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Using screed with wooden flooring

Screed is now becoming commonly used within both homes and commercial projects. This is due to its great benefits of being easy and quick to lay and has the option to be self-levelling (dependent on the type of screed you use). 

Screed can be laid to a surface for either purpose; structural concrete or for a thin levelling surface. This thin layer of screed works fantastically within homes; newbuilds or refurbishments, as it allows for a flawless and level finish, providing the best base for your new wooden flooring. There are some tips below that can help maintain the life of your wooden flooring when applying to screed. However, the most important thing to do when laying any wooden flooring on screed is to make sure there is no moisture.

Tips for laying wooden floor on screed:

  • Make sure there is no moisture in the screed
  • Allow the screed to acclimatise to the environment
  • Apply damp proof membrane to enhance the length of life for your new floor
  • Laying screed during warm and dry conditions will speed the process up even more

Types of wooden flooring that can be laid on to screed:

  • Solid wood
  • Engineered wood
  • Nailed
  • Glued
  • Floating

As long as you take into consideration all moisture preventatives and have a scheduled plan, this will benefit the life of your wooden flooring. Screed is a great base for wood flooring, allowing for a long lasting and quality stable solution. Contact screed easy today to find out more about our floor screeding services across the South of England.

What you need to know about underfloor heating

Underfloor heating has increased in popularity rapidly across the United Kingdom, both for renovation projects and entirely new builds. It’s a great method of heating the house and is fast becoming an industry standard. The feeling of heat through your feet as you walk through your property is truly wonderful!

Your choice on the use of underfloor heating – as opposed to traditional choices like radiators – will largely depend on your heating equipment and personal preference.

Types of underfloor heating

  • Buried warm-water: A traditional option wherein pipes are placed into your floor screed as it is set. Buried systems are the king of energy efficiency, but requires a full overhaul of your floor structure
  • Surface mounted: The practical choice for many, surface mounted heating involves the installation of insulated panels that contain small pipes. These are placed over your floor – easy to install, but means you’ll change the level of your floor
  • Electric: The best choice if you don’t want a level change on your floor. Cables connect to your houses’ electricity and matting is laid down. A cheaper option, but may result in higher operational costs.

Key benefits of underfloor heating

  • Fast to warm
  • Installation options to suit you
  • Great for decorating
  • Cost-effective
  • Low maintenance

The top benefits of latex screed

Latex screed is a sensible choice for many renovation projects. The compound usually involves a mixture of both liquid latex and a form of powder, resulting in a mixed product that can be easily poured onto a flat surface for a professional finish.

Although expert support is always recommended, latex screed is a great option for a DIY project. With care and attention, you can achieve a smooth, professional result at a very reasonable expense.

Key benefits of latex screed

  • Variable depth: You can choose to lay anywhere from as shallow as approximately 3mm up to a more substantial depth of approximately 40mm
  • Quick to dry: Latex screed compounds dry in hours. This will vary depending on depth, but will generally be finished within approximately six hours
  • Cost-effective: The key attraction of latex screed is the price – it’s a very competitive option in terms of cost compared to other flooring options and services
  • Fits in with projects: With a rapid drying compound, latex screed works well with subsequent flooring options such as underfloor heating and various types of final layer flooring

Liquid screed: Key benefits and facts

In the middle of a planning phase for your property? You’re likely reviewing the best flooring style and process for your needs. Liquid screed is a popular choice for a few key reasons that we’ll cover on this blog today.

Benefits versus cement and sand

While many successful projects make good use of cement for their flooring, liquid screed has a host of great benefits that make it attractive for projects both large and small.

  • Low shrinkage: Cement can be a pain – ask any builder. It’s subject to shrinkage and cracks can form in the final product. Liquid screed is the polar opposite, with no cracks and warping being the result of a smooth application of the compound
  • Any depth: Some projects need a deep application, some don’t. Liquid screed’s ability to work at minimal depths – as well as high depth – takes away a headache common to renovation projects
  • Fast application: Cement takes time. Time to prepare, time to lay and time to dry. Liquid screed is fast to put down and fast to dry in comparison – you can do a full job inside a single day with minimal manpower

Cost and quality

Beyond beating cement outright, liquid screed comes in with another simple draw: It’s cheaper. Although we recommend professional support, it’s possible to do a great DIY job with liquid screed. That saves a lot of money to use elsewhere in the renovation.

The difference between liquid and latex screed

Liquid screed is a compound that can be adjusted to suit your building project requirements. It’s fast, flexible and can be easily applied to any flooring in appropriate depth with due care and expertise.

Latex screed makes use of latex resin. This results in a self-levelling compound – the pour sets itself in a smooth, even finish – that ensures a great result if properly applied. Latex screed is also a great choice for patching up a bad job; the compound can be applied to an uneven surface and will self-level to provide an even finish suitable for further work.

Advantages of liquid screed

  • Versatile: Liquid screed is a great choice for just about any building or renovation project. Private properties, public spaces and industrial areas are all possible
  • Less labour: Compared to other flooring options, liquid screed is easily applied by a small team
  • Fast: Liquid screed can dry in as little as five hours, depending on depth

Advantages of latex screed

  • Self-levelling: The latex screed compound includes resin, helping to achieve a consistent and level flooring finish on any surface
  • Any size: Unlike some flooring styles, latex screed can be applied to a small or large area with minimal fuss
  • Hygiene and safety: The absence of protein in latex screed compounds means the finished product is excellent for locations that demand high safety and hygiene requirements, such as hospitals

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