Choosing the right floor screed – Floor screed guide

Choosing the right floor screed – Floor screed guide

Before you decide to put down a brand new floor in your home or business, you want to consider having professionals apply floor screed. Floor screeds primary purpose is to provide a smooth and even surface underneath the floor of your choice. Floor screed is usually a combination of cementitious material with sharp sand, this is generally applied on two type of surfaces. Floor screed can be applied to concrete ground floor slabs or onto a precast concrete floor.

What are the different types of screed available?

There are a few main types of screed that are available, each is designed to meet different specifications and needs. Some of theses types include the following:

Underfloor screed

This is most commonly used, generally it is poured over your heating pipes instead of over insulating material. The thinness of this floor screed allows for good heat flow. This is great for anyone who has under floor heating

Floating floor screed

This type of screed is applied over a layer of insulation. It is usually anywhere from 50 to 65mm thick.

Bonded floor screed

This screed is put over a mechanically prepared substrate – to ensure that the substrate and the screed bond together

Unbonded floor screed

This is separated from the substrate via a membrane.

Liquid or flowing screed

This is a very popular option, because liquid screed is self-leveling and it is easy to create an even surface. It works well with underfloor heating. It is also applied faster than traditional screed.

Fast drying screed

This type of screed reduces the drying time vastly. In many times this type of screed can dry in as little as 12 hours.

What should I consider before choosing a floor screed option?

We advise you to consult our contracts when choosing floor screed option because there are many factors that you need to keep in mind. The first factor that you should keep in mind when applying floor screed is the type of application, whether it will be applied in a commercial, industrial or residential space. The application type will be one of the determining factors. Furthermore, you should also consider will you have or do you have already underfloor heating. Additionally, you need to consider what type of flooring will cover the floor screed – will be hardwood, tile etc. Finally, you also need to be aware of how long after the floor screed is applied does the area need to be ready to used.

How much does floor screed cost?

The average cost of floor screed is usually measured per m2 and can range anywhere from £15 to £30 or more. For more information on floor screed cost for your particular project give us a call or send us an email.

What factors affect floor screed cost per m2?

There are six factors that affect the cost of floor screed per m2:

  • type of screed
  • thickness of floor screed
  • size of the area you wish to cover
  • furniture
  • location
  • drying time

Where can I find a screeding companies near me?

We have clients from many areas in the UK, some of our floor screeding clients come from places such as Tunbridge Wells, Kent, London, Royal Tunbridge Wells, Sevenoaks, Sevenoaks District, Tonbridge, Crowborough, East Grinstead, Maidstone, Maidstone District, Paddock Wood and many more.

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