Floor Screeding Reading Berkshire (RG1): A professional floor screeder can help install under floor heating, level an uneven or damaged floor or assist with renovations on your Reading property, when needed. Floor screeding gives a smooth finish to a basic sub-base floor, and allows you to lay your final layer of flooring material, (tiles, carpets, boards etc) over it. Floor screeding will provide a durable, quality finish for almost any room.
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A dependable screeding contractor in Reading will have all the experience and knowledge to help you achieve a perfect floor in whatever shape or size of room you are renovating. After evaluating your project they will give you advice about the optimal choice of screeding and which method of applying it is most suitable for your circumstances.
They will in addition assess if a structural engineer is required to make certain any flex strength, load bearing and point loadings are met as outlined by construction and building regulations.
Bringing in a skilled and highly trained flooring specialist will ensure that you use the right form of screed for the room's proposed usage to extend the lifetime of your flooring. There are many types of floor screeding and picking the appropriate mix and laying technique is vital to create a quality floor that is both fit for purpose and durable.
Before deciding upon a floor screeding company from those operating in the Reading area, ask to what standard of finish they're basing their price quote, and also make sure you get two or three estimates. For domestic homes a quote will usually be provided for a Surface Regularity (SR) calculation of SR1 or SR2. Each of the 3 SR levels offer different qualities of finish, with SR1 being the highest, with the lowest amount of deviation over the surface area. Any imperfections in the screeding can cause problems in laying flooring because of indentations, flat spots, ridges in the surface.
British Standards BS8204 lays down the guidelines and regulations that all Reading screeding companies must follow, and if using specialist screeding solutions, (Cemfloor, Flowcrete, Gypsol etc), they must be certified by the manufacturers as being skilled and trained in their use. This accreditation scheme illustrates a company's training and high quality performance in the use of a manufacturer's products.
For larger floor screeding projects in hotels, factories, warehouses, schools, hospitals and shops, skilled commercial screeders in Reading will be needed.
TYPES OF SCREED
Standard Screeds - This is ideal for basic residential use and is a blend of cement and sand. This mixture comprises a 5:1 ratio of sand to cement. After being laid a standard screed mix dries out at a rate of just 1mm/day.
Fibre Reinforced Screed - The preferred choice by professional screeders for use in combination with underfloor heating systems. The increased strength and flexibility provided by the fibres within this screed mix help protect the floor from thermal cracking and shrinkage. The screed will dry out at a rate of roughly 1mm/day.
Polymer Screeds - When a decreased thickness of floor is needed because of building requirements, a polymer screed provides a high strength solution to the situation. Owing to their different chemical compositions, polymer screeds have varying setting times which can be verified by viewing manufacturer's own product guidelines.
Liquid or Self-Levelling Screeds - A cement and latex formula which can produce the highest standard SR1 finish. This self-levelling compound provides a smooth and level surface over a rough substrate or damaged floor to allow all sorts of flooring materials to be laid. This liquid screed can be poured to a thickness of just 1mm, but will still provide a strong surface to take a varied selection of flooring materials.
Advanced Drying and Fast Drying Screeds - If you have to press ahead urgently with the flooring owing to time limitations, this screed dries more speedily than standard screeds. The majority of the fast or advanced drying screeds are of the fibre reinforced kind and are appropriate for a wide variety of projects where the quicker curing rate of three to seven millimetres is an advantage.
Industrial and Heavy Duty Screed - Developed for maximum durability and strength in places where traffic is expected to be high or specific loading of the floor is needed.
SCREEDING PREPARATION AND INSTALLATION
Screeding companies will have to prepare the area before any other work in order to guarantee a high quality and hard wearing screed flooring. Any debris, oil, paint and grease on the existing floor level can affect the bonding of the screed, and should be eliminated.
Any cleansing chemicals used in this stage shouldn't leave any residues, and the floor surface must be permitted to dry by itself naturally. At this stage cracks need to be repaired since these can travel up through a laid screed and be reflected in the finished floor surface. A site survey will allow your Reading screeding contractor to identify these preparation areas and finish them before beginning to pour the screeding.
A damp proof membrane (DPM) will be put down once the preparation work has been finished to stop ground moisture affecting the screed and floor materials. There might be two or three layers of different thicknesses of polythene to act as barriers between the insulation layer and screed.
If the area where you live is susceptible to radon gas then another barrier is essential to prevent this harmful gas from entering via the ground. An air-tight membrane could be enough in locations with low levels of radon, however in more extreme situations there might need to be a more sophisticated ventilation and extraction system to block any ground penetrating radon gas.
Once the floor base has been prepared and all membranes installed, a primer or sealer is then put on. Primers and sealers help the bonding process and are special applications matched to the kind of screed being applied. Equipment such as airless sprays will usually be used to apply a sealant or primer, which should be done by certified screeding contractors in Reading observing the manufacturer's guidelines.
If you are installing underfloor heating, this is the time that it will need to be set out and installed. The underfloor heating system is laid out in the correct pattern and mounted firmly on insulation panels to stop potential movement in the course of the screed pouring. Underfloor heating is one of the most efficient ways to heat a room and a skillfully installed system will provide even warmth across the floor area.
Needless to say, if you aren't fitting underfloor heating, you can skip this step and apply the floor screed. The particular requirements of the room will dictate the form of screeding that is used. Be aware that even advanced and quick drying screeds have a minimum of twenty four hours before you can walk over any laid surface and a minimum 3 days before any flooring materials can be fitted. This time period is longer for heavy duty and standard screeds and the manufacture's guidelines must be followed to achieve the best finish and durability of the floor.
You can evaluate the SR standard of the finished screed as soon as it is hardened enough for walking on. The test involves using a 2m long straight-edge laid on the surface and any variations from true are measured.
- SR1 - SR1 is the highest level and allows just 3 millimetres of deviation from the straight-edge.
- SR2 - If the screed has a deviation from the straight-edge of 5mm or less it is classified as SR2 level and is the normal standard for commercial and industrial projects.
- SR3 - If the deviation is 10 millimetres or less the screeding quality is categorised as SR3 and is suitable for utility and garage areas.
It might also be necessary for a structural engineer to conduct a soundness test. Using specialist equipment the engineer will ascertain the screed surface strength and viability of use in a load bearing setting. A drop hammer test will be carried out on different areas of the screed layer and the results documented. Any screed floor that's got load bearing requirements must be approved by a competent structural engineer applying the BS8204 regulations. (Tags: Floor Screed Reading, Floor Screeding Reading, Floor Screeding Services Reading, Screeding Reading).
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Tools Required by a Floor Screeder
- Spiked Roller
- Floor Profile
- Spirit Level
- Straight Edge
- Knee Protection
- Tape Measure
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