Is The Screed Ready For The New Flooring?
Drying time all depends on what type of flooring you expect to put on top of it. Generally, if you’re working with laminate flooring you need to wait one week per centimeter (if it is up to 4cm) and then longer the thicker the screed is. Up to 6cm is twice as long and anything beyond that is an extra four weeks. If you want to fit tiles, then the screed needs to be hard enough to walk on before any tiling can start. It can take up to three days depending on how thick the layer is. The foundation needs to be at least a week old before work commences, with the substrates being dry and clean and taking care around the movement joints. When the tiles are set, joints should be 3mm wide to allow for any grout or slight adjustments. Once they are all set, the joints can be grouted and silicone can be added.
In comparison, if you are laying carpet then the screed needs to be dry as it can be, in order to stop any mould developing. Moisture rising can cause this, so this needs to be prevented. The screed should also free and clean from any grease or oils before fitting occurs. Screeds with a concrete material shouldn’t hold any cracks or chips. If there is any damage, then a levelling compound should be used to fix it. If you are considering self-leveling screed flooring in Devon and want more details on the preparation, give us a call.
Go Green With Screed
You may think screed isn’t very exciting, but did you know that environmentally the materials used can be effective? There are two sorts of liquid screed (cement or anhydrite based) but they both have the ability to stop themselves curling or shrinking, therefore crack resistant. Liquid screed (particularly anhydrite) is made from recyclable materials rather than cement, which makes it eco-friendly. If it is also used with underfloor heating, you will find it doesn’t need as much energy to get the heat level you need, due to the thermal conductivity doubling.
It is also a thinner layer (therefore a lighter weight) than cement or sand screeds, so less energy will again be needed. The benefit of using anhydrite screed rather than cement is it gives out less CO2, due to the amount of gypsum (a stable binder that reduces the likelihood of shrinking and keeps the formulation simple) it contains. Call Screedmaster for your Belitex Floor Screed in East London.
The Advantages Of Latex Screed
There are several factors to think about when renovation is involved and one is what sort of materials to use. You need to consider the effect that these materials will have on the area you are focusing on. If you are concentrating on the floor of the property, then you will be thinking about the type of screed to use. Liquid screed is a popular choice due to the speed and ease of installation. However, latex screed is also a sensible solution. This screed has a compound of powder and liquid latex, which provides a mixture that can be simply poured on to a level surface. This will be visually appealing and give a professional look.
The depth in which you can use this screed is variable. It can be laid anywhere from a depth of around 3mm up to around 40mm. It is also quick drying, depending on the depth used. You will also find that financially latex screed is more affordable compared to other options and can fit nicely around other projects you may be concentrating on. Due to it having a quick drying ability, latex screed can be paired with other options such as underfloor heating and other variations of flooring. We are the experts in Latex Screed in Somerset, Dorset and Devon, call us for a quotation.
How To Get the Best Underfloor Heating for Your Home
There are some things you need to think about before considering getting underfloor heating installed. It can be quite pricey, more so than general heating and the work can cause disruption. So before making your decision, you need to think about what options there are.
Electric tends to be more favoured than water due to being cheaper and easier to fit. However, it can be pricier to use and not as powerful as water. Electric systems are generally more useful for small rooms, whereas water is better for bigger areas. Things to consider are the size and what the layout of the room is like. The trickier the space, the more they will find electric heating suitable. You also need to think about the energy efficiency of the room and the type of flooring you have or will need over the top.
Underfloor heating can generally be used with any floor, but some let heat through more easily and keep it insulated more thoroughly. Materials such as some tiles, stone, vinyl or laminated flooring are good choices. If you want wooden flooring, then you should check if it can cope with higher temperatures, or else it may change shape and distort.
You need to make sure that the floor has been prepared correctly so there are no issues when it is fitted, particularly if you use water heating, as it needs space for pipes. Generally, it is easier to use water heating in newer builds, as the flooring can be tweaked from the beginning. For all your questions on Underfloor heating in Devon, call Screedmaster.
Screed: Avoid These Pricey Issues!
With screed, sometimes the smallest problem can grow into a pricey issue. For instance, the screed might crumble and cracking may appear, which will ruin the final look.
One particular mistake to avoid is poor mixing. If the ingredients aren’t mixed properly then small areas of uneven material can appear, which can decrease the durability. This can cause weakness in the flooring that can disintegrate under heavy fittings and furniture. An expert will know how to mix and distribute it evenly with the right equipment.
