Floor Screeding Swanscombe Kent (DA10): If you have a damaged or uneven floor, are renovating a property or cellar or are aiming to install under floor heating in your Swanscombe property, then it is time to think about bringing in a floor screeding professional. Floor screeding gives a smooth finish to a basic sub-base, and will allow you to lay a suitable flooring material, (boards, tiles, carpets etc) over the top of it. If you want your floors to last then a floor screed is one of the most important factors in any building or renovation project.
FLOOR SCREEDING CONTRACTORS SWANSCOMBE
It doesn't matter how big or small the area is that you need levelling, a competent screeding contractor in Swanscombe will have the appropriate equipment, skills and knowledge to provide you with an outstanding standard of service. They'll be able to advise you about the correct sort of screed your project requires, and how best to apply and install it.
It may be necessary, according to the intended use of the room, for a survey by a structural engineer to conform with building regulations on load bearing, point loadings and flex strength of the screed floor.
Qualified and skilled trades-people are imperative for a successful result and will extend the lifespan of your floor by using the correct form of screed for the intended purpose of your room. There are many kinds of screed and selecting the appropriate mix and installation technique is critical to create a high quality floor which is fit for purpose and hard-wearing.
There are numerous screeding specialists in the Swanscombe area so if possible get multiple price quotes for your screeding project before picking a contractor and know to what standard of finish is it for. For domestic properties an estimate will usually be given for an SR (Surface Regularity) calculation of SR1 or SR2. Each of the 3 SR levels offer different levels of finish, with SR1 offering the highest quality, with the smallest amount of deviation over the area of the floor. An SR2 or SR3 level could mean there will be ridges or flat spots that could cause problems when installing your final flooring surface (wood, tile, carpet etc).
The regulations laid down in the British Standards BS8204 have to be followed by all Swanscombe floor screeding contractors and they must also hold accreditation with the manufacturers of any specialist screeding materials (Cemfloor, Flowcrete, Gypsol etc.) to prove their safe working practices and competence. A contractor holding accreditations proves they have been assessed and trained in using these products and can deliver a high quality standard in all areas of their installation.
Swanscombe commercial screeders could be involved in the screeding of floors in hospitals, warehouses, pubs, shopping centres, factories and schools.
TYPES OF SCREED
Standard Screeds - Used in residential flooring projects where the blend of sand and cement is ideal for everyday floor traffic usage. 5 parts sand to 1 part cement is the usual mixture for standard screed. This 5 to 1 ratio standard flooring screed will set hard at a rate of just one millimetre per day after laying.
Fast Drying and Advanced Drying Screeds - If you need to use the area as quickly as possible a fast drying screed may be used. Most of the fast drying screeds are of the fibre reinforced kind and are perfect for a whole host of projects where the quicker drying rate of three to seven millimetres is a big advantage.
Polymer Screeds - When a lower thickness of floor is required because of building factors, a polymer screed offers an extremely high strength solution to this problem. Owing to their different chemical compositions, these screeds have varying drying times which can be verified by studying manufacturer's own product guidelines.
Self-Levelling or Liquid Screeds - When the highest possible standard of finish is required this compound of latex and cement is used to produce SR1 level floor screeding. Typically used to finalise a damaged floor or poor substrate level so as to lay a brand new flooring surface, like vinyl planks on top of it. Even with a thickness of just one millimetre, the latex polymers within the screed provide a high strength surface for a wide variety of uses.
Fibre Reinforced Screed - The favoured choice by professional screeders for use with under floor heating systems. This is because of the increased durability and protection against thermal cracking and shrinkage offered by the special fibres within the screed mix. It dries out at an identical rate to a standard screed, at about one millimetre per day.
Industrial and Heavy Duty Screed - Developed for maximum strength and durability in places where traffic is expected to be high or specific loading of the floor is required.
SCREEDING PREPARATION AND INSTALLATION
Good preparation is vital for a quality finished screed surface that will be durable and hard wearing. It's crucial that any contaminants such as paint, loose debris, grease or oil is removed from the base before laying any screed, since these can affect the bonding process that a quality floor screed needs.
If any cleaning products were used in this process it is important to make certain that no residues of soaps or detergents are left on the floor surface and it is permitted to dry out naturally. At this stage cracks need to be mended since these can travel up through the laid screed and be reflected in the completed floor surface. An experienced Swanscombe screeding specialist will take note of such aspects during a on-site survey and ensure all preparations are complete before pressing on with the next steps in the screeding process.
To shield the screed layer and flooring materials from moisture rising up through the ground, a DPM (damp proof membrane) will have to be installed. The damp proof membrane is made from thick polythene sheeting and various layers may be used to serve as a moisture barrier and air insulating layer for the screed.
