Ask the Reliable Screeding Company in Canterbury, Crawley, Sevenoaks, Kent and Sussex
Our Frequently Asked Questions
Specialising in flow screeding and underfloor heating, our team offers a knowledgeable service. Our years of experience have taught us all we need to know about liquid screeding, and we apply this expertise to suit you, the customer. We appreciate that you may have questions before choosing a screeding company and will do our best to put your mind at ease. From Crawley to Brighton and from Canterbury to Sevenoaks, we provide our services across the South of England.
Our key service areas include Worthing, Ashford, Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells. We also help homeowners with their liquid screeding and underfloor heating needs throughout Surrey, Kent and the Sussex area.
Q: Can I use flow screeding even though my project doesn’t include underfloor heating?
Of course! It’s the best way to create a level floor.
Q: Must all screeds be sanded down and have their laitance removed?
Generally speaking, only gypsum screeds need their laitance removed. Removing the laitance during the curing process helps to reduce the amount of dust kicked up.
Q: Is it a requirement to insulate beneath the screed?
It’s often a good idea to have insulation, but it’s only a must when you have underfloor heating installed. A good screeding company like ours will never apply flow screeding over underfloor heating without insulation firmly in place.
Q: Can floor screed be used to make an incline?
No. Screed naturally attempts to level itself.
Q: Can you screed my private garage?
Yes. As a reliable screeding company, SSR Flow Screed uses a cement-based screed when laying a garage floor in Crawley, Worthing, Brighton, Ashford, Maidstone, Tunbridge Wells or the surrounding areas.
Q: Is Expansion edging a necessity?
The floor will require enough room to move beneath the coverings, so yes, edging is needed.
Q: Is it possible to use something other than a damp proof membrane?
No. This is because a 1000 gauge membrane is strong enough to keep the liquid screed from lifting the insulation. Whether you’re in Sevenoaks, Canterbury, Maidstone, Tunbridge Wells or the nearby areas, you’ll need a damp proof membrane for lasting results.
Q: Will I need to ventilate the screeded space?
Our screeding company recommends slight ventilation to assist with drying times. That said, down draughts and open doors and windows may cause the surface to crack.
Q: When can I walk on the screeded floor?
This will depend on the product used. You will typically have to wait between 24 and 72 hours after the flow screeding process before you can walk on the surface.
Q: If I have underfloor heating, can I force dry my floors?
Never! Doing so will likely cause cracks and a catastrophic failure in the finished work. However, you may be able to leave the underfloor heating on at its lowest setting seven days after installation.
Q: Is there a lot of preparation work involved?
A reputable screeding company in Crawley, Brighton, Worthing, Ashford or Tunbridge Wells will only apply flow screeding on a well-prepared substrate. Flow screed preparation will include a polythene layer, thermal insulation and expansion foam for the edges. You’ll also need an expert to test your underfloor heating pressure in Maidstone, Sevenoaks, Canterbury or the surrounding areas.
Q: Is there a reason to choose anhydrite screed?
Anhydrite screeding has become more popular than traditional cement and sand screeds because of its prompt drying time and fast installation. It also enjoys minimal shrinkage, superb thermal conductivity and levels itself for maximum success.