Simply put, liquid screeds create a firm sub-flooring resulting in a sturdy, superior-quality foundation for smooth, level, and flat surfaces. Screeds do not contribute to the structural integrity of an entire building, but they are a crucial component as it enhances the quality of flooring finish.
Liquid screeds are increasing in popularity for a number of reasons. Apart from its ability to extend the life of your flooring, here are other advantages of using liquid screeds over traditional underfloor heating solutions.
An underfloor heating system is an effective way of making a home, office, or any indoor space cosy, comfortable, and warm. The installation of liquid screed is the best way to maximise the potential of your underfloor heating system. There are many reasons why new builds prefer liquid screed installation. Here are its top four advantages:
Quick and easy installation
The consistency of liquid screed guarantees a quicker and more affordable sub-flooring installation. It also contributes to a solid surface which is less likely to suffer from shrinkage and damage over time. Floor screeding contractors usually deliver in ready-mixed form, so it is easily pumped to the area requiring the floor.
Liquid screed is self-levelling which translates to reduced need for manpower. Depending on the proprietary formulation of manufacturers, installation can be up to ten times faster than traditional screed. After a week of liquid screed installation, workers can then proceed with building non-load bearing structures on top of the flooring surface without the risk of damage. At around the same time, you can move forward to finishing the floor with your desired covering.
More effective under-floor heating
Liquid screed not only delivers a high-quality flooring finish but it also functions as a thermal conductor of the heat across the floor surface. The speed of liquid screed conductivity is rated excellent, making it the preferred option for underfloor heating applications.
It has the inherent ability to flow around piping and cable systems as well as fill any void, space, and gap which can slow down underfloor heating efficiency. The absence of gaps or spaces in the subfloor also means a more even heat flow resulting in greater thermal efficiency.
Fast drying times
Unlike traditional sub-flooring materials, liquid screed dries extremely fast. Due to its fluid consistency, liquid screed find its own level resulting in a flat and smooth surface that completely dries up 24 to 48 hours after installation.
The quick-drying feature is useful for areas that experience high traffic. Liquid screed installation can guarantee no delays in your construction projects.
Liquid screed is proven to have twice the heat transference capabilities of sand and cement, hence less energy will be needed to produce the same level of heat in an indoor space. It is an advantage to occupants as they will be spending less on heating altogether.
This material is also known as green flooring as it enables occupants to save energy and money due to its high-rated thermal conductivity feature.
It is a fast laying, quick-drying, and eco-friendly underfloor heating system that is proven to be more efficient than sand and cement screeds. It is recommended to plan early commissioning of underfloor heating to assist the drying process of liquid screed 7 days after installation.