harmful dust may result. Inhalation of asbestos dust may cause asbestosis or other serious When installing ARDEX K 15 in high-stress areas or over bodily harm. Please consult the adhesive manufacturer wood, cutback or metal, the addition of ARDEX and all applicable government agencies for rules and E 25 RESILIENT EMULSION is required to increase the regulations concerning the removal of flooring and resiliency of the ARDEX K 15 . Please refer to the ARDEX adhesives that contain asbestos. K 15 AND ARDEX E 25 Underlayment SYSTEM section for specific installation instructions. Floor covering manufacturers, the Resilient Floor Covering Institute, and ASTM F710 specifically recommend against Thickness Of Application the use of solvents and adhesive removers to treat adhesive coated subfloors. Residues from their use have ARDEX K 15 must be installed at a minimum thickness been cited as contributing to numerous floor covering of 8 over the highest point in the floor, which typically failures.
9 Results in an average thickness of 4 over the entire floor. ARDEX K 15 can be installed up to 12 over The use of trowelable cementitious patching compounds large areas in one pour, and up to 5 with the addition of to mask the presence of adhesive residues can be used proper aggregate. ARDEX K 15 can also be installed to a successfully, but only when the new adhesive to be used featheredge to match existing elevations. does not react with the old residue, and the floor covering to be installed will not be affected by adhesive bleed- For areas with a thickness greater than 12 , mix ARDEX through. K 15 with washed and well-graded 8 -4 pea gravel. Mix ARDEX K 15 with water first, then add up to 1 part The Solution by volume of aggregate, mixing until the aggregate is completely coated. Do not use sand. If aggregate is wet, For over 20 years, the ARDEX K 15 AND ARDEX E 25. reduce the amount of water to avoid overwatering. Underlayment SYSTEM has allowed the installation of a high-quality Concrete Underlayment without complete The addition of aggregate will diminish the workability of removal of the cutback adhesive down to bare Concrete .
10 The product and make it necessary to install a finish coat to This system has been successful on every jobsite when obtain a smooth surface. Allow the initial application to dry properly installed. for 12-16 hours. Prime this layer with ARDEX P 51 mixed 1:1 with water. Allow the primer to dry (min. 3 hours, max. 24 hours) before installing the finish coat. Preparation and Installation The floor can be walked on in 2-3 hours and floor covering can be installed in 16 hours. Low substrate Thick accumulations, powdery, brittle or otherwise temperatures and/or high ambient humidity will weak adhesive layers must be removed, but only extend the drying time. with extreme caution. Use the wet-scraping method as outlined in the Resilient Floor Covering Institute's Precautions Recommended Work Procedures for Resilient Floor Coverings to remove thick areas and build-ups of The ARDEX K 15 AND ARDEX E 25 Underlayment . adhesive, and any areas that are weak and not well SYSTEM is intended for application over adhesive bonded to the substrate.