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How To Lay Self Levelling Screed

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Self-levelling screed and its applications

If you are looking to create a level surface, self levelling screed is a crucial component in the procedure. It provides an even, smooth and sturdy layer over which you can put the flooring. Self-levelling screeds can be used to be used to support tiles, stone, vinyl, laminate, wood and carpet flooring. It’s also ideal to use when you are building an underfloor heating unit and want to securely and safely cover the pipework.

In this instance, we’ll describe self levelling screed as the ready-to-use version that pumps, not the thinner smoothing substances. These screeds are pumpable and can be either cement or calcium sulphate made products.

When it is ready, the screed is able to be pumped out or poured over the bottom layer. A ready-mixed version of screed is usually preferred because it’s less labor intensive and economical. It is also simple to use and eliminates mixing mistakes especially if you’re not accustomed to working with this kind of material.

How do you lay self-leveling screed

It is advisable to consult a professional prior to the screeding of any large areas, and particularly when installing underfloor heating. In the past, there is a shift towards the use of ready-mixed screeds for every reason mentioned previously.

The purpose of self levelling screed is to create a smooth finishing by levelling the flooring. This is the case for floors which are in place or that have just been laid. Although they are self-levelling screeds, there’s still the need to assist manually with the process. So, after the screed is positioned, it is best to finish the process with an dapl bar.

Self levelling screed is placed directly on the base layer, or to damp waterproof membrane. It is frequently used as a floating solution to fix hot water pipes within underground heating units.

Drying times will differ depending on the brand of screed, but generally speaking you’ll need to allow around 1 day per millimetre of screed, up to 40mm, and two days per mm thereafter for screeds made from calcium sulphate. There are quick drying options that, if the conditions are right, will dry in 14-21 days. Be careful not to put down your final flooring prior to the screed being completely dried – this could result in damage to your flooring, and reduce the life expectancy and durability of the flooring.

If you require assistance or guidance regarding flooring projects or additional information on self-levelling screed, our team of experts is ready to answer your calls. We’re available to offer assistance, suggestions and advice to ensure you get the best outcomes.

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