As with any disruptive building work, understanding a realistic timeframe in which work can — and should — be completed is essential, not only to organising a successful and well-coordinated project, but to your own peace of mind, too. Waiting for floors to dry can cause a few delays, since other work may have to be put on hold as you wait for your new floor to dry.
There are many benefits to choosing to use liquid screed in your next project. For one thing, it creates the ideal, smooth surface on which you can lay a variety of floors, including wood, vinyl, and carpet. Another excellent reason to choose liquid screed is how thinly it can be poured — though this is dependent on the nature of the site, and will be advised by your floor screeding contractors — which contributes to a shortened drying time. This will mean that, with proper planning, you are able to keep on-schedule with work, and complete your project without any unexpected setbacks.
What Determines Drying Times for Liquid Screed?
How long it takes for your freshly poured screeding to dry is really dependent on a number of factors, such as the environment in which the screeding has been poured, the thickness of the screed, as well as changes in temperature and humidity. After the first forty-eight hours, the room should be kept dry but well-ventilated in order to expedite the drying process.
Another factor which will influence the amount of time it takes for your screeding to dry is the type of liquid screed you are using. For instance, calcium sulphate liquid screeds are slower drying than cement-based screeds.
What Should You Expect?
Prior to the beginning of work, your floor screeding contractors will be able to give you a more specific idea of what to expect from your liquid screed.
In a typical scenario, liquid screed will dry at a rate of 1mm each day if the screed is no thicker than 40mm, and half a millimetre each day if the screeding has been poured to thickness greater than 40mm. Most liquid screeds are dry enough to sustain light foot traffic after 24 hours, but it can take several weeks before it has dried completely.
It is important to remember that you will also need to factor-in time for laitance removal and moisture testing. Laitance removal ensures that your liquid screed will adhere properly to any flooring you wish to lay on top of it, while moisture testing is an essential step in making sure that the liquid screed has dried sufficiently before this flooring is added. Both of these steps will need to be completed by your floor screeding contractors.
Liquid Screed is provides an excellent option for smooth, even flooring, but it does require adequate drying time in order to achieve the best results. Ensuring that you have a realistic timeframe in mind prior to the beginning of any work will mean that you are able to create an effective and achievable plan for your next building project.