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Common Screed Mistakes to Avoid

March 18, 2020

Screeding occurs when ordinary cement is applied with water and graded aggregates to the base of a floor. This process is generally executed to produce a solid sub-floor, which is then able to acquire the final floor finish. Screeding ensures a durable and smooth quality finish and so is a vital procedure.


Screed failures can be very costly so it’s essential to ensure that it is installed correctly. For the best results, avoid the common screed mistakes mentioned below:


1) Inadequate Mixing


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


2) Inadequate Drying and Curing


Installation of the final floor prior to it finish drying will lead to costly problems such as floor swelling, bubbling and buckling. In addition to this, you want to avoid rushing the drying process by using ventilation or heat, as it will reduce the quality of construction. This could cause cracking.


3) Significant Flatness Deviations


It’s essential to use a flat screed in order to gain the desired flat floor. Should you want to install a larger format floor on top of your sub-floor with bumps and dips, there’s a high probability of it becoming cracked when walking over the surface. In addition to this, costly remedial work will be needed in the future if you’re unable to lay the floor due to uneven substrate.


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  //

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