Avoiding Common Screeding Mistakes

Screeding is when ordinary cement is a plied with water and graded aggregates to the base of a floor. This process is usually carried out to produce a solid sub-floor, which is then able to take on the final floor finish. Screeding is the vital procedure as it ensures a durable and smooth quality finish.

It’s important to ensure that it is installed correctly as screed failures can be very expensive. For the best results avoid the common mistakes mentioned below:

1) Inadequate Mixing

If you fail to mix the cement, aggregate, water and additives properly then small pockets of unmixed materials will form and prevent the screed from reaching its full potential of strength and therefore can crumble under heavy pressure.

2) Inadequate Drying and Curing

If you install the final floor before it has finished drying, you will be lead to expensive problems such as floor swelling, bubbling and buckling. As well as this you don’t want to rush the drying process by using ventilation or heat as it will decrease the quality of construction. This could cause cracking.

3) Significant Flatness Deviations

In order to gain the desired flat floor, it’s important to use a flat screed. If you intend to install a larger format floor on top of your sub-floor with bumps and dips, there’s a high chance of it becoming cracked when walking over the surface. As well as this, if you’re unable to lay the floor due to uneven substrate, then expensive remedial work will be required in the future.

Based in the West Midlands, Central Flow Screed is one of the UK’s leading installers of liquid floor and flowing screeds.

As approved contractors with the major screed suppliers we provide nationwide coverage and have over 15 years’ specific industry experience.

Contact us today on: 01527 337023 // louise@centralflowscreedufh.co.uk

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