Floor Screeding Sidmouth Devon (EX10): A professional floor screeder can level a damaged or uneven floor, help with renovations or help to install underfloor heating on your Sidmouth home, when needed. Allowing you to lay a suitable flooring material, (tiles, boards, carpets etc) over it, screeding provides a smooth, level finish to a basic sub-base. If you would like your floors to last a long time then floor screeding is one of the most important factors in any building or renovation project.
FLOOR SCREEDING EXPERTS SIDMOUTH
Whatever size or shape of room or area you're renovating, a floor screeding company in Sidmouth will supply the expertise and proper working methods to establish the perfect base for your flooring. After analyzing your project they will give you advice about the optimal choice of screed and which method of applying it is most suitable for your situation.
It may be a requirement, based on the intended use of the space, for a survey by a structural engineer to conform with building regulations on point loadings, flex strength and load bearing of the screed floor.
Skilled and qualified workers are essential to a successful result and will extend the life of your floor by using the right kind of screed for your room's anticipated purpose. There are many different types of floor screed and choosing the right mix and laying approach is crucial if you are to create a top quality floor that is both fit for purpose and durable.
Make sure that you get more than one quotation for your Sidmouth based floor screeding project and also ask what standard of finish each quote is for. The SR (Surface Regularity) finish is the figure to look for when getting a quotation from your Sidmouth screeding contractor. SR1 is the best standard, and while SR2 and SR3 might seem cheaper at first glance, they don't guarantee a perfectly flat or even surface. Any imperfections in the screeding may cause problems in laying flooring because of flat spots, ridges, indentations in the surface.
Every Sidmouth screeding company must observe British Standards (BS8204) and should have some form of accreditation from screeding material and equipment manufacturers, e.g. Cemfloor, Flowcrete, Gypsol. The testing and training of a screeding company by such manufacturers is underlined by the use of the accreditation scheme, and offers assurances of reliability and safe working practices on any flooring project which involves their materials.
For larger screeding projects in hospitals, hotels, shops, warehouses, factories and schools, dedicated commercial screeders in Sidmouth will be needed.
TYPES OF SCREED
Standard Screeds - A mix of sand and cement which is perfect for regular residential usage. Five parts sand to one part cement is the usual mix for standard screeds. This 5:1 ratio standard flooring screed will set hard at a rate of 1mm per day after applying.
Self-Levelling or Liquid Screeds - A cement and latex formula which can achieve the highest standard SR1 finish. This is primarily needed to produce a smooth, level floor over the top of a poor quality or damaged substrate and results in a finish onto which all sorts of flooring materials can be laid. The liquid screed can be poured to a depth of only 1mm, but will still provide a high strength surface to take a wide range of flooring materials.
Industrial and Heavy Duty Screed - A screed designed for high load and heavy traffic areas where the maximum possible strength and durability is very important.
Polymer Screeds - A high strength flooring solution where a reduced thickness is necessary. The drying times for these vary as outlined by proprietary product guidelines.
Fibre Reinforced Screed - Used mostly with under floor heating systems and is the favoured option in these projects. The fibres in the screed increase overall durability and strength whilst also protecting against thermal shrinkage and cracking. The screed will dry out at a rate of roughly 1mm/day.
Fast Drying and Advanced Drying Screeds - As the name would suggest, these screeds dry quickly and allow you to use the floor area much faster. They are normally a fibre reinforced type of screed that dries out at a rate of between 3-7mm per day and are employed in time-sensitive projects.
SCREEDING PREPARATION AND INSTALLATION
To enable the screeding to be of a high quality finish that's durable and hard wearing, time must be devoted to carefully preparing the area prior to any screeding material being laid. Any grease, oil, paint and debris on the existing floor level can adversely affect the bonding of the screed, and must be removed.
If cleaning products were used it is essential to remove any remnants of soap or detergent, and leave the surface to dry naturally. It is essential to repair any cracks in the base to stop them being mirrored and "travelling" upwards into the newly screeded floor. A professional Sidmouth screeding specialist will address these aspects during a on-site survey and make certain all preparations are finished before applying the next stages of the screeding process.
Before the screeding can be laid a DPM (damp proof membrane) must be put down to shield the screed and final flooring from moisture. The damp proof membrane is made from thick polythene and various layers might be used to act as a moisture barrier for the screeding.
