Floor Screeding Dover Kent (CT16): If you are planning to install underfloor heating, are renovating a property or cellar or have a damaged or uneven floor in your Dover home, it is a good time to consider bringing in a floor screeding professional. Floor screeding delivers a smooth finish to a rough sub-base, and will allow you to lay a suitable flooring material, (boards, tiles, carpets etc) over it. If you would like your floors to last a long time then floor screeding is one of the most important factors in any renovation or building task.
FLOOR SCREEDING COMPANIES DOVER
It doesn't matter how large or small the room is that you need to be levelled, an established screeding company in Dover will have the necessary know-how, skills and equipment to offer you a superb level of service. After analyzing your project they'll give you advice on the perfect choice of screed and which method of laying it is most suitable for your circumstances.
It may be necessary, depending on the proposed use of the space, for a survey by a structural engineer to conform with building regulations on point loadings, load bearing and flex strength of the screed floor.
The training and skills that a qualified screeding specialist brings to your project should guarantee a high quality end result and help to extend the lifespan of your floor or floors. There are many types of floor screed and picking the correct mix and laying process is critical to achieve a high quality floor that is long-lasting and fit for purpose.
There are several screeding companies in and around Dover so if possible get multiple quotations for your project before choosing a contractor and know to what standard of finish is it for. The SR (Surface Regularity) finish is the figure to watch out for when reviewing a quote from your Dover screeding contractor. SR2 and SR3 might be cheaper options, but the floor screeding finish might have errors and deviations, whilst SR1 guarantees a pretty much perfect quality of finish. Any error in the screeding may cause issues with laying flooring owing to flat spots, indentations, ridges in the floor surface.
British Standards BS8204 sets down the regulations and guidelines that all Dover screeding installers are required to follow, and if working with specialist screeding solutions, (Flowcrete, Cemfloor, Gypsol etc), they must be approved by the manufacturers as being skilled and trained in their use. A company holding such accreditations shows that they have been assessed and trained in using these screeding products and can offer a high quality standard in all areas of their installation.
Dover commercial screeders might be involved in the screeding of floors in factories, hospitals, restaurants, shopping centres, schools and warehouses.
TYPES OF SCREED
Standard Screeds - This is good for normal domestic use and is a mixture of cement and sand. The ratios involved are 5 parts sand to 1 part cement. After laying a standard flooring screed mix sets at a rate of 1mm/day.
Fibre Reinforced Screed - Used with under floor heating and is the advised choice in such projects. This is due to the increased strength and protection against thermal shrinkage and cracking offered by the fibres within the screed mix. It has a setting rate of one millimetre per day.
Polymer Screeds - An extremely high strength flooring solution where a reduced screed thickness is required. The drying times for these vary in accordance with product guidelines.
Industrial and Heavy Duty Screed - A screed that's designed for high load and heavy traffic areas where the maximum possible durability and strength is essential.
Fast Drying and Advanced Drying Screeds - If there is a need to use the floor as soon as possible a fast drying screed can be utilised. They're usually a fibre reinforced type of screed which can dry out at a rate of between 3-7mm/day per day and are employed in time dependent flooring projects.
Self-Levelling or Liquid Screeds - When the highest possible standard of finish is required this solution of latex and cement is employed to produce SR1 quality screeding. Typically used to improve a poor substrate level or damaged floor in order to lay a new flooring surface, such as tiling over the top of it. This liquid screed can be laid to a thickness of just 1mm, but still provides a high strength surface for a wide variety of flooring finishes.
SCREEDING PREPARATION AND INSTALLATION
To enable the screeding to be of a good quality finish that is durable and hard wearing, time should be spent on fully preparing the area before any screeding material is poured. Any grease, paint, debris and oil on the original floor level can affect the bonding of the screed, and should be removed.
If cleaning products were used it's important to remove any residues of detergent, soap etc, and allow the floor surface to dry naturally. If screeding over a cement or stone floor any cracks should be repaired to stop them from "travelling" through a screed layer and producing deviations on the final surface. An on-site survey will allow the screeding installer to take note of these preparation areas and finish them before starting to pour the screeding layer.
