Finishing Off Floorings

Screeding a floor in preparation

Before the final floor of a building is installed, a screed floor has to be installed first. The floor screeding is a process that involves applying a mixture of cement, sand and water to a floor base before installing the final floor finish. It is a well-blended mixture that is applied to the floor to form a sturdy sub-floor that is capable of taking on the final floor finish properly.

Benefits of using screed for floors

Floor durability: The flooring materials installed after the screed floor usually last for a longer period of time. The underlying layer protects them against moisture and other factors that may cause degradation. floor screeding imageAdditionally, the floor screed reduces the friction on the underside of the final flooring material resulting in a longer ‘shelf life’.

Comfortable flooring: Research shows that it is more comfortable to walk on a floor where a floor screed was installed. The screed mixture gives the final floor finish a certain level of elasticity that creates a spongy effect on the final finish. The benefits are realized when a floating floor screed is used.

Heat insulation: Screeding helps to increase the insulation capacity of the floor. The room remains warm as the screed absorbs heat and gives it off when the temperature goes down. An added benefit may be the heating bills are significantly might reduce when you install a screed floor. There are special screeding materials with low thermal mass for enhanced and improved energy efficiency.

How to screed a floor

Floor screeding is a procedural activity. Installing a screed floor involves the following steps

  1. Clean the floor on where to install the screed floor. Remove any dust or dirt available. Mark the area to screed with a duct tape to be accurate.
  2. Apply the screed on the floor. Screeding floor should begin from the corner of the room working toward the door so as to avoid stepping on the screed floor. The screed may be bonded to the floor directly or put as a floating finish if the floor is to contain underfloor heating pipes. The thickness of the screed floor varies depending on whether the floor is unbounded or floating finish. ensure that you level the floor as you screed.
  3. Allow the floor to compound completely before stepping on it.

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Finding The Perfect Birmingham Floor Screeding Mix

Floor ScreedingThe task of screeding a given floor often requires the involvement of highly­skilled workers. Birmingham Floor Screeding is thus considered a specialized job that not all workers can easily and quickly master. For one, the typical screed mix is known to be quite strong, but when prepared by a generally inexperienced screed worker, can prove to be ineffective and may even damage the flooring as a consequence.

Birmingham Floor Screeding experts are aware that many floors onto which a prepared screed mix will be poured are seldom laid out perfectly. For this reason, a screed needs to be mixed well in order to help produce level flooring. This can be a problem at times for many screeding companies, especially these days when concrete slabs are being eased out in favor of precast concrete models.

Indeed, precast concrete flooring has become a preferred choice among a growing number of house builders. Unfortunately, these flooring systems have been found to contain cambers which often prove to be problematic especially when floor finishes have to be made. As a result, builders have to resort to the use of floor screeds even as this can be quite expensive.

In this regard, it is interesting to note that despite the costs, coming up with the perfect screed mix is seldom achieved. The traditional way of producing screed is by mixing cement with sand through a designated machine. This process has gone through several changes with the latest trend geared towards screed production delivered by pumping.

A screed mix produced by pumping commonly relies on gypsum as its binding component. Birmingham Floor Screeding experts refer to this type of mixture as anhydrite screeds. Compared to the standard cement mix, pumped screeds cost two times higher. However, they can be laid out successfully as a flooring finisher at a much faster rate even if the depth is a mere 50 millimeters. For more information about floor screeding and the companies that offer this service, please visit

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