What Is Floor Screeding?
When providing floor screeding services to customers across the UK, we find that there are 4 main reasons for wanting to lay floor screeding:
- Ensuring that flooring has a professional finish.
- Improving the durability and quality of an existing flooring expanse.
- Providing an trouble-free foundation for flooring finish.
- As a rapid thermal conductivity agent in an underfloor heating system.
Whilst the applications may differ, the premium requirements are similar for all; they need a high quality flooring screed which won’t curl or crack, is efficient to install and dries in one to two days.
The Right Floor Screeding For Your Needs
There are a number of different floor screeding solutions but in the majority of cases, it comes down to a choice between traditional screed and liquid screed. It’s important to know the difference between the two, in order to be able to make an informed decision about which is right for your floor screeding needs:
- Traditional Screed – this was the default floor screeding product throughout the 20th century. It’s made up of a ratio of 4:1 sand to cement and has to be mixed manually. Skilled installers are essential as a mix that’s too dry, or too wet, can cause costly faults further down the line. Traditional screed can take up to 5 days to dry and continues to be used as a foundation for tiles, linoleum etc.
- Flow Screed – this is an advanced flooring solution that combines a highly professional finish with excellent thermal conductivity. Flow screed is a calcium-sulphate based, self-levelling, free-flowing product, made with a by-product of Gypsum. The mix has been developed to produce an excellent flooring finish on every installation, dries in 24-48 hour, and can be pumped directly onto the floor.
Liquid Floor Screeding for Underfloor Heating
There are two major reasons why contractors and developers choose to use flow screed for underfloor heating installations. First, the flowing consistency means that the screed wraps itself around the heating pipes, eradicating any air voids that could cause patchy, or uneven heating. Second, the thermal conductivity helps customers save energy and heat their homes using lower temperatures.
Liquid Floor Screeding for Professional Flooring Finishes
Whatever the floor screeding our customers choose, we would always recommend a professional installation. Liquid screed can be pumped efficiently using a small team of screed specialists, and in the majority of applications the flooring is dry enough to walk on after just 24 hours. Liquid screed is naturally self-levelling, and imperfections are eradicated in the process of the pour.
6 Measures for Floor Screeding Success
- Using screed specialists for the installation ensures that the choice of screed, depth of screed layers, and the mix are all professionally considered.
- Liquid screed can be poured onto the floor in hours, whilst traditional screed can take days to lay. This installation efficiency reduces the cost overall.
- There are some easy steps that can be taken to ensure that the environment is optimised in preparation for the pour; RB Liquid Screed provides guidance.
- A dedicated project manager keeps your flooring screed project on track, and to deadline.
- Quality checking needs to happen at every stage of the process, so that problems can be picked up early and managed effectively.
- If using liquid screed, you should be able to walk on the flooring after 24-48 hours. You should, however, avoid placing heavy objects on the flooring until advised by your installers.