Floor Screeding Maidstone Kent (ME14): If you have an uneven or damaged floor, are hoping to install underfloor heating or are renovating a property or cellar in your Maidstone home, then it's time to think about bringing in a floor screeding professional. A screed is used to generate a smooth floor over a concrete sub-base and give a firm foundation for your choice of top flooring material. If you want your floors to last a long time then floor screeding is the most important factor in any renovation or building project.
FLOOR SCREEDING COMPANIES MAIDSTONE
An established floor screeding contractor in Maidstone will have know-how and experience to help you achieve a perfectly finished floor in whichever size or shape of room you're renovating. After evaluating your project they will advise you about the perfect choice of screed and which strategy for applying it is most appropriate for your circumstances.
The screeding contractor will also notify you if a structural engineer is required for your project, to check on any flex strength, point loadings and load requirements that your flooring may require to conform with current building regulations and British Standards.
Skilled and qualified workers are necessary for a successful result and will extend the lifespan of your floor by making use of the right form of screed for your room's intended purpose. Selecting the correct screeding materials and the best installation technique is crucial if you want to end up with a quality and durable finish for your floor.
Before deciding on a floor screeding specialist from any operating in the Maidstone area, ask to what standard of finish they are basing their quotation, and also make sure you get multiple estimates. For domestic homes an estimate will normally be provided for an SR (Surface Regularity) standard of SR1 or SR2. Each of the three SR levels deliver different standards of finish, with SR1 offering the best, with the smallest amount of deviation over the area of the floor. This could mean that you may need to correct any areas that might cause problems when laying your finished flooring material.
British Standards BS8204 lays out the regulations and guidelines that all Maidstone screeding installers are required to follow, and if applying specialist screeding solutions, (Gypsol, Flowcrete, Cemfloor etc), they must be accredited by the manufacturers as being skilled and trained in their use. A contractor holding accreditations proves that they've been assessed and trained in using these products and can offer a high standard of service in all areas of their installation.
Maidstone commercial screeders might be involved in the screeding of floors in schools, hospitals, shops, warehouses, factories and pubs.
TYPES OF SCREED
Standard Screeds - A combination of sand and cement which is perfect for basic residential usage. The standard screed is a mix of five parts sand to one of cement. After being laid a standard flooring screed dries out at a rate of 1mm/day.
Polymer Screeds - When a decreased thickness of floor is needed because of construction requirements, a polymer screed provides a high strength solution to this problem. The curing times for these vary as outlined by proprietary product guidelines.
Liquid or Self-Levelling Screeds - A cement and latex mixture which can achieve the highest standard of finish to SR1 levels. The self-levelling compound provides a clean and smooth surface over a rough substrate or damaged floor to allow all types of flooring materials to be laid. These can be as little as 1mm thick, and due to the latex polymers, will still provide high strength.
Industrial and Heavy Duty Screed - Where levels of traffic are expected to be high or heavy loading on the floor is required, heavy duty screeds provide maximum durability and strength.
Advanced Drying and Fast Drying Screeds - If you need to use the area as quickly as possible a fast drying screed can be utilised. The vast majority of the fast or advanced drying screeds are fibre reinforced and are ideal for a whole host of projects where the speedier drying rate of 3-7mm/day is a considerable advantage.
Fibre Reinforced Screed - The expert's choice for domestic use over the top of under floor heating. This is because of the improved durability and protection against thermal cracking and shrinkage provided by the fibres within the screed mix. At around 1mm per day, it has an identical drying rate to standard floor screed.
SCREEDING PREPARATION AND INSTALLATION
Preparation is vital for a quality finished screed surface that will be hard wearing and durable. Any oil, grease, paint and debris on the existing floor surface can adversely affect the adhesion of the screed, and should be eliminated.
If cleansing products have been used it's important to remove any remnants of detergent or soap, and allow the floor surface to dry naturally. It's necessary to mend any crevices or cracks in the base to stop them being mirrored and "travelling" upwards into the freshly screeded floor. During a site survey your Maidstone screeding installer will be able to see what preparations are required before starting to work on the screeding.
To shield the flooring materials and screeding layer from moisture rising up through the ground, a DPM (damp proof membrane) must be laid. There could be 2 or 3 layers of different thickness polythene to act as barriers between the screed and the insulation layer.
