Have you ever thought about using screed to finish off a flooring project but then dismissed the idea because it seems like too much work?
If this is the case then you really shouldn’t be put off. Screeding is actually a very quick and easy process when you use a liquid screed.
If you’re only familiar with traditional dry screed, or if you aren’t familiar with screed at all, here’s what you need to know about liquid screed and why you should consider using it to create a smooth and level floor.
What is liquid screed?
Traditionally, screed work involves laying a dry compound, which is then levelled off to give the floor a completely flat finish. This makes it much easier to lay slabs, carpet or laminate flooring on top – or you could even just leave it bare.
Advances have been made in the industry over the past several years, with cementitious flowing screeds being developed to make the whole process swifter and easier.
But liquid screed wasn’t perfected until very recently. Without the use of the correct curing agent the liquid screed could dry out too fast, leading to plastic shrinkage cracking. This problem has now been resolved by a company called Longfloor, through their development of a sprayable curing agent called IntegraCure.
Using this removes several limitations, such as finding a curing agent specific to the task, sourcing the correct application equipment, and ensuring the exact dose of material is sprayed. IntegraCure offsets any errors in these areas by providing the perfect spray every time, which is why we use IntegraCure to optimise every batch of Mixamate screed.
Liquid screed vs. traditional screed
Done correctly, the end result should be the same whether you choose liquid screed or dry screed. The main differences are in the preparation and the application.
Dry screeding is a more involved process, requiring specialists to manually lay and level the screed. This can be a time consuming and demanding task. It takes a while to pump, and usually requires at least two people to complete the work (which also increases costs, as it will take them longer than if they are laying liquid screed), making this out of scope for anybody under time constraints or without the requisite experience.
Liquid screed, on the other hand, is poured and laid far quicker. There is some preparation required before laying the liquid screed, such as sealing off the room or unit in which the screed is being pumped into, but it is a smooth and easy process thereafter. There are huge savings to be made in time, effort, and cost when you use liquid screed.
Another key difference between the two screeding options is in the volume required. Dry screed needs to be laid to a minimum depth of 50mm.
However, with liquid screed the minimum depth required is only 25mm. So there’s far less volume needed and it can be applied to a vast range of foundations.
What are the benefits of liquid screed?
For anybody wanting to save time and effort on flooring work, liquid screed is the way to go.
As well as being faster and less challenging to pour and lay, liquid screed has a pretty rapid drying time. You can actually walk on a liquid screed base after just 24 hours. Then after around 7-14 days (depending on the screed depth) you can start laying laminate flooring on top of it, or you can start carpeting just three weeks after the work is completed.
On the other hand, dry screed takes a full day per mm to dry without the use of an expensive quick dry chemical. Meaning at least 50 days drying time is needed, due to the minimum depth required to pack and lay the compound.
There are really no limitations to liquid screeding. It can be used for a wide range of projects, from domestic to commercial settings, and is particularly good for wet rooms or underfloor heating jobs.
Furthermore, there is no additional curing agent needed, no chance of cracking or curling, and no need to sand the site afterwards.
Using the Mixamate screed services
Any obstacles you are encountering in finishing off a floor can be resolved by using Mixamate’s liquid screed services.
We not only provide the screed, we also offer a laying service as well. It usually requires two separate companies to do this, but we do it all from just one truck with a built-in pump – saving you time, labour, and, most importantly, money.
The process for booking us is exactly the same as it for our concreting service. Just order what you need and we’ll take care of the rest.
We’ll bring the materials, mix on site, then pump and lay the liquid screed for you. All you have to do is prepare the site before our arrival – and we’ll even send you a handy information pack explaining exactly what you need to do.
As our flexible hoses can pump the screed up to 100 meters away, we are even able to access typically hard-to-reach locations, such as basements or multi-storey floors.
Being able to reach such difficult access points also eliminates the need to hire elevators or cranes, as well as preventing the need for buckets and wheelbarrows that create endless mess all over your site.
No matter what your project is, our pumps make the job much simpler and can get it finished far quicker – from new builds and extensions, to swimming pools and bridges, and everything in between.
To find out more about how Mixamate screed can provide a quality finish to your next flooring project, get in touch with our team and we’ll be happy to help.