If the floor is fitted before the screed is ready, it can become a pricey hassle. If it’s not dry enough then the floor can bubble and swell. Heat shouldn’t be used to speed up the drying time, as this can cause cracks with traditional screed. If screed is dried and cured properly it can produce the best finish. Sometimes experts use polymer modified screed, as this can dry quickly in a few days and doesn’t need to be cured. There shouldn’t be any dips in the screed if you want your floor perfectly flat. If this happens you can potentially get cracked tiles.
Aftercare is important if you don’t want any potentially permanent damage. Reinforced materials such as paper and corrugated plastic can save the screed from heavy footsteps until the floor is fitted.
A professional will give you advice on what to do, so you can be assured that your floor is in good hands, call today for a free quotation on your Floor screed in London.
The Benefits Of Liquid Screed
One of the advantages of liquid screed, is that it’s more straightforward to install than regular screeds. It is a lot faster to install, making it less of an inconvenience, particularly as it doesn’t take as long to prepare and doesn’t need as much equipment.
Liquid screed pairs with your underfloor heating nicely, as it enhances it’s work by covering the pipes, reducing bubbles of air. You don’t need as much liquid screed as you would with other screed, therefore insulation is more effective, as heat doesn’t have as far to travel.
You won’t have to worry about uneven floors with liquid screed, as due to it’s smooth movement, it will effortlessly find the edges and corners of the room, evening out the floor as it goes, reducing the danger of cracks. It’s also fast drying, so it’s a good choice if your project needs finishing quickly, and after 24 hours it can usually withstand light footsteps. To request a quote for your Liquid floor screed, call screedmaster now.
Types Of Screed
There are four types of screed, generally speaking, however screed can be made to fit specific requirements.
1. Under-floor Screed. This is the most common and is poured over heating pipes instead of using insulating materials. It allows a good heat flow as the screed is thin.
2. Floating Screed. This is normally applied to a layer of insulation which has a damp proof member over it. It is similar to Under-floor screed.
3. Bonded Screed. A very strong bonding primer or agent is used to bond this type of screed to the concrete.
4. Un-bonded Screed. Usually applied to damp proof membranes to separate the concrete base from the final layer of the screed.
When To Screed Your Floor
If your current floor is uneven it could structurally affect the integrity when you install the top floor layer. You should also screed if you intend to cover your under-floor heating and provide a smooth foundation for your final floor. For more information on all types of Liquid screed floors call Screedmaster SW today.
Latest Underfloor Heating News
A Grantham property was subject to a fire due to rolled up underfloor heating being left on; fire crews received a report of their being a smoke in the utility room. However, when the fire crew got there the fire was already put out and there was damage to a roll of underfloor heating.
In 2024 the United Kingdom electric underfloor heating market has been projected to grow by 7%, energy consumption is expected to be reduced by improving energy security. Energy consumption across new buildings is hoped to be reduced by 25%.
In the United States, the electric underfloor heating market is expected to have strong growth due to increasing energy cost, paired with growing space heating demand. With the declining cost and advancement of technology, this will further increase business growth.
If you would like to speak with one of the team about liquid screed floor preparation prior to adding underfloor heating, then call us today.
Underfloor heating – an Environmental choice
The popularity of underfloor heating shows no sign of dipping as more and more people consider the advantages of heating their homes by this method.
Building Regulations are playing their part in the popularity stakes as Inspectors take into account the environmental impact of new or additional projects on the environment and the amount of CO2 emissions that will be generated by the building.
Find out the facts from your local underfloor heating specialist Bristol and let them advise you the best system to suit your project.
The benefits of water based underfloor heating
Water underfloor heating relies on water heating by a source like a boiler being pumped through strategically laid pipes beneath the ground to spread heat across your room.
As it is complicated to lay it does require professionals like those at Screed Master to lay the pipes and cover the floor with screed.
A major benefit of water-based heating over electric heating is the cheaper running costs. In the UK, water-based heating is more popular over large areas than electric heating, probably due to the reduced cost of heating large spaces compared to standard heating systems like radiators which leave cold spots in large rooms.
To learn more about heating large spaces in Exeter with underfloor heating, contact Screed Master.
Benefits of underfloor heating
Underfloor heating can be a costly investment when on a small budget however there are many benefits which may make it the right investment for you.
Both electrical and warm water underfloor heating systems have the benefit of providing fast heating to the whole room and not just the air like conventional radiators.
Your style also does not have to suffer with the addition of an underfloor system. Wall space can be freed up without the need for radiators, and with a number of different heating systems available, no matter what you wish your floor to be made of, you can have an attractive and warm floor.
If you are interested in the benefits underfloor heating or could provide your home, or for Screed work in London, visit Screed Master for an instant quotation.
Renovating with Screed
Extending or renovating your property is an ideal opportunity to consider the best way to heat your home, especially if you have to upgrade or install a new boiler.
