Floor Screeding Dorchester

Dorchester Screeding & Floor Levelling Services

Floor Screeding Dorchester Dorset (DT1): When you're upgrading your Dorchester property with uneven or damaged floors, or perhaps converting a basement or cellar to useful living space, a professional floor screeding specialist should be your first port of call. A screed is used to create a smooth floor surface over a concrete sub-base and provide a solid foundation for you final flooring material. Floor screeding will provide a durable, quality surface for almost any room.

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It doesn't matter how big or small the room you need levelling, a competent screeding contractor in Dorchester will have the appropriate know-how, skills and equipment to provide you with an excellent standard of service. They'll be able to advise you on the correct type of screed that your project requires, and the best methods for applying and installing it.

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They'll likewise assess if a structural engineer is needed to ensure that any point loadings, load requirements and flex strength are satisfied as outlined by the building regulations.

Bringing in a highly trained and qualified contractor will ensure that you get the right sort of screed for the room's proposed usage and get the maximum lifespan out of the resulting floor. The correct mixture of screed and the way it is laid is also important to guarantee the final intergrity of your floor surface.

Before picking out a screeding specialist from those operating in the Dorchester area, ask to what standard of finish they're basing their price quote, and also make sure that you get multiple estimates. For residential homes a quotation will usually be provided for an SR (Surface Regularity) calculation of SR1 or SR2. SR1 is the highest quality, and while SR2 and SR3 may be less expensive initially, they do not guarantee a perfectly flat or even floor surface. Any errors in the screeding can cause issues with laying flooring because of indentations, ridges, flat spots in the floor surface.

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The regulations set out in in the British Standards BS8204 must be observed by all Dorchester floor screeding companies and they must also hold accreditation with the manufacturers of specialist screeding materials (Cemfloor, Gypsol, Flowcrete etc.) to substantiate their safe working practices and competence. A company holding such accreditation shows they've been assessed and trained in the use of these products and can provide a high quality service in all areas of their installation.

Dorchester commercial screeders will be involved in floor screeding in salons, schools, warehouses, shopping centres, factories and hospitals.


Standard Screeds - This is good for everyday residential use and is a mix of sand and cement. This mixture uses a 5:1 ratio of sand to cement. Once laid this 5:1 ratio dries at a rate of one millimetre per day.

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Fibre Reinforced Screed - Used with under floor heating and is the preferred option in these projects. The increased flex and strength offered by the fibres within this screed mix help protect the floor from cracking and shrinkage due to heat. It's got a drying rate of 1mm per day.

Polymer Screeds - When a lower thickness of floor is required because of construction factors, a polymer screed offers a high strength solution to the situation. The setting times vary according to proprietary product guidelines.

Industrial and Heavy Duty Screed - Where traffic levels are expected to be high or heavy loading on the floor is necessary, heavy duty screeds allow for maximum durability and strength.

Self-Levelling or Liquid Screeds - A cement and latex mixture which can produce the highest standard SR1 finish. It is mostly used to produce a smooth, clean floor over a poor quality or damaged substrate and results in a surface finish onto which all forms of flooring materials can be laid. They can be as little as one millimetre in depth, and thanks to the latex polymers, will still provide high strength.

Advanced Drying and Fast Drying Screeds - As the name suggest, these screeds dry at a quicker rate and allow you to use the floor area much sooner. These are typically 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.


To make sure the screeding is of a high quality finish which is durable and hard wearing, time should be devoted to fully preparing the area prior to any screed being laid. The existing floor surface should be cleaned to remove any oil, debris, grease and paint that might affect the bond of the screeding.

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If any products were used in this process it's crucial to make certain that no residues of detergents, soaps or other cleaning products are left on the floor surface and it is permitted to dry out naturally. At this point cracks should be repaired as these can travel up through your newly laid screed and be visible in the finished floor surface. An on-site survey will allow your Dorchester screeding company to pinpoint these preparation areas and complete them before starting to pour the screeding.

To protect the screed layer and flooring materials from dampness rising up from the ground, a DPM (damp proof membrane) must be installed. There could be 2 or 3 layers of varying thickness polythene to act as a barrier between the screed and the insulation layer.

If the area where you live is at risk from radon gas then another barrier is necessary to prevent the gas from entering via the ground. This can be as simple as an airtight membrane, or in more serious situations an extraction and ventilation system is installed underneath the screed to extract any inflow of radon gas from the ground.

As soon as these steps have been taken the screeders will apply a primer or sealant to the prepared base surface. These primers and sealers will make sure the screed bonds effectively to the base and help to accomplish a quality finished floor. Because of their special nature, only skilled screeding contractors in Dorchester should be entrusted with using them safely and correctly and through the use of bespoke equipment for this task.

Underfloor heating can now be laid out, installed and checked before screeding is applied. The under floor heating system is laid out in the correct pattern and secured firmly to insulation panels to prevent potential movement in the course of the screed pouring process. Under floor heating is one of the most efficient ways to heat a room and an expertly installed system should provide even level of warmth across the floor area.

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The screed can now be mixed and prepared on site and poured onto the base surface. Your proposed use of the room will help the screeding contractor on what kind of screed is perfect for your requirements. For quick drying and advanced screeds there'll be at least 24 hours delay before it is able to be walked over, and a further 72 hours minimum before any flooring material can be fitted. Manufacturer's drying guidelines for standard and heavy duty screeds must be followed so as to achieve a quality finish and provide a stable and long lasting floor surface.