Before any screeding can be poured a damp proof membrane (DPM) must be installed to shield the screed and final flooring from moisture damage. Different thicknesses of polythene sheeting could be used as a DPM and also serve as a barrier for the screed and any insulation materials.
Another airtight barrier could be necessary if your home or business premises is in a location that is regarded as prone to radon. A simple airtight membrane could be enough in locations with low radon measurements, however in more serious cases there might need to be a more complex ventilation and extraction system to block any harmful radon.
The final stage of surface preparation is the spraying or painting of a sealer or primer. A primer helps with the screed bonding correctly to the base and different varieties exist according to which type of screed is being used. These materials need professional contractors to apply them in the correct proportions by using tailor-made equipment, such as airless sprays.
This is the time that underfloor heating can be laid out in the correct manner and installed. The heating pipes and wires are securely mounted on insulation panels to stop any movement and ensure that they are positioned correctly. When professionally installed an under floor heating system is an excellent way to warm a room and decent quality screeding will retain its heat, producing an even level of warmth right across the floor.
If you aren't putting in underfloor heating the screed will now be prepared on site and poured. Your intended use of the room will assist the screeding contractor on what form of screed is best for your requirements. For quick drying screeds there will be at least a twenty four hour delay before it can be walked on, and a further seventy two hours minimum before you can lay any flooring materials. Manufacturer's drying guidelines for heavy duty and standard screeds should be observed in order to achieve a quality finish and provide a stable and long lasting floor surface.
The SR level of your screeding can be ascertained once it has hardened sufficiently to be walked on. Using a 2 mtr straight-edge the surface is examined for any ridges, deviations and dips in the surface of the screed.
- SR1 - Disparities of 3 millimetres or less being measured over the entire floor area shows your screed to be of the best quality and categorised as SR1.
- SR2 - If the screed has a deviation from the straight-edge of five millimetres or less it is classified as SR2 quality and is the standard for industrial and commercial floors.
- SR3 - For other floors where the finish is fairly inconsequential SR3 is the standard and has a deviation measurement of 10 millimetres or less.
If your screeding has been installed with specific loading in mind then a structural engineer will be necessary to perform tests. The testing will make sure that your newly laid screeding is suitable for the load bearing requirements laid out in the site survey. An assessment called the drop hammer test is carried out on several areas of the screed layer and the results recorded. The precise testing and measurement tools mean that this can only be performed by a fully qualified structural engineer heeding the guidelines of the British Standards BS8204. (Tags: Floor Screeding Dover, Screeding Dover, Floor Screed Dover, Floor Screeding Services Dover).
Floor screeding services are available in Dover and also nearby in: Capel le Ferne, Buckland, Whitfield, Guston, River, Farthingloe, Swingate, Ringwould, Alkham, Church Hougham, Shepherdswell, West Hougham, Temple Ewell, Maxton, St Margarets at Cliffe, Tower Hamlets, and in these postcodes CT16 1DQ, CT16 1NP, CT15 4GN, CT16 1AF, CT15 7DN, CT16 1HR, CT16 1JX, CT15 7YQ, CT16 1PJ, CT16 1HB. Local Dover floor screeders will likely have the postcode CT16 and the telephone dialling code 01304.
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Floor screeding has recently been required in these Dover streets and roads - The Front, Coombe Close, Dunkirk Square, St Patricks Road, Astley Avenue, Badgers Rise, Broadacre, Bridleway, Cranleigh Drive, The Beeches, Beach Road, Target Firs, Cavanagh Road, Seymour Road, Castle Drive, Snargate Street, Athol Terrace, Clarendon Place, Chilton Avenue, Biggin Street, Abbey Road, Armourers Walk, Templar Street, South Road, Courtland Drive, Chilton Way, Butchers Lane, Beaufoy Terrace, Brookfield Road, Taswell Street, as well as these local Dover postcodes: CT16 1DQ, CT16 1NP, CT15 4GN, CT16 1AF, CT15 7DN, CT16 1HR, CT16 1JX, CT15 7YQ, CT16 1PJ, CT16 1HB.
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