Underfloor heating is a popular choice for homeowners due to the even distribution of heat and the lack of radiators giving more space, and flexibility to your room layout. Installing under floor heating as part of a renovation or new build is the most cost effective option and employing specialists in liquid screed flooring to lay down the floor screed is a wise move. Many screed floor suppliers can install the whole package and will advise on the best floor for your property, if you need Screed for Underfloor heating in Bristol or the South West, call Screedmaster today.
Self levelling Screed packages launched in Plymouth
Screedmaster this month launched a range of Self levelling compounds, aimed at an easier way to price up a new project. Each compound will differ in properties with drying times dependent on screed depths and the project requirements, and can be priced within an hour, to appeal to local builders and self-build projects.
Underfloor heating packages for Bristol
Screedmaster now supply Underfloor heating packages for the Bristol and surrounding areas. It works by sending hot water from the boiler through narrow tubes built into the latex or screed floor. Screedmaster can supply all the necessary piping and lay all the flooring in which the piping is buried, individual quotes are done within the hour.
Gyvlon Screed features
Gyvlon screed is manufactured from the recycling of calcium sulphate binder and aggregates, which help to produce a free flowing screed with a British standard of 13813:2002. It can be used in two forms bonded or un-bonded and lends itself well to underfloor heating systems both for the domestic and commercial sectors.
As Gyvlon is a free flowing screed, it is quick to install and is dry to walk upon within 24 hours in most applications and cured within 48 hours. It does not normally require polythene sheeting or compression compounds and derives great strength at very shallow depths, meaning it can be used in many different building specifications.
Chart of depths required:-
Minimum thickness Bonded – 25mm
Minimum thickness Bonded – 30mm
Floating Commercial flooring – 40mm
Use in Underfloor heating – 25mm
For a free quote on Gyvlon screed call Screedmaster on 0800 980 7260.
New Screed product launched
Flowcrete has just announced a new range of flowing screed products designed to make it quicker and easier to lay or repair concrete flooring. The new product range will be called Isocrete and can be used on sloping floors, prior to laying the actual floor finishes, it is easy to install and offers a quick setting property that will speed up construction times. Isocrete will be moisture resistant and withstand extreme loads, making it ideal for larger buildings that will require ceramic tiles or laminate flooring. To enquire about liquid floor screed , or any other type of self levelling Screed product call Screedmaster SW today.
Improvements to the tender process
The Government Construction Strategy has set a target of achieving savings in construction procurement of up to 20% by streamlining processes, it sets out tendering models such as Two Stage Open Book, and Cost Led Procurement, which have shown to offer potential to reduce costs previously as well as contributing to reduced risk, greater innovation and improved relationships throughout the supply chain. The new draft guidance is designed to encourage public sector offices to implement these new models, which highlights the benefits of adoption at each stage, details the core processes and principals involved, provides step by step support and addresses the key client and industry questions. The proposals will be further trialled before publication of the final version in the summer.
The whole idea is to change the way public sector offices buy construction, where the supply chain responds to an outline client requirement and declared budget and this contrasts with the historical process of the supply chain building up a price against a detailed client requirement without understanding what the client can afford. Public or private companies can request a quotation within 24 hours for all Liquid screed flooring, regardless of size by E mailing us at email@example.com.
Construction is being hit by a shortage of aerated and lightweight blocks, with delivery times of up to three months currently being quoted by manufacturers, the Enquirer website has reported, although the take up of self levelling screed has increased tenfold in three years.
An upturn in the private housing market has sparked the shortage, leaving builders desperate for supplies. A Hanson spokesman told the Enquirer: “There has been a big surge in demand for Thermalite aircrete blocks over the last few months, fuelled principally by an upturn in private-sector housebuilding.
“We have been asking our customers to place orders four weeks in advance, but have had to push that out to eight to10 weeks as demand has picked up. This is not just a problem for us – the entire industry is under pressure from this welcome but unexpected hike in demand, after five years of volume decline and production cut-backs.”
Hanson may increase production to meet demand. The spokesman said: “To cope with the upturn, we are reviewing our production capacity and also looking closely at our forward-order books to ensure our customers plan ahead and do not over-order or stock-pile blocks to the detriment of others. “It’s a difficult balancing act, but our aim is to prioritise our loyal customer base, keep them supplied with their immediate needs and ensure they remain fully informed and aware of the situation as it develops.”
Richard Cross, branch manager at merchant Civils & Lintels, remarked: “It is a pretty amazing juggling act at the moment, keeping all our various sites supplied.” For more information on the uses and delivery of Liquid screed call Screedmaster sw on 0800 9807 260.
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