If your house is located in an area where radon is present an extra barrier layer is needed to stop radon gas from seeping through. A simple airtight membrane might be suitable in areas with low emissions of radon, but in more serious cases there might have to be a more sophisticated extraction system to block any harmful radon gases.
The final step of surface preparation is the spraying or painting of a primer or sealant. Sealers and primers help the bonding process and are specialist applications matched to the sort of screed that's being used. Owing to their special nature, only qualified screeding specialists in Swanscombe should be entrusted with using them safely and correctly and through the use of equipment which is made for the task.
If required, this is the time that under floor heating can be laid out in the correct manner and installed. Insulation panels can be positioned and the heating pipes and wires will be securely attached so there's no movement while the screed is applied. Warmth will be spread evenly across a floor area in an expertly installed under floor heating system, and with it being an efficient method of heating, it's a great choice for most Swanscombe home renovation projects.
Needless to say, if you are not putting in under floor heating, you can just skip this stage and get on with applying the floor screed. The particular requirements of the room will determine the form of screeding used. Be aware that even advanced and quick drying screeds have a minimum of 24 hours before you're able to walk on any laid surfaces and at least 3 days before any flooring materials can be applied. This period is increased for heavy duty and standard screeds and the manufacture's instructions should be followed to achieve the optimum finish and durability of the floor.
Once the screed has hardened it can be checked for quality to verify the SR standard. The test involves using a 2 mtr long straight-edge laid on the floor surface and any variations from true are calculated.
- SR1 - SR1 is the highest standard and permits only three millimetres of deviation from the straight-edge.
- SR2 - SR2 is for standard industrial and commercial floors and can deviate from the straight-edge by up to five millimetres.
- SR3 - For a utility area or room where the quality of finish is relatively immaterial the SR3 is the specification and has a deviation measurement of 10 millimetres or less.
It may also be necessary for a qualified structural engineer to conduct a soundness test. The assessment will make sure that your newly laid screeded surface is viable for the load point requirements specified in the site survey. This will include a "drop hammer test" which assesses various aspects of the strength and flexibility of the screed. Any screed floor that's got point load requirements must be okayed by a trained structural engineer heeding the BS8204 guidelines. (Tags: Screeding Swanscombe, Floor Screed Swanscombe, Floor Screeding Services Swanscombe, Floor Screeding Swanscombe).
Floor screeding services are available in Swanscombe and also nearby in: Istead Rise, Cliffe Woods, Hartley, Shorne, Cobham, Crayford, Denton, Darenth, Bean, Perry Street, Gravesend, Milton, Luddesdown, Singlewell, Southfleet, Greenhithe, Northfleet, Higham, Stone, and in these postcodes DA10 0AL, DA10 0BJ, DA10 0AB, DA10 0DR, DA10 0DN, DA10 9AT, DA10 0ER, DA9 9LR, DA10 0AP, DA10 0NL. Local Swanscombe floor screeders will probably have the postcode DA10 and the phone code 01322.
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Floor Screeding Tools
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Screeding Enquiries Kent
Recently posted Kent floor screeding job posts: Mr and Mrs Walton recently asked for a quotation for screeding over an old concrete floor in Charing. Neo Macdonald recently enquired about the possibility of installing underfloor heating and screeding a floor in Boughton Under Blean. Mr and Mrs Matthams recently requested an estimate for screeding the floor of a garage in a terraced house in Westgate on Sea, Kent. Ayyub and Ayda Tyler recently requested a price quote for screeding the floor of a workshop in Swingfield, Kent. Dexter and Kate Lander recently enquired about the possibility of screeding the floor of a living room in Hildenborough. Mr and Mrs Dwyer recently asked for a price quote for screeding the floor of a lounge and kitchen in Knockholt, Kent. Louie and Ivy Mathers recently enquired about getting a price for screeding the floor of a kitchen in Biddenden. Karim Rush recently enquired about screeding the floor of an extension in Bobbing, Kent.
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In the last year screeded floors were professionally installed in these Swanscombe streets: Stonely Crescent, Leonard Avenue, Gilbert Close, Riverview Road, Sun Road, Admirals Walk, Reservoir Close, Spring Vale, Childs Crescent, Betsham Road, Seymour Walk, Gasson Road, Bridge View, Austen Close, Castle Street, Pilgrims View, Albert Road, Wakefield Road, Skippers Close, Madden Close, Barge Court, Reed Court, Atlantic Close, Herbert Road, Trebble Road, Lower Road, and in these Kent postcodes: DA10 0AL, DA10 0BJ, DA10 0AB, DA10 0DR, DA10 0DN, DA10 9AT, DA10 0ER, DA9 9LR, DA10 0AP, DA10 0NL.
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