Screeding a floor is the simple act of applying a well blended mixture of Ordinary Portland Cement with graded aggregates to a base. Screeding forms a sturdy sub-floor that is capable of taking on the final floor finish or act as a final wearing surface.
Screeding can also be used to incorporate underfloor heating. As simple as this process might sound, there is a lot more to screeding than trowelling on the cement sand mixture. It is one of the most vital steps in flooring that plays a major role in ensuring the quality, finish and durability of the entire flooring.
PE Plastering will always:
- Use the right floor screed
- Use a uniform screed mix
- Install the screed perfectly to a high tolerance
- Ensure that the screed is protected
PE Plastering holds extensive experience and is up to date with the latest screeding technology. Planning, choice of screed , mix design, screed laying and screed protection is all delivered on time and within the agreed budget.
The Right Floor Screeding
With the different kind of screed types, screed constructions and screed brands available, it is important to consider what each type has to offer and how well it fits in with your requirement and make an informed choice.
The standard screed mix of cement and sand mixed is used for creating a defined layer for installing the final floor finish such as tiles, wood, carpet, vinyl etc. Traditional screeds are generally suitable for use in hospitals, schools, hospitals, retail and residential homes.
Free flowing screeds:
The free flowing, self-leveling and self compacting screeds present the major advantage of easy installation and provide reliable results. These screeds are not suitable for areas that are prone to getting wet. They cannot be used as a final wearing surface.
Floor levelling compounds:
These compounds vary from the general screeds in that they are used for levelling or as the final layer of screed to increase the tolerance while laying the floor finishes such as tiles, vinyl etc. They are generally used for screeding in warehouses and areas which require a very high level of surface regularity or flatness.
This type of screed suitable for installing on precast floor surfaces. It is important to seek accurate specifications and calculations from a structural engineer before the installation of structural screeds as the information is vital to decide on the load requirements, flexural strength, bending moment, point loadings, etc.
Fast drying floor screeds:
If your project is on a strict time line and you do not have the time to wait for the screed to dry, it would be best to go for fast drying floor screeds which allows you to go for the installation of the final floor finish as early as 2-3 days after screeding.