A supplementary air-tight barrier may be needed if your home is in an area which is known to be susceptible to radon gas emissions. A simple air-tight membrane might be suitable in places with low levels of radon, however in more extreme situations there may need to be a more complicated extraction and ventilation system to take away any harmful radon gases.
As soon as the base has been properly prepared and all DPMs installed, a primer or sealer is then applied. These primers and sealers will guarantee the screed bonds perfectly to the floor base and help achieve a good quality finished floor. Custom-made equipment such as airless sprays will usually be used to apply a primer or sealant, by certified screeding companies in Maidstone following the manufacturer's guidelines.
If required, this is the time that underfloor heating can be laid out in the correct manner and installed. The cabling and heating pipes are securely attached to insulation panels to prevent any movement and ensure they are laid in the correct position. Underfloor heating is one of the most effective ways to heat a room and an expertly installed system should produce even level of warmth in all areas of the floor.
The screeding can now be mixed and prepared on site and poured onto the base. The requirements of the room will determine the form of screeding used. For advanced and quick drying screeds there'll be at least a twenty four hour delay before it can be walked over, and a further 72 hours minimum before you are able to install any flooring materials. If you are laying standard or heavy duty screeds the setting time is increased and the manufacturer's guidelines must be followed so as to get the best possible finish to your floor.
Once the screeding has solidified it can be quality checked to verify its SR level. The test involves the use of a 2 metre straight edge laid down upon the surface and any fluctuations from true are measured.
- SR1 - Disparities of 3 millimetres or less being measured across the entire floor area shows your screeding to be of the best quality and is specified as SR1.
- SR2 - SR2 is the classification for standard floors in industrial and commercial projects and can deviate from the straight-edge by as much as 5mm.
- SR3 - For utility floors where the quality of finish is relatively unimportant SR3 is the specification and should have a deviation measurement of 10mm or less.
If you need to check the screed floor for load bearing, a structural engineer is required to carry out the tests. Using specialist equipment the structural engineer will assess the screeding strength and its suitability for use in a load bearing setting. This will include a "drop hammer test" which records specific data on the flexibility and strength of the screed. The precise testing and measurement tools mean this can only be performed by a fully qualified structural engineer heeding the guidelines of BS8204. (Tags: Screeding Maidstone, Floor Screed Maidstone, Floor Screeding Services Maidstone, Floor Screeding Maidstone).
Floor screeding services are available in Maidstone and also nearby in: Penenden Heath, Barming, Yalding, Allington, Mereworth, Tovil, Hollingbourne, Aylesford, Thurnham, Detling, Downswood, Linton, Boxley, Walderslade, Sandling, Weavering, East Farleigh, Parkwood, and in these postcodes ME14 1LJ, ME14 1EP, ME14 1XX, ME14 1DG, ME14 1RF, ME14 1BW, ME14 1SA, ME14 1JU, ME14 1WZ, ME14 1PL. Local Maidstone floor screeders will likely have the postcode ME14 and the telephone dialling code 01622.
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Also: Yalding screeding, Allington screeding, Sandling screeding, Aylesford screeding, Downswood screeding, Tovil screeding, Linton screeding, Boxley screeding, Mereworth screeding, East Farleigh screeding, Barming screeding, Thurnham screeding, Weavering screeding, Hollingbourne screeding, Walderslade screeding, Penenden Heath screeding, Parkwood screeding, Detling and more.
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Some Maidstone areas and roads where screeding work has recently been undertaken - Scott Street, The Alders, Butchers Lane, Shepway Court, The Platt, Sandway Road, Boughton Parade, The Russets, Bower Place, Brunswick Street, Croft Gardens, Dickley Lane, Brockenhurst Avenue, Trapfield Close, Selby Road, Bryant Close, Barming Place, Shearers Close, Bircholt Road, Dorset Way, Tydeman Road, Beech Drive, Buckland Place, Brishing Lane, Bower Mount Road, Beech Road, Stoneacre Lane, Burleigh Drive, Collington Terrace, as well as the following local Maidstone postcodes: ME14 1LJ, ME14 1EP, ME14 1XX, ME14 1DG, ME14 1RF, ME14 1BW, ME14 1SA, ME14 1JU, ME14 1WZ, ME14 1PL.
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