Dispelling Common Myths Associated with Poured Gypsum Floors

By: Brett Fleury


Gypsum is a mineral that has been used in building materials for centuries. However, gypsum concrete as an underlayment is still misunderstood despite its growth in popularity over the last 40 years. As a result, several myths about using gypsum in this way have been canonized. 

Three common myths about poured gypsum floor:

  • Gypsum self-leveling cements are soft, chalky, and do not meet industry standards for commercial floor coverings
  • Gypsum-based underlayment will ‘melt’ when exposed to water
  • Gypsum concrete is not a hydraulic cement

Brett Fleury, Product Marketing Manager, Performance Flooring
Substrates and Specialties Division, CSI, CDT details the truths behind these myths
in his article in the January 2016 issue of The Construction Specifier.  

Read the full story here.