The SR standard of your screeding can be ascertained once it has set enough to be walked on. Through the use of a 2 mtr straight-edge the surface is checked for any deviations, ridges and dips in the screed surface.

  • SR1 - SR1 is the highest quality and allows only three millimetres of disparity from the straight-edge.
  • SR2 - If the screeded floor has a deviation from the straight-edge of 5 millimetres or less it is SR2 level and is the normal standard for industrial and commercial projects.
  • SR3 - If the deviation around the whole space is 10 millimetres or less the screeding quality is classed as SR3 and is fine for utility and garage areas.

It may also be necessary for a structural engineer to conduct a soundness test. Using specialised equipment the structural engineer will evaluate the screed surface strength and its suitability for use in a load bearing environment. The screed layer could be subjected to a "drop hammer test" to gauge flexibility and strength in distinct areas. The precise measurement and testing tools required mean this can only be performed by a certified structural engineer respecting the BS8204 guidelines. (Tags: Floor Screed Dorchester, Floor Screeding Dorchester, Floor Screeding Services Dorchester, Screeding Dorchester).

Screeding is available in Dorchester and also nearby in: Crossways, West Knighton, Portesham, Piddlehinton, Broadmayne, Puddletown, Maiden Newton, Poundbury, Fordington, Grimstone, Martinstown, Frampton, and in these postcodes DT1 1HH, DT1 1DW, DT1 1JJ, DT1 1DZ, DT1 1HX, DT1 1LN, DT1 1QR, DT1 1NL, DT1 1JT, and DT1 1LT. Locally based Dorchester floor screeders will likely have the postcode DT1 and the phone code 01305. Checking this will make certain that you're accessing local floor screeding. Dorchester home and business owners are able to benefit from these and countless other related services. By clicking on the "Quote" banner you can get screeding estimates from nearby providers.

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When the nature of your floor's surface means that a level of flexibility is necessary, it will be an advantage to use a latex screeding, as opposed to one with a more rigid finish. Latex floor screed comes in 2 parts, a bag and a bottle, with the bag containing a cement powder, and a bottle that contains a liquid latex mixture. Latex screeds are quicker drying and more flexible than other types of screed, as the water which is normally used is replaced with the liquid latex.

Before the laying of the final decorative covering, this latex compound is used for levelling-out sub-floors. This is suitable for subfloors made of asphalt, sand/cement, wood, stone tiles or concrete, is perfect for the application of flooring adhesives and gives a resilient, smooth surface. If there is a bit of movement in the subfloor this latex screeding will give you a crack-free, flexible finish on which to lay your chosen floor coverings.

When installing a "floating" screed, i.e. when a screed is being laid on the top of a membrane of thermal or acoustic insulation, screed thicknesses of 50mm-65mm may be required, and latex screeds are not appropriate for this purpose. (Tags: Latex Screed Dorchester, Latex Screeding Dorchester, Latex Screeds Dorchester, Latex Floor Screed Dorchester).

Tools Needed by a Floor Screeding Specialist

  • Spirit Level
  • Wheelbarrow
  • Tape Measure
  • Shovel
  • Floor Profile
  • Trowel
  • Straight Edge
  • Gloves
  • Knee Protectors
  • Dappling Bar
  • Float

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There are a whole host of tasks that can be conducted by your local Dorchester floor screeder including anhydrite screeding, garage screeding, cheap screeding in Dorchester, waterproof floor screeding, bonded screed in Dorchester, sand and cement floor screed, floor screeding tools, acoustic flooring, screed flooring, floor screeding, liquid screeds, domestic floor screeding, polished screed floors, floor screed testing, rapid strength floor screeds in Dorchester, final floor finishes, floor levelling in Dorchester, floor screeding quotes, shop screeding, polished floor screeding, underfloor heating screed Dorchester, screeding advice Dorchester, damp proof membranes Dorchester, industrial screeding, granolithic floor screeds, and lots more floor screeding tasks. Listed are just a small portion of the activities that are performed by those installing screeding. Dorchester providers will let you know their full range of services.

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There is likely to be quite a lot of waste created whenever you're undertaking any type of home improvements or property revamps in Dorchester. Although on the whole, screeding does not create a huge amount of waste, it will depend on the size and scale of your project and the type of surface that it is being laid on. Some tradespeople make allowances for waste removal when they prepare their quotes, and if this isn't listed ask if it's included, if not you will need to sort it out.

The most popular technique that people in Dorchester use to dispose of such waste is to rent a skip from a local skip hire company. Skips can be hired in all shapes and sizes, so there's certain to be one out there to suit your exact needs. Skip sizes include skip bags to mini-skips, midi-skips to builders skips, and for large projects or commercial use - roll-on roll-off skips.

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Also find: Broadmayne floor screeding, Crossways floor screeding, Piddlehinton floor screeding, West Knighton floor screeding, Frampton floor screeding, Portesham floor screeding, Puddletown floor screeding, Grimstone floor screeding, Poundbury floor screeding, Maiden Newton floor screeding, Martinstown floor screeding, Fordington floor screeding and more. There are companies who do screeding in all of these places. The skills and expertise required to provide high-quality flooring solutions are possessed by these competent professionals. Screeding is an art that they've mastered, making sure that the task is completed to the highest possible standards, whether it’s for domestic or commercial properties. By simply clicking here, local home and business owners can get screeding price quotes.

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(This screeding Dorchester article was generated on 04-04-2024)

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