Screeding a floor at home: what`s it really like?
Do you have a crooked apartment? Don`t want to pay too much money for screeding a floor? The screed is an additional expense during repairs, but it helps to get rid of the unevenness of the floor, so it is used in most cases. In this article we will tell you a step-by-step algorithm.
A flat floor in the room is one of the main aspects in creating beauty, coziness and comfort. It is the obligatory procedure during any construction and repair process.
For these reasons there is a floor cement screed.
A floor screed is usually a cementitious material made from a 1:3 or 1:4.5 ratio of cement to sharp sand. It may be applied onto either a solid in-situ concrete ground floor slab or onto a precast concrete floor unit. There are many proprietary screeds on the market and information about these can be obtained from the manufacturer. The screed is considered the basis of the floor finishing and seriously affects its quality.
The floor screed is made in order to level the surface, hide electrical wiring, heating pipes or underfloor heating elements, if they are there. The screed reduces the exodus of heat from the dwelling, muffles sounds from the neighbors, protects the floor from moisture.
If there is no screed or it is of poor quality or thin, then the neighbors will perfectly hear the trampling of children and loud conversations, and this is unpleasant in relation to other residents of apartment buildings. Therefore, the better the sound insulation properties, the more pleasant it is to live in.
It`s becoming more and more popular in construction despite its cost, but in this article we will tell you how to make how to screed a floor on your own. We hope you will find it useful and interesting. We are always trying to explain as simply as we can!
Pouring flooring screed by hand is not an easy diy project. It is about patience and spending lots of free time. Be ready to swear!
The easiest method to screed your concrete floor is to use wooden screeds. The next step is to lay them on the floor, especially don`t forget about a spirit level to make sure they are perfectly aligned. You can use screws and an electric screwdriver to secure them into position. Then the most important and responsible thing is pouring cement screed between the wooden boards and pushing firmly the straight edge and pulling it along the screeds. And that`s all!
The last aspect is remembering that you have to let the screed dry out for a couple of days before walking on it. It`s very essential, as the cement screed isn`t very dense and it`s easy to damage it.
To sum up, we can say that if you do all the best, you will achieve all your goals in screeding a floor. It is not complicated as it can seem to be at first.
Thank you for reading our article about screeding a floor!
1) What is a floor screed?
The floor screed is made in order to level the surface, hide electrical wiring, heating pipes or underfloor heating elements, if they are there.
2) What is included in the floor seed?
A floor screed is usually a cementitious material made from a 1:3 or 1:4.5 ratio of cement to sharp sand.
3) For what reasons do I need to do a flat floor?
If your apartment is crooked, you should do it because a floor screed helps to get rid of the unevenness of the floor.
4) How much time does a floor screed take approximately?
The setting time of a screed is only 3-4 hours, but you will have to wait about a week before the floor surface completely dries out.
5) What`s the easiest method to screw a concrete floor?
Use wooden screeds, lay them on the floor and pour cement screed between the wooden boards, pushing firmly the straight edge and pull it along the screeds.
About the author.
James Lock is an outstanding person. He finished the University of Repair Men in 1999. When he worked as a locksmith, he was engaged in finishing apartments. As James said in one of his interviews, he knew how it was hard to screed an uneven floor. Now he owns a big construction company where he works as a main general contractor near me. He helps people build their dream houses.
He went through great difficulties to achieve the position he now occupies in the company. It describes Lock as a man of resource and determination.