Are you wondering how much it costs to use cement liquid screed in your next home renovation project?
There are a few obvious variants that can affect the total cost of using screed, such as the total area you need to cover or the type of floor screed mixture you plan to use, but there are also a few additional cost considerations you might not have thought of.
What’s the Cost?
A rough estimate is that your floor installation using liquid screed could cost you between £2,0000 to £3,000 for a standard non-commercial project. This includes the basic costs of materials and labour, as well as a few other variables like VAT.
This price largely depends on the space you are covering and the type of screed material you are using. You might also need to pay more or less depending on the individual costs of your contractors, as well as the current availability of labourers in your area.
For example, if you want to complete your project in a shorter time frame and will require a larger team of contractors to get the job done in time, this could increase your costs.
There are also different types and qualities of floor screed which can determine your overall price. More traditional screed options could cost as low as £12 to £15 per m2, while more advanced liquid screed mixtures that are faster-drying and self-levelling will cost more.
Some contractors will charge more for their services due to their experience in the field. Others may have little experience or training and therefore will charge less.
If you are carrying out a complex installation with specific requirements, it’s always worth working with professionals who have a decent amount of experience handling these kinds of projects. A number of problems can arise from the incorrect application of floor screed.
Finally, while there are providers of liquid screed services throughout the UK, your area may have limited access to contractors who can handle your project. This could require workers to travel in from other locations, which could add to the cost of labour.
Equally, if there are fewer screeders in your area, it is more likely they will charge more due to the lack of market competition. So, unfortunately, living in a remote area could mean you could have to pay more.
Additional Cost Considerations
The most obvious floor screed costs aren’t all you’ll need to worry about when considering the total cost of your home renovation.
Often, laying a liquid screed floor will need some large-scale preparation methods for your home. It could mean removing and storing your household possessions for a long period of time, while the work is carried out.
You might also have to pay for the removal of existing floors and carpet before you are able to start your screeding process.
Also, the larger your house, the longer it will take for the total project to be finished, from the preparation stage to drying and sanding. Each step will need to be completed before the next is carried out, so the total amount of work can take longer than you think.
The best thing to do is carry out careful planning in advance so that work can be completed as fast as possible without any delays.
Doing It Yourself?
To save costs, you may consider doing things by yourself. However, even if you are confident in your DIY skills, you’ll still need the right tools and some knowledge about how the screed process works.
This can also mean it will take longer for you to carry out the project, which may inadvertently increase your overall costs, especially if you or your family must stay in a hotel until the project is finished.
Is It Worth It?
Apart from being an increasingly popular flooring option used for a number of applications, liquid screed is also incredibly affordable as long as you make the right preparation and work with professionals who offer good value for money.
If you’re interested in learning more about what it takes to lay liquid cement screed in London or more rural parts of the UK, let us know at UK Screed and we’ll help you calculate the cost of your next project.