Concrete vs Liquid Screed – what’s the difference?

Ready mix concrete will always be prepared on site in order to meet the clients specifications through using measurements of aggregates, sand, water and cement mixed together with any desired additives in order to achieve the required results. Liquid screed is similar in the fact it contains these components as well, however what makes it different is the amount and size of the aggregates used compared with ready mix concrete. Liquid screed uses a smaller amount of aggregates which means there’s a smoother consistency, this makes the screed closer to a liquid than a solid making this ideal for floor installations.

As mentioned, there are different consistencies making each suitable for different purposes within the construction industry. Central Flow Screed & Underfloor Heating suggest using ready mix concrete for external uses and structural foundations, pathways, fences, paving and any structure that requires a strong, long lasting result.

Liquid screed is generally designed for internal uses that desire a smooth finish. Due to the flowability of the liquid screed there won’t be any lumps or bumps on your floor and can be used to create a protective layer over an existing concrete floor. Liquid screed also has its benefits when working alongside a heating system, as its flowability means it lays flush against your pipework eliminating air bubbles and help maximise conductivity.

At Central flow screed and underfloor heating, we use only the best quality flooring screed combined with special additives and clean water to ensure a perfect liquid screed finish. Our liquid screed promises a fast drying rate of 1mm per day allowing light foot traffic quicker than ready mix concrete. Not only this but radiators are being removed in favour of underfloor heating as you can save space with a more energy efficient and proactive heating system.

Contact us today to learn more!

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