If you work in the building and contracting industry, or even if you are renovating your own home, it is essential that you choose the right flooring solution for your project.
A quality flooring solution will ensure that the structure of the building stays intact and robust for a long period of time, whilst also giving you an aesthetically pleasing finish.
Traditional screed flooring has been the preferred option in the industry for over 50 years, due to the high quality, durability and versatility of the material. It is hard-wearing, with a smooth finish, and is an investment to ensure a quality finish for your flooring.
Traditional screed flooring is a quality flooring option for homes in which a smooth finish is required, possibly for another flooring such as tiles to be laid on top such as tiling, or at the other end of the spectrum, in an industry warehouse, which requires a strong, impact resistant flooring solution.
Traditional screed is also a great solution for installing flooring which has a ‘fall’, meaning a flooring surface which has a very slight slope in order to help with drainage.
This is because it is a solid enough material to ensure that it will not flow down, drying to even out the floor, as liquid screed would do.
Instead, it will lay firm in a sloping position to make sure that the slope is maintained when it dries.
Screed floor Mixes
Traditionally, a screed mix would constitute of sand and cement, in the ratio of four parts sand to every one part cement. However, under the new British flooring standards, the screed should now be mixed according to the specification of the project.
Liquid Screed Ltd will assess your flooring project, and we will mix your floor screed according to several considerations.
The first of these specifications is the required drying time for the screed. For example, if a faster drying time is required for the premise, it is possible for us to adjust the traditional screed mixture to include more sand than usual to ensure a quicker drying time.
Strength is another factor considered when mixing the traditional screed. If the flooring will be used for warehouse purposes where heavy machinery will be used, the flooring will be required to be more robust, and we will therefore ensure that the mixture is particularly strong for your purposes.
The use and wear of the flooring is another factor which is to be considered when mixing the floor screed.
This is classified as either light or heavy, meaning that the floor screed mixture will be adjusted to suit the needs of the premise it will be applied to.
This is largely based on the structural needs and the structure of the building.
At Liquid Screed Ltd, we will take all of the above requirements into consideration when analysing your flooring project.
We will use our knowledge, experience and expertise to ensure that we provide you with specialist advice on your project to make sure you are choosing the right option for your project, taking into account your time restraints, budget, and end aims for the building.
Preventing Problems in Screed Floors
For professional construction industry workers, home owners, and renovation project managers, it is often a worry that cracks, curling and shrinkage problems will emerge in a screed floor, as these are the most common problems for a screed floor.
These problems are usually caused by the drying process of the screed, as the mixture will change and shrink.
Problems such as cracking are particularly problematic where the floor surface is irregular, because corners can act as separators between areas of the floor, creating stress on the surrounding areas and potentially causing the screed to crack.
Traditionally, steel mesh has been used to prevent the screed from cracking, however, this proves to be an expensive solution. Mesh continues to be used on occasion, but Liquid Screed Ltd understand that other, more effective and efficient options are available to ensure that the screed flooring is laid at its best quality possible.
Liquid Screed Ltd understand that problems such as shrinkage, cracking and curling are highly influenced by properties of the screed.
These include the mixture proportions of sand and screed, the bond strength, the thickness of the screed, and the drying time of the screed. Using our specialist knowledge and expertise, the professionals at Liquid Screed Ltd are able to advise you on the optimum screed mixture for your project, and whether or not screed flooring will be suitable for your premise.
Drying Times for Screed Flooring
As with all other aspects of the floor screeding process, the professional flooring specialists at Liquid Screed Ltd will advise you on the exact drying time for your traditional screed floor, as it will highly depend on the mixture of the screed we have prepared for your project, and the thickness of the screed which has been laid.
Most of the traditional screed flooring we lay will suffice light foot traffic after four days’ worth of drying, and site traffic after 7 days.
In most cases, this will ensure that the screed drying process does not hold up the other trades from completing their projects.
Unlike liquid screed, traditional screed flooring should not be force dried at all.
This is because the force drying process will cause the moisture to evaporate too quickly, and the final strength of the floor may well be lessened as a result.
For a screed measuring up to 40mm, it will generally dry at a rate of 1mm per day, however, this may be lessened or lengthened by the other qualities of the screed.
Fast Drying Floor Screed
Despite the many positive points about traditional screed, one potential drawback for many customers is the lengthy drying time.
If the requirements of a project involves shorter time constraints than the estimated drying time of a traditional screed floor, it is possible that a fast drying floor screed will be more suitable.
The process of a traditional screed floor drying involves a chemical reaction between the sand, cement, aggregate and water; during which, the water will evaporate. Drying times vary according to the thickness of the screed and the mixture of the screed.
Over large areas, the floor can take even longer to dry. Not only can this process hold up a construction project, but the thought of a room or building being off limits for a long time is usually a massive annoyance to project managers.
Why choose Fast Drying Floor Screed?
Until now, a traditional screed flooring solution has occasionally been unappealing for some due to the lengthy drying time.
The main benefit of fast drying floor screed is that the drying time is limited, allowing for a floor finish to be installed on top of the screed in quick succession to the completion of the screeding.
In fact, the top flooring can be laid as soon as 14 to 21 days after the screed is applied.
Fast drying screeds also minimise the amount of moisture which is left in the premise after the floor screed process.
Many different types of fast drying screed are available; these dry at varying speeds and can be laid at different thicknesses.
A professional from Liquid Screed Ltd will be able to advise you as to which fast drying screed is the best solution for your project.
The benefits of fast drying screed do not end there. Fast drying screed also has the positive point of being highly thermal and conductive, making it a good insulator for homes and workplaces.
Why Choose Liquid Screed Ltd
As professionals in flooring solutions, the experienced screed layers and advisors at Liquid Screed Ltd are sure to provide you with a professional, honest and quality service for your project.
On initial consideration of your project, Liquid Screed Ltd will be able to advise you on your construction project, and what the best options are for you.
Using our knowledge and expertise, we will be able to discuss what we believe to be the right solutions for you, taking you budget, time constraints and final aims into account.
We will even give you a free, no obligations quote for you to consider, with no hidden costs included.
Contact us to find out more about flooring solutions for your project, arrange an advisory or organise for a free, no obligations quote to be drawn up.