Installing a floor screed in Newbury correctly is not as easy as you might think. The whole point of a floor screed is that it provides as near a flat and level surface upon which to install the final flooring – whatever it might be – so that the floor will last for as long as the building does.
If you stop to think about it, in any building the floor is what gets the most punishment. Walls and roofs have to deal with the weather and keep it out, but they don’t have people constantly walking about on them. Floors do. In some buildings, such as warehouses, for instance, they also have vehicles like forklift trucks moving about upon them constantly as well, so they suffer from a lot of wear and tear.
Certain types of flooring are also more susceptible to an uneven surface. If you are fitting tiling or stonework to a floor, if it is not as flat as it can be, that tiling or stone is liable to crack, and then you have got real trouble. It has to be glued to the subfloor surface, and if that has dips and bumps in it then the tiles will crack in places as people walk upon them. The whole point of a screed is to provide that flat surface for the final flooring to be laid on it.
There are two main types of screeds in use today, one of which is the traditional sand and cement mix which has been used for years. It can do quite a good job if laid correctly, but even so, the liquid screed that we install at UK Screeds has many advantages as the uptake over the last couple of decades has shown.
Time Is Money On Building Contracts
On any building contract, time is money. The faster you can get a particular process done and finished, the faster you can complete the project, no matter whether that is installing a screed, the final floor surface, the electrics, windows and doors, roofing, plastering, painting and decorating, and more. Finishing a contract on time and on budget means everyone is happy and there is a decent profit at the end of the day.
Equally, delays on a contract can cause all sorts of issues which in turn will affect the overall profitability of it and which can result in financial penalties for contractors who overrun the time allowed. In fact, they can be the difference between making a profit and actually losing money.
This is just one reason why using a liquid screed can provide great benefits for any project. This is because instead of mixing the materials in a concrete mixer and then having them laid by hand by a labourer with a trowel, the screed that we produce is delivered to site ready mixed. We then connect a pump and hose to the delivery vehicle and simply pump the screed into position on the substrate.
Since it is in liquid form, it then levels itself out, and will nearly always achieve the highest level of flatness according to British Standards. It is simply left to dry and can be walked on by other contractors in 48 hours or less. This is far faster than a traditional sand and cement screed which can literally take 20 times as long to cover the same area, without even achieving the same flatness level.