How to Check Your Liquid Screed Installation is Dry
Laying liquid screed can be time-consuming but it is crucial that you give it enough time to set properly. You can risk damage to the floors if you try to start work on the floor before it is set properly, potentially risking further damage to any underfloor heating installations which might be laid underneath.
Whether you are using a concrete screed or a liquid screed, you need to make sure the installation is complete before green lighting further work.
Here are some of the things you can do.
Know the Depth
Knowing the depth of your floor screed is going to be incredibly important when trying to determine if the floor is ready. The drying time of a liquid floor screed is affected by both the material used and the depth. It is generally accepted that a floor which is less than 40mm will dry at a rate of 1mm per day. If the floor is over 40mm, this is going to increase the length of time needed.
Make sure you know approximately how deep the subfloor is going to be when planning drying time. The right floor screeding contractors should not only be able to tell you how deep the floor is, but they should also be able to give you an estimation about how long it will take to dry.
Do a Moisture Check
Once the floor appears to be dry, you should conduct a moisture check. This is one of the key steps in ensuring that you have a high-quality floor no matter what. The easiest way to determine whether a concrete screed floor has set is to use a concrete moisture test. All that is needed is a Tramex meter to measure the moisture content of the screeding.
If the floor is taking longer than expected to dry, the environmental conditions in the room might not be right. A dehumidifier or a heat source might be able to speed up the process. Your floor screeding contractors will also have some advice if the drying process is taking too long.
Give It Time
Screeding can be a frustrating process as it means work in the room has to halt. No-one will be able to go in while the floor is drying and that can be difficult if the build is running to a deadline. Whether you are the project manager or the owner of the site, you need to keep things moving forward.
Take a look at the build calendar. A weekend or some other holiday provides the perfect opportunity for a liquid floor screed to be laid. The last people onsite can be the contractors laying the screed, and then you can leave it to dry for however long it needs. Liquid screed often takes over 24 hours to dry, so you need to make sure you give it the time it needs to do so.
Get in Touch
One of the easiest ways to guarantee a smooth liquid screed installation is to get in touch with a professional screed contractor. Liquid Screed has handled liquid screeding tasks of all sizes nationwide.
No matter whether you need a complete installation or you are searching for some advice with your own screed, we can help. Contact us today to find out how we can assist you.