A further airtight barrier might be needed if your property is in a location that's regarded as susceptible to radon gas emissions. An airtight membrane might be suitable in places with relatively low radon emissions, but in more severe situations there might have to be a more complicated ventilation and extraction system to take away any ground penetrating radon.
As soon as these steps have been taken the screeders will put on a primer or sealant to the prepared floor base. Sealers and primers help with the bonding process and are specialist applications specifically designed for the sort of screed being applied. Due to their special nature, only experienced screeding contractors in Sidmouth are capable of using them safely and correctly and using bespoke equipment for this task.
If you're installing under floor heating, now is the time that it will need to be correctly laid out and installed. Insulation panels can be put in position and the wires and heating pipes will be securely attached to prevent any movement whilst the screed is being applied. Under floor heating is one of the most efficient ways to heat a room and a professionally installed system will deliver even warmth all over the floor.
The screed can now be mixed and prepared on site and applied to the base. Your screeding company will have given you guidance and advice on which sort of screed is best for your needs, according to your proposed use of the room. For quick drying and advanced screeds there will be at least a 24 hour delay before it is able to be walked over, and a further 3 days minimum before any flooring material can be fitted. If you're aiming to end up with a well finished and hard-wearing floor surface you should stick to the manufacturer's guidelines with regards to standard and heavy duty screeds where this time period will be increased.
You can test the SR level of the finished screeding as soon as it's set enough to walk on. Using a 2 mtr straight-edge the floor surface is checked for any dips, ridges and deviations in the screed surface.
- SR1 - Disparities of 3 millimetres or less being measured across the whole area shows your screed floor to be of the best quality and classified as SR1.
- SR2 - SR2 is the classification for normal standard floors in industrial and commercial projects and can deviate from the straight-edge by up to 5 millimetres.
- SR3 - SR3 is utility standard where a perfect quality finish isn't required. This level can have a maximum permissible deviation depth of 10 millimetres.
If your screed has been installed with specific loading in mind then a qualified structural engineer will be necessary to perform tests. This test will ascertain the strength of the screed and the suitability for its intended use. A "drop hammer test" will be conducted at various areas on the screed layer and the outcomes recorded. Any screed flooring that's got point load requirements must be sanctioned by a trained structural engineer applying the British Standards BS8204 regulations. (Tags: Floor Screeding Services Sidmouth, Screeding Sidmouth, Floor Screeding Sidmouth, Floor Screed Sidmouth).
Latex Screed Sidmouth
When a bit of flexibility is necessary in the surface of a floor you might find that the application of a latex self-levelling screed will be an advantage. Latex floor screeds generally comprise 2 parts - a cement-based smoothing compound, and a liquid latex component. The water that is normally used in a screed mix is replaced by the liquid latex, which makes it quicker drying and more flexible than other standard screeds.
This latex compound is used for levelling-out sub-floors prior to the laying of the final decorative surface. This is appropriate for sub-floors made of quarry tiles, sand/cement, concrete, asphalt or wood, is ideal for the application of flooring adhesives and gives a smooth, resilient surface. Even if there's a bit of movement in your sub-floor, this type of latex screeding will produce a crack-free, flexible finish.
When an unbonded screed is being laid on the top of a layer of either acoustic or thermal insulation (i.e. a "floating" screed), latex floor screeds are not suitable, because in cases like this (typically when screeding on top of underfloor heating), you'll likely require a screed thickness of 50 to 65 millimetres.
There is a wide range of work that can be undertaken by your local Sidmouth floor screeder including floor levelling Sidmouth, domestic screeding, coloured floor screeding Sidmouth, latex floor screed, polished screed floors, floor noise reduction, floating screed, floor restoration, sand and cement screeding, bonded concrete screeding in Sidmouth, concrete screeding,Sidmouth, bathroom floors in Sidmouth, flow screeding Sidmouth, in Sidmouth, external screeding in Sidmouth, in Sidmouth, acoustic flooring, underfloor heating installation Sidmouth, damp proof membranes in Sidmouth, basement floor screeding, final floor finishes, floor resurfacing, office floor screeding, screed surveys & testing Sidmouth, concrete pumping, floor screed testing, anhydrite screeding, waterproof screeding, liquid screeding, and lots more floor screeding tasks. These are just a selection of the duties that are accomplished by people specialising in screeding. Sidmouth companies will be delighted to keep you abreast of their whole range of services.
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