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What is the difference between concrete and liquid screed?

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If you are new to the world of DIY concrete, then you’d be forgiven for not knowing the difference between ready mix concrete and liquid screed; after all, both are made using almost the exact same components. However, both concrete and liquid screed are very different in their texture and in what they are used for.

How is liquid screed different from ready mix concrete?

Ready mix concrete is prepared at a plant to each clients individual specifications using defined measurements of aggregates, sand, water and cement mixed together with any desired additives to achieve the required result, such as enhanced strength or faster curing times.

Liquid screed also contains these components, however, what makes liquid screed different from ready mix concrete is the amount and size of the aggregates used compared with ready mix concrete. Using smaller and fewer aggregates results in a smoother consistency and easier flowability, making the screed closer to a liquid than a solid. On the other hand, the coarse aggregates used in ready mix concrete give concrete the added strength that makes is more suitable for structural building jobs.

What are ready mixed concrete and liquid screed used for?

Due to their different consistencies, concrete and liquid screed are used for different purposes in construction. Uses for ready mix concrete involve mostly external use in structural foundations, pathways, driveways, fences, cellar conversions, paving, conservatories, and anywhere else that a strong and long-lasting result is of the utmost importance.

Liquid screed on the other hand, is only used internally and is used to create a smooth finish. The flowability of liquid screed means you don’t have to worry about any lumps and bumps on your flooring and can be used to create a protective layer over an existing concrete floor. Liquid screed can also be used to make the most of your underfloor heating system, as its flowability means that it lays flush against pipework in a way that regular concrete would not, eliminating air bubbles and maximising conductivity.


Are you looking for ready mix concrete or liquid screed for your DIY or commercial concreting  project? We can supply you with quality ready mix concrete and liquid screed tailored to suit your requirements. Don't hesitate to contact us to discuss your project with us 0117 9582090.