Floor Screeding Bicester Oxfordshire (OX25): If you have an uneven or damaged floor, are hoping to install under floor heating or are renovating a property or cellar in your Bicester property, then it is the perfect time to consider hiring a floor screeding professional. Before it is possible to lay a final floor covering, whether it is carpet, tile or wood, the floor surface needs to be as flat as is possible; this is why screeding a floor is often essential. The screeding is an important procedure to guarantee a high quality and durable finish to the whole floor structure.
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It doesn't matter how small or large the room you need to be levelled, a certified screeding specialist in Bicester will have the essential knowledge, equipment and expertise to provide you with an excellent level of service. They'll be able to assess the project and verify the appropriate kind of screed you need and how best to apply it.
They will also assess if a structural engineer is necessary to ensure any point loadings, flex strength and load requirements are followed as outlined by the building regulations.
Bringing in a skilled and qualified contractor will ensure that you use the proper form of screed for the room's proposed usage to extend the lifetime of your flooring. The correct mixture of screed and the way it is laid is also crucial to ensure the final intergrity of your floor.
There are several screeding companies in the Bicester area so see if you can get multiple price quotes for your floor screeding project before choosing a contractor and know to what standard of finish it's for. The Surface Regularity (SR) finish is the figure to look for when receiving an estimate from Bicester screeding companies. SR1 is the best quality, and while SR2 and SR3 may be less expensive initially, they do not guarantee a totally even or flat surface. An SR2 or SR3 standard may mean there are ridges or flat spots that may cause problems when installing your final flooring materials.
Every Bicester screeding company has to adhere to British Standards (BS8204) and should have accreditation from screeding material and equipment manufacturers, e.g. Cemfloor, Flowcrete, Gypsol. This accreditation scheme demonstrates a contractor's performance and training in the usage of a manufacturer's product.
Bicester commercial screeders could be involved in floor screeding in factories, hotels, warehouses, hospitals, schools and shopping centres.
TYPES OF SCREED
Standard Screeds - A blend of cement and sand which is acceptable for normal residential use. The ratios involved are 5 parts sand to 1 part cement. Once it has been laid this 5:1 ratio will dry at a rate of 1mm each day.
Fibre Reinforced Screed - The expert's choice for residential use on top of underfloor heating. The special fibres in the screed enhance overall durability and strength while also safeguarding against thermal cracking and shrinkage. The screed will set hard at a rate of roughly 1mm/day.
Liquid or Self-Levelling Screeds - Used to produce a high quality finish, especially in SR1 levels of screeding, by a latex and cement compound. Mainly used to finalise a poor substrate level or damaged floor to enable the laying of a new flooring surface, like tiling on top of it. Even with a thickness of only 1mm, the latex polymers within the mixture provide a high strength surface for a wide range of uses.
Fast Drying and Advanced Drying Screeds - As the name would suggest, these screeds dry at a quicker rate and allow you to use the screeded area much sooner. Most of the fast or advanced drying screeds are fibre reinforced and are appropriate for a wide range of flooring projects where the quicker drying rate of 3-7mm/day is a big advantage.
Industrial and Heavy Duty Screed - Where traffic levels are high or heavy loading on the floor is needed, heavy duty screeds deliver maximum strength and durability.
Polymer Screeds - A high strength solution where a reduced screed thickness is necessary. Because of their different chemical compositions, these polymer screeds have varying drying times which can be verified by viewing manufacturer's own product guidelines.
SCREEDING PREPARATION AND INSTALLATION
To make sure that the screeding is of a good quality finish that's hard wearing and durable, time should be spent on carefully preparing the area before any screed is poured. It's important that any contaminants such as paint, oil, grease or loose debris is eliminated from the floor surface before pouring any screed, because these can affect the adhesion capability that a good quality floor screed requires.
Any cleaning chemicals that are used during this phase should leave no residues, and the floor surface must be allowed to dry by itself naturally. At this point cracks should be repaired as these can easily travel up through a laid screed and be visible in the completed surface. An on-site survey will enable your Bicester screeding company to highlight these preparation areas and complete them before starting to apply the screed layer.
