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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