Floor Screeding Bradford-on-Avon Wiltshire (BA15): If you have a damaged or uneven floor, are aiming to install underfloor heating or are restoring a property or cellar in your Bradford-on-Avon property, it is time to think about hiring a professional floor screeder. A screed is used to create a smooth floor on top of a rough concrete sub-base and give a level foundation for your choice of top flooring material. Floor screeding provides a durable, quality floor surface for virtually any room.
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Whatever size room or area you are renovating, a local screeding specialist in Bradford-on-Avon will be able to provide you with the expertise and proper working methods to establish the perfect base for your floor. They will be ready to advise you on the correct type of screed your project requires, and the best methods for applying and installing it.
It may be necessary, based on the proposed use of the area, for a structural engineering survey to abide by building regulations on load bearing, flex strength and point loadings of the screed floor.
Bringing in a skilled and qualified flooring specialist will ensure that you use the proper type of screed for the room's intended usage and get the maximum lifespan out of the resulting floor. Selecting the right screeding materials and the best installation technique is critical if you want a quality and durable finish for your floor.
Before deciding on a floor screeding company from those operating in the Bradford-on-Avon area, ask to what standard of finish they're basing their price quote, and also make sure that you get two or three quotations. The quotation could be based on what's called the SR, or Surface Regularity number. SR1 is the best standard, and while SR2 and SR3 might seem cheaper initially, they do not guarantee a totally flat or even surface. Any errors in the screeding may cause problems in laying flooring owing to indentations, ridges, flat spots in the surface.
Every Bradford-on-Avon screeding company has to adhere to British Standards (BS8204) and should have accreditation from screeding material and equipment manufacturers, e.g. Flowcrete, Gypsol, Cemfloor. A company holding accreditations demonstrates they have been trained and assessed in the use of these screeding products and can provide a high quality service in all areas of their installation.
Bradford-on-Avon commercial screeders might be involved in the screeding of floors in shops, warehouses, schools, restaurants, hospitals and factories.
TYPES OF SCREED
Standard Screeds - Used in domestic flooring projects where the combination of cement and sand is perfectly acceptable for basic footfall use. Five parts sand to one part cement is the typical mixture for standard screeds. Once its been laid this 5:1 ratio dries at a rate of 1mm per day.
Polymer Screeds - When a reduced thickness of floor is necessary because of construction requirements, a polymer screed offers a high strength solution to this problem. Manufacturer's guidelines for drying times are different across the product ranges.
Fibre Reinforced Screed - The favourite choice of professional contractors for use with under floor heating systems. This is due to the increased durability and protection against thermal cracking and shrinkage offered by the special fibres within the screed mix. At around one millimetre per day, it has the same curing rate to standard screed.
Industrial and Heavy Duty Screed - A screed that is designed for heavy traffic and high load areas where the maximum possible strength and durability is very important.
Liquid or Self-Levelling Screeds - A latex and cement material which can achieve the highest standard SR1 finish. It is mainly needed to provide a high quality floor over the top of a damaged or poor quality substrate and results in a surface onto which all kinds of flooring materials can be laid. These can be as little as one millimetre in depth, and because of the latex polymers, will still provide a high strength finish.
Fast Drying and Advanced Drying Screeds - If you need to progress urgently with the flooring due to time constraints, these screeds dry much quicker than standard flooring screeds. Drying out at a rate of three to seven millimetres, determined by the mixture, they are generally a fibre reinforced type of screed and are great for flooring projects which have tight schedules.
SCREEDING PREPARATION AND INSTALLATION
Screeding companies will have to prepare the area before proceeding with any other work in order to ensure a high quality and hard wearing screed flooring. Any debris, grease, paint and oil on the original floor level can affect the adhesion of the screed, and should be eradicated.
If cleansing products have been used it is vital to remove any remnants of detergent, soap etc, and leave the floor surface to dry naturally. It is vital to repair any crevices or cracks in the floor surface to stop them being mirrored and "travelling" up into your freshly screeded floor. A genuine Bradford-on-Avon screeding company will take note of such issues during a site survey and ensure all preparations are completed before applying the next steps in the screeding process.
Before the screeding can be laid a damp proof membrane (DPM) will have to be put down to shield the screed and final flooring from moisture damage. There may be 2 or 3 layers of varying thicknesses of polythene to act as a barrier between the insulation layer and screed.
If the area is susceptible to radon then one additional barrier is necessary to stop the gas from entering from the ground. If radon is present in large amounts then a full extraction and ventilation system may be installed beneath the screed which will extract any gases that might seep in from the ground.
Once the base has been properly prepared and any membranes installed, a sealer or primer is then put on. A primer helps with the screed to bond successfully to the base and membranes and different types exist based upon which type of screed is being used. Equipment such as airless sprays will usually be used to apply a primer or sealant, which should be done by professional screeding contractors in Bradford-on-Avon observing the manufacturer's guidelines.
If you're installing underfloor heating, this is the time that it will need to be laid out and installed. Insulation panels can be laid out and the heating pipes and cabling will be firmly attached to prevent any movement whilst the screed is being poured. Warmth is spread evenly across a floor area in a professionally fitted under floor heating system, and coupled with it being an efficient method of heating, it's an ideal choice for many Bradford-on-Avon home renovation projects.
If you're not installing under floor heating the screed will now be prepared on site and poured. Your screeding company will give you advice and guidance on which kind of screed is suitable for your requirements, in line with your intended use of the room area. For advanced and quick drying screeds there will be at least 24 hours delay before it is able to be walked over, and a further seventy two hours minimum before you can lay any flooring materials. If you're aiming to wind up with a nicely finished and durable floor surface you should follow the manufacturer's guidelines with regard to standard and heavy duty screeds where this waiting period will be increased.
As soon as the screed has solidified it can be quality checked to confirm the SR level. The basic SR test uses a 2m straight edge to check for any variations in the floor surface.
- SR1 - SR1 is the highest standard and allows just 3mm of deviation from the straight-edge.
- SR2 - If the floor has a deviation from the straight-edge of five millimetres or less it is SR2 level and is the standard for commercial and industrial projects.
- SR3 - For a utility area or room where the quality of finish is comparatively immaterial SR3 is the classification and should have a maximum deviation measurement of 10 millimetres or less.
If you need load bearing checks, a structural engineer is needed to perform the testing. This test will ascertain the overall strength of the screeded surface and the suitability for its intended use. A "drop hammer test" will be carried out on several areas of the screed and the results documented. The precise measurement and testing tools mean this can only be performed by a fully qualified structural engineer obeying the BS8204 guidelines. (Tags: Floor Screed Bradford-on-Avon, Floor Screeding Services Bradford-on-Avon, Floor Screeding Bradford-on-Avon, Screeding Bradford-on-Avon).
The Tools That Are Required for Screeding Floors
- Spiked Roller
- Spirit Level
- Knee Protection
- Straight Edge
- Floor Profiler
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