A DPM (damp proof membrane) will be installed once the preparation work has been completed to stop ground moisture affecting the flooring materials and screeding. The damp proof membrane is made from thick polythene sheet and various layers might be used to act as a moisture barrier for the screeding.
Another air-tight barrier could be necessary if your home or business premises is in a location which is regarded as prone to radon. A simple airtight membrane may be sufficient in areas with low levels of radon, but in more extreme cases there might have to be a more complex extraction and ventilation system to block any harmful radon gas.
The final phase of surface preparation is the painting or spraying of a sealer or primer. A primer helps with the screed bonding correctly to the base surface and different varieties exist according to which screed type is being applied. Owing to their special nature, only qualified screeding specialists in Bicester are capable of using them correctly, safely and through the use of equipment that is made for this task.
Before the screeding is poured, any under floor heating will now set out and installed. Insulation panels can be positioned and the heating pipes and cabling will be securely fastened to prevent any movement while the screed is applied. When expertly installed an underfloor heating system is an effective way to warm up a room and good quality screeding will retain its heat, creating an even level of warmth right across the floor.
Obviously, if you're not installing underfloor heating, you can just ignore this stage and get on with applying the screed. Your screeding specialist will have given you advice and guidance on which type of screed is best for your needs, according to your intended use of the room area. Be aware that even advanced and quick drying screeds have a minimum of 24 hours before you are able to walk on any laid surface and a minimum 72 hours before any floor coverings can be fitted. If you are laying standard or heavy duty screeds the curing time is increased and you should observe the manufacturer's guidelines in order to get the best finish to your floor.
You can check the SR level of the finished screeding once it is solidified enough to walk on. The test involves the use of a 2m straight edge laid on the floor surface and any deviations from true are calculated.
- SR1 - SR1 is the highest standard and permits only three millimetres of deviation from the straight-edge.
- SR2 - If the screeded floor deviates from the straight edge by five millimetres or less it is considered SR2 level and is the normal standard for commercial and industrial projects.
- SR3 - SR3 is utility standard where a quality finish isn't necessary. This specification allows for a maximium deviation of ten millimetres.
If your screed has been laid with particular load bearing requirements in mind then a structural engineer will be required to conduct these soundness tests. This assessment will establish the overall strength of the screeding and its suitability for the intended use. An assessment called the "drop hammer test" is conducted on different areas of the screed and the results noted. The specialist measurement and testing tools required mean this can only be undertaken by a fully qualified structural engineer applying the guidelines of BS8204. (Tags: Floor Screed Bicester, Screeding Bicester, Floor Screeding Services Bicester, Floor Screeding Bicester).
Floor screeding services are available in Bicester and also in: Wendlebury, Ambrosden, Highfield, Ardley, Bletchingdon, Caulcott, Lower Arncott, Middleton Stoney, Stratton Audley, Bucknell, Caversfield, Woodfield, Marsh Gibbon, Blackthorn, Launton, and in these postcodes OX26 2FS, OX26 2EB, OX25 2ZX, OX26 2NB, OX26 1DA, OX26 2DY, OX26 2BH, OX26 2HA, OX25 4UY, OX25 5UT. Local Bicester floor screeders will probably have the postcode OX25 and the dialling code 01869. Simply click on the "quote" banner to get info on screeding services in your location.
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In Stoneburge Crescent, Cherry Street, The Turnpike, Blake Road, Sallow Close, Stratton Lane, Aldbourne Close, Shelswell Park, Dashwood Rise, Austen Walk, Clements Lane, Bryony Road, Butterbur Gardens, St Hughs Close, Station Approach, Crown Walk, The Crescent, Ardley Road, Dane Hill, Andover Close, The Glades, Acorn Close, Bicester Road, Swansfield, Shearwater Drive, Cosford Gardens, Blackthorn Close, Chapel Close, Broadwell Court, as well as the following Bicester area postcodes: OX26 2FS, OX26 2EB, OX25 2ZX, OX26 2NB, OX26 1DA, OX26 2DY, OX26 2BH, OX26 2HA, OX25 4UY, OX25 5UT, householders have recently needed floor screeding.
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