Top 5 Most Commonly Asked Questions About Liquid Screed
For any homeowner, a building project is a significant undertaking, and understanding exactly what needs to be completed — as well as the how’s, why’s and when’s — can be overwhelming.
We understand that achieving the best possible results in an efficient and timely manner is a top priority for you, which is why we have compiled a list of some of the most commonly asked questions about liquid screed.
Whether you are installing a water underfloor heating system or not, our liquid screeding contractors are ready to help you every step of the way — from preparation, to completion.
1. Can I Install Liquid Screed Myself?
In addition to its excellent insulating capabilities, liquid screed is a popular choice for its smooth finishes, rapid drying times, and durability. While it is famed for these properties, achieving perfect results requires the experience and skill of professional floor screeding contractors.
Understanding which type of liquid screed will achieve the best results for your projects, ensuring that the final result is smooth and level, and making certain that it is free from moisture and laitance before you lay your flooring are all vital to creating a durable and effective liquid screen subfloor within your home.
2. How Do You Prepare Floor For Liquid Screed?
The best results are always achieved when the right preparations have been made ahead of time, and liquid screed is no exception.
Your experience floor screeding contractors will be able to provide help and assistance with all aspects of liquid screed installation, from measuring the space and calculating the exact amount of screeding required, to ensuring that the space is free from debris, properly insulated, and watertight before the screed is poured.
If you are also installing a water underfloor heating system, then making certain that the pipes are secure before the screeding is poured.
3. How Soon Can I Walk on Liquid Screed?
Provided that your site features the right conditions to support drying, a cement based liquid screed may be walked on within twenty-four hours of being poured.
Of course, the full drying time will take between two and three weeks — 1mm per day if the overall depth is 40mm or lower, or 1/2mm per day if it is deeper than 40mm — and other floor layers, such as wood or carpet, should not be laid until a moisture test has been completed successfully.
4. What is the Minimum Thickness of Liquid Screed?
One of the biggest advantages to using liquid screed on your site is how thinly it can be poured, while still achieving an even finish. There are various different types of liquid screed available, and your liquid screeding contractors will be able to advise you on the best choice for your building project.
Since there are many different types of liquid screed, there is no ‘right’ answer to this question. Thickness depends on the site itself, as well as the type of liquid screed used, but this rarely exceeds 50mm.
5. What Flooring Can be Laid On Top of Liquid Screed?
Liquid Screed provides a smooth, level subfloor on which to lay your flooring. Whether you choose carpet, tile, wood or vinyl, your liquid screeding contractors will be able to provide the right advice on how to get the best, lasting results from your liquid screed, and top floor layers.